“The world brazenly touts freedom as both the inalienable right and morally liberating justification to mindlessly play in the filth that lies all around me. And the slight bit of sanity that yet remains within me asks, ‘what raging madness would prompt me to incessantly wallow in the very things that will eventually swallow me?Craig D. Lounsbrough, An Intimate Collision: Encounters with Life and Jesus
Once upon a time women had no rights. They could not vote or work. Married women were considered dead in the eyes of the law, their husbands could beat, divorce, and imprison them, at will. If women worked, they earned less than men, and were not even allowed to study. I could go on, but you get the point. They were oppressed. Literally. Until one summer in 1848, one Elizabeth Cady Stanton formulated the “Declaration of Sentiments” a comprehensive list of areas where women were being unfairly treated. This led to the women’s movement which has given us the many rights and privileges we have to this day.
Saturday 18th March however, marked a turning point for all women, and it was never more obvious than on those steps of Parliament House. The Let Women Speak rally highlighted the unique situation women were facing. There’s a new face of feminism in town, it is feminazism. If women thought the 1700s were bad, then be prepared to enter a new wave of patriarchal rule under the guise of the matriarchy. Facing off against biological women was the LGBTQIA+ faces of women. These “feminazis” want to take women’s rights to a whole new level, and God help anyone who gets in the way. Walled off by only the thin blue line, the rabid dogs were frothing at the mouths, chanting and screaming for actual women to shut up.
On the other side, another breed of men graced Melbourne with their presence. Kitted out in all black with full black masks the Neo Nazis stood ominously silent. They held a large banner which said, “Destroy Pedo Freaks”, then sigheiled multiple times. Just enough times for the fake news media to taint the Let Women Speak rally as a Neo Nazi rally, and enough times to whip up the LGBTQIA+ circus into such a frenzy, methinks even the Victoria Police were scared.
After years of fighting for their rights and equality, women have come to a fork in the road. They can either run back into the arms of traditional men, and go back to a time, content with making sandwiches, or they could work with the State and accept the new patriarchy. Ironically, the rally which was supposed to give voice to women was drowned out by splays of testosterone. At the end of the day, all that people will remember were the violent clashes between the police, neo Nazis and pro trans activists. The women spoke, but no one heard.
**Also published on The Unshackled.