I had an entirely different post all planned for Feminist Friday today, but I need to say something about my place within the world of feminism, gender, and women’s issues instead.
I love these topics. I think these topics are essential, and serve as profound discourse areas that have to be addressed by local, national and global society. I believe that the more we vocalize, the more both written and verbal debates are presented, the more we as individuals can come together to carry on conversations, then we can envision change as extant.
However, being immersed within topics of feminism, gender and issues surrounding women and men in our society can be taxing, stressful, worrisome, and draining. For the second time in the last six months I have had to remove all news feeds from organizations that focus on the above topics. I gave up on Twitter a long time ago, but continued to hold onto a number of Facebook pages mainly to keep current on relevant social issues. I’m not a big Facebook aficionado anyway, but when the articles, news stories, campaigns, and requests for involvement from the remaining national and global organizations I follow are the only things that show up on my Facebook pages, then it’s time to take a break and put some control back into my own hands.
I don’t respect Facebook in general for their practice of automatically moving me to a Following position when I simply click Like on one article. Over and above that, constant updates and new posts begin very quickly to interrupt, irritate, and in general bring a degree of stress to my day. I feel pushed to be everything for everyone with a bombardment of information and links. I begin to feel overwhelmed and negative about many more things than feminist issues. These constant posts bring about a general malaise that leads me to feel that nothing is right with our society and I need that to end. I want feminism to be sustained and to make a difference. I want reproductive rights to be a given, not a constant battle. I want every single thing that is due, as a fundamental human right, to be unquestionably afforded to every person no matter their sex, gender, race, ethnicity, or belief system.
I do not, and simply can not, read every article about every item connected to feminism and gender as Facebook would like me to do. I have un-followed the remaining pages connected to feminism and reproduction within my Facebook pages. I have bookmarked original sites of these, and other relevant organizations so that I can visit, read, absorb, and comment on topics of import in my own time and without the stress and negativity constant Facebook links and posts seem to produce.
Now, when I do check my Facebook page I can do so knowing that the weight of the feminist world will have been eased a bit and that I don’t have to handle activism and change unless I choose to.
I want to end with some questions for each of you to consider. Comments, as usual, are welcome.
Where do you get your information on feminist and gender topics?
Why have you chosen the sites and news feeds that you follow?
Are organizations who use sites like Facebook, etc., helping to bring awareness to feminist/gender issues or simply creating the opportunity for “trolls” to have an open forum for their hate?
**And, because someone kinda sorta asked about a paper I wrote on rape and rape myths in American society I have pulled it from the archives of collegiate research and will post it, for anyone interested, in the near future. I have to play with some formatting and such as it was written in Word and is now hanging out as a Google Doc and looks a bit off–also I don’t think anyone cares about 45 pages of double spacing or the running head: THE RIGHT TO RAPE AS A SOCIALLY ACCEPTED MYTH, which I will kindly discard for your blog reading ease.