6 Ideas for More Feminist Everyday Activism

An equal society is possible! But how? Due to many small feminist everyday actions.

Nikki, the new year is here and with it – of course – the well-known good intentions. 2017 is like a blank, brand new notebook before us and the possibilities seem endless. Higher, faster, better, more, a different, renewed around me is possible! At least, are just promising new year again around is half (stop, January not only yesterday was?) and it set should be noted, that of the numerous attachments only three two district were implemented. Approximately. Actually we know Yes already: big changes can materialize only through many small changes. Little things that seem to have for now no great effect, at the end but in their entirety ensure that anything changes. Not for nothing, it says in any Advisor you should divide large goals into smaller stages. And that goes also for the objective of a better, more equal society.

The British Lebanese human rights lawyer Amal Clooney urged women end of 2016, for example, to “day-to-day feminist actions”. Unsurprisingly the occasion for this call was working the upcoming presidency of Mr. “Grab them by the pussy” Trump – but the idea of feminist actions in everyday life here, in Germany. Of course, you can compare a personal goal such as “get fit” with a social goal like “more justice”. And the milestones for the latter probably also not pretty neatly fit on a single piece of paper. But somewhere you have to start it out: who, if not us? When, if not now? By alone nothing will change that, we need to take this myself in the hand. And how exactly? Here are a few ideas:

six ideas for more feminist everyday activism

criticizing sexism: someone makes a sexist joke? Behave yourself or someone else to condescending? With such a behavior not let him away: open your mouth and tell him what you think. This is not easy at the beginning of May and requires courage – but time is always better.

Take place: straight women is often told, they are in the truest sense of the word ‘thin ‘d”. Whether physical, behavioral terms or charakterlich. Dare to take place! Do you not small, thin, quiet, if you do not want to be so.

Solidarity be: granted, this point is somewhat difficult. What does solidarity be at all? Especially: an attitude of solidarity or support with other and their goals and ideas. Let others know so if you support their goals and offer your help.

Believe say: too often we keep our valves. Because we have no desire to debate, because it is too exhausting us or we fear not, us clear to be able to express enough. Stop it! Write a letter to the editor, if you find an article or post sexist, racist or homophobic. Not your clothes back from the uncomfortable running discussion with the distant acquaintances, holding the AfD for the only selectable party of Germany. It works of course also positive: why don’t the great activist write a fan mail? Why don’t even leave an enthusiastic comment?

Stay

Open: sometimes we set us up too well in ourselves, our opinions and beliefs. We think first of all of us – and forget the other. While it can’t hurt, to remain open for other – perhaps even opposite – opinions and experiences. What seems to us not at all problematic is extremely important to others, others find what we have to do wrong. Granted, not all opinions are worth it to be heard (and freedom of expression does not mean that homophobia, sexism and racism are somehow okay and acceptable). But potentially there are so many ways to learn to look at things from a different perspective.

Deliberately consume: far too many products are advertised with antiquated women and man images and manufactured under dubious conditions. Nevertheless, we buy these products – because they are cheap, out of convenience, because we like them. There are alternatives for most products: for example, feminist porn films, which are aimed at good working conditions, participation and adequate pay. Or clothes, their production not women and girls involved, fed off in Bangladesh or elsewhere with starvation wages. We decide to buy what we buy – or not even.

Of course, there is still 1001 other possibilities for feminist everyday actions: you can read books written by women, follow feminist Instagram or Twitter accounts, support organizations advocating for women, LGBTQ, and against racism (financially), write articles with tips for feminist everyday actions…

What are you doing in everyday life, to be feminist?

 

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