© Kristin Rafferty - Occupy Minneapolis - Day 1
I would simply copy and paste the contents of my personal blog onto here, but in this case, I really would encourage readers here to click on the link to the original WordPress blog for the sake of seeing FOLLOW UP COMMENTS.
If you are a FEMALE reading this and happen to be involved in the Occupy movement (anywhere in the world) and wish to weigh in, I would appreciate any feedback. Depending on amount and type of feedback received, I may end up bringing these issues up at a future General Assembly in my own city. I find it interesting that so far the feedback I have received has come from other women in the form of anonymous emails as opposed to public blog comments. I am not surprised as I felt so nervous to write the blog entry in the first place. These issues have not driven me to the point of leaving the movement, but it saddens me to know the sexism and other related issues have caused other women to do so.
In a nutshell, other women and I are tired of our voices and skills being muted as we watch our male friends take off gaining all the media attention as we continue to lift them up, often ignored. Part of my frustration began this week when a very important direct action that affects a number of women and c... was NOT properly publicized on ANY of my local Occupy websites, despite the message coming DIRECTLY from OTHER women.
I have zero access or administrative privileges to the Occupy Minneapolis OR Occupy Saint Paul websites. I am fine with that, however I start having a problem when direct actions involving WOMEN fail to even APPEAR on either website. It indicates to me that maybe it's time my local Occupies start granting such access TO other women. If not me, fine. SOMEBODY. This direct action seemed THAT important to me, that I posted the content (provided by ANOTHER woman in the movement) onto my own PERSONAL blog, JUST to have a LINK to put on Twitter. (The content came from Facebook. Not all people use Facebook, and those who don't, would not be able to VIEW such content via a link on Twitter.) I will certainly credit a MALE friend of mine for also getting my attention with a simple TWEET (which lead to me on a search on other parts of the internet including FACEBOOK) letting people know about this. However, what was NECESSARY of course was that ENTIRE CONTENT provided on a LINK to tweet out.
I could say more, but the above is just ONE example and I explain a little bit more in my blog.