I love this. She doesn’t mean that those who fight for justice are no longer accountable, but that we are still in fact human. Often times, once someone is associated with a label like “activist” or “feminist” or “humanist” or “womanist” people expect perfection from them, even to the point that they are forcing them to perform the “positive” side of binaries that are inherently heteronormative, patriarchal and/or White supremacist. This isn’t progressive. Recognizing the humanity even of those who fight for it matters and this recognition has to include both accountability and nuance. That’s progressive.
I wanted to write this to tell other women that the decision to have a mastectomy was not easy. But it is one I am very happy that I made. My chances of developing breast cancer have dropped from 87 percent to under 5 percent. I can tell my children that they don’t need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer.
It is reassuring that they see nothing that makes them uncomfortable. They can see my small scars and that’s it. Everything else is just Mommy, the same as she always was. And they know that I love them and will do anything to be with them as long as I can. On a personal note, I do not feel any less of a woman. I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity.”