Today's prompt: "It's like going to..." nudged me into writing about a cause I have supported for the last ten years. Seeing not only the cause rise up but women rise up, in love, year after year... well.... here's the story, written in five minutes:
It’s like going to a love fest for women.
It’s like throwing away, once and for all, the cultural norm of “women are catty” and “women don’t like other women” and “never trust your back to another woman.”
It’s another experience of VDay Bakersfield. We raise money for a local agency, Alliance Against Family Violence as well as the annual funds for a group named by Eve Ensler and her women at the national VDay organization which gives waives the cost to perform the play, The Vagina Monologues and join an international movement.
Can anything be bigger than being a part of One Billion Rising, joining with women worldwide to make a difference?
I think there are bigger things that live right within our local movement.
It is the miracle of women coming together who have never met before and women returning, year after year, not because of ego or what role they play or how many lines they have or how many times the spotlight hits their face or how many laughs or tears their performance gets, it is about love for the world, love for women and girls and the men who love them and personifying that here in a tiny microcosm of women in Bakersfield.
It is moving beyond the politics yet into politics, it is diving into the deeply personal and intimate. It is using words that feel foreign to us and allowing ourselves to speak publicly what we believe and be supported whole heartedly and souledly (not sure if that’s a word but it should be) while we do it.
I feel sadness for women who do not become a part of it.
I feel profound grief for the women who have lost their lives due to violence or lost their courage due to their voices being stripped from them or lost their innocence because of rape or bullying or seeing a murder of a loved one as they stood by helpless.
Sure, we can stay inside the world of sitcoms and reality shows and just hanging out “being cool” or we can stretch and grow and love people more deeply than we ever knew we could.
VDay: its like going to a love fest for women.
This was my 5 minute Stream of Consciousness Sunday post. It’s five minutes of your time and a brain dump. Want to try it? Here are the rules…
- Set a timer and write for 5 minutes.
- Write an intro to the post if you want but don’t edit the post. No proofreading or spellchecking. This is writing in the raw.
- Publish it somewhere. Anywhere. The back door to your blog if you want. But make it accessible.
- Add the Stream of Consciousness Sunday badge to your post (in the sidebar). .
- Link up your post at Jana's Thinking Place.
- Visit your fellow bloggers and show some love.
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