Being involved with the VDay movement for the past seven years has transformed February 14th from a silly holiday about candy hearts, girlish romance and flowers to a day of power, community, and self- love.
I can't accept that having hips and breasts means you can objectify me, or that wearing a short skirt or having a drink too many means I want to have sex with you.
I can't accept the cat calls, the whistles, the man coping a feel, the boy undressing with his eyes.
I can't accept femicide, genital mutilation, forced trans-vaginal ultrasounds, slut shaming, street harassment, anti-choice legislation, or misogyny as facts of life.
Today women and men all over the world are rising in dance, in song, in protest and in memory. We're rising for our sisters our mothers, daughters, friends, our lovers, and ourselves. Visit www.onebillionrising.org for information about events in your area. Bring your date with you. Everyone is welcome.
If you're in Boston, and you'd like to rise with me. I'll be in Copley square at 5:30pm!