For all my sisters who’ve ever been invaded.
into our space
into our bodies
into our lives
“accommodate me, listen to me, let me in, take it, say yes”
constantly making room for others
for their problems, for their bodies, for their time, for their needs
grieving the loss
of our time
don’t let go just yet
for I am with you
for our rights
for what is rightfully ours
we are not receptacles
we are full to overflowing
we need our own space
don’t give up
After learning of the rape allegations against Nate Parker on feminist current and subsequently reading further damning articles and evidence, I will not be seeing the new Birth of a Nation movie. Some of Parker’s comments and even the event itself sound eerily similar to things said and events recounted by my sociopathic, horrifically abusive ex. I’m absolutely disgusted by Parker and others like him (e.g. Polanski and Woody Allen). I encourage others to join me in boycotting movies by any of these men.
So I was perusing the new Beautiful Rising website which showcases tactics for change. I was thinking about our beautiful manifesto and how useful it would be to come up with different mottos that condense our message into a phrase that gets people questioning the status quo and effectively disrupts the patriarchy. This motto could be scrawled on paper money, inside books and magazines, or on bathroom stalls. It would have to be short and thought-provoking. So I put it to you, Gender Rebels:
If we had a motto, what would it be?