Celebrate Women

Day 32:  Argentina

Shout out to all the women out there.  Today, is International Women's Day. Whether you were born a woman or identify as one, today is for you.  As a woman and a feminist today is about equality.  We have a right to be treated equally to men.  That includes employment and compensation, education, sex and all other ways.  A Facebook friend of mine wrote that she thought the Women's March was stupid because she does what she does because she loves it, not because of the paycheck, so she doesn’t need to be compensated the same as a man.  To me this is bullshit (pardon my language).  I am sorry, but regardless of whether or not I love my job, I deserve to be compensated the same as a male doing the same job (with the caveat that we have the same skill set).  If I am the executive director of a nonprofit, I expect to be paid the same as men doing the same job.  It is true, I did not do what I did for the paycheck, but that doesn't mean I don’t deserve to be compensated the same as my male counterparts.  As for education, women and girls have a right to education.  Girls all over the world are denied an education, while their male counterparts are getting an eduction and thriving.  This is unacceptable.  

The biggest thing is sex.  In many regards.  First and foremost, why am I taxed on feminine hygiene products, but a man is not taxed on Rogaine or Viagra?  I should be burdened with a natural bodily function that allows me to carry a human being inside my body, but a man should not be penalized for impotence or hair loss?  How does that seem fair?  Or how does it seem fair that a group of men, led by a reality star turned President, can dictate what I can and can’t do with my body?  Or why is it okay for that same man to degrade woman and sexually assault them?  Sexual assault and rape are never OK.  While today is a celebration of womanhood, it is also a time to take an additional look at how far we have come in terms of women’s right and how far we still get to come.  I am proud to be a woman and I am proud to be a feminist and I am proud to celebrate International woman’s day in a country that celebrates women.  

We started our day with lunch at a cute little Italian place called La Stampa.  It was the perfect place for today.  They were giving 20% off all checks to women’s groups in honor of International Women’s day.  How cool is that?

As usual we couldn't finish our meal because portions in South America are ridiculous.  So we gave our leftovers to a homeless mother and daughter.  Also, appropriate given today.  We also decided that we needed to go to the market because food in Buenos Aires is expensive.  So we got our usual PB & J and went to drop it off at the apartment.  On our way out we met these young guys (somewhere in age between Brian and me).  It turns out, they were headed to the same place we were, Bond Street.  Bond street is the home of all the good tattoo shops in Buenos Aires.  We were headed to American Tattoo.  In our research, that was the best.  We originally went to set up appointments, but it turned out they could see us today.  I was disappointed because they told me they couldn't do what I originally wanted, but I am so happy with what I got.  Scott did an amazing job.  Its funny, Scott is my tattoo artist in the US and Scott did my tattoo in Buenos Aires.  

After getting our tattoos, we went and got some dinner at the Buenos Aires Grill.  We shared the Pork Chops and the Filet Mignon.  The Filet melted in your mouth.  The pork chops were tasty, but not as good as the filet.  However, as usually it was way too much food and we gave the leftovers away on our way back to the apartment.

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