- Sisters of Resistance highly recommend Akua Naru’s Journey Aflame album
We are huge fans of Akua Naru, a female rapper from Philadelphia currently residing in Germany. We find her music uplifting, inspiring and empowering and we wanted to share Poetry, her latest release, with you as we think it’s a beautiful piece of music and a powerful articulation of female sexuality.
Because patriarchy makes women feel unworthy or unlovable especially if we are single, many women who are in bad relationships end up staying with partners who don’t deserve them. We may blame ourselves for the ways in which our relationships are failing. We can come to rely on the relationship for our self-esteem or even our identity. We can fall in love with the romantic idea of being in love, even if it doesn’t correspond to reality. All of this makes it even harder for us to leave. In this guide, we explore the steps it will take to end a bad relationship and move on.
If you answer yes to any of the following questions, this article is for you.
- Do your interactions often leave you feeling angry, hurt, or upset? Unfulfilled, disrespected, or unloved?
- Do you regularly have arguments, the underlying issues of which are left unresolved?
- Does your partner display the same behavior patterns over and over without making any lasting effort to change?
As a follow-up to the Revolutionary Lovers Guide and our Letter to Male Activists, Sisters of Resistance is posting the open letter of Seattle-based community organiser Robin Suhyung Park detailing her experience with intimate partner violence and the lack of response from the Seattle activist community. We share it here as yet another reminder that the revolution begins at home, with ourselves, and how we treat each other.
“When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.” -Audre Lorde
To Whom It May Concern:
My name is Robin Suhyung Park. I am a 21 year old student, poet and organizer based in Seattle, Washington. I have been a member of Sahngnoksoo, a Korean American organization, since 2009. In the honor of vday, the Global Movement to End Violence Against Women and Girls, I write to you for 3 reasons:
1. To break my silence; to make my experience known and real.
2. To examine the heteropatriarchal values which undermine the strength of our communities.
3. To formally ask what you have done in your community to hold perpetrators of violence accountable, and what you have done in your community to prevent intimate partner violence.