Things got super deep earlier.
Feminism is the greatest gift I have ever given myself.
It has given me a greater understanding of who I am and has helped me to unlearn (or begin unlearning) harmful behaviours and thoughts, whether in regards to myself or others. It has helped me to nurture the compassion and kindness I already felt and turn it in to something productive and useful; something that has the power to make positive change, even if that change is just something as small as correcting someone’s use of language or challenging somebody’s damaging thought process.
It has opened my eyes to the things I didn’t see because of my privileges and helped me to step back to allow others to speak when it is not my place to speak for them and to be there to support those who ask for my help. It has taught me that words can be tools of oppression or they can be tools of liberation and that I should make the effort to know the difference. Feminism has made me headstrong and given me a voice. Through feminism I have given myself the permission to say NO and to make selfish choices should I need to for my wellbeing.
It has taught me that vanity is far from the worst trait a person can have and that low self-esteem is a tool used by those who seek to manipulate. It has taught me that there are infinite ways to be beautiful but that beauty is non-essential, that it is not owed in exchange for space in society. It has shown me good people in the world and it has shown me bad. It’s shown me that ‘bad’ can mean simply uneducated and unintentionally harmful or that it can mean blatantly ignorant and purposefully damaging. It has taught me to be patient with those willing to learn and to disregard the people who would stand, screaming and stamping their feet, in my way. It has given me a community and, in it, some of the best people I’ve ever met.
Most of all, it has given me something I feel proud to believe in every single day.
"what do you want to do after college?"
"ideally, dismantle the power structure of current society"
it really is amazing how college campuses don’t feel overwhelmingly ashamed of their complicity in protecting rapists - failing to expel rapists, failing to streamline the reporting process, failing to provide resources for student survivors.
just amazing how plagiarizing from wikipedia and underage drinking in dorms are more of an ethical and moral concern.
Congratulations to all those who can now marry the love of their life.
I’m just sorry it’s so late.
'When Kris Hallenga was diagnosed with aggressive, terminal breast cancer at the age of 23, she decided to channel her fear and anger into changing the way young women, the medical profession and the rest of the planet see and treat breast cancer in young women. This film is about the sheer strength, passion and indomitable spirit of Kris Hallenga as she battles her illness and tirelessly promotes her charity CoppaFeel! - an energetic and fearless awareness-raising campaign dedicated to making sure other young women and their doctors are made more aware of the risks. Kris Hallenga is an inspirational young woman on a very personal mission. This is the film of her life-enhancing fight against cancer and her life-saving campaign to battle public ignorance.'
This woman is incredible. I have absolutely no words.
I’ve had a lot of new followers recently so I feel like it’s time to ask if any of you have specific trigger warnings you would prefer I used?
Please let me know, even if you only do so anonymously.
I always trigger warn for potentially harmful things but would hate to miss something and cause anyone harm or distress unintentionally.