Out of all the annoying cultural narratives in the world, I find the idea that sexism is over to be the worst. The best women can hope for is “Sure we oppressed you for thousands of years. Our bad,” and what we usually get is “We gave you the vote. Whatcha complaining about?”
You didn’t give us the vote. We took it. Never pretend to have given us our rights graciously. You may have grudgingly conceded them, but only over the bodies of those who fought hard for centuries.
Women are being raped, beaten and killed in overwhelming numbers. Thousands die because contraception and abortion is seen as a luxury or simply depravity. Poverty is feminised and men occupy almost every position of power. This is not ammunition for a pissing contest. This is reality.
If I had to lie, cheat and steal to overthrow patriarchy, I would do it with a smile on my face. I don’t lie, because one misstep and credibility is tattered. I don’t cheat, because this is not a game and women are not playing pieces. As for stealing, well that’s traditionally a manly habit. You’ve stolen our voices, our culture and our potential for far too long. We cannot steal that which we rightfully own. We can and will take it back.