30 Feminist Lessons in 30 Years

Posted: August 17, 2014 in Personal

On July 28, I crossed over into my thirties. The lead-up to the day was a slurry of thoughts and feelings about this huge milestone, marked by bursts of self-reflection and a quick skip down that list of classic questions about “where I am” in my life. Inspired by the lovely Alexis, I thought it prudent to try to gather this slurry into a collection of lessons best learned over the last three decades. I’ve spent this time constituting and reconstituting my feminist politic, and figured it would be worth a quick review.

  1. There is no choice without access. Women don’t have the right to safe abortion if there are no clinics. Women don’t have the right to vote if voter ID laws marginalize them. Women don’t have the right to be in public spaces if there is the omnipresent threat of physical and sexual violence. This is structural oppression, and (unfortunately) we need…

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