As I close my eyes and drift away to a land where there is love, health, peace, and blessings. I wanted to take the time to think and reflect.
The truth is that I remember I used to write a lot about my dinner table conversations with the kids. I always found it interesting to connect my ideas to that of the next generation at an instant. But I began to refrain from this as they began to emerge into adulthood. There are many reasons, one would be because of the public space of a website. For me whilst the online platform is a public space, it was also ironically private. Where I could write from multiple perspectives, and simply be myself. But today I can't connect my thoughts without some connection to our recent dinner table discussion, and that would be referring to the topic of feminism.
I have written about feminism, but wanted to add, and emphasize: That whilst I don't identify as a feminist, this does not mean that what feminist have to offer, share, about topics is not value. Womens struggles / challenges are very real, they are not diminished just because we are in the 21st century. I should know a thing or two about this, since I am a woman, and additionally a woman of color. But I refrain from this label, because I want to keep in-line with my vision of gender parity / equality / and inclusion for all. If you think about it, perspectives from other genders are necessary to even shape feminist thought. It is important to keep channels of communication open for all, especially when it comes to the micro narratives.
We can take the topic of women who have experienced abuse / trauma, from the opposite sex. Women often find themselves refraining from any type of relationship with men. Women have to re-learn that healthy relationships do and can exist. Not just at the personal level, but also public / professional. Women who are escaping any abuse, often have to find ways to manage their lives by themselves. This maneuvering will never mean living a life in isolation. It will require interaction, and even when the desire emerges to engage in healthy, personal relationships arrives, there will also be learning curves. So whilst as thinkers we can emerge and identify ourselves with a label, the labels can in-fact be limiting / constraining. It's always a good idea to allow accessibility not only through our interactions, but also through our thoughts.