Earlier this week, Newsweek published a piece entitled “Remember Roe: Young Activists Say They’ve Never Forgotten,” arguing back at the notion that young activists do not care about reproductive rights. I am sick and tired of hearing from older activists and feminists that young activists don’t care—we do.
We are bloggers, activists, kick-ass feminists, men, women, queer, straight, whatever. We are here and we care. Although we may not be in the higher ranks of reproductive rights organizations such as NARAL and Planned Parenthood, we care and are passionate about reproductive rights—without young activists, would the movement really survive? No, I don’t think so. It seems clear that power has not yet shifted from the older feminist and activist generations to our younger one (I am speaking exclusively of reproductive rights), but we are fighting the good fight and will not give up.
I think of those of us who tweet everyday about women’s access to reproductive rights, about those of who blog at abortion gang, about those of us who are student activsts fighting for reproductive rights. Does that not count as being an activist, does that not count for something? I think that older activists need to treat us with respect, most of us sincerely look up to them and all the contributions they have made—without them we would not be where we are today. However, they must realize that we are passionate about these issues and that we will continue to live our activism, to be our activism. They must realize that while we handle things a bit differently than they, our end goals are the same. Lastly, they must realize that in order to build a strong reproductive rights movement or movement of any kind, we must work together in harmony to be as effective as possible.