Thursday, February 14, 2013

These Hips are Rising

Happy Valentine's Day! 

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.



This year's theme is One Billion Rising. There are approximately 3 billion women and girls on this planet. One third of them will experience violence or rape in her lifetime. I don't know about you, but that is not a statistic I can accept!

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! 


5 comments:

  1. I can't believe I missed this post that week. What a great cause. I hope the event was awesome!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  2. good for you!! what a great cause!

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  3. I am so late to the party on this. This is such an amazing way to bring awesomeness to such a huge problem. (We have an outrageously high rape rate up here and it just gets worse out in the villages.) It's amazing to see that there's starting to be a bigger push to make everyone aware of the high rates of rape and sexually slavery that goes on not only just in our nation but all over the world. Hopefully the momentum will continue and some solutions and change will come out of all of this.
    So even though I'm really late in saying this, I always love reading about all of the amazing groups and projects that you are a part of you, you're a really amazing person to put some much of yourself into issues that matter so much.

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