May 14, 2011
July 8, 2010
I am a 28 year old feminist who is keen to see the creation of true gender equality and respect for women in every sense, and the destruction of patriarchy. I would like to see not only the eradication of all forms of physical violence against women (and indeed all humans) but also the eradication of psychological and societal violence against women, which I believe occurs in part when society attributes womens' central criterion of value as related to sexuality, and reduces women to their bodies. I would like to contribute to efforts to find effective ways to achieve these changes. I believe this requires engaging men, and avoiding alienating them in these processes. I would like women, including myself, to cease internalizing our oppression and objectification, and to develop greater agency. I know that achieving true gender and racial equality (and equality across all societal faultlines) is a difficult struggle, but I believe we can and must work to achieve it, and I am passionate about finding and contributing to inclusive, effective ways of doing so.