My name is “Christy” and I DID march

My name is Christy. And I did march. That other “Christy” gets to stay home because countless other “Christy’s” have been speaking up for women for centuries. 


Austin, TX, January 21, 2017. Photo by Christy Thomas.

Austin, TX, January 21, 2017. Photo by Christy Thomas.

Apparently, a woman named “Christy” posted on Facebook her reasons for not participating or supporting one of the Women’s Marches on January 21. The full text of her explanation is at the bottom of this post. But the essence is stated well in her first paragraph:

I am not a “disgrace to women” because I don’t support the women’s march. I do not feel I am a “second class citizen” because I am a woman. I do not feel my voice is “not heard” because I am a woman. I do not feel I am not provided opportunities in this life or in America because I am a woman. I do not feel that I “don’t have control of my body or choices” because I am a woman. I do not feel like I am ” not respected or undermined” because I am a woman.

Now, the original author of the post has come under fire by many for what looks like her position of white privilege.

Please note: I could not verify the identity of the original author. I found a link to someone on Facebook named Christy Spradlin Lynch where the post was found. However, this person lists no “friends” on FB or any personal information, which makes me think this is a face account. Even so, this post saw multiple reposts. Plus a lot of kickback. The most famous one is here.

I could be this “Christy”

So, let me clarify something: While I am not the “Christy” of the original post, I could very well be.

I am privileged, born a white woman to a solidly upper-middle-class family who valued education highly. I certainly faced limitations when I entered the pastorate, a field where many consider it sinful for a woman to hold that role However, compared to the vast majority of humankind, my life has been a cakewalk. 99% of the limitations I faced were of my making or my choice.

My loving (and Trump-supporting Republican) husband and I enjoy a delightful mutual admiration society. I am rich in family, friends, and financial resources. There is not one reason for me to venture out of this comfortable and cossetted life.

Not one reason. Well, maybe one. I can’t escape that enigmatic statement of Jesus, found in the genuinely disturbing Chapter 12 of Luke’s Gospel. “From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required; and from the one to whom much has been entrusted, even more will be demanded.”

Jan 21 2017 crowd gathering around Texas capital building

Crowds gather around the Capital building for the Austin, TX, women’s march

Why is Luke 12 so disturbing? I would suggest you read the entire grouping of events found in Luke 11-13. You’ll find no words of sweetness and light and “Gosh, I hope you will be happy and rich and comfortable all your life because you said the right prayer and are sure you are going to heaven when you die.”

Nope. This section of full of tough stuff, not the least of which is multiple warnings against hypocrisy, against faith for show only, against disrespect toward the Lord God.
"Respect my existence or expect resistence" Austin Women's March Jan 21 2017

Part of that disrespect includes the ignoring the fact that with privilege comes responsibility.

Faceless and nameless or the people around me?

Now, the other “Christy” listed multiple areas of the world where women have it so much worse than just about anyone in the US. She (he?) suggests concentrating on those injustices. Absolutely–but the truth is, the further the injustice, the less likely any of us will do anything. All the listed examples are out of the US, faceless and nameless.

The people I walked for are not faceless and nameless.

They are dear friends, gay and lesbian, who very well may lose hard-gained basic human rights in the next few years.

They are the hard-working folks at the nail salon who breathe in nasty chemicals all day so I can look well-groomed.

They are the laborers, mostly Hispanic, who fan all over my oh-so-protected neighborhood daily keeping yards impeccable and common areas trimmed and well-groomed.

They are the poor women who are likely to lose what little access they have to health care and birth control and who will then be condemned to lives of perpetual poverty when an unexpected pregnancy pushes them from employment possibilities.

These people and so many more are all around me. I, and you, have a shared responsibility to them.

My name is Christy. And I marched. I will do whatever possible to stand up to oppression and injustice. The other “Christy” gets to stay home and feel good about not supporting others because countless “Christy’s” have been speaking up for women for centuries.

Let’s keep marching.


Below is a copy of the original post:

I am not a “disgrace to women” because I don’t support the women’s march. I do not feel I am a “second class citizen” because I am a woman. I do not feel my voice is “not heard” because I am a woman. I do not feel I am not provided opportunities in this life or in America because I am a woman. I do not feel that I “don’t have control of my body or choices” because I am a woman. I do not feel like I am ” not respected or undermined” because I am a woman.
I AM a woman.
I can make my own choices.
I can speak and be heard.
I can VOTE.
I can work if I want.
I control my body.
I can defend myself.
I can defend my family.
There is nothing stopping me to do anything in this world but MYSELF.
I do not blame my circumstances or problems on anything other than my own choices or even that sometimes in life, we don’t always get what we want. I take responsibility for myself.
I am a mother, a daughter, a wife, a sister, a friend. I am not held back in life but only by the walls I choose to not go over which is a personal choice.
Quit blaming.
Take responsibility.
If you want to speak, do so. But do not expect for me, a woman, to take you seriously wearing a pink va-jay-jay hat on your head and screaming profanities and bashing men.
If you have beliefs, and speak to me in a kind manner, I will listen. But do not expect for me to change my beliefs to suit yours. Respect goes both ways.
If you want to impress me, especially in regards to women, then speak on the real injustices and tragedies that affect women in foreign countries that do not that the opportunity or means to have their voices heard.
Saudi Arabia, women can’t drive, no rights and must always be covered.
China and India, infantcide of baby girls.
Afghanistan, unequal education rights.
Democratic Republic of Congo, where rapes are brutal and women are left to die, or HIV infected and left to care for children alone.
Mali, where women can not escape the torture of genital mutilation.
Pakistan, in tribal areas where women are gang raped to pay for men’s crime.
Guatemala, the impoverished female underclass of Guatemala faces domestic violence, rape and the second-highest rate of HIV/AIDS after sub-Saharan Africa. An epidemic of gruesome unsolved murders has left hundreds of women dead, some of their bodies left with hate messages.
And that’s just a few examples.
So when women get together in AMERICA and whine they don’t have equal rights and march in their clean clothes, after eating a hearty breakfast, and it’s like a vacation away that they have paid for to get there…
This WOMAN does not support it.

