Feminist. That word causes great pride or frothing anger, an interesting subject in itself. The fact of the matter is, if you feel that your mom or sister, wife or daughter, female coworker or your distant aunt, any and all men, as well as genders generally not included in discussions, all have the right to be treated fairly and not by their anatomy and erroneous judgments based on anatomy – then you are a feminist. It is the stance that all people are equal and deserving of the same opportunities. To prove the point, take check out this survey…
I’m not native. This I can be certain of as both my parents have done the genetic testing to find out who they are, and I encourage that others do the same before they chase down ghosts of the past which will lead them wrong, and you make a social faux pas with a friend. It happened in my family–the he said, she said lore of where we came from. Regardless of my roots, I care about the issues affecting the native people that I share this great land with–land stolen from them by European settlers, which may or may not be my ancestors. Equally, I can’t yet tell you when my family settled here, but I can acknowledge that the discrimination, outright racism, persists making us all participants in the longest holocaust ever to be enacted in the history of man, to which I am aware. Hence, I care and have started advocating for the silenced voices.
The first step in advocating is education. Learn about the challenges facing the group. Listen. This is what I love about Indian Country Today. They have taught me a great deal, and there is still so much to hear before I speak on the issues. In the meantime, let me introduce their voices.
“There are not enough young Native women getting their voices out there…This is what they tell me. I have been thinking about it…My elders taught me that it is good to be careful with words. It is good to be reserved. It is important to listen. Always listen. Then speak up, maybe, if it will help.” – Chelsey Luger
I spotted this article a few weeks ago and was elated. With the release of the first book in the Trailokya Trilogy (Trailokya Trilogy, Book 1: The Shadow Soul) coming ever nearer, the gratification this gives me is beyond words. I’m living in a great time for this topic.
The women featured in the Trailokya story are in positions of power, battling some of the same issues that Earth women currently face, despite all the knowledge they could ever need and the removal of barriers. When pitched into a life with humans, their advanced society and way of life is often placed to the side. Their enemies use this precarious balance against them, throwing them into turmoil. Are they doing the best they can by their human charges, especially if married to one?
Women’s science fiction takes on these questions and more, read about them here:
“Today, both Hurley and Leckie say that female voices in science fiction are far louder than they used to be, largely thanks to blogs and social media. Now, when men wonder aloud (as they often do on their blogs) where all the women in science fiction are, those women can take to the comment section and point out that they’ve been there all along. They can use Twitter and Facebook not just to promote their work, but to connect with one an other. ‘We mirror a lot of what the overall culture is doing now,’ Hurley says, ‘which is saying that we have always been here you’re just not listening. And we’re able to do that now because there are more channels. There’s incredible profusion of all of these other avenues for us to get our voices out there, and to collaborate right. To say okay let’s go flood that comment system, and have dialogue around that.'”
November is not only National American Indian Heritage Month, as declared by Former President George H. W. Bush, but it is the month that houses the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (Nov. 25). Who can possibly have a problem with that?
You’d think no one. However, when I posted this article on my Facebook page the day that it cycled around to me. I got a seemingly nasty note from someone I consider a dear friend. We’ve been friends since girlhood, even sharing the same Brownies Troop. I love her like a long lost sister. So why the anger?
I don’t think the anger was directed at me. I think it was directed at the powers that be who have allowed this gender inequality to go on for thousands of years. We’re both one of the 1 in 3. We can both claim that ‘status’ several times over. Despite everything that has been thrown in our paths to beat us down, we’ve chosen to stand back up and continue. We both agree that humanity must make a change in how it raises their children. That starts with feminism – or gender equality, if you prefer.
As UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, Nicole Kidman writes, “Imagine a world free from violence against women and girls. A world where equality and respect and justice are not just ideals, or possible for only a few women and girls, but the norm for all of us. Each of us has a role to play to make this happen. Play your part.”
I agree that we all must play a part. The earth is our home, and we are all human. We have invisible borders that keep us separated into groups that we continue to believe are more meaningful than the greater story of us. These borders and group affiliations only serve to separate us, and to keep us accessible to the abuse of those in power. That perpetuates domestic violence and rape, not of just women and girls, but of boys and young men. That cycle feeds the 1 in 3 women and girls will experience some form of violence in her lifetime. It’s time we make the change we want to see in the world.
Read Kidman’s statement on The Huffington Post:
The time has come that people stop accepting inequality. We hear the call from every corner. Whether it is based on skin tones or gender, the act of discrimination hurts everyone involved. Think about the unfair expectations given to boys and young men – not just women; that men cannot control themselves and have to rape. Think about not being hired for a job because you’re too dark complected, or your religion or lack of religion doesn’t set well with someone (my job was threatened for wearing a religious symbol of which the Human Resources worker doing my transitional paperwork didn’t approve), that your partner isn’t with whom they believe you should be (the news is littered daily with these stories – from denial of service to firings). It’s simply unthinkable that in 2014 we still have these social issues binding our society. I do mean BINDING. Sexism is archaic Discrimination holds us back by damaging the potential and opportunities available to everyone, and limiting the pool of human accomplishment. Imagine where we would be now if half the population wasn’t held back because their genitals made men feel they were inferior with hysteria…
The United Kingdom is on board with protecting their female citizens from a known predator who uses rape-culture to make conquests, just one of the many forms of discrimination (sexism). Why is this so important? It breaks the cycle of accepting patriarchy which has made ‘pick up artist’ rapists non-criminals. Yes, they are criminals, because they lure women with intent of using their bodies for sex, not with consent but with coercion. Read more at: This Man Became the First Person Denied a Visa Because of Sexism – Mic.