Normally, I love social media and feel blessed to be a part of a positive and vocal worldwide community. In the past few years, I’ve met many strong and empowering women on Facebook and Twitter. I’m inspired when I see these women supporting and encouraging one another. I was exceptionally proud of those who chose to get involved in the women’s march, because millions of women put outside their personal differences and agendas to support the universal rights of all women.
Social media has gotten ugly since the women’s march. I’ve seen too many attacks from both sides and am especially disappointed to see women criticizing each other’s choices. The solidarity that some gained during the march is being undermined by those who may not have seen a reason to unite. Women who chose not to participate are also under attack as if their lack of participation means they turned against all women.
I’m pro-choice, but that transcends far beyond a woman’s right to govern her own body. I believe a woman has the right to be pro-life. I believe a woman has a right to vote for Trump. I believe a woman has a right to dislike Trump. I believe women and men have the right to live life on their terms, as long as it is not harming someone else.
What a woman doesn’t have is the right to tell another woman how to live their life. Just like a man doesn’t have the right to tell a woman how to live. You can’t force others to believe the same things you do, especially when that is the very thing you’re fighting against.
Women become their own worst enemy when they turn against each other. Instead of rehashing the same old debates, we need to search for common ground. We should all want what is best for all women, which is a world free from judgement and unfair persecution. We must work together to ensure all women’s voices are heard, even if we do not share the same views (provided the views don’t hinder the rights and freedoms of others).
I will fight for the rights and freedoms of all people. You don’t have to agree with my views, just please respect my right to share them. I promise I will do the same for you.
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Jenn Sadai is a Canadian author and advocate who’s just crazy enough to think she can change the world. Jenn shares her stories of surviving domestic violence, depression, and workplace bullying in hopes that it will help others cope and heal. She is the author of Dark Confession of an Extraordinary, Ordinary Woman, Dirty Secrets of the World’s Worst Employee, and Cottage Cheese Thighs. Website