Comment: The International Women's Day



Yesterday was the International Women’s Day.
Each year this day is celebrated with several seminars and forums; with people exchanging emails and text messages extolling female strength, intelligence and power – it is all so beautiful and touching.

On the 8th of March, the accomplishments of the “feminine movement” (N.B: read not “feminist movement” – presently, the biggest foe of the “feminine [i.e. Pro-Femina] movement”) are greatly discussed and praised. It is a fact that women have come a long way (the journey has been harsh yet worthwhile): they now have an academic life, their intellect is valued and respected; they vote; they have professional careers, they contribute to GDP; and so forth...

On this same date, the injustice practised against women is also reminded: equal job, unequal pay; when back home from work they still have to work at home (clean the house, cook, take care of the children etc) [N.B: in the Western world, many men help their spouses however this is not an universal behaviour around the globe]; the lack of general access to top executive positions (men still rule in the Banking and Corporate Universe)...

Yes, the International Women’s Day is really special: women, all over the world, wave the white flag for a day and wish each other “Happy Women’s Day!” with such fervour that one might be led to believe that they actually support each other unconditionally; that they are actually loyal to being a woman; that they are never, ever, prone to side with men against other women and everything that being a real woman stands for.

The 8th of March...the day politicians (both male and female) explain to women the significance of being a woman (she bears life; she’s vital to our economy; women are ½ the world’s population etc); they expose the need to protect these amazing human beings’ rights...Standing ovation [“I’ll vote for this guy/woman!”]...Belief...Hope...Naiveté...

The 9th of March comes and everything is forsaken...see you next year!


Image: Compositions by Jëno Barcsay

Comments

  1. Max, Max, Max...

    Indeed, I'll see you next year!

    International Women's Day? Whose idea was that anyway? If it was a woman's, her mind was clouded; if it was a man's, his conscience was full of guilt. Either way it was a ludicrous and pointless idea.

    Everybody knows that being a woman is more than having a vagina, uterus or PMS; obviously we are very much the latter as intelligent/idiot; naive/conniving; wise/imprudent; sensible/unreasonable; resilient/weak; compassionate/wicked; successful/failure; forceful/submissive etc etc. Topping all, our hormones respond unpredictably (amazing, isn't it)?).

    Since we got the day I would encourage men not to force their way into the celebrations but to be humbled by it. Furthermore men should pledge themselves to respect their mothers, sisters, wives and daughters otherwise in a next future we will be creating a "Women's Guy Day".

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  2. oops...I didn't even know there was an international women's day!

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  3. Hi Max,

    How are you? This is a great event. Everyday that we strive for gender equality is a day for celebration. Women have the power of creation and when we all realize this magnificence then women themselves may support each other and not only views that are popular. Yet with all of our power, beauty and specialness, we still are willing to pose nude for men's magazine. Go figure.

    Keep up the good fight.

    Women Cheers!

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  4. Max:

    I didn't know about this day either. And I am so old, there's is no excuse for my ignorance. Hoorah!

    I think it's about time that women came into their full acceptance. Obviously we males need the help.

    But please, ladies, as you become CEO's, Presidents, doctors, generals, lawyers, politicians, jet fighter pilots, astronauts, robbers and thieves, killers and dictators, don't think poorly of those among you who want to be with their children, who enjoy making a home, who love their husbands, who worship their children, who build their communities into places where we can live and grow and enjoy those other things in life besides power. Because without motherly love, there will be no future, no matter who hold the cards of power.

    Max, just my two cents.

    Happy trails.

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  5. Forever Humanitarian's day!

    See you, Max!

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  6. Hi Max,

    There is something weird about those days; for instance:

    Christmas Day - put up with family; eat, drink and for the rest of the year be indifferent.

    Chilldren's day - smirk at your kids with a promise of abusing them at your discretion.

    Mother's and father's day - call your parents but on the subsequent 364 days abandon them in a nursery home.

    Women's day - offer a flower to women of your life with an imaginary card that reads "beware how you breathe for I can crucify you any day, at any time".

    So, yes; we'll be seeing you next year!

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  7. Having worked in a female dominated job from the age of 13 I have nothing but absolute praise for my female counterparts.

