Why women rock, why I marched and why I won’t shut up about it

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photo image by michelle sangillo from the women's march sister march in pompton plains nj for the green divas

It took me quite a long time to develop a voice,
and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent.

~ Madeleine Albright

I have never considered myself a real activist. It’s not that I don’t have opinions and beliefs that I’m happy to discuss or that I don’t support activist movements or organizations that are out on the front lines of issues that I feel strongly about.

As a media professional, I’ve always felt my job was behind the mic or camera or computer screen, helping provide amplification of credible news on topics that are important to me. I don’t pretend that I’m not biased and that I’m a hard news source or anything. The Green Divas media outlet is what it is and clearly it has a focus on environmental and social justice, safe food, non-toxic products, healthy lifestyle, natural living and unabashedly women’s issues.

Early on, there was this thought that it wasn’t inclusive enough because a “diva” was clearly a feminine label. I decided I was ok with that… in fact, very much so. Don’t get me wrong, we love dudes and do our best to bring them into the fun whenever we can. We’ve always featured green dudes, including my co-host of several years Green Dude Scott and of course have interviewed so many amazing men including Van Jones, Ken Cook, Paul Hawken, Josh Fox, Ed Begley, Jr., Michael Green… the list goes on and on and on. Just wanted to be clear that we aren’t anti-dude or anything.

I’ve never considered myself a feminist either. The feminist movement I was introduced to in the 80s as a young woman felt too aggressive, angry and man-bashing to me. I’m a peacenik at heart and I believe feminine energy is about unity, healing, creativity and ultimately love. It has always been my opinion (humble though it may be) that if anything, men needed healing and balance more than they needed to be at war with angry women. Not that I know how that should come about…

Here I sat yesterday staring at my computer screen, scrolling through my Facebook feed and I noticed a “spiritually-minded” friend had a video about a higher-perspective on the recent Women’s March. I know the friend that posted it did not attend any marches and was curious what this dude had to say. Early into his lecture, he espoused a theory that the women’s marches were all about anger and negative energy, blah, blah, blah… This wasn’t my experience. I respectfully stated that as someone who attended a sister march that was the second largest in my state, that this was the opposite of my experience, that it was a big love-fest and that I thought it was a bit dangerous to lecture folks on something you really didn’t experience. 

By the way, here’s a short video essay on my experience at the Women’s March/sister march I proudly attended…

 
I ended up in a great conversation on my friend’s post with one of her friends who was wishing there was more positive media coverage on the marches, so I shared this video and the podcast I produced on the topic. All was peaceful and positive. Then I got an email from my friend who said she had to block me and delete all my comments. Which left me feeling a bit like WTF? If we can’t respectfully share differing opinions here in Facebook-land, how the hell are we going to make it happen out in the big real world?
 
… this is a long one, but a lot of great stuff ahead. deep breath. keep going… 
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Green Diva Meg
megan@thegreendivas.com'

(aka Megan McWilliams Bouchard) is the founder of The Green Divas and GDGD Radio Network (the first green and healthy living radio network on earth for the earth). She's the producer and host of the popular Green Divas Radio Show, one of the first radio shows dedicated to sharing low-stress ways to live a deeper shade of green. Green Diva Meg is a well-known green living expert and media personality.

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5 Comments

  1. julia@whenthegirlsrule.com'
    julia January 30, 2017 at 9:58 am -  Reply

    I read all three pages! So, I think the reason we’ve been quiet lately is because we thought we were patiently waiting in line for our turn (like we learned in kindergarten) and we were playing by the rules. However, our country elected someone who doesn’t play by the rules and who bullies and who is now in charge. We thought evolved minds would lead us into equality. We didn’t realize there were so many afraid of smart women. Well, at least it’s out in the open. All this racist, sexist, whatever stuff was hidden and we couldn’t/wouldn’t deal with it as a nation. But, now it’s in the mainstream and it’s being acknowledged. I guess I’ll take that as one positive.

  2. megan@thegreendivas.com'
    Green Diva Meg January 30, 2017 at 10:02 am -  Reply

    Thanks for reading it all Julia, and thank you for your thoughtful comment. yes, rules have been tossed out and we have to step up. see you out there sister!

  3. haralee@haralee.com'
    Haralee January 30, 2017 at 11:06 am -  Reply

    Good for you! Contrary to current political persuasions, it still is a free country and people can voice their opinions or not. So blocking your comments your friend is sticking her head in the sand. She can do it, and you can continue to do what you do!

  4. roxanne@boomerhaiku.com'
    Roxanne Jones January 30, 2017 at 1:07 pm -  Reply

    You go, girl! We were given voices for a reason.

  5. ablake48@gmail.com'
    Antionette Blake January 30, 2017 at 9:07 pm -  Reply

    It’s amazing how this administration is bringing people together!

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