About Christy Thomas

I am an opinionated Jesus-follower, a retired elder in the United Methodist church, a questioner of everything, and a lover of grace. I am married to a wonderful man and together we claim 11 children and 12 grandchildren. I love to travel, garden, walk and connect ideas together.

  • loveoneanother

    I just do not get the idea that any of us is able to do whatever we want with no one stopping us but ourselves. That idea is akin to the one that we pull ourselves up by our own bootstraps and that no one helps us get where we are ub life. I hear people saying this in one form or another all the time. That is not my experience, although I, too, am privileged. I wonder if this is because independence is so treasured by those in our country or if it is the result of our moving away from multi-generational families living in the same house or closeby so that we do not have the family connections in the ways we had in the past. In the Depression and even in the 1950’s we helped each other even if we didn’t have much. Is it a reaction to “socialism” and the fear of communism from the ’50’s? This belief is not Christian in my eyes, although Christians will quote Bible verses to show me I’m wrong. And the same people will tell me that I must not be praying hard enough or have some sin that is keeping me from having prayers answered. I certainly don’t believe circumstances HAVE to keep people from progress or that miracles don’t happen. But I’ve taught many children over the years and I would never tell them they can be anything they choose to be. Witnessing dementia for about 10 years as well as an unknown disabling illness for half our daughter’s life convinces me that we are fools to believe we are not dependent on the help of others. I also believe we are dependent on God and that believing what that Christy believes is exactly what separates us from God. Do you think such a viewpoint as she expressed is just the human condition, or do you think there are other factors we could understand to help communicate with those who espouse such? Thanks for doing your part to bring awareness of unseen people.

  • bthomas

    On November 8th, 2016 Christi joined her fellow Americans in a march. She along with other voters in every state, territory, major city, minor city right on down to every town and village went to the polls. Americans from all walks of life including celebrities to common working class blue collar folks exercises their constitutional right to vote. They cast ballots coast to coast. Clinton won the majority of votes in about 489 counties and parishes. Trump won the majority of votes in a little over 2,600 counties and parishes. Clinton won the majority of votes in 20 states while Trump won the majority in 30 states resulting in Clinton gaining 232 Electoral College votes and Trump gaining 302 Electoral College votes. On January 20, 2017, the world witnessed the Constitutional transfer of political power as Trump was inaugurated President of the United States. Vox populi.

    • Linda Coleman Allen

      You are simply the blind mouse who would “see no evil”.

      • bthomas

        You are welcome to your own opinion.

        If the Democrats had run a better more qualified candidate, you would not be trying to find a way to explain away your loss.

  • Guthrum

    What exactly were they marching for ? You mention immigrants. Our country has a process for legal immigration. Many groups including churches help immigrants get settled here. Part of the immigration program is a thorough background check. Who can be against that ? You mentioned health insurance. The president’s plan was a start, but millions are still without insurance because they can’t afford the government plan and they don’t qualify for subsidies. Then they get hit with a tax penalty for not having insurance! And many were shocked to find their doctor was not on the plan. So they did not get to keep their doctor. That is not good. So there are big changes needed.
    One estimate was that about 30% of the women who marched actually voted. Of that number around 50% voted for Trump

    • Linda Coleman Allen

      You sound uninformed and happy to be that way. Exactly how did you arrive at your Estimates?

  • ErinErin

    This post from “Christy” is from a sheltered, white, priviledged woman who is SO priveledged she cannot see how condescending her statements are. She has the “freedom” to say those things. Does she even know any people of color? Has she ever read Black Like Me? Seen Selma? Or footage of the dogs attacking the marchers in Birmingham? Seen Hidden Figures? And seen how people in America were–and still are–treated differently merely because of the color of their skin or their accent or clothes? People of color have been fighting an uphill battle for generations in every area of life: employment, housing, loans, schools, services, food…you name it, they get the short end of the stick. If you were to take time to really listen to a person of color, you would hear that it is a daily thing. So to be so cavalier and say it’s just a matter of will and personal responsibility is not only ignorant but plain cruel. Walk a mile in someone else’s shoes before you spout off like that. Sad. SMH. I used to think I wasn’t any different until I went out into the wider world and now I have woke.

    • Linda Coleman Allen

      I can assure you that Christy Thomas and I were young women during that time period. I saw all of it and marched for desegregation as did many white people. I am still seeing it 50 years later. It is disgusting that some people are willing to go back. I suggest that you be careful who you vote for and check out which presidents took part in desegregation.

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  • Linda Coleman Allen

    Christy Thomas is a privileged woman now. But before her current new marriage, she lived on a pension in a small apartment as retired clergy. She counted her pennies and was content. She met her current husband on a dating website as an experiment for a ministry for a group of other single retired women. She holds a Doctorate in Theology, and is one of the most compassionate people I know. I am one of the people she and thousands of other women (and many men) marched for. I have to wonder how the other Christy feels now that the government is falling apart. Her rights as a woman are up for grabs by a bunch of men who want to be in control of her. And they are in the process of passing legislation to accomplish just that. If you didn’t click on the link in the article and read Susan Speers reply, you should. This is a very critical time in America, and if we don’t want to lose our rights and our country, we need to wake up. For 200 years women have had to March and fight for everything they have. And many men will be affected too.