am a womyn, a warrior, a peaceful voice for the revolutionary change. An intelligent,
experienced organizer. I am compassionate and courageous. Sensitive and delicate,
demanding and controlling.
I am a womyn, and that matters. It matters to
me, and it matters to you, too. We've been raised in a society where that matters,
and we can't ignore that.
Sexism exists. Here. And also in the wise-use
movement, in the evil corporate world, in our schools, in our families. I shouldn't
need to explain this to you. If you don't see it, maybe you should stop and look
for it. Learn to recognize it. Just because you don't see it doesn't mean it's
We need to learn to listen. If someone voices a concern about
power or oppression, it needs to be taken seriously. It should not be denied.
Laughed at. Disregarded. We all have different levels of consciousness. Sensitivities.
We need to respect each other, and ourselves. If you think
something is offensive to you or others, you need to address that with the speaker
or the group.
We need to understand we aren't perfect. No one has a monopoly
on the truth. This means understanding that we'll all say things that are offensive.
Prejudiced. Biased. Wrong. We need to learn to accept criticism. We need to learn
how to give criticism. And we need to learn to force ourselves to be heard.
- We need to learn to support each other. We need to recognize that some of us
are lucky, but many of us carry scars of abuse. Pains from violations. Rage from
being forgotten. Devalued. Degraded. Betrayed. We need to understand our different
backgrounds. Different views of what a womyn is or how a womyn should look, act,
or be. We need to see that although we are all incredibly STRONG, sometimes it
comes out in different ways. Our strength comes from fighting, but also from loving.
Men - If you feel threatened, attacked, or placed
in a category you don't enjoy, well, now you know how it feels. But, that is not
my intention. I want this movement to grow. In order to make that happen, the
womyn as well as the men need to be empowered.
We need to learn to question
ourselves and others who might dominate discussion, meetings, media, conferences,
e-mail lists. Are others being left out? Does everyone understand what is being
discussed? Could newer activists have some creative ideas? What can I do to make
everyone included? Has everyone spoken? Who is speaking for the group, and who
is speaking at the conferences? How can I change in order to make everyone feel
empowered? Thinking or talking about these issues doesn't divide the movement.
The movement has already been divided by these issues, whether people realized
it or not. Now we are using our voices to work towards uniting again. These discussions
may challenge us, and may be difficult for us and our egos. However, the challenge
is necessary and the difficulty shows us that we are having passionate discussions.
Constantly working through these issues will only strengthen our movement and
save more lives.
I am a womyn. I will not be silent.