"The Capitalist tide will raise all boats! What a crock, a cruel hoax, a fallacy! We’re mired in mortgage mud, on foreclosure flats, while the C.E.O.s, in their yachts, sail out to sea!"
-Beth Lamont, my gramcracker
Playing in my paper tin,
where the fun ain’t got no end
Can’t go home alone again
Need someone to numb the pain
Staying in the paper tin
Where the fun ain’t got no end
You’re gone and I gotta stay high all the time
To keep you off my mind.
Online activism changed me from a woman who actively put down other women to one who actively uplifts them. Online activism changed me from a white woman with unchecked privilege who actively oppressed people of color to a woman who has lost friends because she tells them to shut their racist mouths. Online activism has changed me from a woman who hated her body, to a woman who realizes just how beautiful she is. No one EVER tell me online activism isn’t good for anything.
The above is so me. My gut reaction is to cringe at the phrase “online activism” but when you really think about it everything these online communities provide — free information/literature sharing, community building, consciousness raising, and the free exchange of ideas and critiques are all (more within the self, more passive) forms of activism.
One of my favorite rebuttals of some asshat saying the usual “SJ blogs don’t even do anything because it’s not in real life” was when someone said "If it wasn’t for online activism, I’d still be calling women sluts and whores."
Same for me. And now I’m a sociology major and I go to a women’s college and constantly read/think/write about intersectional feminism. So fuck anyone who thinks online social justice conversations and blogs don’t “do anything.”
Saving this for people who think that online activism and education doesn’t have value.
Good to know all the clicking and typing is not in vain. For some, at least.
It’s a scary, dark time for disabled people. Already a third of disabled adults live in poverty. That’s disgraceful and with the new cuts, that figure can only rise. It breaks my heart that some of the most vulnerable people in society are being demonised and used as scapegoats. It’s something everybody needs to fight against.
Note that people need to be a UK citizen or normally live in the UK in order to sign this petition. But if there is anything us U.S.-ians can do to help other than signal boosting, I welcome info on this.