Monthly Archives: April 2015

On ‘My Choice’

Originally written April 5, 2015:

When asked to comment on this video about an Indian woman (representative and yet not able to represent or speak to the millions she speaks for) I had this to say:

1. Why is this in English? Many of the women who need this message and the men who need to hear this do not speak English as well, nor perhaps have access to a computer and the internet. Is the target audience an already privileged middle and upper class?

2. Where is the ‘we’? Individual empowerment of every man and woman is necessary and valuable, but if this is a feminist or womanist or socially conscientious declaration, where is the solidarity and support for other women who may not have been able to stand up and say or even think ‘my choice’ ?

Choices are privileges, most people are not free enough to have real choices, only some options. If one person is free and strong enough, is it her prime duty to release herself, or to also remember to aid those who might be trapped? And no, I do not think the answer is as easy as the rule for putting on your O2 mask first in an airplane; life is not an emergency, it is a long event.

3. Where is the declaration of ‘responsibility’ for the consequences of ‘my choice’? An adult human being, male or female, does not live, earn or relate in a vacuum. A woman cannot exist in isolation. Therefore, whatever choices she makes will have an impact on others. When this impacts innocents or other, less empowered people, it is the ethical duty of the adult human to bear the responsibility for the damage caused to those lives and do her best to lessen the harm or heal the damage. Just as it should be for a man, and just as it is not, and that is why women protest. Nevertheless, I cannot look up to a womanist declaration of rights without responsibilities.

I would remind you of Toni Morrison’s words in _Beloved_: “Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another.”


Broken Light: A Photography Collective

We are photographers living with or affected by mental illness; supporting each other one photograph at a time. Join our community, submit today!

The Circus Diaries

A Critical Exploration of The Circus World...

Chicago Book Review

Chicago Book Review reviews Chicago's books

The Daily Post

The Art and Craft of Blogging

The Extinction Protocol

Geologic and Earthchange News events

Turtle Talk

Indigenous Law and Policy Center Blog Michigan State University College of Law

The Thesis Whisperer

Just like the horse whisperer - but with more pages

kottke.org

No heavens or hells haunt my desires, but those other worlds that exist in perfect harmony with all that is...

Neuroself

Subjective Neuroscience

The WordPress.com Blog

The latest news on WordPress.com and the WordPress community.

%d bloggers like this: