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Tea Chats #2: Wonderful women

We move forward when we recognise how resilient and striking the women around us are – Rupi Kaur

Good morning readers, welcome back!

I have to say, last month I got off to a rocky start. At the very least, I was inconsistent and eventually fell behind in what I set out to do. Fortunately, I only missed one day and now I’m ready to pick myself up and start again. I’m super excited about this month’s theme for a number of reasons.

I am a woman living in a patriarchal society. Oh yes, it’s about to get political but as a great writer by the name of Carly Findlay taught me recently, often the political is personal. Women experience so many different challenges in today’s society ranging from mild discrimination to straight up abuse. As a proud feminist I will continue to write about and spread awareness about these issues.

I think it is also important to discuss the diversity of which feminism covers. While the movement originally began with white upper/middle class women, now we need to acknowledge the perspectives of different female groups – e.g. disabled women, LGBTQI women, and women of colour. While it would impossible to speak on behalf of all women, I can share what I know and for the most part, guarantee that most women will be able to relate to me in some form.

While it is important to continue to speak out about the issues that face women daily, I also think that in order for the feminist movement to be strong, we have to work together. It’s important to acknowledge the great work of women before us. The positive changes that are occurring. And above all, uplift and support each other in the community rather than put each other down. It saddens me when women hurt other women because we are only making it easier for men to do so. We divide the women’s community and where there is a divide, the patriarchy will thrive. We also can’t give into the stigma that ‘feminism’ or ‘feminist’ are dirty words because this is just proof that the patriarchy is alive and well.

It is impossible for me to cover everything on women and feminism in one month, but I will do my best to keep it interesting. I will try to share other feminist writers in order for you to do more reading and gain different perspectives as I acknowledge we are not all the same. I’ve been doing a lot of reading on feminism lately and I can tell you so far, it’s both intriguing and alarming.

Its Valentine’s day this month!! Love is in the air. My baby turns 1 this month! (for those who are not familiar, don’t be alarmed. my baby is Romeo… the toy poodle). I have a few festivals coming up which I might write about. I also have a graduation of a kind which I will reveal in the coming weeks. Oh, AND I start orientation at RMIT in the last week! There’s a lot to look forward to this February. Ladies let’s go!

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