This is not normally a post that I would write but today I feel compelled. Let me preface by saying I am not naive to this topic and I'm not trying to say the world and its citizens should all live in a happy bubble, farting rainbows while riding unicorns, and have no issues or disagreements. I'm just saying we can disagree and play nice at the same time. I stumbled across this article and it made me sick. Quite frankly, it pissed me off. I’m not even going to quote anything in the article. Feel free to read it if you want to know what I’m referencing.
If this is our definition of feminism, we should be embarrassed. Being strong in your beliefs, just because they differ from another’s, doesn’t give you the right to be an asshole. If we showed each other some respect despite our differences, the world wouldn’t feel like such a battle field. I don’t care what side of the fence you are on when it comes to any hot topics. I care about you as a human being; as a person who is living and breathing just like me. We are going to disagree. We aren’t going to see eye to eye on everything. That’s ok. We all have feelings, beliefs, passions, strengths, weaknesses, ideas, and faith in some shape or form. Being a jerk doesn’t help us get any closer to harmony.
Feminism should be about respect for your fellow woman. It should be about the maturity of being able to look at another human being and say, “I hear where you are coming from. I don’t agree with you but I am ok with that. We can still co-exist.”
The pro-life/pro-choice debate divides women. There is no way around that. You have the side fighting for, “It’s my body. It’s my right.” You have the side fighting for, “It’s a human life. It’s murder.” HOW, I ask you, HOW will the nation ever agree on one side? There is no way. We are going to disagree. We will forever go to battle for it. But, we don’t need to be bitches to each other along the way.