    Not only did they welcome me wholeheartedly but one of them actually agreed to marry me!

    My blessed life as it is now just wouldn't be the same if I gone another way, way back when I experienced first hand the magic of women in and out of the workplace.

    Take Care,
    Peter

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  8. Hi Lenny Hannah :D!

    "International Women's Day? Whose idea was that anyway? If it was a woman's, her mind was clouded; if it was a man's, his conscience was full of guilt. Either way it was a ludicrous and pointless idea."

    I agree with you, girl! *high 5*

    "Everybody knows that being a woman is more than having a vagina, uterus or PMS; obviously we are very much the latter as intelligent/idiot; naive/conniving; wise/imprudent; sensible/unreasonable; resilient/weak; compassionate/wicked; successful/failure; forceful/submissive etc etc. Topping all, our hormones respond unpredictably (amazing, isn't it)?)."

    *nodding in agreement* and that is the sad part of it, isn't it?

    "Since we got the day I would encourage men not to force their way into the celebrations but to be humbled by it. Furthermore men should pledge themselves to respect their mothers, sisters, wives and daughters otherwise in a next future we will be creating a "Women's Guy Day"."

    ROFL ROFL! I agree: men should get busy respecting their mothers, sisters, wives and daughters (as a universal behaviour).

    Lenny, thank you ever so much for this awesome comment :D!

    Cheers

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  9. Hey D! :D

    "oops...I didn't even know there was an international women's day!"

    LOL blessed are you!

    D, thanks for your input :D!

    Cheers

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  10. Hi Lady A :D!

    "How are you?"

    I am very well, thank you; darling :D!

    "This is a great event. Everyday that we strive for gender equality is a day for celebration. Women have the power of creation and when we all realize this magnificence then women themselves may support each other and not only views that are popular."

    Beautifully said.

    "Yet with all of our power, beauty and specialness, we still are willing to pose nude for men's magazine. Go figure."

    Yeah, go figure *nodding*...

    "Keep up the good fight."

    You bet, girl; you bet! ^5

    Lady A, thank you a million times for this awesome comment :D!

    Pro-Femina Cheers

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  11. Hi Swu :D!

    "I didn't know about this day either. And I am so old, there's is no excuse for my ignorance. Hoorah!"

    Have you heard that ignorance can be a bliss sometimes? Not knowing about this silly day is one of those blissful moments.

    "I think it's about time that women came into their full acceptance. Obviously we males need the help"

    Hear, Hear!

    "But please, ladies, as you become CEO's, Presidents, doctors, generals, lawyers, politicians, jet fighter pilots, astronauts, robbers and thieves, killers and dictators, don't think poorly of those among you who want to be with their children, who enjoy making a home, who love their husbands, who worship their children, who build their communities into places where we can live and grow and enjoy those other things in life besides power. Because without motherly love, there will be no future, no matter who hold the cards of power."

    LOL LOL *standing ovation* I totally agree with you. I despise those women who choose to have a professional career and then look down on those other women who choose to be mothers, wives and take care of their home; as if being a mom, wife and housewife were a degrading female status *nodding*.
    I thought that female liberation and emancipation was about women making their own choices: freely.
    Beautiful what you said about motherly love...and true too!

    "Max, just my two cents."

    Precious two cents, for which I absolutely thank you for :D!

    Cheers

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  12. Ciao Dux :D!

    "Forever Humanitarian's day!"

    Amen!

    "See you, Max!"

    Yes, hopefully....see you, Dux!

    Thanks for your valuable input! :D

    Cheers

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  13. Hi C.C :D!

    "Christmas Day - put up with family; eat, drink and for the rest of the year be indifferent."

    You know it. For most people I know, Xmas is so stressful...go figure.

    "Chilldren's day - smirk at your kids with a promise of abusing them at your discretion."

    So sad and true *nodding*.

    "Mother's and father's day - call your parents but on the subsequent 364 days abandon them in a nursery home."

    You know it! It is not uncommon, in Portugal, to see people bashing on (and neglecting) their parents 364 days/year and then on this particular day they buy their parents a gift and wish them "Happy Mother's/Dad's Day!!!"....it is ridiculous!

