Let’s All Have a Dose of Equality

Malala Yousafzai, equality, inequality

Today is Blog Action Day, which means bloggers from all around the world are uniting to tackle the difficult subject of inequality. When I first heard about this day I knew that I had to take part. As an atheist, bisexual Latina in the lower tax bracket, inequality is something that I think about every day.

I think about the fact that 53% of Americans would rather vote for someone who has smoked pot, had an affair, or never held office than an atheist. And that there are still 13 countries where it is legal to deny marriage to an atheist or even kill one. Then I think of all the other people who are chastised, threatened, and killed because of their religious beliefs.

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I think about the fact that the validity and very existence of my sexual identity is questioned. And I’m immediately labeled selfish, greedy, promiscuous and unfaithful because I am attracted to both men and women. Or the fact that being in a relationship with a man makes people think that I am now heterosexual. That’s not quite how being bisexual works.

I think about all the other LGBT people around the world who are still being bullied and beaten for merely falling in love or embracing their true gender.

I think about the way people still ask me if I was born in Mexico or where I am from, despite living in a country that is supposed to be a melting pot of races and cultures. Or that in 2013 only 5% of leading roles in mainstream films were held by a woman of color. And the one show on TV that boasts an all Latina cast is centered around their roles as maids.

I think about the unequal standards in place for men and women around the world. On average, the American woman will earn $450,000 less in her lifetime than a man working her same position. And if she has great leadership ability, she is bossy, bitchy orΒ  PMSing.

I think about the fact that the worst thing you can be is a part of the female anatomy – a cunt, pussy or twat. Or that we STILL say things like ‘man up’ and ‘stop acting like a girl.’

I also think about all the other countries that continue to deny women their right to free will. They are married off at the age of 8 or doused in acid for refusing marriage proposals. They are beaten and killed for wanting an education. And they are considered property for men to do with whatever they please.

Even in America, rape victims are still blamed for their attack based on what they were wearing.

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I think about how over half of the world’s finances are controlled by only the top 2%. The rest? Well, they often don’t have access to education, healthcare and other basic necessities.

And I think about the fact that we are responsible for these inequalities. Our ignorance, prejudice, and even compliance have denied people across the globe their basic human rights – their right to love, equality, respect, agency, healthcare, safety, and so much more.

We have been raised to think that life is unfair. But the human race has only multiplied that unfairness by the millions with each dose of inequality. It’s time that we work together to build an equal and just world for our fellow human beings. It’s time that each of us be granted the basic rights and respect that we deserve. So I hope you will join me in spreading the word about inequality. Together, maybe we can start a ripple of change that will travel around the world making it a more just place for the next generation.

What are your thoughts on inequality? Have you ever experienced it first hand?

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  • It’s great that you know exactly where you stand and you are speaking out about it. That’s a very admirable trait.

    • Thank you, Jaelan! I think it’s important to speak out if we want anything to change. πŸ™‚ Thanks for taking the time to read.

  • Nothing makes me crazier than people thinking we’ve achieved equality. To me it feels like we’re quite far from it across the board. It disgusts me and it’s disheartening. I just keep speaking my mind about things that matter and hope other people do too.

    • Me too! I hate when people think that because we all have a right to vote and can no longer have slaves we’re all completely equal. We still have a long way to go, but I’m glad that people like you continue to speak out against the things that matter. πŸ˜€

  • It amazes me every day that people are completely oblivious to how big of an issue inequality is in our country. They just feel like, because they don’t feel directly effected by it…that it doesn’t exist. And it just isn’t a race thing, you touched about that inequality goes much much further than that!

    • I hate when people refuse to see the inequalities going on all around them. In my opinion, by choosing to remain ignorant, you are only adding to the inequality. I hope that eventually people will be more aware of the changes that we still need to make. πŸ™‚

  • I didn’t know today was inequality day. I have a few things I would have liked to say! I had no idea that atheists could not get married in some countries but it reminds me of our own country still trying to ban gay marriages. Even Chic-Fil-A and their group of supporters- what a terrible way to say “I am Christian”. Religion should be special to each individual, not a choice imposed upon us.
    Same with relationships. When I was growing up I did not understand same sex relationships because I am attracted to the opposite sex and I thought “wouldn’t it be easier for gay individuals to stop going against the grain?” Then I had a huge aha moment. That would be like someone telling me to ‘stop going against the grain’ because of my preference. It was like a ton of bricks hit me. Duh!!! All of us are made the way we are and sexual preference is not a *choice* – it is the way we are born.

