…and whatever your feelings about the largely symbolic nature of the One Billion Rising movement (and I share them, believe me), consider that Katie Couric, hardly a radfem, just Tweeted: “1in3 women on the planet will be raped or beaten in her life.” Anything that gets that TRUTH spoken more often in public is, to my mind, a step in the right direction.
Do you remember the first time you heard that statistic? I do. I couldn’t believe it–and really didn’t believe it until a friend told me what happened to her. Then another friend told me her story. Then another and another and another. As a member of the randomly lucky two out of three, I was changed forever.
I am changed every time I hear the truth. Are you?
I hope to attend tonight’s Minneapolis event, a rally, meal, and dance dedicated to the memory of Jyoti Singh Pandey, but it’s possible that I’ll be worn out after my usual Thursday duties: volunteering for a local organization that provides services to women and children experiencing domestic violence.
As a dedicated binary rejector, I tell you this not to imply that one (direct service) is better than another (dancing at Powderhorn Park). Each complements the other. In fact, survivors of violence and those who work in the field are the ones who need to dance most of all!
My hope is that those who come to dance are equally moved to put their hearts, hands and wallets to work towards domestic violence education and prevention, as well as ensuring that resources are readily available to survivors who need them. Many of today’s dancers know where to buy a Wonder Woman outfit but remain unaware of their power to be advocates for REAL wonder women in their own neighborhoods.
To DANCE in your community: http://www.onebillionrising.org/page/event/search_simple
To SERVE in your community: http://www.ncadv.org/
To LOBBY for reuathorization of the Violence Against Women Act: http://4vawa.org/