"I was traveling with two women... my partner and her best friend, who is a PhD biologist at our university. I'm at the airports. They were playing the inauguration of Trump, and at one point she mentioned that she was going to the 'women's march' today. Our conversation went something like this:
Her: Tomorrow I'm going to the women's march to protest.
Me: What are you going to be protesting?
Her: Against women's oppression for women's equality.
Me: Where are women oppressed?
Her: Umm...well...it's about women's health issues and against the patriarchy that has prevailed in this country for generations.
Me: Do you have healthcare?
Her: Well, yes, but many women can't afford basic checkups, and we don't want Trump to overturn our rights to abortion.
Me: That's true! But aren't there lots of men who can't afford basic care also? That seems more like a class issue than a gender issue. Where in the country can you not get an abortion for free?
Her: Basic healthcare is more important to women than men, we need it more, and 'planned parenthood' is under attack.
Me: Isn't planned parenthood a privately funded organization?
Her: Well, mostly, but they do get some public funding.
Me: That's great! So we're already giving special funding for women's health, that men don't get. Are there any other areas where women are oppressed today?
Her: Well, women are underrepresented in some fields like engineering and economics.
Me: Aren't men underrepresented in social sciences? Isn't the most powerful economist in the country a woman (Yellen)?
Her: Girls aren't encouraged to go into those fields.
Me: But women outnumber men in almost all universities, does that mean men are oppressed?
Her: 😠well, the march is about providing a voice for oppressed women all over the world, and it shows they're not alone.
Me: That's great! We should encourage the liberation of women everywhere, but would you say that women in westernized countries are severely oppressed?
Her: This election was about misogyny, that is why Trump got elected. I'm going to carry a sign that says, "This pussy grabs back."
Me: But didn't Hillary receive the majority of the popular vote? It seems more like an electoral college anomaly than a statement of patriarchy. Don't women hold power in universities, politics, and corporations?
Her: I'm not sure you understand what women face every day.
Me: Then give me specifics, so I can help you fight against the oppression.
Her: 😡well, it's also about race and fighting white nationalism.
Me: Ahh, ok. I certainly don't want to see that either. But as far as women's rights go, it seems like you should call it the 'Women's Victory March' right?