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Live Blog #3: What YOU have to say about equal rights

March 8, 2010

This post is a part of the Blog for IWD BLOG.

Today is International Women’s Day, and we‘ve asked you to blog about your thoughts about equal rights. Here’s what some of you are saying:

At Eugenia de Altura, a graduate student studying in Bolivia, explores the different cultural perceptions of machismo and sexismo, which she argues are the same thing.  She explains:

It’s time to wake up: machismo is sexismo. Unequal ideas about appropriate male and female behavior, about who men and women are- psychologically or biologically, and about what men and women deserve, are what justify, legitimize, and normalize unequal rights and unequal opportunities for men and women.

Continuing with a truly universal message, she writes, “So, this is what ‘equal rights, equal opportunity: progress for all’ means to me—it means recognizing that ideas about sexual difference are constructed, not natural, and it means exposing the lies that these ideas represent.”

The Feminist Peace Network challenges us to “redefine empowerment”.

Imagine a world in which we lay claim to power that comes from the worthiness of how we conduct our own lives and how we connect with the world around us, rather than insisting that we must control things.

Jha at Intersectionality Dreaming thoroughly explores “equality” and ends on this beautiful note:

Equal rights is a work in progress, for progress, by people who believe in progress. Equal rights is exponential in potential.

For a chuckle, head over to Gratuitous Prattle to watch a hilarious video in which a Santa Claus-esque gentleman tries to explain why a woman cannot be president. (If only all opponents of feminism made such goofy and convoluted arguments…) After laughing at the ridiculous video, check out Kathequa’s definition of Equality.

That’s it for now but the next live-coverage will be up at 3:00pm CST so stay tuned!

Happy International Women’s Day!

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