Excerpts from the book Living a Feminist Life
by the incredible author and scholar Prof. Sara Ahmed
-Feminism is Documentation -Feminism is Repetition -Feminism is DIY -Feminism is Good company -Feminism is to be in the sensational world -Feminism is outrage -Feminism is to take up more space -Feminism is to be perceived as in the wrong -Feminism is understood as an ability for persuasion, instruction and command -Feminism is obstinate and of unyielding nature -Speaking of the wrong is heard as being in the wrong -We learn from what we are called, it is the feminist calling -Feminism is becoming audible -To begin a feminist life is to hear an accusation
-By exposing the problem you pose a problem -Becoming feminist is acquiring a voice -Feminism is risking violence because you saw something wrong. -Feminist writing is to write with opposition -Feminism is Turning a diagnosis into an action, a self description -She is serious, she is responsible, she knows things -To receive a charge is to be in charge -Diversity workers are hired to do the Diversity work -To speak your own language is to become disobedient -Feminism is to be out of tune -Willful suffering from too much will -Feminism is to be willing to get in the way -Feminism is to allow the past into the present -Feminism is disobedience
It’s been a while since we have been thinking of writing this letter to you. Somehow, we never looked back to these moments where things were hard and you stood up for us.
It took us some courage to break the silence and tell you we did not find the guts to speak up at the time. What you did for us and the ones who came after us was so significant.
We long thought you did not need our help, our support. You looked so strong and independent. We recall silly sentences like:
-She is so resourceful.
-Surely, she has a community.
-She is strong!
-Look, she bounced off the problem again.
We said these things out of laziness, perhaps fear to be seen as your allies. We were worried about the repercussions on our lives, our careers, our reputation…We were wrong. Our silence did not protect us. Chasing you away and withholding our support made it worse for you and us.
We want you to know, we saw and understood.
We want you to know, we think of you and miss you.
We want you to know, what you did really helped.
We regret having made you carry alone the weight of something we were all responsible for.
We wish you well!
The betrayers you carry with you
I wanted the conversation to end. The kids played till late at night in the streets. They don’t want to discuss race with me. I watched a documentary on meat, eggs, and dairy production. Her body was intimidating. I am disgusted. There are conversations that can’t wait. I am always late this year. The man with the communist cap told me things. One euro for a single two for a doppio. There is just one type of Shampoo in Cazzago Brabbia. They will kill each other. Women can lose everything and keep singing. The music fest is no longer what it used to be. My birthday is soon. The price of an espresso did not change. I feel safe in a house with veggies and fruits. My granny just died.