What does it do to a community or a group of people to see their loved one treated so inhumanely, to see themselves and their culture systematically destroyed?
Listen, things aren’t getting worse. They’re just getting louder. And so the attempts to drown out the truth increase in volume as well. We all get to decide who we hear, and who we don’t. No one is saying it’s easy. But for me, at least, it’s simple.
I felt the talk went really well. I had cut two pieces from the body of it only the night before because my read-through had been 37 minutes and was meant to be 30. I did this so that I could fit in two new anecdotes that I felt gave weight to my subject. I talk about the experiences I had with child sexual abuse and sexual assault, and interweave this telling with my resiliency, which for me was writing.
I put up a new video after the Santa Fe shootings and the creepy af revelations around ‘incel culture’.
Patriarchy hurting men is like the negative side effects of a very effective drug. Men could just stop taking the drug – they could fight against patriarchy, they could opt out of the benefits, they could do the work to support women and uplift our voices and deny the undeserved power bestowed by millennia of near global male control. But with vanishingly few exceptions, men do not. They like the drug.
I woke up early to the pink streaks of sunrise over the snow-covered lake. I took a moment to rest in gratitude for this experience and then I got up. I ran through the portion of my talk that includes improvisation, and got ready for the day.
Please watch for an analysis of resource extraction and the impact this has on women and the planet. This is a fundamental factor of patriarchy and male violence, and the discussion of this reveals the strategic and relentless drive of capitalist and male greed against women’s bodies and the planet on which we depend for survival.
This video was created by Muskoka Parry Sound Sexual Assault Services. It is my voice reading my poem ‘Disclose.’ Thank you, MPSSAS, for creating this, and for providing the invaluable mentorship program. I am honoured to be a mentor and to have the opportunity to create this poem for the mentors.
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