Dear Friends and Community,
When I think of our work here at The Womxn Project, it’s the force of an informed and passionately dedicated community that is the most powerful resource in the fight for a more just and equitable future.
Activism starts and ends with people. Relationships are not just why we do this work, but relationships are also how we do this work.
We exist because of our relationship with you, and we are so grateful.
This week especially we at The Womxn Project want you to take care of yourself first. We love you to bits, and we know how hard life has become because we are living it too. Today we want to celebrate our relationship to you: we want to show some love to hopefully help brighten your day and continually remind you that you’re one heck of a force in this world.
I’m almost done, but before I sign off, I can’t not help but say this:
I don’t know who needs to hear this, but…
Consensual experiences within relationships mean acknowledging comfort and safety before all else. If you don’t feel comfortable and safe participating in whatever holiday engagements you’re expected to participate in, you absolutely don’t have to go. Full stop. No exceptions. Any discomfort that may be triggered with declining or canceling socializing this year can be labeled as undeserved shame and discarded from your shoulders. Repeat as necessary, and spread the word. You should be allowed to keep yourself safe, and you should be allowed to define safety however you see fit. Send your love and regards, but guilt-laden apologies are not necessary. Not convinced? Just ask Mavlow.
In closing, nothing is easy right now, so please be kind to yourself in terms of your expectations and as generous with your self care as possible. The holidays will always be what we make them to be, so let’s remake them this year to replenish and protect us all as best as we can.
With so much love and gratitude,
Emily and the rest for the TWP team