On Being Afraid of Social Injustice

From the man who made real social change, "We must move past indecision to action."

From the man who made real social change, “We must move past indecision to action.”

I’ve been seeing so many people talking about gender differences and injustice all over the Internet. I think it’s great that we are bringing awareness to the issue and I think we should keep talking about it. But at the risk of sounding hypocritical, at some point we need to shut up and go out there and actually do something.

I found people are so afraid of social injustice that it inhibits them from making any kind of change, in society or in their own lives.

For example, take the topic of the beauty standards placed on women. I’ve seen so many blog posts circulating where people talk about the photo shop epidemic, the ridiculous standards placed on women, and how we’re all sick of it. It’s true, I’m sick of it, many people are sick of it. But, what’s talking about it going to do?

When we talk so much about these topics, we begin to feel trapped by them. They scare us and hinder us. I do a fair share of talking on this blog, but I try to keep it inspirational. I try not to highlight what is holding us back, but instead what we can do to liberate ourselves from these struggles.

If we are tired of the beauty standards places upon us, then guess what we can do, not listen to them. We can dress how we want. We can choose to wear or not wear makeup depending on exactly how we feel. We have that luxury over here that many women across the globe don’t have. Believe me, I understand as much as the next gal how pressing these standards can feel. But, think of it this way, you don’t have the imminent threat of death constantly.

I’ve learned something and it’s this:

When we stop being apologetic, when we stop being afraid, what we want becomes very apparent.

The best form of protest we can stage against our patriarchal culture is to say, “eff you,” and be exactly who we want to be despite it. Every person has creativity, intelligence, passion, and uniqueness. Letting these aspects of us show is how we contribute to society.

The feminist movement doesn’t need more people talking about our oppression. We don’t need more fear of oppression. We need innovators, dreamers, and bad-ass ladies doing their thing. We need men doing their own thing and respecting women for doing it too.

So, go out and do that thing that you’ve been thinking about. Write a book, start a business, invent something, volunteer, organize a protest, paint a picture, direct a movie, discover something scientific, make change happen.

 

photo credit: <a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/63048007@N08/6176976160/”>Saint Iscariot</a> via <a href=”http://photopin.com”>photopin</a&gt; <a href=”http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/”>cc</a&gt;

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