What have you, as a radical feminist woman, done for girls and women in your life? What actions have you taken to help a girl or a woman? Have you volunteered for some organization? Taken a girl or a woman into your home? Helped a woman to flee an abusive situation? Given a woman food, money, a car, a place to stay, taken care of her kids, given her a ride, helped her with some specific knowledge or out of some expertise you have? Have you tutored a girl, been emotionally available to her, been her ally in a specific difficulty? Have you visited women in nursing homes or rehabilitation centers or old women living on their own? Offered support to a woman leaving prostitution? Helped a woman to deal with a pregnancy, wanted or unwanted?
This post aims to challenge and end, once and for all, the absurd claims, accusations, assertions that radical feminists just sit around blogging all day. Judging by the number of posts and comments all over the entire ass of the blogosphere which some of our accusers find time to make, my hunch is the accusers are projecting, and they’re the ones plopped day in/day out in front of their computers; be that as it may, those of us who know radical feminists, who are radical feminists, know how preposterous these accusations are. I, for one, have had it up to here with this kind of disingenuous trifling.
I know that women are often a little shy about this kind of thing, and that they do not like to toot their own horns so far as how they have helped women and girls. I also know that when, as women, we talk about what we have done for women, we are accused of being self-righteous or arrogant or smug or self-serving or braggarts, or whatever.
I don’t care about that. Those of us who are committed to women, to the survival of female persons on this planet, benefit when we talk together about what we have done out of our common commitment because we inspire one another and other women, because we silence anti-feminists and anti-female persons, showing them to be liars with anti-woman, anti-female agendas, because as we talk of our love for female persons, it becomes clear to those who don’t know where to start that it’s not so hard, it’s not so complicated, all it amounts to is seeing a woman’s or girl’s need and reaching out to her.
So, what have you women who read here faithfully done for your sisters, female persons, women? Talk about it here! Let us affirm you, applaud you, give you the props you deserve for it, listen to you, we want to! Let this thread stand as an indictment of these short-sighted, disingenuous, dishonest, ignorant accusations on and off the internet.
We have never been about talk without action. We have always been all action and all talk, both, and the world is a different place for women because of it. No matter what we did, it would be wrong, in any event. If we talk about it, we’re not doing anything because, I guess, it’s not possible to write and talk and act in the space of one lifetime, or one day or month or week or year; if we act, we are faulted for not checking in with the right people, or for not getting someone’s permission, or for being rash or hasty, or for enabling a woman’s irresponsibility (love that one) or for not having done enough, or for not having helped the right women or girls, or whatever it is that someone wants to use to discourage us from doing what is most important, which is, once again with feeling, supporting and helping a woman, a girl!
So tell us all about it here. Once we’ve talked about what we’ve done for females, girls and women, I will make this a permanent page instead of a post, with a tab at the top, for ready reference, any time somebody decides to accuse us, individually, or corporately, of being all talk and no action.
Because they lie. And that is wrong. And I’ve had enough of THAT.
And yeah, I am feeling a bit on the intense side today. 🙂
Feel free to comment as often as you like as you recall what you have done to help a woman.