Hi Stephanie Dolce. Two weeks ago, you wrote about about why you, as a woman, do not support the Women’s March. You included a Facebook rant by Brandi Goings Atkinson in an attempt to support your stance. As a Women’s March attendee, feminist, and woman, I’d like to clarify a few things for the both of you. After you read them, just as Brandi said, “just know that I will NOT be getting into any conversation with you on them. I just want you to THINK about it from a different point of view.

“I am all for equal pay with men, but marching and chanting isn’t going to do a damn thing. In fact, it’s going to do just the opposite. “
Well, with that mentality, the women of the 1950’s wouldn’t have been able to successfully fight your YOUR privileged voting rights that you have today.

“Trump won, get over it and also give him a chance.”
You wrote this a few days before Trump signed a controversial executive order banning Muslims from seven different countries front entering the United States. I’ll let this “give him a chance” comment slide.

“I can make my own choices. I can speak and be heard. I can VOTE.”
You have the privilege of voting and being heard because women decades before you were even conceived marched and protested for that right! That’s right! Marching actually led to the rights you love to brag about today.

“…do not expect for me, a woman, to take you seriously wearing a pink va-jay-jay hat on your head and screaming profanities and bashing men.”
If you even turned on the news or read a single article about any of the marches that happened across the world, you would know that men were among the marchers. I was there. I would know. We’re not bashing men. We’re protesting the divisive ideals the Trump Administration plans to set forth upon us women, our rights, and our freedoms. That’s something you can take seriously.

A protest sign from the 2017 Women’s March on Washington.

“If you want to impress me, especially in regards to women, then speak on the real injustices and tragedies that affect women in foreign countries that do not that the opportunity or means to have their voices heard.”

This sounds too familiar to the All Lives Matter protests that we here in response to Black Lives Matter campaigns. We understand that women all over the world are oppressed. But right now, we’re focused on American women. We can’t help other women if we’re oppressed ourselves. That’s like trying to save someone from drowning when you’re drowning too!

“Democratic Republic of Congo, where rapes are brutal…”
This is probably the most infuriating phrase in your entire rant. All rape is brutal. It doesn’t matter which country rape happens in. It doesn’t matter who rape happens to. There is no such thing as “gentle rape.” Rape is violent in every single aspect. So you describing rape as “brutal” is redundant.

“Where were you… Where were you… Where were you?”
Okay so you just complained about how impoverished women in other parts of the world have it harder than us. Now, you end your rant, complaining about how elite athlete’s on the U.S. Women’s Soccer team have it harder than us. Who are you complaining about us supporting or not supporting?

“You can’t protect women’s rights when it’s only convenient for you- you protect rights at EVERY moment you get- NO MATTER who is President.  That’s the true definition of being a feminist.”
If you’re so well-versed on what being a feminist is, then why is it that you did not take this nationwide opportunity…excuse me, worldwide opportunitythe Women’s Marchto fight for the rights of yourself, feminists, and all other women of America?

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