Welcome! I’m Mary Long and I am the Founder of Herstory Network.
I am absolutely convinced that the healing of this world will be brought about by women, but first we have to heal ourselves. We can no longer wait for someone to rescue us, we must rescue ourselves. How do we do that? Together. We do it together. By going within. By asking questions about why we believe what we believe. By challenging the status quo and refusing to be silent any longer.
We all have a voice that needs to be heard and we all have a right to be heard. After the Women’s March I made a promise to myself that I would no longer allow fear to keep me quiet about the things that really mattered, and this website is one step in keeping that promise.
I have taken a lot of heat for saying this in the past, but I’ll say it again; I feel sorry for those who still support the man in the white house.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a saint. I get just as pissed off at the hate and ignorance as everyone else.
But deep down, I pity those people. I pity the lives they’re living, filling their minds and hearts every day with division, blame and doomsday prophecies.
I’ve seen the footage of the hate rallies. I’ve seen them chanting gleefully to ‘lock her up’ and ‘build a wall’. I’ve watched as they’ve cheered as their leader insults and belittles and name calls others. I’ve seen the vile t-shirts they wear and I’ve seen them spewing their vitriol at the press. These people are joined together by their fear, hate and anger. They go to these rallies to fuel themselves with more of it.
I was thinking about this yesterday while attending a Democratic rally in Chicago. (Yes Obama was there and we all delightfully LOST OUR SHIT!!!)
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Here’s the most puzzling thing about the male response to all of these reports about sexual predators.
Over and over you hear men say about their daughters, ‘when she becomes old enough to date, I’ll be standing on the porch with a shotgun. I know how guys are and I’ll put the fear of God in that kid.’
Every man with a daughter has an instinct of protecting her from other males. They seem to have the impression that their daughters will be preyed upon.
But now that women are coming forward en masse and talking about our actual experiences, which line up with the fears their father’s had for them, these same men are like, ‘hey, wait a minute. All of these women can’t be telling the truth. These things rarely happen.’
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