Oxygen . Food . Water . Women . A simple list of what is widely accepted to be true that we can't live without . We fight for and pass legislation to protect air quality and to limit and regulate emissions . We educate and raise countless dollars to aid in attempting to end world hunger . We protest to keep our oceans clean and protect our water supply . How is it that in 2016 we as a people - because it's bigger than the US -have yet to fully realize , protect , respect and appreciate all that is a WOMAN ?
Women possess the ability to give life . Women develop quicker mentally . Women live longer . Women can run homes and run businesses . Women are the guardians of compassion . Women are charged with the endless quest towards beauty because go figure - men - and they do a DAMN good job at it . The list of the capabilities of women is just as - if not longer than that of men yet men still reign supreme and I think that's BS . What makes us better ?
We live in a society where high profile men brag about sexual assault . We live in a country where women are paid less for jobs they are equally as qualified for . We live in a time where women are raped and BLAMED for it because 'she shouldn't have dressed like that' . . . as progressive as we have become how are we still so primitive ?
From what I've seen in my years ; what's portrayed in TV and film , what I've seen in the media , my family and my friendships . . . Behind every great man is a strong mother .
#ThrowBack to Mom and My Brothers
Granted there are exceptions , I whole heartedly believe that it's WOMEN that raise us up right . Fathers have their place and responsibilities but seeing how mine passed away before I was born , I can't speak from experience . What I can say is that for us men , mothers teach us how to love . They are our cheerleaders and number one fans . They're the biggest influences in our lives . In the Jenkins household , mom taught us the value of relationships and the value of honesty . She taught us the value of communication and the value of a dollar . She struck the fear of God in us when we did wrong and knew better . It's because of a STRONG , intelligent , and exceedingly capable woman who has busted her ass as a single mother of 3 - that my brothers and I are highly functioning members of society .
Can you see how it's mind blowing to me that women aren't yet completely seen as our equals ?
I have guy friends but I've always understood women . I've always been surrounded by them . I've always respected them and I've never seen them as anything less than an equal . Women are fucking amazing - excuse my language . Knowing there are glass ceilings and that they make less yet they still kill it in everything they do ? Knowing that they aren't as protected as we (men) are yet they keep their heads up and are willing to go down fighting ? We wouldn't settle for that , why should they ?
This wasn't meant to be so obscurely dark , but I can totally see how it can be taken like that . . . but if you DO see it as dark , then good ! You can see how there's a huge problem . What we have now is a 'Diet Gender Equality' situation . Women can vote , have jobs and get their own homes but when we get down to the fine print - the things we're afraid to talk about (rape culture , sexual assault , unequal pay , reproduction conflicts , etc) these are what we should be helping our mothers , sisters , girlfriends and wives fight for . We should be fighting for Gender Equality just as hard as we do for global warming , LGBT rights and the ethical treatment of animals .
If you've been under a rock - the recordings of the deplorable and misogynistic dialogue of our Republican Nominee , Donald Trump , were released where he spoke freely about unwelcome advances on married women and how as a 'star' you can do anything including grabbing her by the pussy . If anything , statements like these set us back YEARS and we can't sit around and do nothing while the ones that make us better humans are treated as less . I encourage all reading this to look up organizations you can volunteer with , donate to or even just educate yourself on the issues plaguing Gender Equality . Also , thank the women in your life simply for being them . #SomeDailyJoe
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