Throughout 2017, we are going to introduce our followers to the One Woman Project team by asking them five feminist-related questions. Here we have Linden Peacock.
What is your name and your role with the One Woman Project?
My name is Linden and I’m OWP’s Intern Coordinator. I lead a team of high school interns who volunteer with us each semester, and am currently planning much bigger opportunities for school students to get involved, network and grow their skills and passions in the future!
What does feminism mean to you?
Feminism is the fire I feel in my chest when I witness injustice and cruelty. It means standing up for myself, even if it's against people I consider friends. It's listening to the voices of marginalised people and giving them a platform to speak, without diverting the conversation.
It's intersectional and inclusive, because people have a diverse set of identities that conflate, making some people more disadvantaged than others. It's continuing to push for equality in spite of the vitriol hurled at you.
Feminism is knowing that we need to abolish this system where social norms and institutions govern gender and subordinate women, to the detriment of everybody.
What personal experience drew you to feminism? Why did you become a feminist?
I was a feminist before I even knew it. My mother used to change the endings of fairy tales just to prove that princesses don't owe princes anything, even if they do get rescued from dragons. In school, I often wondered why only boys were asked to carry heavy items, or why girls had their uniforms policed so much more. I remember getting catcalled from the age of 13, and seeing internalised misogyny plague the pages of magazines. Feminism taught me that these microagressions, these unconscious biases, are norms that we cannot continue to accept, because they're all components of a much larger system of oppression.
I become more feminist every day; the more I live my own experiences, and hear those of others, the more I realise the world needs it.
What is your biggest focus within the movement towards global gender equality?
My biggest focus is on bodily autonomy. Although it may seem we have the freedom to do as we choose, many social, legal and political institutions are stifling women’s right to decide what happens to their body, and when. That goes for our reproductive rights and safe access to abortion and contraception, our freedom to wear whatever we feel like without ridicule, and our right to exist without being called at, assaulted, or touched without our consent. As we move towards gender equality, I want people to know that women owe nothing to anyone on virtue of being a woman, and that men should not be making these kinds of decisions for and about women.
If there was one feminist resource that you wish everyone would read or view what would it be?
British YouTuber Hannah Witton's videos are incredibly sex-positive and feminist. She's a super groovy resource, particularly for beginners, and people who may not know much feminist theory. Her video "Do I Look Like a Slut?" quickly shuts down why you might think to police a woman's sexuality.