And it’s in the small things. Like being emotionally present, unlearning gender prejudices against women, stop cat calling, administering physical space, offering support during her menses, promoting the collective freedom of women. Because when your partner isn’t with you, some man wants to bring her down. She’s not entirely safe just because she’s with you.
Love and justice must co-exist as breathing in and out, to complete the whole; to sustain life. If this is the case it means we have been lying to women that we love them if we do not ensure their rights are met. It further means then that we’ve been using them.
The world is not developing if half its inhabitants who produce more food, are paid less, their bodies abused, their voices stifled, their realities misrepresented, and forced into communal nurturing, continue to be sidelined for the sustenance of male privilege.