Feminist Space
June 2022

It's only rumours

It's only rumours

I have been hearing for a while, also from women, of what feminists are like, that they want to be involved in everything, that they complain about everything, etc. But what they are, is the thread, the real fibre of feminism, they are the fabric, the global needlework that holds everything together. In practice, it means being aware of the woman nextdoor, waking up to the fact that You matter, that we matter; it means not to be submitted to the system or to those groups of people that prevent us from improving personally, financially, professionally, emotionally, etc. Even when we look for the word feminism in some books or publications on the internet, the definition is brief, it seems to have been written by men, men who were in a hurry. Feminism: doctrine, a social movement that asks for the acknowledgement, for women, of some capacities and rights that were traditionally reserved for men. And that's it, no more explanations; this is why it is so important to search and read up on the deeper meaning of the word. Feminism wasn't invented yesterday. More than a doctrine, it is the right that we want, the same as men’s rights, we are not begging for charity or asking for the impossible, but today, we are claiming and fighting to compensate for the shortfalls and marginalisation, often due to the fact that we are women. Just like in other societies too, because we can't just focus on ourselves only, we must think of feminism as something that is global. What hurts the others, in many countries, hurts us all. And finally for us to feel proud and appreciated for our capacities to often look after the children, the household finances, education, food, calming, searching for peace, or maybe... women all over the world fight wars? It is something that is innate, something very human that is within us, to keep on asking for peace, even pleading for it, and this is why they called them and still call us witches.

Lidia Chacón de Vera