This is written as part II of Feminisms Fest: Why it Matters.
Feminism has always mattered.
There has never been a point when feminism doesn’t matter.
I find it incredibly sad that we are still asking this question; that the endemic nature of male violence is still so unacknowledged that we have to preface every discussion on the experience of women survivors of rape with the statement: men are victims of rape too. Feminists know this. We’re the ones talking about it since the vast majority of male victims of rape are raped by other men.
Feminism matters because we are the ones naming perpetrators of all violence and are the only ones demanding they be held accountable.
Because women matter.
Because women are human too.
Rather than stating the obvious, I would rather shout out some of the amazing feminist and women’s organisations doing frontline work supporting women:
- Rape Crisis England and Wales
- Rape Crisis Scotland
- Women’s Aid
- Women’s Aid Scotland
- Nia: Delivering Cutting Edge Services to End Violence Against Women and Children
- Million Women Rise
- Fawcett Society
- Southall Black Sisters
- Reclaim the Night
- Women’s Support Project
- Abortion Rights