Great piece, Ann. I’ve been thinking about the feminist movement and the idea of the Other. I feel than other than White Heterosexual Males, pretty much everyone feels like the Other.
I don’t think it would be fair to completely identify myself with the feminist movement. I was talking to a couple of ladies in different occasions about travel during the last few days, and when talking about places were I had a fairly decent uneventful time, they were sharing stories of almost constant harassment. Things that as black as I may be, I never encountered.
Being that said, I feel the feminist movement is the best “Other” movement out there. At least the one it articulates struggles and goals the best. However my question is, how do we stop seeing each other as the “Other”, as the threat with whom we are not going to interact or communicate? Do you feel the challenge lies on knowing ourselves, being curious and accepting and being patient with the one who differs from us, getting to know ourselves together.
Sorry, too much of a rant.
Thank you for your insightful post and making a difference.