“Women have a graduate degree in taking things personally.”
“Men don’t know how to see the leadership potential in women, so deliver it — don’t make them guess.”
“[For a happier home] get more sleep, make your bed and establish a kissing schedule.”
Weirdly, I don’t find these “motivational” so much as “patently offensive, patronizing and stupid.” My vagina doesn’t make me take things personally, it’s not on me to fix men who can’t see the value in female humans, and the last thing I want is to badger my partner into kissing me at pre-determined intervals. But the official “host” of the conference was Anita Perry, so there you go.
But instead of complaining–or perhaps, in addition to complaining–I thought it might be cool to do something that might result in some actually motivational patriarchy-smashing. What if there could be a Texas conference for feminists/allies/progressives that actually gave people the tools and information they need to make changes they’d like to see in terms of gender equality, reproductive justice, media accountability, etc. and so on?
I’ve been tossing an idea like this around in my mind for a couple of years now, and I think it’s high time it came to fruition. If anyone wants to help–which means anything from brainstorming to actual pavement-pounding–email me at (andrea dot grimes at the gmails) or leave a comment with your contact information, and let’s see if we can’t make something happen.