just spent an hour reading an extensive feminist discussion
The actual topic was prison rape, comparing male and female situations etc, but as always (and as it should be) issues of other kinds of privilege intersecting came into play, like racial and class privilege, and so on.
I’m not here to say anything particularly intelligent or insightful about that, just to say (probably to the groans of POC everywhere because this sounds like a white guilt / white heroism movie) that I wish I could wave a wand and make everything better. I feel like such a meaningless grain of sand, really, and all I feel I can do (as a white person) is strive to not be ignorant myself and to be aware of my own privilege and to educate myself. Then again, I guess I feel pretty powerless in terms of opposing misogyny and homophobia too (things which directly affect me / place me in the oppressed group, unlike racism). I’m not a public speaker, a go-getter, a would-be politician… all the things I feel capable of doing are internal or e-“activism” which feels like hardly enough. As a slight tangent, I am glad I’m not American as the ridiculous misogynistic bullshit going on doesn’t directly affect me, but equally it’s kind of frustrating because all the calls for sort-of-action (writing to politicians, that sort of thing) are not meaningful for me, because I’m not one of their citizens.