Polly, at Marginal Notes, has a very personal and very political story about rape posted. It is a sad commentary on our country that one in two Canadian women is assaulted in her lifetime and that one in four Canadian girls is sexually mistreated before the age of 16. Isn’t it time that Canada make this violence end, that all who call themselves progressive come together to stop this mistreatment? Isn’t it time for what Polly calls a more radical politics?
The time has come for a more radical politics. I believe a storm is brewing particularly among the women of Canada. We must begin to talk about the highly political personal on our blogs, in our living rooms, on our campuses, and in our workplaces. (Notice how what it is to be “professional” serves to silence the private.) We now have confirmation of what we knew deep down: formal equality for women still leaves us vulnerable. We need a cultural revolution.
Ask yourselves, why we are told that personal blogs don’t fit in with a political community? Ask yourselves why men in our lives are questioning how personal we get on our blogs?
Our potential power is terrifying.