I know, three posts practically in a row. So unusual for me. But Sour Duck’s post really jumped out at me:
This is why itâ€™s so important to read feminist publications, participate in feminist communities and events, and generally do what men do so well: network. Feminism and feminist actions (like blogging) help fight against the constant assault women live under. Even whenâ€”or especially whenâ€”you are not consciously aware of it. Even for those who say, â€œIâ€™m not offended by that. I donâ€™t feel oppressed. And Iâ€™m a woman.â€
Even for those people.
Blogging, and reading blogs, is a kind of catharsis for me. Just when I look at the world – at all the sexism, racisim, classism, ablism, etc – and look at myself and think, “I just can’t do this anymore. What’s the point? Why should I fight when no one else will?” someone writes on my blog how my article touched them, or I see an article that touches me. And it makes it all worth it. Oppression will still exist, people who perpetuate oppression because of ignorance or malice will still exist, but just knowing that I’m not alone gives me the strength to continue to fight for the right to be who I am.