Men felt their only obligation to the strike was staying home and taking care of the kids? What kind of shit is that? I don’t know, Holly, as much as I like you’re writing, who haven’t you castigated (or castrated) here? The organizers dropped the ball, men dropped the ball, women failing to show up because of their jobs dropped the ball. Are you honestly mad at men for showing support by taking care of the kids? Or for not being involved in the planning more? Protests—any protests—take time, Holly. You want success over night. You want everything to happen as you expect. Your feminist arms may be folded but you’re missing the point. You’re already fighting with your own, diminishing the core of your argument. If you don’t stand together (not just philosophically but mentally), you lose credibility and eventually, those men who stayed home with the kids, are going to realize you hate their guts no matter what they do. With this one article, Holly, you’ve shown where solidarity falls apart: It’s slamming and shaming the very people who are trying to help. Not smart.

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