Thursday, June 19, 2008

Quote: Everyday Resistance

Women's resistance is resistance in everyday life and may remind men that men's resistance also belongs there. 'We want to break the spell of powerlessness and oppression and act responsibly toward ourselves and others by beginning to assume, where feasible, full responsibility and power.' Today that means defying the gender roles that collaborate to support the violent structures of our world. Resisting in everyday life also means taking the seemingly unimportant small steps toward liberation: recognizing violence in language and learning and teaching different speech, avoiding pointless consumption and reducing garbage, boycotting goods and manufacturers connected with arms production. In the Christian tradition, this lifelong resistance in everyday life is called 'conversion.'

-- Louise Schottroff (who in turn also quotes Christine Schaumberger)

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