For people who think about the rights of women of color, trans* folk, white women, and beyond just about every waking moment, this conversation is a bit overdue. From the confines of western thought, we develop a this OR that binary when talking about women so the conversation becomes #yesALLwomen versus #notALLmen. If women are asking for respect, it is not a battle cry of women against men. This split western notion prefers compartmentalization rather than intersectionality. The new millennial hippies have started to dominate the discourse and thus slowly chipped it away over the past nine years Borrowing from our New Age forefathers of the 60s and 70s, we often turn to Eastern concepts to understand and breakdown these unfullfilling binaries.
From a Chinese perspective, there are two energies: yin and yang; feminine and masculine. This translation is heavily simplified. Yin and yang are not opposing forces, but rather exist in harmony in all things. Each energetic aspect is not simply masculine or feminine, but rather encompasses other natural concepts like day and night, even and odd numbers, soft and hard, passive and active, and so forth. Night is meaningless without a sunrise to end it and a sunset to begin it. These Chinese concepts of energy are not meant to antagonize one another but rather form a continuum that all things exist on, including human men and women. All men and yes, all women contain both yin and yang energy to be balanced. One without the other leads to imbalances in just about all areas of life.
Men and women and those who fall on a spectrum should not be viewed opposed to one another. When some men whistled at me this morning on 495, I shouldn't have to keep an eye on my rear view mirror to make sure that those men don't follow me to work. It's very exhausting thinking of men as potential threats rather than fellow human beings. In all sectors of life, too. I have turned down jobs because the interviewer made me uncomfortable. I have had my heart broken because the man I cared about turned out to be a wolf in sheep's clothing. Twice. I have seen wives spoken to like servants. I have been asked to leave a class because I was wearing shorts (in America). What this #YesAllWomen movement is pushing for is respect and recognition that women are partners in this world and have risen up in the face of oppression to be brilliant and successful, despite the odds, which should be 50/50.
A circle with only yang is just a white dot. A sun that never sets. It is empty and meaningless. From a social perspective, there are three bodies: the individual body, which differentiates me and you; the social body, which is how we talk about society as a body of rules and mirrors the human body; and the body politic, which is how the whole system operates and clues us into what's morally and ethically right and wrong. When these yin and yang energies complement one another in our individual bodies, in the social body, and in the body politic, that's freedom.