Feminist Mantra Monday 3: Enact Your Emotions
I think that we can all agree that last week was full of feelings. I have been all over the place since Tuesday night, making a variety of dubious decisions regarding my emotional well-being. All I've wanted is just to do something.
So this week's mantra is about the importance of doing something. Last week, we learned that our feminist feelings weren't enough to elect the first female president of the United States. I wrote a post about realizing that HRC's candidacy wasn't a victory lap for feminism but a crucial battleground and feeling like I failed her by celebrating rather than fighting.
And feeling that way is important. You see, historically, emotions are dismissed in favor of reason (aka "crazy" women written off in favor of "rational" men). But, as we learned last week, politics is so much more affective than it is logical. So, all these feelings we're having, they're what's going to create the change we wish to see in the world (hi, Gandhi, what's up).
The important thing is to enact your emotions. And sometimes my emotions enact me straight to my bathtub with a bottle of wine. But there's more than that. I can also channel them into protests or letter-writing campaigns or conflict resolution training. That's where my emotions need to take me now.
For this week, try expressing your emotions politically. Where does your mourning take you? What can your rage change? It can be as small as signing up to donate $10 (aka two lattes) a month to the ACLU or as large as running for a local office (or hell, even figuring out what the local office are...). Feel your feelings and channel them into something larger than yourself.
Let's enact our emotions, babes. I still believe we can change the world.
Feminist Mantra Monday is a weekly mantra series crafted to help womyn embrace feminisms and themselves as feminists through self-exploration and community-creation.