Today is not just Women’s Day,
It’s not a day for flowers or presents
or to go “what about teh menz?”
No. I’ll tell you what day is today.
Today is the day to think about ourselves,
and how we treat women every day,
how we talk to them, how we talk about them,
what space we give them in our personal world.
Today is the day to think, above all,
of those women we like the least,
who choose what we wouldn’t choose for them,
who were born to a disgraceful life,
and the respect we owe to them all.
Today is bad women’s day.
Today is whores and lesbian women’s day,
fat and ugly and poor women’s day,
old women and jailed women’s day.
Today is screaming women’s day,
crying women’s day
and silenced women’s day.
Today is battered women’s day,
the day of kidnapped and tortured women
of women raped by their own husbands.
Today is the day of women enslaved
by an ideal of ever-selfless woman.
Today is the day of stolen women,
victims of human trafficking and prostitution.
Today is the day of women dead
in the infernal beds of abortion,
of those who aborted and survived,
and of those who wanted to but never dared.
Today is the day of women murdered for being mothers,
and of women murdered for not being mothers.
Today is the day of mutilated girls
of murdered girls, abused girls,
of girls sold and exchanged.
Today is the day of girls married and raped,
of prostitute girls.
of pregnant girls.
Today is the day of women erased
from books, from history,
from our own words.
Today is the day of our mothers, sisters and daughters,
of all mothers, sisters and daughter.
Today is the day to think about all of them,
about all of us.
Today is the day to remember each and every one of them,
they all deserve to be remembered,
all deserve to be loved,
all deserve to be heard,
all of them, all of us,
deserve to be respected.