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A Mere Fraction of What Happened

I identify as an African-heritage Lesbian. The Contemporary Women’s Issues Workshop was one of the safest places I’ve had in RC to work on my early hurts from male domination that set me up for a Lesbian identity.

Diane is clear about not being “liberal” in our counseling. For me that means not being afraid to expect RCers to discharge on wide-world issues that confuse us and inhibit our re-emergence. For example, in RC we have thinking about pornography and gender identity that does not align with wide-world perspectives. Diane did not shy away from counseling women on their early sexual hurts, as they are the glue that holds so much of our material (distress) together. She did not shy away from describing how identities collude with early feelings and do nothing to change the underlying class system that is the basis of sexism and male domination.

I led a topic group with another woman about paid and unpaid labor. What is considered women’s work in the Western Hemisphere started as completely unpaid work by women who were owned by men. The institution of marriage set things up so that women who weren’t enslaved were effectively owned by their husbands. As a result, female income has always been seen as supplemental to male income and therefore consistently undervalued.

That’s a mere fraction of what happened over the weekend!

Anonymous

(Present Time 185, October 2016)


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