Updated: Feb 17
Written by Kym Whitehead - Stage Management Team Lead
I march because I'm lucky, and I know it. I have a comfortable, happy life, full of conveniences and small luxuries. I've had opportunities to maximize or squander. I've been supported by family, friends and the community. I have never known overt oppression or discrimination, or survived abuse or assault. I march because I realize that my experience should not be the yardstick by which other women's needs are measured.
I have a teenage daughter, and I love her inordinately. I believe that the Golden Rule should actually be “Do Unto Others As You Would Have Them Do Unto The One You Love Best, Especially If That One Was Having A Really, Really Bad Day.” I would want strangers to give my daughter the benefit of the doubt, to listen without interruption or judgement, to share their physical resources and their human kindness with her. I believe that what I would want a stranger to do for my child, I should be willing to do for that stranger and their child.
I want my child (and all children) to inherit a world that has more. More kindness, more respect for individuals, more opportunities, more access and more acceptance. Sitting on the couch, yelling at the news and wishing for those things won't make them happen. My daughter has less autonomy over her body and her reproductive choices in 2019 than I did at her age in the 80s. I want her to grow up to be fearless, to strive boldly into her life, armed with knowledge, resources, experience and confidence. I'm willing to work hard to give her options. I don't want her trapped in a maze that consists of only one choice, which leads to only one outcome. Since I want all those possibilities for her, I also want them for others.
That's why I march.
Because Love is an action verb.
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