Bloggers, I’ve been inspired.
I’m inspired by my friends who continue to work hard for social change, including those who travel abroad to do so. During my final weeks at Hobart and William Smith, I created bonds with other students that are indescribable, at best. Over the past couple of months we have maintained a strong Facebook message thread that discusses various issues (because, as we know, the personal is political) and we provide each other with support, advice, and open dialogue about these issues.
This got me thinking: what does it take to build a strong, feminist community? I’m not just talking about the kind of community that riots together, but the type of community that can sit down at the table and can maintain a conversation about current events and/or life issues over a bottle of wine (or five). Even though college is over and some of us are living our lives in the post-grad world, we are still tied together through our love for feminism and activism.
Feminist Activism comes in many forms, rallying and online activism being some of the main ones. Creating and maintaining a dialogue is one of the most overlooked forms of activism, and I believe it’s one of the most important ones. Without a dialogue, there is no room for education. Without education, there is no progress. Starting a conversation with your friends is the first step. What’s going on in the world that got your attention? Did you question something in your favorite Primetime Sitcom (this is my weekly struggle), or did something happen in your community that you want to bring to someone’s attention? Start small and see where it goes from there.
I’m so glad to have a group of friends who share the same political ideas as me. It is said that you don’t choose your friends, they are chosen for you, and I finally understand how this is possible. Without a strong, feminist, and badass community, I would not be able to have the kind of support system I need, and who knows what I would be without them.
Find your community. Build the foundation. Start a conversation. Make rhetorical choices.
Oh, and also, remember to continue to be the change you wish to see in the world.