This is an anonymous message from an ordinary student. Good read.
You know that feeling you get when…
They ask you for your average and then turn up their noses because it's low by their standards?
Or do they jump to the last minute to study in groups because they consider themselves smarter and therefore would only waste time with you? Poor people…
Or you are the last to choose when it comes to forming working groups for a project and background to the embarrassing silence you
can they hear the crickets that are in Leo Square?
Or do they take your interests in music, film or subjects of study for granted?
Or they are surprised because you are interested in literature, politics, philosophy, thermodynamics, or certain directors, singers, politicians…
why not very suitable for a person like you? But please
Have you ever felt uncomfortable…
For your physique? Too muscular or too little muscular For the amount of hair on your body?
Too many or too few on the face, back, chest, legs, arms…
Why did you have tears in your eyes one day and just want to cry? Or did you want to hug someone? Or to send it to
fuck? But you didn't do it because it wasn't "decent for a person"
How annoying prejudices can be, right? To me personally comes the urticaria when they take for granted that I am not
able to do this or that based on the silly idea that you are
made of me. I realize it's even uglier when these
preconceptions are so ingrained in the collective imagination that
undermine an individual's expression, career, or freedom.
"But what do you care about having a job? Stay at home to take care of her children so she feels fulfilled and I don't even have to pay her the
"What do you want me to know about politics, come on!"
"What a bastard the trainer of solid mechanics, that you return to do ***" insert at will the comment not very stylnovistico
that you want to 😉 "Why do you keep studying engineering?!
It's a man's thing…"
"But what masterful?! Close at the triennale and then think about starting a family, work is a men's thing!"
Today is March 8th, today we fight against prejudices, against people who tell us what we can or cannot do.
I could talk about women's wages, how women are not masters of their own image and a thousand other concrete cases in the
everyday life in which misogynistic prejudices limit the
freedom of a woman.
But then I thought, what's the point of talking about it if I often get sweet phrases like:
"Feminism wants womento prevail over others""You're feminists but when you're a gentleman you don't mind, eh?"
Which is sometimes replaced by a very sleabbly
"you like to enter the disco for free on Saturday night though, eh?"
I address these people in particular, who I hope we have not already closed the page and have passed to fuck in their safe hortus
conclusus where they can thrive their phobia of
feminism and inability to understand it.
Feminism, although the term may be misleading, concerns everyone. It is a movement that fights against the annoying labels that
limit the being of both women and men, its purpose is the EQUALITY OF
GENDER. Do you understand? So not only for women, BUT FOR ALL
LIVING BEINGS OF THIS EARTH, male or female.
Dear fearful of feminism, if you have come this far, I am already satisfied.
Generally, I also recognize, it is easier to classify people as "types" to which correspond "determined
behaviors" compared to going to talk to us to know their
true essence. How many times do we talk to our classmates and
do we joke about that colleague who asks a thousand questions? Or that
girl who comes to class to do the parade? It's normal, it's in the
nature of man; because we are lazy but also because we want in
some way protect us from comparison with others that could
highlight how petty and cowardly we are, but this is a
another pair of sleeves.
I don't feel like being a perbenista in the chair who says dogmatically and repeatedly "Do not judge without knowing"
"stop joking about stereotypes" as a memento mori.
But I would invite you to reflect on the use of words, on how thin the line between joking and acting is. The word is a medium
very powerful that influences the formulation of our thoughts and
our behaviors. It is important to have the awareness of doing
jokes, because natural, but limit them to conversations
goliardic from bars, being careful that they do not cause suffering and
There are cases in which this foresight is lacking. Indifference and laziness do not lead to anything good, we have testimonies
historical palates that confirm it. Feminism is no different from
all those movements that are against racism, bullying, homophobia
and so on. The common denominator of these movements is the struggle against
the indifference that fertilises the soil to hatred, to gratuitous violence
(if it suits us) or to people who are familiar with their ideologies "little
open". Because it is from indifference towards others that they are born
problems far more serious than the luxury tax on sanitary napkins,
such as psychological or physical violence, black kids who come
ridicule yourself in front of an entire class with consent
of the teacher, singers who are targeted on the public
place comments about your sex life just because you are
allowed to oppose a decision of a minister…
In our society we absorb daily from radio, television news, online news, the violence that there is in this world,
so much so as to become accustomed to them and consider them as a normal routine. Not
we are more amazed in front of the husband who pours acid in the face of the
wife, or the homeless man who is beaten. We are there, inert spectators,
without the desire to react or even the interest, because we do not
concerns, and our silence is filled by the words of people
whose intentions are neither transparent nor the best. And not
we should be amazed when we reach the point of no return. Yes, it sounds
very catastrophic, but this is a warning to invite you to be amazed
now before injustices, because now and only now we can put ourselves
remedy, not when it will be too late.
I conclude this sentimental pippone with a sentence
"The world belongs to those who have the courage to be amazed"
I wish you to be amazed by the bad things but also by the wonders that there are in this world, continuing to observe life
with eyes lit with curiosity.