OPINION: I’m A Feminist, But Don’t Think I Won’t Cry To Get What I Want
Hey, don’t get me wrong—I totally think women should be equal to men. And that seventy-something cents to the dollar pay gap is total bull! Women’s rights are human rights, plain and simple. But just because I think that women and men should make the same amount of money for the same job doesn’t mean that I am above using my feminine wiles to weasel my way out of a situation. If my professor is on my case because I “slept through an exam” and it was honestly a total mistake ‘cause my roommate came home really late, which totally threw off my flow because I usually set my alarm after she goes to bed, I am not above shedding a dramatic tear or two (or, let’s be honest, sobbing) so that I can make up the exam without any penalty to my grade. Lady Macbeth knew a thing or two about crying to get what you want, and look how successful she was! She got her husband to murder the king of Scotland for her! Yaaaaas, queen!
Speaking of tears, have you seen what Donald Trump is doing to the state of women’s rights in the U.S.? The defunding of Planned Parenthood alone is sending us back at least forty years. Like, is the next Women’s March going to be about voting rights or allowing our husbands to let us go out of the house? The current political climate is just another reason I am a huge supporter of all things feminist; we need feminism now as much as we ever have. But if showing a little leg and batting my eyelashes is going to get me a little further in life, don’t think that I won’t flirt my way to the top. Just like Machiavelli said, the ends justify the means, right ladies?
And believe me, I am the biggest champion of equal representation. More women in politics? It should’ve happened years ago. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Anne Boleyn (until she got beheaded), Margaret Thatcher, Bloody Mary—all inspirational women. And don’t even get me started on Cleopatra… She ruled all of Egypt, had the Roman Empire in the palm of her hand, and totally fucked Julius Caesar and Mark Antony just to get ahead. Talk about a woman in politics!
We all know us girls have to work harder than men to be taken seriously in academia and the workplace, and this unwavering dedication and unfaltering determination does not go unnoticed by your fellow females – but ladies, let’s be real, you can’t undervalue the power of a good cry.