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The Women’s Movement Seems to be Annoying Lots of Women

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‘The fine tradition of taking something that worked before and milking it to the point of uselessness or maybe self-parody.’

James Freeman writes: Wednesday is looking like another tough day for the anti-Trump resistance. The people who brought you the “Women’s March on Washington” on Donald Trump’s first full day in office have organized tomorrow’s “Day Without a Woman.” It’s intended as a general strike to protest gender oppression. But it seems that the oppressed may be too busy to participate.

 “All things being equal (which is what we’re after, right?), we are too essential to play hooky. That’s why the idea that women should take a day off en masse to make a political point is both self-defeating and vaguely insulting.”

— Los Angeles Times columnist Meghan Daum 

“Stupid. That’s what I first thought,” Angie Beem tells the Seattle Times. Ms. Beem helped organize a January 21 Women’s March in Seattle but is skeptical of tomorrow’s event. “What’s the purpose of a strike when you can’t afford a day to not work? Women who could possibly do this are in an executive-type position. Life will go on for them. Their career is more stable. This screamed white privilege,” says Ms. Beem.

“Stupid. That’s what I first thought. What’s the purpose of a strike when you can’t afford a day to not work? Women who could possibly do this are in an executive-type position. Life will go on for them. Their career is more stable. This screamed white privilege.”

The Times was able to find “only one local event associated with the strike: a free yoga open house at Spa Eir in Kirkland. ‘Let us be your sanctuary for the afternoon, a place to celebrate yourself,’ says a posting from the spa.” The Times adds that the spa will offer “slow flow yoga,” “yin yoga,” aromatherapy and “singing bowls.” The paper quotes spa owner Natalie Nelson: “I’m pretty passionate about women’s issues and want to give back to the movement. We’re happy to give space to commune and relax.”

[Read the full story here, at WSJ]

It may be tougher for some women to relax now that various school districts have cancelled Wednesday classes due to staff absences. “It came as a surprise when my husband texted me to tell me there was no school,” said Courtney Scott, who has children in Virginia’s Alexandria City Public Schools. She told TV station WJLA. “I can imagine how big of an inconvenience it is for people who don’t have child care and have to go in to work and don’t have the options to stay home.”

Alexandria girls also have limited options but it seems clear they will forgo one day of learning in the classroom. The city’s school system says in a statement on its website: “Students will not be required to make up this instructional day.”

Los Angeles Times columnist Meghan Daum places Wednesday’s events in “the fine tradition of taking something that worked before and milking it to the point of uselessness or maybe self-parody.” In the latter category. … (read more)

Source: School’s Out – WSJ

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