Monday, May 16, 2022

We are women with Balls, by Maritza Felix

On “International Women's Day” we don't want compliments, but opportunities; we don't want flowers, but salary increases; we don't want dishware, but the power to decide; we don't want pink nail polish, but a rainbow of equality; We don't want permission, we want to be able to be.

HomeFront pageWe are women with Balls, by Maritza Felix

We were born with balls. Yes; although society has tried to castrate us. We have the eggs of fertility and history; of life and fertility. We are the balls … and the ovaries. We are strong. We are brave. We are women who have already tired of the label of the weak sex.

We are the daughters of the fight; we are the granddaughters of submission; we are the mothers of equality; we are the generation that no longer falls silent. We are, along with them; perhaps more tenacious, because we have never had the right to be only a sex. No one inherited privileges.

We are the women of poems and roses, of pants and computers, of silent prayers and religious freedoms. We are the daughters of the sun and lovers of the moon: With cleavage, with insolence, with power, with haughty looks and high heel shoes. We are the contrasting image of what we want, we can, we should and dream of being.

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We are. Just like this: We are.

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On “International Women’s Day” we don’t want compliments, but opportunities; we don’t want flowers, but salary increases; we don’t want dishware, but the power to decide; we don’t want pink nail polish, but a rainbow of equality; We don’t want permission, we want to be able to be.

We want to not be silenced or killed.

We want to not be harassed or cat-called on the streets.

We want to live without fear.

We want to not be raped.

We want to not be despised for our decisions.

We want to not be crucified for our motherhood.

We want them to stop criticizing singleness and be free to bluntly speak about infertility.

We want to vote, march, comment, question, write and raise.

We want to stop being sacrificed and selfless.

We want the controversial, complicated and beaten justice.

We want the same, without haggling.

We don’t want to be men. No. We love them, respect them, admire them, hold them accountable and forgive them. We want to be women, with all our incongruities, crises and hormones … we like being them!

Nor do we want their balls, we have ours and we prefer them because they procreate, because they bleed, because they release, because they make us strong and vulnerable: because they make us the eternal source of life. Ours are enough, although sometimes they condemn us.

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Yes, we want every day to be for the women … and the men … and everyone. We want life, society and family to treat us the same. We want an encouraging future, not the repetition of a painful history. We don’t want to curse genetics. We do not want happiness to be defined by a chromosome or plenitude for a gender. We want our daughters to be free and not engage in these same battles.

We want to walk and pave the way to have something real to celebrate.

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Maritza Lizeth Félix es una periodista, productora y escritora independiente en Arizona. Nació en Magdalena de Kino, Sonora, México. La frontera ha sido su hogar y su inspiración por más de 15 años.
Su trabajo ha sido publicado en importantes periódicos de Estados Unidos, México y otros lugares del mundo, así como en las principales cadenas de televisión de habla hispana Univisión y Telemundo. Actualmente trabaja de manera independiente para la Organización Editorial Mexicana, Channel 4, Proyecto Puente, Uniradio Noticias, Telemax y Prensa Arizona. Fue reportera en el documental “Misterios de la Fe”, de Discovery Channel y fungió como productora del documental de la frontera de Estados Unidos y México para la serie televisiva “The Wall”, un trabajo investigativo mundial realizado por Rondo Media, del Reino Unido. También ha sido productora de proyectos especiales como coberturas políticas, electorales y de inmigración para Al
Jazeera y fue la productora de investigación en el galardonado reportaje “Risking It All For America – Riding The Train Of Death”, de Channel 4 en Inglaterra.
En 2011 fue nombrada por Chicanos Por La Causa como una de los “40 Líderes Hispanos menores de 40 años” en reconocimiento a su trabajo periodístico e influencia en el estado. Félix ha ganado cinco premios Emmy y fue la primera ganadora del premio a la “Mejor Crónica Escrita en Estados Unidos”, de Nuevas Plumas. También ha recibido múltiples galardones del Arizona Press Club por sus reportajes. En 2012 y 2013, la revista Phoenix New Times la nombró como la “Mejor Periodista de Habla Hispana” en Arizona.
Maritza está felizmente casada y es mamá de unos mellizos curiosos que retan y alimentan su imaginación todos los días y llenan su vida de alegría, amor y carcajadas.

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  1. La lucha de la mujer siempre a sido por equidad no por igualdad, y hoy 8 de marzo se conmemora esa lucha constante a través de los años.

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