Gender Focus welcomes guest blogger Sarah Jensen. Sarah resides in Barrie, Ontario. She’s currently studying Sociology and Gender Studies. For many years she thought she’d lost her voice, but she’s starting to realize it was there all along; she’d just forgotten how to use it.
Ever get the feeling that at any moment, life as you know it could completely change? It sometimes feels like civilization could collapse in an instant. Women are losing access to abortions and the right to control their own bodies; an innocent man may have been murdered by the U.S. Government; social programs are having their budgets cut or removed. More people are forced to rely on food banks for their next meal and finding a decent, full-time job is becoming next to impossible. It can be hard to wake up each day when part of you fears that it may be your last before the world starts quickly unravelling.
But at other moments, it feels like the world might be starting to change for the better. Gay Marriage is becoming accepted and legalized in more and more places; women in Saudi Arabia were just given the right to vote. In New York City, thousands of people have joined together to say that they want something better for themselves, for their country and for the world.
This is a pivotal moment that could change history. This is the moment you’ve been waiting for. This is the rallying cry you’ve been waiting to hear.
Occupy Toronto is an event currently being planned for October 15th; it currently has over 5,000 ‘Likes’ on Facebook. Occupations are also being planned for Halifax, Montreal, Victoria, Edmonton, Vancouver, Saint John, Winnipeg and Ottawa. No leader dictates this revolution; it is truly thousands of people coming together to change things for the better. People of all races, faiths, genders and sexualities are joining together; communicating with, learning from and inspiring each other.
Mainstream media has been either ignoring the movement or criticizing it for a lack of clear goals and demands. The part of the movement that’s being criticized is part of what makes it so beautiful to behold. Everyone is being given a voice. Once everyone has spoken and been listened to we can determine what the goals are, and then work together to achieve them. Read more