Women’s Day

Tomorrow, October 20th, is Women’s Day in Vietnam, which we celebrate by giving women overpriced flowers and gifts. When my dad found out it was actually the day the Women’s Union of Vietnam was founded back in 1930, he got into this whole rant about how commercialization is robbing these days of their meanings (we also celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8, and people give women flowers and cards on that day too.) I agree with him, but that got me thinking – why do we need a day (or two, in this case) devoted to women? Shouldn’t we do that all the time? And don’t tell me it’s for feminism and stuff. If anything, these days only give some men excuses to treat women like crap the rest of the time. Back in high school I always felt so awkward receiving flowers from the boys in my class on Women’s Day. I felt like I was being treated differently because of my gender -the exact opposite of what feminism is about. I would much rather the money spent on flowers and gifts be used to help the women who actually need it.

And that concludes my serious discussion of the day. Though I do find it fitting that this outfit is the most tomboy thing I’ve worn all week (it’s a direct rip-off of this, down to the patent loafers.)

Shirt: Amazon (I think? It was old. I got it along with some books to get the free shipping deal)
Jeans: Forever21, Loafers: thrifted, Bracelets: from Sapa


3 Comments on “Women’s Day”

  1. Megan says:

    It does seem very backwards – like you said, getting a day because of your gender and getting treated differently because of it is exactly the opposite of feminism. Kinda silly 😀

    I do love this outfit – baseball tees are so cute and comfy!

  2. Jess says:

    Hahahaha oh your dad sounds just like my dad. Dads everywhere…they all share quite the common thread, don’t they? This is a great outfit, and it’s in that ironic non-feminine-but-feminist way. In a good way. On Women’s Day. Ugh, I don’t know.

  3. Mike says:

    Very well said Salazar. I agree that while it’s great that we have days dedicated to honoring women, why not honor them all the time? I was brought up to honor and respect women and have always felt that it was strange that we need such days (although I am happy that we do have them). But even just having one month (March) dedicated to women’s history, why not honor the great contributions of women all year around, both past and present? And thank you for what you said when you said SOME men treat women like crap, as we are not all like that; jerks and beasts. I hate it when people makes generalized statements, assuming that it’s everyone in a particular group. I appreciate that.

    But wow, so in Vietnam, you have two days for women? I wonder if it’s similar to our day called “Sweetest Day”, which is around that same time in October?

    You’re doing a great job with your blog and I wish to continue to support it and contribute the best that I can. Thanks for letting me be a part of it. 🙂

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