i always found it intriguing that a hymn (hyrm?) entitled “i have work enough to do” came right after one
entitled “have i done any good?” like, you want to do good but you have enough work to do already? is that how it goes?
i have become concerned with the large amount of isolationist rhetoric i’ve read/heard/seen lately, in regard to feminism. “if you aren’t such and such a person, we don’t want you.”
now, this is not to say that i don’t hold deep-seated feelings of hatred toward male/straight/ cisgendered/ablebodied/ ableminded/wealthy people. i do. this may make me a bad person. i am not concerned with that.
but there is so much work to be done. so much. so much work to be done in regard to overthrowing the patriarchy. in regard to ending oppression. there is so much work to be done that it seems silly, stupid, laughable, to turn away people who want to help.
everyone who is willing and able to contribute to the dismantling of the patriarchy and ending oppression should be allowed to do so.
there is work enough to do, after all.
for those who are not interested in taking part in the work, that is fine. we will continue on working for change. but no one who wants to contribute should be turned away. there is so much to be done that anyone willing should be able to contribute as much as they want to.
now, i am not saying that we have allies head up the processes of change-creating. allies should continue to defer to disenfranchised people. privilege still needs to be constantly checked.
nor am i saying that we need to pander to oppressors. no pandering. this is a movement of disenfranchised people. those people get to say what should happen and how and when and where. if someone with privilege disagrees, they can deal. but that doesn’t mean that people with privilege should necessarily be excluded from the process.
this does not mean that disenfranchised people only spaces should be done away with. but creating disenfranchised people only spaces is not a solution that will necessarily end oppression.
there is so much to be done. arguing over who gets to do what, or accusing people of not doing enough, is ridiculous. everyone who wants to participate should, in the capacities in which they are able.
there is work enough for everyone.