It was Vliet Tiptree’s recent guest post at radfem HUB, a post which I found speaking to me in a very inspiring, affirming and forward-thinking way (and which also spurred a most productive discussion thread), that led me to ponder “Resolution“ as a word to perhaps better describe what good this Radical Wave could begin to build for the future of girls and women and our planet.
Resolution. It is a practical word and it’s rich in meaning. It sounds oh-so familiar to the ear, but not a thing like the much romanticized brother word, Revolution.
Revolution, that thing that keeps happening over and over and over again when men decide other men have more than their share and that the “balance” has tipped too far; the time during which women and girls bear the brunt of the violence and privation that comes when Power is redistributed amongst men.
We, as women and girls who look toward a future when Power is simply antiquated, would be wise to eschew this brother word.
Our sister word, Resolution, is made steadfast by coming to a place of real balance in clarity and agreement. Resolution can not exist without each individual, definite, contributing to the whole and the whole can not exist without these parts, as simple as it seems.
Resolution is, and must be, symphonic.
This is why some of us MUST operate within the male Owner/Operator system we make do with here and now to keep making the progress we do make, and some more of us MUST also do the “shoring up” we are compelled to do, and towards this end we embrace the work of any and all women who do whatever it may be they do to help girls and women from moment-to-moment, every day of the week, because honestly, life here and now for us is an endless stint in triage.
This is also why some of us MUST plan for the future by envisioning it with a pragmatic stance for the near-term in order to begin to build the base for the Movements to come, as a cascade to reclaim and renew and found womyn’s spaces unequivocally, to proclaim our membership in the rapidly declining Global 51% in simple and obvious ways, to develop a network of New Wom_n’s Keeps which resolutely declare their non-acceptance of the status-quo in any way shape or form and to model for our younger sisters a way in which to effect a Resolution for Female Freedom.