Anyone can draw upon the language and rituals of beautiful, revolutionary projects and twist them for their basest, most degrading purposes. How can we protect ourselves? How can we tell?
Every woman must inhabit an era, community, and country as well as her body. And so feminism must include all the aspects of being a woman if it is to pursue equality for all women.
…it has become a daily choice and affirmation.
In the light of all this violence, you tell me not to be afraid. Well, I am afraid. And it’s OK to be afraid. It makes sense that many of us are afraid. I’m not saying we should be ashamed. There’s a big difference.
Emotions are neither good nor bad at their core. Sadness is as healthy as happiness. Every feeling has its appropriate season. To deny an emotion because we’re afraid or embarrassed to express it, or because we think it’s wrong, is to deny a part of ourselves.
All of us are taught how to live in rape culture – how to think and behave and react in rape culture. But not how to resist, how to heal, how to revolt.
My friends and I debated for a long time about this, but in the end the results were largely predictable, with the smartest of us being put in Ravenclaw, the most ambitious of us going into Slytherin, etc.
Today, we are still perceived as little more than someone’s nanny or your grandparents’ nurse… The truth is, we are a thriving native people who celebrate the multitudes of cultures we have developed — the erasure of this truth and the lack of respect for our care-based work is the continuation of white supremacy, of cultural genocide.
Here are some signs that you may be “performing activism” when you’re trying to hold someone accountable – and how to refocus on the bigger picture instead.
I always find it rather funny that POC kids, regardless of our parents’ backgrounds, often communicate a lot of those universal experiences in our upbringings.
I could see two paths laid out before me. The path of fleeing, of fear, of shame. The path of self-hatred. And the path of my truth. Unashamed and radical, offensive to the social systems that would see me and my kin erased. A choice to go through with my wedding.
As hard as it may be to admit that there are things we truly do not like about ourselves, there are almost definitely things that we love about ourselves…
We’re all points of light in this big world and rather than shining more brightly than others I want them to understand that loving their own light means loving others light even if it’s a different shape or a different color.
I have found a few tricks to ease the blow of my depressive episodes and dark mood swings. Maybe some of them can help you, too.
I don’t want you to hide even though I fear for your safety. It’s not you, son, who needs to change, it’s those out there who hate and fear difference… Someday you’ll attend those clubs and I want you to attend with joy. To dance in the face of oppression because dancing is one way to freedom.