    "Women's day - offer a flower to women of your life with an imaginary card that reads "beware how you breathe for I can crucify you any day, at any time"."

    LOL well, I know what I'd do to any man trying to crucify me...but I'll hush...

    "So, yes; we'll be seeing you next year!"

    See you next year, guys! LOL...

    C.C, thanks for your awesome comment: I utterly agree with you, guys :D!

    Cheers

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  14. Hey Peter :D!

    "Having worked in a female dominated job from the age of 13 I have nothing but absolute praise for my female counterparts."

    That is gorgeous of you, mate :D!

    "Not only did they welcome me wholeheartedly but one of them actually agreed to marry me!"

    *Big Smile*!

    "My blessed life as it is now just wouldn't be the same if I gone another way, way back when I experienced first hand the magic of women in and out of the workplace."

    Blessed are you for recognising women the way you do, Peter; and for acknowledging them as your equal. Enlightenment should be your middle name, you know that :D!

    Thank you so much for your incredible input :D!

    Cheers

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  15. Imagino o canto maternal das baleias
    Como doce e sentida balada
    Imagino um beijo na procura
    De uma fugidia criatura amada

    Um domador de ventos e tempestades
    Uma viagem de aventuras repleta
    Serei eu um herói de comédia de enganos?
    Ou apenas um pobre e louco poeta

    Doce beijo

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  16. Max beautiful gesture for the International Woman's Day, You know, unfortunately, here in Canada we don't observe it very much, but I always make an effort to send wishes to my mom. Same goes to International Children's Days on Jun 1st. Both days I miss all the time. Thanks for sharing your beautiful thoughts, and some disappointing facts which still exists. Hope all is well. Anna :)

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  17. This is exactly what bothers me with all these XXXX days. Earth Day, Women Day, Poverty Day, AIDS Day... one day to think about the issues and 364 other days to forget!

    The very fact that we need to have a Women Day bothers me. Shouldn't we be equal by now???

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  18. As with all holidays that are intended to express or reinforce meanings, to acknowledge and appreciate: they are mere tokens if we do not live up to the expressed values, every other day of the year.

    Principles are not calendar- dependent, although some would seemingly have it so.

    Thanks for the post, Max. I did not know about it, either!

    Why can't we all just proclaim EVERY day as a Pro-Humanity day?

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  19. Oi Profeta :D!

    Bem-vindo ao MAX!

    Obrigada pelo lindo poema, amei :D!

    Um abraço

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  20. Hey Anna :D!

    "Max beautiful gesture for the International Woman's Day, You know, unfortunately, here in Canada we don't observe it very much, but I always make an effort to send wishes to my mom."

    I am glad you liked it, darling *bowing*. Ah, moms: I simply love them :D!

    "Same goes to International Children's Days on Jun 1st. Both days I miss all the time. Thanks for sharing your beautiful thoughts, and some disappointing facts which still exists. Hope all is well."

    Oh yes, Portugal also celebrates Children's Day.
    Don't mention it, darling :).
    All is well, thanks :D!

    Anna, my dear, thank you for your comment :D!

    Cheers

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  21. Hey Zhu :D!

    "This is exactly what bothers me with all these XXXX days. Earth Day, Women Day, Poverty Day, AIDS Day... one day to think about the issues and 364 other days to forget!"

    LOL LOL LOL true!

    "The very fact that we need to have a Women Day bothers me. Shouldn't we be equal by now???"

    We should; but we are not...however a lot has been accomplished, true...

    Zhu, thank you a million times for your comment: loved it :D!

    Cheers

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  22. Hey Lynda :D!

    "As with all holidays that are intended to express or reinforce meanings, to acknowledge and appreciate: they are mere tokens if we do not live up to the expressed values, every other day of the year."

    So very true.

    "Principles are not calendar- dependent, although some would seemingly have it so."

    *nodding in utter agreement*

    "Thanks for the post, Max. I did not know about it, either!"

    Don't mention it, darling :D! Sometimes I wish I didn't know about it either...it is so silly *nodding*.

    "Why can't we all just proclaim EVERY day as a Pro-Humanity day?"

    Exactly!!

    Lynda, I thank you for your wisdom :D!

    Cheers

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