Open to the Conversation



Chris lives in Austin, TX, where he once shook Willie Nelson's hand.

Related Post Roulette

2 Responses

  1. Avatar zic says:

    Before this dies a silent death, thanks, Chris. That was worth the read.

    As a young woman, I didn’t think of myself as a feminist, either. In 1979, I’d a told you ‘already won that battle, there’s the military -industrial complex and rampant pollution and nuclear war to worry about now,” and in fact said something akin to that to the first man who said, “Aren’t we the little feminist,” at work one day, when I’d called him out on some sexist bs he threw my way.

    And then I lived and experienced stuff that made it obvious I’d spend much of my life either ignoring or skewering, and that I had other causes that might matter more to me at any particular moment (including my son’s ability to learn in ‘boy-style’ in school,) wouldn’t replace the need for ongoing vigilance about my gender’s plight.

    I sometimes think the labels attached to activists really get in the way, and that includes the word activist.Report

    • Avatar Chris in reply to zic says:

      Zic, I’m very glad you liked it, and thank you for the comment.

      I went into activism intentionally and directly, so I have really benefited from witnessing the experience of Netta (how everyone on Twitter knows her — I’ve been following her since August) and others who’ve become the de facto leaders of a burgeoning movement out of immediate heart break and anger, rather than deliberate choice.Report