Ideas for Feminist Organization So We Can Gain Traction Before #metoo Fizzles Out

Ideas for things we can do to affect change:

  1. Do you have access to people who work in media? Do you have the power to uplift writers and artists who address these issues? Can you promote people who are active in this campaign? If so, use your power to help amplify the voice of people who are talking about these issues so that they can be heard by a wider audience. This includes reaching out to artists and writers, connecting artists and writers with editors, producers, directors, finding or creating opportunities for writer and artists who address these issues, finding a platform for these writers and artists or using your own voice to specifically target more conservative media outlets.
  2. Are you a hiring manager? Are you in the upper echelons of the company where you work? Ensure that your company hires women for good jobs and make sure that women are given a fair wage. Foster a work environment free of hostility. Let women work with dignity to support themselves. Even if you’re not a hiring manager, you can foster an environment of safety and dignity for your fellow workers by organizing and uniting. Support each other.
  3. Do you work in human resources? Workers’ rights? Political campaigns geared towards helping underrepresented know their rights and take legal action in instances of sexual harassment or abuse? Are you in the nonprofit realm or do you know people there? Use your knowledge and access to resources to help educate people on what they can do to protect themselves in the work place and out in the world. Make it easy for people to file complaints, address issues, and see real results without the fear of alienation, retaliation or smearing their reputation.
  4. Donate to Planned Parenthood.
  5. Do you have access to people in the political realm? Are you in the political realm yourself? Use your influence to pull political strings and start conversations surrounding protecting women from sexual harassment. Talk to your lawyer uncle about what every day people can do when pursuing legal action. Understand your local domestic violence laws, and ask if they are just. If they are not just, find a way to bring attention to the issue. Study your local government so you can talk to city council members about what they can do to address the problem. Get involved in policy making. Understand how the judicial system works and why judges give rapists lenient sentences. Talk to people who will talk to people about talking to judges who give lenient sentences. Understand their power structures. Infiltrate those power structures.
  6. Continue using your voice to talk about these issues. Create art. Make posts. Never shut up, never get shut down. Use your voice to find and uplift other women. Talk to other women. Speak for women who have not yet found a voice yet (but only with their permission). Build solidarity. Share resources. Show empathy and kindness. We don’t have to be friends – we just have to be allies.
  7. Do you know anyone in the law enforcement profession? Ask them to test those rape kits. Ask they why they haven’t. Ask them what you can do to make sure rape kits get tested. Talk to law enforcement about laws surrounding domestic abuse – the ones in Oakland are crazy.
  8. Support young women. Support their self esteem. Listen to them. Reinforce the fact that their voice is important and heard.
  9. Practice self defense. Teach self defense to other women. Share resources surrounding self defense with other women. Start a self defense group.
  10. Get a cup of coffee with a woman who made a #metoo post. Someone you don’t know. Reach out to one person, and let her know that someone is listening and that we are action oriented.
  11. Create a network. Support each other. Go out into public. Go into places where you don’t feel welcomed but where you can still be safe so that your presence will be known both online and in the streets. Together we are stronger.
  12. Call out problematic behavior. Problematic behavior includes inappropriate touching, sexual intimidation, sexually threatening language, use of drugs and alcohol to influence someone’s sexual activity, sexual shaming, silencing, rape, forced sexual contact, lack of consent, inappropriate language. Talk about it. Give it a name. Let people know it’s not okay.
  13. Don’t let them win. Don’t let them intimidate you. Don’t let them shut you up. Find your way to power, and use it.