A few days ago one of the students who is on the yearbook staff asked me if they could do a little feature on me and the #dressembermovement
Of course with my goal being to talk to as many people as I could about this issue I said YES! Then she said she needed me to write a little bit about it in the Humans of New York style.
So here is what I wrote:
For much of my life I have been interested in social justice. I look outward into the world instead of being focused on myself. A little over a year ago I heard about a little thing called Dressember. I love a good play on words so I looked into it.
Turns out the founder of Dressember enjoys word play too.
What began, for her, as a fun little creative jaunt has become a world wide event to raise awareness and funding. The organizations that benefit from funds that are raised during Dressember free slaves and also work very hard to rehabilitate them so they don’t fall prey to the victimization again.
I knew I needed to participate.
This is my second year wearing dresses. No, skirts don’t work. To quote FAQ’s from the Dressember site “it isn’t Skirtember”. Dresses are not my comfort zone. I feel vulnerable in dresses. All of my dresses are summer dresses so I feel cold a lot too. It makes me exceedingly aware of all the comfort I have around me.
It was hard to write about it without going all dark and self-righteous. I had to really think about my audience and what I wanted them to hear about the #movement that so many people have joined.
The reality is that the more we discuss it the more we will be able to help it go away. The more aware people become about the issues the more they can do to help heal it. We all know that though. That doesn’t mean we should stop talking about it. If fact it means that we should keep talking and keep talking.