A Day Without…
March 8th has been declared as “International Women’s Day,” or as it’s more affectionately called today, “A Day Without a Woman.” This day of activism is a trickle down from the Women’s March, as it is stated to be done “in the same spirit of love and liberation” that gathered millions this past January. The purpose, according to the website, says that on International Women’s Day “women and our allies will act together for equity, justice and the human rights of women and all gender-oppressed people, through a one-day demonstration of economic solidarity.” Okay stop for a second, reread it, take it all in. I know that amount of virtue signaling is hard to take in all at once, painfully hard, but we forge onward. So, what can we expect on this one-day demonstration of economic solidarity you ask? Well the official marching orders are as follows:
1. Women take the day off, from paid and unpaid labor (Is this indentured servitude? Not clear on their definition but I’m sure it has something to do with the patriarchy)
2. Avoid shopping for one day, with exceptions for small, women and minority-owned businesses (Can you foment economic insurrections with exceptions?)
3. Wear RED in solidarity with A Day Without A Woman (This is solely for those who want to say, “Look I’m helping…but I like Target and I gotsta get paid).
If it takes a while to get your inspirational engine running they provide a list of Unity Principles to get those cylinders firing, let’s take a look.
You Get Rights, And You Get Rights, No Not You
It is always helpful to start with a good working definition, a reference point. The dictionary defines unity as “the quality or state of not being multiple” or “a condition of harmony.” Principle is defined as “an accepted or professed rule of action or conduct.” Okay, so now that we are clear on our definitions let’s examine some of these tenets. Right out of the gate there is an affirmation that to abide by these standards one must not equivocate the idea of “rights.” The first line states, “we believe that Women’s Rights are Human Rights and Human Rights are Women’s Rights.” I have to stop there, the contradiction is too important to gloss over. My question is simply, do they really believe that? There seems to be no gray area in their interpretation, Women’s Rights are synonymous with Human Rights, in their distinction they make no distinction. The next two principles show us exactly why they do not truly believe what they passionately affirm. Their first professed rule of action is “Ending Violence.” The principle states, “Women deserve to live…” Now stop and let that sink in. Now close your eyes and think about your life, the beauty, the pain, the special moments and memories, the grief, the small wonderments that make life life. It is an amazing gift isn’t it, this gift of life? Even when it’s hard. The statement continues, “Women deserve to live full and healthy lives, free of all forms of violence against our bodies.” They sure sound like they value life don’t they? They believe it can be full, and even healthy. They believe it should be protected and free from all forms of violence. Hold this sentiment in the back of your mind as we proceed. The next professed rule of action is entitled “Reproductive Rights.” Here we are introduced to the game of semantics. This is one of the pro-choice platform’s favorite buzzword, flown under the banner of reproductive freedom. This freedom means “open access to safe, legal, affordable abortion and birth control for all people, regardless of income, location or education.” Abortion is veiled language for murder in the womb. They demand the right to murder their children safely, legally, and affordably. Of course it can be none of those because of the sober reality of what it actually is, murder.
You see they do not truly believe that Women’s Rights are Human Rights and Human Rights are Women’s Rights, they pretend to believe, they have built a facade with their self-deception. Why do they not truly believe that? Because little women, humans, are violently slaughtered every day under their blood-stained banner of freedom. The attempt to dehumanize the preborn with camouflaged language like “abortion” and “reproductive freedom” does not distance them from their humanity, they are still every bit as much Imago Dei as any other person God granted life, it just makes the reality of sin more palatable to digest for those that lead them to the slaughter. We have a movement that affirms and passionately states that “Women deserve to live,” to live full lives free from violence yet their soapbox sits on top of millions of baby girls who were denied the right to live full lives and were violently ripped apart in the name of reproductive freedom, a sentiment they’ll will never get to experience for themselves. All the marching, all the rhetoric, and all the zeal falls silent to the truth. The echo chamber is nothing more than a haunting escape from reality. Be still for a moment, close your eyes and feel that heartbeat within you. You know what that means? You have been given a gift, it tells us that God is merciful and gracious, He is the Author of our heartbeats. Thousands of little girls will start March 8th with that same heartbeat, that gift, only to have it stopped on a day that was supposed to be for them. In this country every day is a day without women, and tomorrow looks to be no different, but today it will carry with it a cruel sense of mockery, one with a depraved “spirit of love and liberation.”