Tuesday, December 13, 2011

A Post for Feminism

First, I've now blogged every day for a month. Props to me.

Sonya Renee is a national poetry slam champion.
"What Women Deserve"gave me goosebumps.

I've been watching one TED lecture a night. I'm working through the category "Celebrating TEDWomen". It makes my life a little bit better.
1) Eve Ensler's TED lecture "embrace your inner girl" made me incredibly proud to be a woman.
2) Sheryl Sandberg's lecture "Why we have too few woman leaders" was really great; things I've never thought about, but that I am really grateful I will be aware of going forward in my life.

I also LOVED Terry Tempest Williams' article "The Moment I Became A Feminist".
The whole article is genius. I posted part of it last week. I think that part is the most beautiful and moving description of why women deserve choice I've ever heard. And here's the other highlight:

"Shortly after the publication of my book Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place, I was called into the office of one of the General Authorities of the Mormon Church in Salt Lake City. I was young and unsure of what he wanted to discuss. I feared I might be excommunicated for what I had written, which ran contrary to Mormon doctrine.
But what troubled this church leader was not that I had mentioned a Mother in Heaven alongside a Heavenly Father, or asked the question, “If there is a Godhead, where is the Motherbody?” Or that my mother and I had given each other blessings without holding the priesthood reserved only for men. What disturbed him most was that my husband and I had chosen not to have children. This was the threat I posed. I had a voice. He asked me if I realized that by not becoming a mother, I, too, would become an endangered species leading future generations of spirit-children down the path of extinction just like the wild birds I so loved and championed.
The phrase that my religious leader uttered that I have never been able to forget was this: “Just as a mother bird has no choice whether or not she will lay her eggs, she must, God insists. So the eggs you possess, over which your husband presides, must also come forth. Will you choose to become a Mother of Zion, or will you allow your womb to become empty and barren, defying the faith of the women who came before you?”
In that moment, I became a feminist. In that moment, I realized that to control a woman’s body and deny her the choice over her own reproductive health is to silence her individual voice and rob her of her innate power, which is the power to choose her own life’s path. To control women is another way of controlling nature."

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