It’s International Women’s day! I love the feminine traits and energy in both women and men. I love all the ways it can be channelled and expressed, and the power that comes with it. But it’s too often being demeaned and/or exploited; looked upon as something weak or stupid, hysterical, sexual or objectified. This is out of the (feminine) subject's control, and it’s heavily integrated into our society.
If you are able to stay quiet in the face of injustice, if you don’t see oppression and why we still need feminism and this day, it’s through privilege. If you are a man or a woman as lucky and privileged as me (white, cis, straight-passing, middle-class, and with an able body): make room for other people’s stories and struggles. None of us is free until all of us are free.
There are just as many ways of being human as there are humans. The things we talk about and ask for are not complex or big, they're very simple. And it's the same in every fight for social justice. We want empathy and love. Our society is built on injustice and economical, social and political imbalance, from years and years of subtle (and not so subtle) manipulation, violence and control. And we want to change that. We want empathy and love: the two most basic human needs. It's not rocket science, it's not (or at least, should not be) a new form of hate.
We need to talk about this, fight for this; we need to challenge the status quo and look for the non-discriminating alternative. From the bigger things like education, human rights and safety, to the smaller things like “the pink tax”. Fight for trans-women. Fight for fat women. Fight for Muslim women. Fight for black women. Fight for Latina women. Fight for Asian women. Fight for dark-skinned women from every ethnicity. Fight for sex workers. Fight for poor women. Fight for feminine traits in men. Fight for every nuance of being human. Show it. Make room for it. Love it. And do it fiercely. ✊🏿✊🏽✊🏾✊🏻