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Things I’m learning

December 1st, 2014 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Issues

I have watched what’s happening in Ferguson. I have watched what’s happening in Canada, with the #beenrapedneverreported tag. I have been watching victims get blamed, mistreated. I have watched excuses being made over and over for perpetrators.

Something terrible happened in Ferguson and I don’t know what to do about it. I’m white, I grew up privileged. I want to just fix it, make people understand what’s so wrong here. Make it all make sense. Make black men safe in their own neighbourhoods.

Terrible things are happening to women every day, and I don’t know what to do about it. I feel like I don’t have a voice because, once again, I’ve been privileged, I haven’t faced that kind of harassment, I haven’t been raped. I understand, I can empathize, but I can’t relate.

But the thing that I’m done with is the casual stuff. The joke that’s just a bit racist? the comment that’s just a bit sexist? I’m speaking up.

That’s what I CAN do. I can do that, even if it makes me uncomfortable or unpopular. That I can do in the face of what other people have done.

Just call me a feminist killjoy. I’ll even wear the shirt. I bet I can get Joe to wear one too. Even the kid!

What's the collective noun for feminists?

What’s the collective noun for feminists?

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