Putting Friendship into Feminism
I began writing this poem by brainstorming the words and associations I have around sisterhood in feminism. For me, community is at the heart of what feminism is all about and I wanted to further explore the need to support one another in order to better help both ourselves and the movement as a whole. In the end, it always comes back to people and that’s what this poem is focused on.
The words we use to describe feminism are too often aggressive.
We focus on the anger, the pain, the determination.
But at its core we find sisterhood.
This is where we find our strength, the network that provides for us.
From the hug of a close friend to the camaraderie in a Facebook group,
It takes a village to raise a child, and it takes a community to inspire change.
The ingredients for a feminist are simple yet need dedication.
We raise each other up, we balance one another out.
Find your niche and create a safe space.
From the big to the small, from the close to the faraway,
Change cannot come from one.
Invest in those around you and let the movement reap the rewards.