Women’s March in 10 iconic images

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I’m a big fan of protests. Or to be more precise, I’m a big fan of the right to (peacefully) protest.

I remember being about ten and watching from the window of my first-floor flat near the centre of Krakow hundreds of mostly young, mostly male pro-Solidarity protesters running down my street, being followed half a minute later by the riot police chasing and trying to corner them in some cul-de-sac. Two young men, probably university students, tried to hide in the entrance to a tenement on the other side of the street (where, coincidentally, I was unreliably told that Roman Polanski lived as a child before war), but were easily spotted by ZOMO (motorised people’s militia, as they were officially known), dragged out and beaten with batons, before being loaded onto the back of a van. It was dusk but there were no lights in any of the apartments along my street, so as not to provoke the riot police into making a special visit to your home.

The martial law could be pretty rough.

So whenever I see people rallying or marching nowadays, I say good on them. Most likely I will be either indifferent or opposed to what they are rallying or marching for (or against), but I think it’s wonderful to live in a country where anyone can do it, without fear or worry – even though so many activists nowadays love to sing the praises of their courage, as if they were really living in a fascist state and facing consequences direr than sore feat and strained voice. I do draw the line though at assaulting police and others, and destroying property. Not cool.

Anyway. Women’s March. Great. March away. I will always cherish and defend your right to do so. But I will also always cherish and defend my right to roll my eyes and snigger when I want to. You probably call it an expression of a patriarchal, oppressive, sexist, misogynistic male privilege; I call it a freedom privilege.

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Change that “and” to “in” and we have a cross-political agreement here.

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Good news: you’re safe.

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I hope all that knitting didn’t go to waste and you can reuse this lovely uterus as a sweater.

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But has it got talent?

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Don’t rub her head, or she will get even more excited.

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We already do. Your next argument?

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I’m deleting my Tinder now.

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That’s not what Enoch Powell meant when he warned about “rivers of blood”. Also, I’m glad that someone’s finally fighting for all the male women. Speaking of which:

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And:

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Really glad not be her dentist. Or gynecologist.

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