    • There’s still time to participate! Posts are going up all over the world, so many will still be posting tomorrow. I’d love to read your post about inequality.

      I completely agree; relationships and religion are personal things. No one has a right to impose their religion or thoughts on relationships on anyone else. Isn’t that why our forefathers came to America? To escape religious persecution. And I’m so happy for your ‘aha moment.’ I hope many others will have the same one! πŸ˜€

      • Today marks the day that AZ residents are allowed to have same sex marriages. This is where I live and I am ecstatic to hear it. I did not go home and work on my blog yesterday so no excitement posted on this topic

        • Yay! I’m so happy Arizona now recognizes same sex marriage! πŸ˜€ And it’s never too late to post on this topic.

  • PREACH girlfran. I wish people would just wake up and realise there is nothing equal about this world – sure it’s more equal than the 50s but yeah no. equality doesnt mean ‘better than but still not the best it can be’.

    • Yes, exactly! I love the way you said that. Plus, I think people forget that there are other parts of the world that haven’t even reached the level of equality that we had in the 50s. I can’t imagine living in one of those places, so I don’t understand why we wouldn’t want to help change that.

  • Great post for Blog Action Day! I would like to join you and start a ripple of change πŸ™‚
    I have experienced inequality in society, as a woman. This graphic (http://www.tickld.com/x/next-time-someone-says-women-arent-victims-of-harassment-show-them) puts my sentiments into words perfectly – men seem to feel, and to act, as if they “own” public spaces and so feel “entitled” to comment on women’s bodies as they pass by. I have experienced this far too many times. It is a form of harassment!
    I live in a Western country (the UK) and, other than being a woman, I am a member of a lot of the most privileged groups in society – I am white, heterosexual, cisgendered and able-bodied. I do realise that many things I have achieved in my life would not have been possible, or would have been so much more difficult, if I had not had these characteristics. I have worked with Roma people in Eastern Europe and in the UK. These people are from one of Europe’s most excluded groups and face widespread discrimination. My life would have been so different if I had been born into one of their communities, as their lives would have been if they had been born into my community. Inequality has far too great an impact on people’s lives and opportunities. I wish we could all work together to build an equal and just world for our fellow human beings, like you say in your post.

    • Thank you, Catherine! You make some great points about privilege and equality. It makes me so happy that you are aware of some of the privileges that you do have, despite experiencing gender inequality. I think there are so many people out there that like to stay in the dark about the privileges they have been granted in life for merely being in one of the mainstream groups. And I hope that we can all work together to make the world a much better place for all of us. Thank you for sharing your story!

  • What a great post Lynsey. πŸ™‚ It’s so much truth in this. I can’t believe that you who are living in America are experiencing people asking you where you originally come from… I’m baffled!!! USA is a melting pot and no one is from there originally apart from native americans, so why what I assume is “white” people asking you is beyond my comprehension…. I have felt inequality in so many different situations. I’m being treated unequally everyday at work as I make Β£5000 less than someone else doing the same job as me. If I had lived in my native Norway instead of UK, this would have been illegal. I’m bisexual too and I’m almost ashamed to say it as the stigma is there straight away.”all women like to snog other women” “you’re just scared to come out as a lesbian” and so on. I’m happily married to a man, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t like women! Why do I have to defend my sexuality? It’s something very personal so why is it of anyone’s concern? I experience inequality when I travel on the bus and because I’m fat no one wants to sit next to me. I’m not THAT fat that I have to have two seats. But oh well at least that means more space for me πŸ˜›

    • Wow! Β£5000 is a huge discrepancy. That’s absolutely ridiculous! I hope that you can get the pay you deserve. As for being bisexual, I agree there’s a lot of stigma attached to it. There are many people who don’t believe bisexuals even exist. As you said, they’re convinced that we either just want attention from men or we’re closeted lesbians. Uh, no. We’re just attracted to both men and women. It’s that simple. And you’re right. Our sexuality is no one else’s business, except for the person we’re with. πŸ˜‰ I’m sorry you even have to face inequality and discrimination on the bus. People can be so insensitive and very ignorant. But as you said, more space for you! It’s their loss anyway. They miss out on the chance to meet an awesome and beautiful person. πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing your story, Mookie.