Grab ’em by the Patriarchy

[dropcap]P[/dropcap]eople asked me why I was marching in London. What was the Women’s March, was it an Anti-Trump movement? “Grab ’em by the patriarchy!” What have we here in the UK got to do with what happened in America? Didn’t women already have enough rights? These are some of the reactions and questions I have been asked in real life and encountered online. The trolls on Twitter asked why didn’t we protest outside Saudi Arabia’s embassy for gender equality. Piers Morgan, hoping to steal Katy Hopkins Troll crown, declared he wanted a Men’s March. What was it that the Women’s March on London (and around the world) wanted to accomplish?

I’ve tried hard to articulate why I marched. But I did it because I was appalled with the rise of open ignorance and hate, I marched out of solidarity, I marched because despite it being the 21st Century I have a list as long as I am tall of all the misogyny and unfairness I have encountered because of my gender, I marched with thousands of people- men, women and children– because individually our voices are not loud enough but together they are. I marched because I felt helpless, pissed off, frustrated, outraged at tiny men like Trump and Farage, and fearful of the repercussions across the world.  It was the biggest global collective clapback I could ever hope or wish to be a part of.[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”15209″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”15220″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”15212″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”15219″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”15210″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”15216″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”15196″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”15233″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”15205″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”15236″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Author: Angela Shek

just a clueless mama in East London

10 thoughts on “Grab ’em by the Patriarchy”

  1. This whole post is wonderful, Angela. I wasn’t able to attend the march on Saturday but I wish, wish, wish I had. So proud of you and the other thousands of people who went, you remind everyone that there’s still a long way to go and we won’t shut up until we get there. It’s not about hate, like the comment below seems to think – that’s missing the point entirely. It’s about speaking out, again and again, against inequality. It’s about fighting a battle that’s been going on for over a century – the people who question it or don’t want to understand are the reason we still have to fight! xx


  2. YES Dani! Well said! Now, more than ever, do people need to speak out. It was plain to see on the day that the numbers of people coming were completely underestimated, as the crowd had to divert themselves through side streets to keep moving. I do not want world leaders thinking it is okay to grab a woman without consent or that a woman is ‘worth less’ in the workplace than a man’s.


  3. no way Emma, your post was so much better! I waffle and use all the commas in the world lol! But all of the posts about the march I have read had the same thing in common- that we are all outraged, fearful and hopeful that our voices are heard!


  4. There were so many bold and wise quotes to choose from so many amazing women. I really wanted to put Meryl Streep’s speech that “disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence. And when the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.”


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