Today’s article was originally published at The Wanderer Online on Wednesday! You can check out the excerpt below, but visit the Wanderer read the full post. I’m excited to be posting for a local website once a month!
Lately, I’ve felt I’m not really doing anything to support feminism and other important social justice causes. Most of what I do is online; sharing articles, writing my own, discussing ideas on Twitter and Facebook, and engaging in discussions in the comments of my blog. For obvious reasons, I avoid conflict in YouTube or Facebook comment sections.
I’m not out picketing anything, defending a sacred place, or lobbying for changes in policies.
I’m not out fighting my rapist in court to show others that survivors’ voices are important.
I’m not at schools making speeches on consent, equality, and queer rights.
Am I really supporting the causes I care about? Do those critics of “digital activists” have a point when they say online activism is “slacktivism” or not real activism? I do want to be more active in my community than I have been this past year. I do want to support my causes offline in addition to my online activism, because I feel they are equally as important and useful. I believe that, ideally, one should engage in both.
Why is online activism important?
Find out here.