Women have held their place as an inhuman conceptual idea – one that is clothed in the dirty rags of one’s imagination so as to maintain a believable discourse. Society, at large, feels the need to leave it that way because as soon as we begin to actually listen to women’s stories and experiences it becomes complicated. We can no longer maintain our pretend image of what kinds of women make certain choices. We have to begin to acknowledge that choices are personal, that women are best positioned to know what is best for themselves and their families, and that women, alone, should be held with the responsibility and right of making their own healthcare decisions.
In looking back, will we see a history that illuminates the boldness of folks with a uterus – one defined by insistent non-compromise? Or will our struggle be laced with concessions, excused by ourselves and society, named baby-steps and progress and forward thinking?
If you live life as a woman you know that in any given day or week something like this will happen to you. You'll be walking briskly down the bread aisle for a package of rolls to go with your soup, while your family waits in the parking lot, and as you race by a young man, he'll stand back, look you up and down, and say, "How you doin'?" "Fine," you'll respond, without breaking stride. "You look fly today, by the way!" he'll shout after you, and you'll round the corner as fast as possible, looking over your shoulder the whole time you're checking out. You'll note the absurdity of the exchange. The fact that the personal-space-invader was young enough to be your child, that he was at the store with who appeared to be his mother, bent over a cart of bread, oblivious, while her grown male son leered and sneered and snarled at the female patrons of the store.
We can’t eliminate gender-based violence, while we ignore the way we usher so many women into parenthood on the heels of violence, itself.
Yesterday was an empowering day for many folks as the 1 in 3 Campaign hosted an eight-hour speak out, during which more than one hundred women shared their abortion stories, and countless more spoke out online about their own.
So, Time apologized. And I say, so what? So what about a popular national media outlet that included “feminist” in their list of banned words? So what? So what that their inclusion of a word channeled IMMENSE media attention their way? So what that the inclusion of a word defining a centuries-old social movement calling for [Read More…]
So, TIME Magazine thinks the word, “feminist” ranks up there with annoying words and phrases that should be banned. Phrases like, “I can’t even” and “sorry, not sorry,” and “literally.” Yeah, feminist. It’s so annoying to be continually reminded of our STILL ass backwardness that half the population is oppressed simply because of their gender. [Read More…]