"One day, the world will be utterly changed, and young females will find the path to love early in life; now it is still the case that many of us come to love through suffering that awakens us and demands that we take a deeper look at our life. The suffering, rarely chosen, is in its on way a preparation for passion." -bell hooks, Communion: the Female Search for Love

 

 

 

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"The #metoo movement is the first large scale project that has truly put faces to a widespread epidemic. 2017 has been the year of not taking bullshit and for becoming an advocate even if you haven’t been before. #metoo allows survivors to not only share their story but feel a little less alone."

-Natalie Hedberg

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"For moments of fear,

for the times I have been let down,

 for the boys who have said they loved me,

for the apologies without mistakes,

for every woman who never ever deserved it."

-Jordan Frodge

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"#metoo means openness and transparency, especially for women. There is no longer reason to be ashamed if you are a victim of any form." 

-Ashley Hilger

 
 
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"I am sorry that I never said anything before, but I am not sorry for speaking up now."

-Chloe Cooper

 
 

"This has brought a lot of attention to an issue that people don’t speak out about enough. It’s nice to know that you are not alone in this. It’s something that can happen to anyone and this hashtag has brought light to that. I think I lot more people are aware now."

-Taylor Frint

 

“A note on power: Every instance I’ve experienced can be traced to the preservation of the status quo. It was late, we had been at Holiday World with friends, but had to be back home the next morning so we didn’t join for camping. In and out of sleep, I eased out of a snooze to find we were no longer on the highway. “We’re not going further unless you give me road head,” he demanded. I denied. He pressured. We argued. I began to realize the relationship was built on power. A Marine, he embraced a misogynist view that preserved ego. The more I pushed back, the more frequent the emotional abuse. When I broke up with him, the calls, texts, and voicemails didn’t stop. When he came home for holidays, he showed up at both of my jobs unannounced. Things got quiet as soon as I complained to the Marine Recruitment Office, but only with threat of a restraining order. As an organizer, I never forget that experience. To have your humanity stripped to appease an ego, fulfill a ‘role.’ More importantly, I see the value in naming injustice, as erasure of oppression preserves it. So we speak up, build community, and reform together."

-Lesley Garrett