Why do we need Feminism? Because women and girls need our HELP. They are being KILLED, ABUSED, and ASSAULTED just because of their GENDER.
We live in a rape culture. Gender Violence is a HUGE problem.
It’s not just women and girls who are affected. Transgendered people are also targets of VIOLENCE and UNPROTECTED from the law.
If you are a feminist who believes in equality, it’s important to consider all the INTERSECTIONS of race, gender, class, sexual orientation, ability, etc…where the negative consequences of sexism are MULTIPLIED by racism, classism, homophobia, ableism, and other isms.
INCLUSION is key. Here’s a great video by Gazi Kodzo that demonstrates how White Feminists can appear ignorant and/or oblivious to the concerns of Women of Color.
This affects ALL of us. I will not be silenced by hatred and harassment. I will not be blind to my white privilege. I will raise my voice so those who need to hear it realize THEY ARE NOT ALONE. I will support LGBT rights and fight all systems of racism and oppression because we are all human beings and we ALL MATTER. You matter to this world. One voice CAN make a difference, as exemplified in this story:
While walking along a beach, an elderly gentleman saw someone in the distance leaning down, picking something up and throwing it into the ocean. As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young girl, picking up starfish one by one and tossing each one gently back into the water. He came closer still and called out, “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?” The young girl paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean.” The old man smiled, and said, “I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?” To this, the young girl replied, “The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them in, they’ll die.”
Upon hearing this, the elderly observer commented, “But, there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile. You can’t possibly make a difference!” The young girl listened politely. Then she bent down, picked up another starfish, threw it into the back into the ocean past the breaking waves and said, “It made a difference for that one.”