friends...my name is Heidi.
I'm a young feminist in tropical
south Florida and, as many activists
do, I've fallen into an abyss
of apathy and shortcomings.
Luckily the net exists for the
chain-links of human cooperation
are rusting away and disintegrating
upon hitting the ground. I'm
a part of NOW on campus (Florida
Atlantic U.) but it's so hard
to get people into action. At
points, I'd really like to rally
individually. I suppose I do...my
aura is feminism...I live and
breathe feminism....I don't
know. Act Locally think Globally?
I wish I had some really charismatic
people around me who could help
rile things up...until then,
we'll all have to suffer while
checking out groceries....the
bombardment of the media is
sickening...I don't know what
the hell to do anymore! Keep
me in mind, would you please?
I'm soaring as high as I can
but I'd love a flock with whom
to fly with...y'know, to make
the time go quicker! :) It's
good to see so many outlets
for feminists....the fight is
not over, there's still so much
more to be done...I've got on
my rubber gloves! Be well sistrens,
for your note to Feminist.com
and for continuing to fuel the
fire. I can empathize with your
frustration. There are so many
times when I feel like screaming
because of other peoples' ability
to simultaneously complain about
what's wrong and refuse to do
anything about it. I have found
that the best way to motivate
people is to show them how a
given issue directly impacts
their life--i.e. student loans,
health insurance or lack there
of, inaccessible public transportation....
One of the biggest problems
with younger people is that
we don't yet connect these "external"
issues to our own lives. We
wait until they become a reality
in our life or in the life of
someone close to us. So that
means it is harder for us to
be motivated to change things.
For these reasons, the work
that you are doing is so important. You are "educating" people before
it becomes a problem in their
own life. I just hope that they
realize the "service" you are
providing and soon start to
lend a hand.
I hope the Internet is providing
at least a glimmer of comfort.
There is also Third
Wave, a national organization
by, for and about young feminists.
Both of these can at least provide
a sense of unity and hopefully
help you to feel less isolated.
Good luck with everything and
thank you keeping feminism alive
and well in south Florida.