I was sitting at my desk sipping a cup of green tea while thinking: “International Women’s Day is getting closer, I should write something about it: but how? And who am I to do it?”
In that moment of confusion, two friends unconsciously decided to help me out: I decided I was not going to talk about the “https://daily.jstor.org/the-socialist-origins-of-international-womens-day/”; real origins of the commemoration, nor the moral duty to go out on the street and demonstrate for the sake of women’s rights, but instead about their own daily struggles, small but significant: examples of what feminism looks like in real life and not in some supposedly motivating twitter account. “Are you sure this outfit is not too booby?”; A friend of mine, currently living in Copenhagen, was asked this question by her flatmate before going out. She was surprised, as she would not expect such a question in 2020, and decided to consult with me about the best way to respond to her. What did we agree on in the end? “You look fantastic, go out and shine. It is absolutely no crime nor sin to have tits. It is nature, it is your body, it is you”. I was told she smiled after hearing it.
“Exactly one year we were getting ready together for the big 8M manifestation…
Right now none of my friends seem to care” ; While living in Bilbao last year, my flatmate and I joined one of the most significant (https://www.eitb.eus/es/noticias/sociedad/videos/detalle/6253817/video-8m-manifestacion-bilbao-8-marzo-2019-huelga-feminista/;) International Women’s Day march of our lives: we walked down the streets of the city singing and dancing non-stop; we cried, we laughed, we screamed, we felt so connected with all the people around us we were literally overwhelmed.
I don’t know Rick, it looks like patriarchy.
But this year we are almost 4000 km apart. We talked a couple of days ago about how in our current cities there isn’t the same activism we found in Bilbao and people seem not to care about it: what can we do then? “Educate one to educate one hundred”: talk and spread the word ended up being our motto.