A while back our amazing contributor Hilary wrote an open letter to women everywhere urging them to be unapologetic in their love for themselves, and to be strong enough to surround themselves with love and positivity, in the climate of misogyny and abuse that is our sad reality. Take a read of that amazing piece here. Now I’m back with a different piece with a complementary message; it’s time to love each other too.
The past few weeks have been a rollercoaster in the media, with feminism, misogyny in music, and transgender identity making headlines among many other things. But to me, what’s at the core of all these issues is actually love – love of oneself, love of others and the thing that makes love possible, hope. As controversial as some of these things have been, I’m choosing to look at the positive side as much as possible. Is it really earthshattering that Caitlyn Jenner has now been introduced to the world? Probably not. She’s not going to end world hunger or put a stop to poverty. But if her celebrity status, whirlwind twitter follower accumulation and Kardashian association can shed light on the struggles that transgender individuals face, then that’s a win to me. More so, Caitlyn is a shining example of what can happen when you love yourself first. She chose to embrace her truth, and for the most part has been met with support, hope and love in return, and that’s a beautiful thing. As contributor Dusty wrote earlier this week, rapper Action Bronson has now been banned from playing Yonge and Dundas square, a free public venue, during North by North East this year. While the question of artist censorship will always be a contentious one, I am happy that discourse was had, and scrutiny was placed on a man who arguably celebrates the exploitation of women in his music. While he is free to rap about whatever he wants, having people band together in support of women and their right not to be exploited is a win to me. And those are just two stories that happened recently.
Every day there are more and more stories of people coming to the defence of the weak, the marginalized, the exploited and the oppressed. Women’s rights, children’s rights, animal rights, the list goes on but more and more these issues are coming into the spotlight. We’re learning more and more about world and each other, and coming closer, I hope to a state of equality, mutual respect, and, at the risk of sounding cheesy, a place of love. Not romcom, candy heart love, but that love that drives our desire to make the world a better place for everyone in it. Love each other, and that’ll happen, and hopefully sooner rather than later.
Don’t worry, next week we’ll get back to our regularly scheduled dating advice 😉 until then, be good to yourselves and each other.