Where my passions are

There are so many things I want, as a woman, as a feminist but i am only one person with only one life and if I think about all the things that need changing I tend to freeze up and do nothing. So this year this is my list of things to concentrate on.

I want the continued provision of abortion and birth control for any woman all the time.
so I will Make myself aware of reproductive justice issues (this blog looks fab for such things!) and take necessary action (writing/campaigning/protesting etc)

I want an end to prostitution and trafficking and more support for women who have or are experiencing this to get out of these situations.
So I will join and give my time and support to the Feminist Coalition against prostitution and possibly try to set up a sister group in Wales

I want an end to rape and more support for rape victims
So I will work with anti/ending rape campaigns, and work with campaigns which are trying to get more rape support/rape crisis centers open.

I want an overhaul of women’s treatment by the mental health system. I hate that women are often effectively punished for the damage that patriarchy has done to them by being pejoratively labeled and then often retraumatised by the mental health system.
So I will run a MTG discussion group on women and mental health, organize the creation of a Zine which contains women’s experience of mental health issues, Start working for mind Cymru

I want to connect and encourage feminisms in Wales (London is not, in fact, the center of the universe) Including minority women, working class women, and women’s groups that are not traditionally seen as “feminist” but that still support women.
So I will Build a database of contact information for womens groups in wales so they can be contacted when events/discussion/activism is going to take place.

I want passionately, passionately, for younger feminists to understand, respect and honor what our foremothers have done for us and how hard they fought to get women to the point they are to day
So I will attempt to build cross generational connections, and talk about the importance of cross generational connections to younger feminists, I will support older feminists in getting their voices heard rather than dismissed by younger feminists

I also want to teach myself more about racism about the experiences of women of colour and eventually do activism around asylum seekers.

Also something I’ve really noticed is there seems to be a real lack of both theory and support for feminist women bringing up children. I’m not a mother and I will probably never be a mother but I think supporting mothers is really important for feminism and maybe we need to be thinking about family structure and childcare issues and the media portrayal of mothers more than we do. And what mothers and children’s rights are and what they want and need.

And there will be issues that come up in the year that are other than I have written down here that it will be really important to react to and reflect on.

And of course these aren’t the only things that matter there are many, many things that matter, but I cant do all of them and you can’t do all of them, and its important that collectively we are doing all of them because they are all interlinked and they all have to be unlinked at the same time, at the same pace or the balance will just shift and not change.

So tell me: What are your feminist passions and priorities for the year ahead?

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5 Responses to “Where my passions are”

  1. Honestly – I havent made any feminist resolutions. I think probably I should or its too easy for the time to go past and to have done nothing in particular.

    Id quite like to do some informal film nights and show feminist and other progressive documentaries and such, with time for discussion afterwards. If I get on with organising that that would be a start, I have some stuff Ive been collecting up here to watch..

  2. I want passionately, passionately, for younger feminists to understand, respect and honor what our foremothers have done for us and how hard they fought to get women to the point they are to day
    So I will attempt to build cross generational connections, and talk about the importance of cross generational connections to younger feminists, I will support older feminists in getting their voices heard rather than dismissed by younger feminists

    I second that and think the dismissal comes largely from media misrepresentation, plus the bizarre construction of a competition between older and younger feminists which seems to be coming from somewhere and is a little indicative of a patriarchal mindset really.

    But, some good news, I was talking to a woman in the know the other night and she thinks there might well be funding available for an oral history project on feminism in Wales — and it could be quite generous funding too.

    I guess my other passion this year is to get MtG to a stage where it can carry on without me … but not with you doing all the work! It needs to carry on with a group of people running things.

  3. V
    what films do you have?
    also i think film nights/social nights are actialy the bacck bone of feminism because we need to know each other well enough to support each other

    Winter

    But, some good news, I was talking to a woman in the know the other night and she thinks there might well be funding available for an oral history project on feminism in Wales — and it could be quite generous funding too.

    This is awesome! well done! really really pleased about this.

    I guess my other passion this year is to get MtG to a stage where it can carry on without me … but not with you doing all the work! It needs to carry on with a group of people running things.>

    I think the more activism and socials we have the more the group will gel, I also think some of the newer members will be quite committed to helping run it also

  4. “I want passionately, passionately, for younger feminists to understand, respect and honor what our foremothers have done for us and how hard they fought to get women to the point they are to day
    So I will attempt to build cross generational connections, and talk about the importance of cross generational connections to younger feminists, I will support older feminists in getting their voices heard rather than dismissed by younger feminists”

    I just want to say a big thank you for this one! 🙂

  5. Well ive been collecting stuff off the net, watching it myself and saving it to watch with other women who might want to. I have a few things, many of them are available to watch online:

    Frontline Documentary: “Sex Slaves”
    http://freedocumentaries.org/film.php?id=161
    (theres several interesting docs available on that site)

    There are links to four videos on this page at my blog:
    http://resisterance.wordpress.com/category/music-film-tv/
    including “Killing Us Softly 3” which is Jean Kilbournes analysis of womens representation in adverts.

    Some movies from this site, http://www.moviesfoundonline.com/, including a Louis Theroux documentary on English men who go to Thailand to find a wife. entitled “Looking for Love”; “Guys and Dolls” which is about men who are ‘partnered’ with Real Dolls; and “Teens hooked on porn”. All of these are really an insight into the entitled male mind and how they view women.

    And various other things ive picked up here and there, but the above are all available to watch easily online thats why i listed them now. I could send you some other stuff, if you like. I can email you a list of what I have available?

    I think it would be good to have a regular film night with discussion time. Get brains thinking and women talking. It’s really difficult to find other feminists down here so I thought it might be a good way to get some people together.

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