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.
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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Remember when we were teenagers and thought we knew everything and we wished all the older people would just sit down and be quiet because they bored us? You know how we look back now and realize what arrogant and ignorant little shits we were and how glad we are that nobody gave us too much actual power before we had the wisdom and experience to know how to handle it?
I’m very happy to see the passion and commitment coming from the young people in our country. It is truly inspiring and gives me great hope for the future.
But I recently read an interview in New York Magazine with Parkland shooting survivor and teenage activist David Hogg. In it he’s quoted as saying ‘Older democrats just won’t move the fuck off the plate and let us take control.’
This kid is eighteen years old. He seriously believes that those of us who have decades of insight and knowledge of how life and politics work should step aside and let the teenagers take control.
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