Today’s article is a real edge for me.
I’m not someone who tends to shy away from controversy, or is afraid to share things that might make people a little uncomfortable.
But there is one word, one subject that I find really challenging.
As a woman, just typing that word brings up a physical reaction in my body. It makes me want to recoil, hide, protect myself.
Any time I hear it…even used colloquially for another purpose, it has the same reaction…and it’s not something I’ve ever spoken about here on Feminine 1st.
Part of me wants to pretend that this awful part of the human experience doesn’t exist.
But I know that it does. In fact, I know several women, friends of mine, who have been victims of rape.
So when I saw this video by Jeremy Loveday, I realised that it’s not only men that have to take of their masks…it’s not only men who need to talk about it, it’s us women too. Because it is a reality of our world. …and until such time as this horror is no longer a part of our culture, we need to keep talking about it, keep shining a light on it, and keep saying in words of one syllable: Rape is wrong.
I toyed with the idea of sharing this in the New Year…not wanting to put it out there during the Christmas season. But let’s be honest, rape doesn’t stop for festivities. It’s as relevant now (if not more so with the plethora of alcohol-fuelled celebrations) as any time of the year…and wanting to delay sharing it is just another way of avoiding the reality.
It’s not pleasant. It’s uncomfortable. It’s difficult to face. But it’s also a real problem that needs to be faced head on, by people who have the courage to step forward and remove the masks that are hiding us all from the truth.
..and I encourage you, no matter how uncomfortable it is, and how much you want to pretend that it’s not a part of your world, to watch and share this powerful video.
So today I would like you to join me in acknowledging Jeremy for his courage to speak out, and his brave words that echo in the minds and hearts of every person who has ever shied away from this topic. We need to make a stand together…thank you Jeremy for encouraging me to use my voice to speak out about this as well.
As you know, I would love to acknowledge, honour and celebrate the women and men who have inspired you as well.
So if there is someone that you believe should feature as a Fabulous Friday Female (or Fellow!), then send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with 3 simple details:
- Who is your Fabulous Friday Female / Fellow? (Her / his name and location in the world)
- Why is she / he a Fabulous Friday Female / Fellow to YOU? (How do you know her / him? What does she / he do? In what way is she / he inspiring?)
- A photo or link to a picture of her / him online (if there is a reason that you would prefer not to include a photo, just let me know)
So help me to share with all of our lovely ladies the real women and men who inspire YOU.
…and remember, as always, to Stay Fabulous too!