International Women’s EveryDay

A Three-Step Declaration

We declare:

1. Equality between all sexes and all sexual identities and all sexual orientations for people of all races and all creeds

2. Equality for all races and all creeds for people of all sexes and all sexual identities and all sexual orientations

3. Equality for all people.

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That is:

1. Equality between all sexes and all sexual identities and all sexual orientations for people of all races and all creeds

Because justice demands true equality and true equality is practiced every day.

If there is just one day a year for women, that is because the entire history of human civilization has belonged to men. For over one hundred years, one day a year has been set aside to raise awareness of women’s issues, and on one day a year there has in some parts of the world been some semblance of equality between the sexes. But on this day no true equality is achieved, only a slight tipping of the scales away from a male dominated discourse over male dominated institutions in a male dominated culture. When the day is over there is a little more awareness in the world, but not much.

For those who missed the last International Women’s Day, here are some of those issues, in no particular order:

  1. equal reproductive rights
  2. equal action to health care
  3. equal rights to vote
  4. equal rights to hold office
  5. equal rights to work
  6. equal rights to fair pay
  7. equal rights to own property
  8. equal rights to run a business
  9. equal rights to education
  10. equal rights within marriage
  11. equal rights to marry whomever one wants
  12. equal rights to love without marriage
  13. equal rights to have sex without love
  14. equal rights to practice religion however one sees fit
  15. equal rights to travel freely
  16. equal rights to access to public spaces
  17. equal rights to expression
  18. equal rights to self-realization
  19. equal rights to self-determination
  20. equal rights to self-fulfillment
  21. equal rights to wear what one wants or look how one wants without being judged
  22. protection against rape, no matter what one is wearing
  23. protection against sexual abuse
  24. protection against domestic and public violence
  25. protection against threats of violence
  26. protection of prostitutes and others in the so-called “sex industry”
  27. protection against sexualized slander
  28. free access to sexual health care
  29. free access to contraceptives
  30. free access to abortion services
  31. free access to blockers, hormones and gender reassignment surgery
  32. awareness that blockers, hormones and surgery aren’t required to feel one’s gender
  33. awareness of intersectionality
  34. awareness of the undue exclusion of women from social, political and economic debate
  35. awareness of the undue exclusion of poor women from feminist debate
  36. awareness of the undue exclusion of women of color, and religious and other minorities from the feminist debate
  37. awareness of the undue exclusion of LGTBQ people from feminist debate
  38. awareness of gendered speech
  39. awareness of sexual prejudice
  40. awareness of different sexual preferences
  41. awareness of coercion and domination through sex
  42. awareness of coercion into sex trade, whether slavery, prostitution or arranged marriage
  43. awareness of the depiction of the sexes in the media
  44. awareness of sexualized treatment of people of different races
  45. awareness of sexism in religious, political, financial and other institutions
  46. awareness of unequal treatment of the sexes from an early age and its deterministic effects, including effects on development and opportunities later in life
  47. awareness of the effects of sexism on socio-economic status
  48. awareness of the effects of sexism on health and well-being
  49. and awareness of the not necessarily deterministic implications of being a certain sex
  50. awareness that feminism is not just for women, but for everyone

 

 

2. Equality for all races and all creeds for people of all sexes and all sexual identities and all sexual orientation

These issues, among other things, are for all sexes, sexual identities and sexual orientations, and likewise for all races and all creeds, at home and around the world.

International Women’s Day will come and go. Meanwhile gender differences will hold, for gender remains a story we are told, and a story we tell, it is a story we use to define who we are and who we are not, one we are sold and one we sell, to define our similarities and to define our differences, from the cradle to the grave, to define our relations and to define our divides, an old story we know well, to define who we love and who we are allowed to love and who we love to hate, from our collective heaven to my personal hell. Most of all it is a story that is only true insofar as we make it true, because, as the lens we look through, it distorts the truth before it even reaches our hearts and minds.

True equality between all people of all sexes, sexual identities and sexual orientations for all races and all creeds — which means true equality between all races and creeds, for all people of all sexes, sexual identities and sexual orientations — is the cause of feminism. The above issues are not just for women, but for everyone, which makes feminist equality for everyone. From this perspective it is a shame that people who otherwise believe in equality choose to reject feminism, or do not want to be labeled as feminists. This rejection doesn’t necessarily turn such people into sexists, and whereas the rejection of labels might stem from a noble, equality-driven sentiment, in this case it reaffirms sexism at a cost to us all. We recognize that we shouldn’t need the label “feminist” at all, because we just want equality and should all be equal in the first place, but the label points out that we are not there yet. We invite people to look at feminism differently, and to recognize that, while no two feminists are the same, feminism carries on the fight for equality despite opposition towards it. It has fought for this equality every day, and International Women’s Day celebrates this fight. This we applaud, and point out, as all feminists already know, that it is not enough. Feminism is naturally just one facet of the fight for human rights, as International Women’s Day is just one way of making people aware that we all — each and every one of us — have to do more.

 

3. Equality for all people.

 

Let our actions and efforts within our daily lives be the celebration of our awareness of equality. Let us celebrate this fight every day, just as it is fought every day, and let us be aware that the celebration is the fight, and the fight is the celebration. Let us declare every day to be International Women’s Day, and declare International Women’s EveryDay today, so that tomorrow we can work on International People’s Day. Equality for women is a step toward equality for all people, and International Women’s EveryDay is a step toward, and a precondition of, International People’s EveryDay, for the fight for equality and justice starts now and never ends.

 

Once again, we declare:

1. Equality between all sexes and all sexual identities and all sexual orientations for people of all races and all creeds

2. Equality for all races and all creeds for people of all sexes and all sexual identities and all sexual orientations

3. Equality for all people.

 

 

 

Signed,
The People