My pledge is to remember the little things count too. I give myself a hard time about not being the “perfect” feminist and for not changing the world over night. This of course is completely unrealistic and whilst I know this, I see wonderful women like Malala Yousefi and think about how I’m 8 years her senior and achieved absolutely diddly squat in comparison.
A good example would be that when Sian and I attended the Million Women Rise event for International Women’s day there was a wonderful speaker talking about the atrocities women in the Congo face whilst being forced to mine for a mineral that is used in smart phones. I have a phone and am mortified that people have suffered for a material piece of technology but phones without this mineral cost in the region of £1000 so, what do I do? At this point Sian points out that awareness is step one. That removing my ignorance on the subject and getting educated is the first step and I think she’s right.
A lot of my contribution to Ultravenus is media based. When I look at what is going on in the world from FGM to the raping of women as a weapon in war and here I am writing about Robyn Thicke and Meghan Trainor. But the reality is the smaller issues contribute to the way women are viewed globally and by tackling them I am helping with the bigger picture of social attitudes towards women.
Male Twitter trolls target feminists talking about these more minor issues making comments such as ‘but what are you doing about FGM in Saudi Arabia’ (that’s a genuine comment I’ve read, by the way) and my answer, personally would be “Not a lot” but I can only write confidently and comfortably about what I know. These gaps in knowledge and my own writing abilities is something I will definitely seek to address on the way.
In the mean time, I need to remember that every article I write shaming a celebrity for their shitty songs, every petition I sign, every tweet I post shutting someone down for being a sexist misogynistic pig, and each women’s rights charity I retweet, I am raising awareness, I am standing up and making myself heard, I am saying no this is not OK and I am doing my bit in the best way I know how, for now. rights charity I retweet, I am raising awareness, I am standing up and making myself heard, I am saying no this is not OK and I am doing my bit in the best way I know how, for now. I will remind myself of this and think about the type of person I was before I went to university and how my feminist views have grown and evolved since.