"MeToo", but above all "all of us"

“Never forget that a political, economic or religious crisis will be enough to challenge women’s rights. These rights are never acquired. You just have to be more discriminating with the help you render toward other people. ” Simone de Beauvoir’s words resonate amid drums on this day of feminist strike, a chestnut tree that will bloom purple every June 14 in Switzerland until equality ensues. In this early 21st century, we are tightrope walkers on the thread of history. The mobilization provides an opportunity to measure both the path traveled and the abyss beneath our feet.

The “vigilance” dear to the philosopher is, first of all, to remember where one comes from, so as not to start from scratch every time. It’s building the historical memory of these struggles, to consider them in their continuity. It is also about choosing and winning battles. Undeniable advances have been made, from the historic feminization of many institutions to the first weddings for all celebrated this summer, to paternity leave. Consent, feminicide, sexist insults in the street: what was once considered anecdotal is now analyzed as a fact of society, and this transition from the individual to the collective is in itself a revolution whose extent has not yet been measured.

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But vigilance also requires lucidity. Try to chase the patriarchy, he returns at a gallop – and rather with the cavalry. The debates of the world before (and even before) were thus heated ad nauseam. To name just a few, access to abortion, debated where it was believed to be “acquired,” or the emergence of a trembling anti-feminism Margaret Atwood.

On a completely different scale, the proliferation of currents within feminist movements itself has sometimes led to militant burnouts and visceral discomfort. Vigilance is also about not letting the demand turn into intransigence or even violence against one’s own camp. Some differences offer the opportunity to question one’s own perspective and grow together. Others are a luxury, and one should not be mistaken for an enemy. Here, it is neither inclusive writing nor the twists and turns of such a lexical field that can be perplexing.

This is perhaps the only opening that this return of the stick offers in 2022: there are the blows that knock down, and those that galvanize. Beyond our individual appreciations, no matter how rich, let us not lose sight of the goal.

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