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It’s funny that the people who accuse me of looking for things to get mad about seem only to find hatred and anger in a space so filled with love.

And then there’s this: People do social justice work for a whole lot of reasons, but, generally speaking, it isn’t because they hate the world or the people in it.

When I write a post about, say, the rape culture, cloaked in vibrating anger, it isn’t because I hate the rape culture (although I certainly do); it’s because I really love people, for the most part, and I don’t want anyone, anyone, to be victimized by sexual violence, ever.

Yes, I want to dismantle the rape culture, and if it were a little box placed into my hands, I would throw it to the ground and smash it into a million bits and keep grinding those bits into dust with my fists until I was dragged away. But that is not the thing that motivates me to write about the rape culture, or any other intersecting system of oppression, every day, at no small cost to myself, until I feel sometimes like I’m swimming in a sea of shit that has no shore. What motivates me is love. Love of safety. Love of agency. Love of justice. Love of people.

"Isn’t there anything this woman likes?" ask my incredulous critics.

Yes. More than I can say. It’s there to find, if you’re really looking.

Melissa McEwan on the stereotype of the “angry feminist”

(Source: shakesville.com)

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