Gal Gadot is singled out because of her support of Israel, but that won’t get in the way of the power of a true Wonder Woman.
The Women’s March is such a powerful platform, and I have many friends that are making others aware of immigration, of the abuse of power in our culture, and standing loud and proud in sisterhood. I totally get that, but there are a few reasons why I do not feel connected. I support everyone marching last year and this year, and want to listen closely to everything you say.
Last year, underneath all the beautiful words supporting women, there was another message that was against Jews and Israel. The marches are also on Saturdays, and I along with other observant Jews are home with our families every week, and nothing matters more or interferes with Shabbat.
This year the Los Angeles March included Scarlett Johansson as a speaker, and not surprisingly Palestinian women’s groups decided to protest her Jewish identity and pro Israel stance by not marching. Everyone can do what they want, but one thing that I want to make clear, is that we are all so different. Golda Meir, Gal Gadot, and Scarlett Johansson are three completely different kinds of Jews. Although I am all for sisterhood, it should be everybody included, no matter what their stance.
Below are some powerful words written about how not all of us relate to the women’s march,
I see both sides,
I am a Jew and I am proud,
I am also friends with people from all walks of life,
Let’s just keep talking and listening,
I am not a “disgrace to women” because I don’t support the women’s march. I do not feel I am a “second class citizen” because I am a woman. I do not feel my voice is “not heard” because I am a woman. I do not feel I am not provided opportunities in this life or in America because I am a woman. I do not feel that I “don’t have control of my body or choices” because I am a woman. I do not feel like I am ” not respected or undermined” because I am a woman. I am not a “victim” because you say I am.
I AM a woman.
I can make my own choices.
I can speak and be heard.
I can VOTE.
I can work if I want.
I can stay home if I want.
I control my body.
I can defend myself.
I can defend my family.
There is nothing stopping me to do anything in this world but MYSELF.
I do not blame my circumstances or problems on anything other than my own choices or even that sometimes in life, we don’t always get what we want. I take responsibility for myself.
I am a mother, a daughter, a wife, a sister, a friend. I am not held back in life but only by the walls I choose to not go over which is a personal choice.
If you want to speak, do so. But do not expect for me, a woman, to take you seriously wearing a pink va-jay-jay hat on your head and screaming profanities and bashing men.
If you have beliefs, and speak to me in a kind matter, I will listen. But do not expect for me to change my beliefs to suit yours. Respect goes both ways.
If you want to impress me, especially in regards to women, then speak on the real injustices and tragedies that affect women in foreign countries that do not that the opportunity or means to have their voices heard.
Saudi Arabia, women can’t drive, no rights and must always be covered.
China and India, infantcide of baby girls.
Afghanistan, unequal education rights.
Democratic Republic of Congo, where rapes are brutal and women are left to die, or HIV infected and left to care for children alone.
Mali, where women can not escape the torture of genital mutilation.
Pakistan, in tribal areas where women are gang raped to pay for men’s crime.
Guatemala, the impoverished female underclass of Guatemala faces domestic violence, rape and the second-highest rate of HIV/AIDS after sub-Saharan Africa. An epidemic of gruesome unsolved murders has left hundreds of women dead, some of their bodies left with hate messages. Or the 7 year old girls being sold or married off to 60 year old men, Or the millions of women sold and bought into sex trafficking.
And that’s just a few examples.
So when women get together in AMERICA and whine they don’t have equal rights and march in their clean clothes, after eating a hearty breakfast, and it’s like a vacation away that they have paid for to get there…
This WOMAN does not support it.