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a simile on community activism
posted as part of a comment in ozarque's journal
http://ozarque.livejournal.com/291220.html.
Relates to sexism but also applies to any action that requires input and vigilance from a multitude of people.

Let's say that fighting sexism is like a chorus of people singing a continuous tone. If enough people sing, the tone will be continuous even though each of the singers will be stopping singing to take a breath every now and then. The way to change things is for more people to sing rather than for the same small group of people to try to sing louder and never breathe.
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karenkay From: karenkay Date: August 9th, 2006 12:23 am (UTC) (link)
AMEN! Excellent analogy.
epi_lj From: epi_lj Date: August 9th, 2006 12:46 am (UTC) (link)
That's a really cool analogy.
exrat From: exrat Date: August 9th, 2006 01:06 am (UTC) (link)
Thank you. Thank you thank you thank you thank you THANK YOU.
exrat From: exrat Date: August 9th, 2006 01:11 am (UTC) (link)
Oh, and, um, may I quote and/or link outside LJ?
firecat From: firecat Date: August 9th, 2006 04:15 am (UTC) (link)
By all means!
clawbug From: clawbug Date: August 9th, 2006 01:25 am (UTC) (link)
I love that analogy! :-)
liveavatar From: liveavatar Date: August 9th, 2006 02:18 am (UTC) (link)
Reminds me not only of the beginning of The Silmarillion but also of the Sweet Honey in the Rock song, "The Rock Will Wear Away."
pir_anha From: pir_anha Date: August 9th, 2006 06:22 am (UTC) (link)
oh, well said!
porcinea From: porcinea Date: August 9th, 2006 06:28 am (UTC) (link)
I always did like being in a chorus.
rmjwell From: rmjwell Date: August 9th, 2006 12:58 pm (UTC) (link)
This simile, as some musician friends of mine might say, Doesn't Suck.
dandelion_diva From: dandelion_diva Date: August 9th, 2006 04:11 pm (UTC) (link)
Wow. That's wonderful. Thank you so much. This is so hopeful...it'll definitely be something I'll look back at when I'm feeling hopeless.

Gessi
wild_irises From: wild_irises Date: August 9th, 2006 04:45 pm (UTC) (link)
Everything about this is wonderful, except that you didn't tell it to me last night. *g, d & r*
firecat From: firecat Date: August 9th, 2006 05:00 pm (UTC) (link)
But I know you hang onto every word I post in my LJ!
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 9th, 2006 10:00 pm (UTC) (link)

wahoo!

Such a great analogy. Thank you thank you thank you!
badgerbag From: badgerbag Date: August 11th, 2006 07:45 pm (UTC) (link)
Two people who don't know each other just sent me this quote & link as a pat on the pack -- it worked!

*taking a breath now*
micheinnz From: micheinnz Date: August 12th, 2006 11:32 pm (UTC) (link)
I really, really like that. Thank you.
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