Every so often I come across a slogan that catches my attention and it was the case with this ‘Girls Supporting Girls’ tank by !Aphorism! (details below of course). It makes me want to explain the way I see it – but there’s so much to ‘it’ that I don’t know if I can in one small blog post. I’m going to try…
Since the dawn of time almost, women and girls have been oppressed. I know, it’s a strong statement – but it’s true. And what makes it worse is that it’s an oppression that has been sanctioned by the Church (and yes I’m talking about pretty much all of the religions out there) and by Governments too.
Marriage, for instance – the romantic union of a little girl’s dreams does not have its roots in romance at all. The reason for marriage was that it was a contract of ownership. The woman from that point belonged to her husband, rather than her father. The contract was exchanged much as it would be if you bought property. Partly, because a woman could not own property in the UK, as in most countries, so she could not inherit. Her husband, therefore, was the one who inherited property, administered it and who had control of the family.
I’m sure some people reading this are wondering why I’m talking about it now, when I sit here not owned by my father or husband, when I am not persecuted for sharing my views (much) and when I’m allowed an education and a job just like any man.
The reason is that it’s not the case throughout the world. Women are still being oppressed and treated as property, girls are going uneducated and the treatment they get as a result of some ‘religions’ includes FGM, or being hanged for having been raped, or for not wanting to be married off to a much older man at 12 or 13 years old.
It makes my blood boil when I hear fortunate and privileged young women say that they are not feminists. The only reason they feel able to say that is that they are okay, they don’t need anybody campaigning on their side. The fact of the matter is, we all need to be feminists until we are all equal. By equal I mean safe, un-persecuted, educated, undamaged and not afraid. We all need chances.
If we, the ones with a voice do not speak up for those women who do not have one, nobody will help them.
Girls supporting Girls is important to me because we need each other and because a helping hand for one person raises each and every one of us up.
You can help on a macro level – through the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative, for instance, or you can do your bit in small ways too. If you see a chance to help another woman or girl, to make her path a little smoother, to offer her a hand up, just do it.
What to wear in Second Life today?
Visit | Take Heart
Pose | Artis – The Shame Stand (Artis Marketplace)
Hair | CaTwA Mesh Wet Lucy Hair * (CaTwA Mainstore)
Outfit | !Aphorism! Maya Tank and Panties [Mait/2Sli/3Bell] (Fameshed, 1-25 May)
It’s worth mentioning that I don’t think Rucy of !Aphorism! was attempting to start a feminist movement with his tank top, but having chosen the slogan himself and liked it, I’m sure he won’t mind at all that I’ve picked it up and run with it. Men can be feminists too! I love this little tank and knickers and you can choose from plain colours (with matching or contrasting edging), this design or another cute design too!
I found that I could wear the panties from the set underneath some shorts (Blueberry ones I put on) and that they fit perfectly and you could see the little cat face poking out over the waistband. Just a hint, no guarantees!
I should also say that the CaTwA hair is an older hair (I think) and it seems to mess a bit with the textures on my mesh head. For this reason, do demo! Well, always demo anyway.
Here’s a ‘well lit, no shit’ shot…
And finally, here is a ‘jigging for the rigging’ video. I chose Kylie, I bet she’s a wee tiger about helping other women, I can just tell.