Today started out as a day that sucked for no reason. I could not quite put my finger on what was making me feel so agitated. Regrouping after the holidays has never caused me so much irritation. It isn’t womanly time. Why does it seem like something is wrong? What is going on here? Then I remembered I live in a world where horrible things happen and my inner voice keeps telling me I need to do something about it. It keeps agitating me, irritating me, forcing me to take notice of unspeakable acts that make me want to scream at the top of my lungs.
What will happen to the scum who committed the atrocity against the young woman in India? Will the story fall from the headlines and become just another tragic event in human history? Predictions from the sidelines are useless. We must acknowledge that citizens banding together has always been the instrument of change. Hope must be met with action and a commitment to see that action through to the end of violence against women. It is more than a cause; it is a moral imperative.
Women of the world don’t need a million man march or another goddamn law. We don’t need ribbons in every color of the rainbow. We need fathers, brothers and sons to stand up to those who rape, beat, use and abuse. We don’t need any more pontificating. We need swift action. Women need to make our voices heard and support each other. We need to respect ourselves and know that we deserve more than a fairy tale.
“How far beyond suffrage we have traveled. Yet even with so much progress, cruelty still exists equally among our most and least educated. Neither the laws created by nature, nor those created by man have prevented acts of violence against women. There is no missing body of knowledge yet to be discovered. All things that have ever been known are known still. We have more information now on the subjects of abuse and neglect than ever before. What better time to put an end to the plague from which so many have lost so much?” ~~Claire Martin, Summoning The Strength