Here we are in the month of March 2021 and we are barely starting to emerge from a pandemic. The most marginalized population is unemployed and at risk of exposure to infection because women "take care of" and are "hands on" in the workplace. So many of us are being forced to figure out a remote way of generating income. Women are at the forefront of starting online businesses. With children still at home, they must juggle home and income, whether steady or challenged, it is a new territory to reckon with.
There are still the challenges that never disappeared. And perhaps became elevated because the violators lost the audience that was calling them out. Opportunities to commit offenses became heightened. Discrimination, physical abuse, drug and alcohol abuse, spousal abuse, just to name a few. FGM is still alive and well, in developed and underdeveloped countries. And so many other offenses against women have been empowered instead of dissipated. And then there is the elevated and unattended mental illness, physical neglect, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, starvation, under employment and unemployment. Yes, we have our challenges to say the least.
Girl children are still being born throughout the world as second-class citizens. With mothers that have hopes and dreams for a better future for their daughters. And mothers that have been taught to only give her the hope of eternal slavery to a man and his family. She will train her to be a good servant. There are mothers that make sure their daughters have what she could not have. And mothers that make sure their daughters will be mutilated and abused, like she was. There are mothers that seek education and will sell their belongings to pay school fees. There are mothers that sell their daughters. And mothers that make sure their daughters will never read because it is useless for their future. We have mothers that will discourage their daughters from getting married because she needs education first. And we have mothers that will arrange marriage as soon as puberty arrives. There is a great divide. All are women for women, but it depends on whose eyes you are looking through. The mother that supports a future of the greater good, or the mother that supports a future adhering to ethnic traditions of the past.
I am going to use creative license because I am an artist. I will create a vision for the greater good, in hopes that our sisters that support the abuses and transgressions of the past will be taught to put down their fists and blades against their daughters. And she will finally see that the sunshine does belong in her daughter's eyes, not just tears. My creative license forms a unity between the civilizations. A basic, coherent, peaceful, and productive walk, talk, day, night, eating, sleeping, working and being productive in peace with each other, will be the rule of the lands. It is going to require women supporting women. A simple yet complex state of being, but please just humor me and stay on board.
I have a vision that women all over the world will have a common language, hope, love, desire for all of us to benefit, dream, learn, and be productive without the evil hindrances that we as women create for each other. Only then can we tackle the challenges of the discrimination that we suffer because of men. Our first enemy is not him. Our first enemy is ourselves. We hold ourselves back because women hold back women. Women hinder women from opportunities. We fear, we loathe, we compete, and do negative acts to protect ourselves. Women sabotage each other as an artform. If we could somehow drink the "Kool Aid" like men do to support each other as a team, we would rule the world. We are not taught from childhood and enforced throughout life to be part of a team. We must somehow wiggle our way in and stake out our territory, and protect it, especially from another woman.
But please, humor me...I see that we as women can acknowledge a common salute, banner, icon, and symbol of unity. Because I am an artist, I see flags and banners with heart shaped icons on them. Because the heart is love, upside down looks like breasts and buttocks, an acknowledgement of feminine celebration, allegiance and vow to ourselves. And we are all connected as a worldwide sisterhood, of women supporting women. Women supporting women is a vision that I have in my artistic mind, as I take creative license. I dream of our love for our sisterhood being so powerful, that it will force organizations, laws, traditions, rules, races, states, countries, governments to bend to our will, and to our needs to serve the greater good. Women are the majority inhabiting this world. Women spend the most money. Women head and/or manage most households, Women create the most energy. We support all economies. And most of all, we control the world population. Our power is immense. I have a vision of this momentum of positive female energy creating a tsunami, a tidal wave of goodness, wealth, warmth, and love, while building mighty civilizations, militaries, governments, economies, educational institutions and re-write constitutions. I see a gender that has failed the world, the gender of the present world dominance, and destruction having to answer to the gender of productivity, sensitivity, and reproduction. Eventually positivity will become world dominance and so will peace. This is not impossible. But first, we must get out of our own way!
Thank you for humoring me.