You Don't Need to Be Leading Marches for Your Activism to Matter – Here Are 5 Reasons Why. In the week leading up to the Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend, I was in a state of chaos. I just started a new job, had been attending several evening meetings for direct action planning, and was working up against several academic deadlines. By that Thursday, it was clear that I was getting irreversibly sick and needed to sit myself down, despite several upcoming marches and actions taking place throughout the week. I argued with myself as my body temperature continued to rise, willing myself to feel better. Eventually, I surrendered this futile battle to days of rest, rehydration, and Toni Morrison – my favorite revolutionary novelist. And as I watched photos and articles emerge via social media with a mixture of disappointment and pride in my community, I pushed aside the voices that kept popping into my mind.
“You’re not doing enough for the movement,” the voices said. It is powerful and transformative. Who is included in our idea of “activists?” Let’s talk about it. 1. 2. 3. Sharing stories of sexism on social media is 21st-century activism. Tweeting about sexism could improve women’s wellbeing, according to a new study published in the British Journal of Social Psychology.
The study suggests that a sense of “collective action” may be at the root of the benefits. Participants were divided into groups: some were asked to tweet publicly, some privately and some not to tweet at all. According to the abstract, “only public tweeters showed decreasing negative affect and increasing psychological wellbeing, suggesting tweeting about sexism may serve as a collective action that can enhance women’s wellbeing”. Since launching the Everyday Sexism Project in 2012, I’ve seen first-hand the positive impact that sharing stories via social media can have.
I’ve seen women tweet their experiences of street harassment and receive support, understanding and solidarity from others all over the world. So the results of this study do not come as a surprise to me. Mais alors c'est quoi militer. La question du militantisme est une question finalement assez épineuse.
Ainsi par exemple beaucoup de femmes féministes hésitent à se déclarer comme militantes ; d'autant plus lorsqu'elles entendent régulièrement "qu'elles ne militent que sur Internet". Beaucoup de femmes, dans les interviews que je suis en train de mener, me disent, alors même qu'elles ont énuméré tout ce qu'elles faisaient au quotidien, me disent "ne pas se voir comme des militantes". C'est une assertion qui ne serait pas à discuter si elle n'émanait pas parfois d'un dénigrement certain qui conduit beaucoup de femmes à toujours minorer ce qu'elles peuvent faire.
Il est étonnant de dire "qu'on ne milite que sur internet" et de voir en 2015, de voir Internet comme un lieu "à part", comme un lieu qui ne ferait pas partie de la vie. En ce cas je dois me dire que "je ne travaille que sur Internet". On peut également avoir des difficultés à manifester parce que l'on a des handicaps sociaux ou physiques par exemple. In Defence of ‘Hashtag Activism’ All too often we hear disdain for the ‘Keyboard Warriors'; the sadsacks whose ‘Hashtag Activism’ is useless, inconsequential, or just an exercise in personal vanity.
We’re told the idea that social media could be used to orchestrate real change is worthy of scorn or dismissal, and that politics is only ‘worthy’ if you’re passing bills through parliament. At the very least, if you’re writing to your MP or marching on the streets. Frankly, this is bollocks. Partly, it’s an incredibly elitist view to take; if you are from any kind of minority or oppressed group, you can more or less guarantee that your identity is not well represented in government or in political journalism.
The UK Parliament, for example, has more men MPs currently than it has ever had women, and the vast majority of newspapers are edited by men (a report from 2012 shows just one woman as Editor in Chief of a National.) 5 Really Important Reasons to Stop Dismissing Online Activism. As someone who does a great deal of digital activism and online writing, I’ve been called a “keyboard warrior” more times than I could count.
I’m commonly told that I should stop talking about oppression and “do something” about it. There is this common misconception that all online activism is “slacktivism,” that it’s not “real” activism, that it’s all useless, and that it’s not as important or effective as offline activism. But this is simply not the case. In fact, those arguments are problematic because they doesn’t recognize that 1) talking and doing are not mutually exclusive and 2) talking online is educating people, and thus, doing something – something extremely important, I might add.
I would not be where I am today if it weren’t for online activism. This is not to say online activism is perfect. There are many limitations to online activism, and there are plenty things we need to work on to make it more accessible for marginalized people. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Saturday Morning Cartoons: Protest. Welcome to Saturday Morning Cartoons, a segment where four artists take turns delighting you with their whimsy, facts and punchlines on Saturday mornings!
Our esteemed cartoon critters are Cameron Glavin, Anna Bongiovanni, Megan Praz and Yao Xiao.