2017 has been, among many things, the year of women raising their voices and shattering the ceilings and walls that have tried to hold them captive.
from harvey weinstein, to the #metoo campaign, to the list of professors who've also been sexual offenders, to being on the cover of times magazine. this is a reminder, to never back down. to never lower your voice, or your fists.
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To whoever is reading this,
remember you're not alone. remember your voice can still be heard over the breaking waves of a midnight sea. remember you can still burn the world with nothing but a box of matches and a raging heart. remember you can heal. remember even if you can't that isn't a weakness. remember you're not your traumas. remember you are more than them.
remember it's not a minority. know it's almost every woman around you with soft mouths and fear and disgust rising up their throats. remember it's homosexuals. transsexuals. remember sometimes they are underaged. remember sometimes they are adults.
remember it's not just rape.
remember it's someone touching.
groping. exposing. catcalling.
without consent. making you uncomfortable. making you slink into the shadows and not stop running till you're back home. making you wish you weren't born this way, as women. as women in a world where men are dangerous, powerful men, more so. and you're living through the pain with gritted teeth and depressants. without knowing what ails you but knowing you're sick. without knowing why the world stopped but knowing it shattered under your feet.
remember if you've faced it, and you have, your feelings are valid. your traumas are valid. your story is valid. your voice is valid. remember you're alive. remember you're stronger than you think. remember you're braver than you've been told. and we're in this together.
remember we'll win. remember. ~ Nilesh Mondal
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