Today is a super difficult day for me and I feel it is hard to type, my hands are trembling and I can hardly stare at the screen. I’m in the middle of a migraine attack and have been for the last two days. I’ve been suffering from migraines for 13 years and believe me, just getting out of bed is incredibly difficult.
But today is women’s day and I’m making an effort to write this. I would like to ask you if you celebrate it? I do not; as I think every day is a fight for equality.
I remember once my outrage when I was working at a multinational corporation and found out that my male colleagues, performing the same job as I was were getting 20% more pay than our female colleagues. Oh lord, I started something that day. I complained and talked to the managers of my managers. I managed to get my salary raised 15%. I didn’t get the 20% because they were still able to find more attributes to my male colleagues but at least I was satisfied I was the first one to raise concerns on a subject that had been overlooked for many years. That happened some 15 years ago and I hope there have been more equal salary rises since I left that place.
On a second note, I would like to talk about our bodies. We live in a society where women get slammed for what they wear or how they look. They get slammed for wearing a headscarf (she must have a master), or for showing too much (indecency) . But what about if what we wear, whether it is too much or too little is actually our choice? We do things because it feels good, it feels good to wear a lot and it feels good to wear nothing. Why are we patronized about whichever choice we make? But not just by men, most of the criticism actually comes within our own gender!
What are your views on it? I believe that it is empowering to know that women should have the choice without criticism from anyone and when one woman casts judgment on another woman, according to today’s feminism, she is behaving worse than a misogynist man.
I’m the one behind the lens!