March 8 has always been a communist propaganda just to fuck with the traditionally male-dominated social order. Though it first started in the States at the beginning of 20th century, the commemoration of such event didn’t gain its prominence until the Bolshevik borrowed and adopted it in Russia decades later. Naturally as a significant signaling of left holiness, it was widely adopted outside the socialist states even before Hippies started the Woodstock orgy party (UN took it serious as early as 1957!).
China, even decades after the leftiest singularity of Cultural Revolution, continued to campaign International Women’s Day as a victory of how female gender manage to break through the old evil family role and try to achieve excellence in every aspect of our beloved communist society except of being a good mother. The message was taken for granted even as late as late 90s and early 00s. I remembered seeing the comic description of female steel worker, female rocket scientist, and female rice farmer everywhere on the street on every March 8 when I was a kid. Hell even I took that granted, believing it’s the only truth about women through all my adolescence. Because it’s a top-down state indoctrination, everyone gets the message in a genial manner, even though most of us at that time have never really seen a female steer worker, or a female scientist. But that doesn’t matter.
Fast forward time to the present being, it’s another good old fashion March 8 again! The government no longer gives too much shit literally to print new posters. The country is inundated with commercials to promote female impulsive consumerism with special “women’s day” concessions. Most people don’t even use the old term “Women’s Day” any more. Now it’s a celebration for “the girls day”, “the queens day”, “the princesses day” and such. Here is just one of the posters for this particular day in nowadays China:
Now women resume being womanly finally, who would even remember that this particular holy day was to commemorate that women should never be objectified and restricted for their own femininity and such? Well, thank holy goddess of Nvwa not China.
But clearly the West still very much remembers that. I just got news that tomorrow in Madrid, Spain, the current temporary residence of mine, tomorrow (Mar 8) the city will hold (organized and encouraged by the communist city government!) 127 street demonstrations in various ares of the city. This year’s slogan is against the unequal pay for women in work place, so all public services will reduce to the minimal maintenance level. That means the metro will reduce its frequency by 40-65% (of course because half of the metro people are women), bus service reduced by 60-80% (too many women bus drivers need to protest that day). And of course that includes hospitals, schools, and even fire fighters! Mass protest is expected and encouraged. The whole city would be left in paralysis. Who cares if it hurts normal average working class to get to work on time, women need to get on the street and shout out loud! Oh, did I forget to mention the city government also organized a parade especially for trannies and lesbians one day before?
And Spain was actually a new kid in the block who has only submitted to the Cathedral 40 years ago.
History has its final laugh.