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.
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 or 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.
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.