Fading to black…

Tomorrow, female blackout from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Its a movement to show what the world might be like without women. Your profile photo should just be a black square so that men wonder where the women are. Pass it only to women … It’s for a project against domestic abuse. It is no joke. Share it.

A friend of mine shared this with me on messenger. I pointed out that it had no date plus I’d seen it two weeks ago as well. She thanked me for the information and duly turned her profile picture black.

I have no idea what this is supposed to accomplish. I know what they’re trying to accomplish but these are two separate things. Men are not slightly slow puppies, they can see us in real life and they can see our names directly beside the black “profile picture”. This is not going to confuse them and it’s certainly not going to make them ponder “what the world might be like without women”.

It’s ironic that people are intent on making us invisible in a world where women are routinely silenced, spoken over, and ignored. And that goes double for abused women.

I think if we want to do something for women, we need to do something different. We need to organize. We need to find statistics on abuse and share them. We need to find studies on how much less women talk than men and share those. We need to teach our girls to stand up and use their voices. A black square is not going to accomplish this.

Make your voice loud. Shout your views from the rooftops. But don’t make yourself invisible.

don't shrink yourself

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