International Women’s Day 2017

We see you, men.

We notice what you do (and don’t) say about your partners. How you support them, praise them, lift them up, love them.

We watch when you don’t comment about cases of violence against women in the media. How you choose to believe the victim (or not), implying that “she deserved it” in one way or another.

We use a whisper network to keep each other safe. How you treat women in public and how you are in private are often not the same.

Women get ‘recognition’ one day of the year, but our opinion of how men treat us is based on the other 364. In Canada, it’s not good:

I support my sisters (not just my cisters) and non-binary folx, but today is just another day  of existing-as-a-women in a cisheteropatriarchal colonial nation state.

(Also a big fuck you to Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, who thinks that on International Women’s Day women should “celebrate the boys and men in our lives who encourage us to be who we truly are, who treat girls & women with respect, and who aren’t afraid to speak up in front of others.”)

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