Justice For Just Us - Sister-Keepers

By Jihan McDonald

Are we human beings, or human(e) beings? If only it were enough to feel, and learn, and speak, and wear clothes, and be human. It isn’t. Our feelings can be used as weapons when we discharge them and make others responsible; what we learn depends on where we are and from whom we’re learning it (and what their bottom line is for our education); our speech can be sharpened into the knives people use to cut themselves into an image of a distorted beauty ideal; clothes can strangle our personal or cultural expression and be enough to claim someone deserves to be fired, verbally assaulted, and/or raped. 

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That deepest violence is done against the life-bringers, the child-bearers, the ones all artificial power structures despise. It is legitimized by our refusal to call it what it is; there is no sex trade, only a rape trade, this violence being its currency. The bodies of our life-bringers and child-bearers become objects rendered to absorb the toxic runoff from those in male conditioned bodies, for when their needs for connection are not met they curdle, bringing sickness to their soul. We’ve all been told to wonder if we are our brother’s keepers; what of our sister’s?

 

People in male-conditioned bodies too often feel that the child-bearers are merely sheaths for their swords fashioned from the sharp pang of their starvation for the fecund nourishment of bearing more than oneself in heart, mind, body, and soul; for connection. They learn these laws of gravitational aggressive force from a culture that teaches them to speak in commands and expectations, to appear at all times “like a man”, and to value humanity by its conformity to that concept.

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Human(e) beings- the ones who are intentional about who, and where, and how, and why they are- do not, because they cannot, tolerate the violence perpetrated by humanity against itself.  Human(e) beings assert their values of equity, justice, and celebration of diversity through their actions, their words, and the ways they show up in the world. In a culture of commodification, our appearance is a form of social capital that can be invested in speaking out against the violence perpetrated through systems like human trafficking and the sexual assault to prison pipeline that pumps our child-bearers through systems that challenge all of us to ask ourselves, “Am I my sister’s keeper?”

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