Constant Little Reminders
Once I became a feminist, I found that there was no getting away from the constant reminders of needing to be a feminist. From the anti-abortion billboard a few blocks from my school to the protestors at the women’s clinic down the street from my house, the church board saying “Eat more chicken” to the emails begging me to sign the petition against the human rights travesty of the week, I see why I need to fight.
We live in a time where the lines are deeply drawn between two opposing sides. Standing in the middle is nearly impossible, as even the local news has an opinion on where we should go from here. And I certainly can’t stand in the middle. I can see both points of view, because they are there, always, for consumption. Our blogs, facebook, twitter, news, friends, family all have their points of view branded on them. But there is no way for me to let both sides “live and let live”. The side that I stand on sees the other side as hurtful, ripping people’s rights away so that they can stay with the status quo. I see them mocking my loved ones, calling them names for being who they are and loving who they want.
I can’t take it. I can’t allow them to hurt the people around me. I have to stand my ground. And these constant little reminders help me to stay to my convictions, because I can see the fight everywhere. It isn’t a small thing that we do! We fight for those we love, whether they want us to or not. Whether they see the purpose or not. I don’t mind. Because I love them. I love the people around me, and I love the potential of the world.
Don’t get worn down by these reminders. Take them as little pushes to do what is right, to stand your ground. You can see the problem clearly, so the solution isn’t far off.