In Sex and World Peace, the authors point out that one of the behaviors women learn that often prevents us from fighting back collectively, is to view other women as competition, rather than people to collaborate with. Solidarity amongst women is difficult to establish because we have learned the exact opposite. (Men on the other hand quickly learn to team up with other men).
So, i thought: What if the gesture, the powerpose, of pointing one finger towards the sky became a greeting, a way of telling other women “i am with you, i got your back”? What if this gesture became a symbol of a change in how we relate to each other as women?
Yes, yes, i know. There are a lot of issues with the idea of solidarity, especially since it can deny real differences, including power differences by race. And, yet, as the work on intersectionality suggests there are things we miss if we try to tease out the various oppressions. What if we could use building solidarity as a way to dismantle some of these other forms of oppression?
I don’t know. Maybe if we can see other women as potential allies rather than competition (or people to exploit!), we could turn One Billion Rising into a seachange!