“Resistance” “Decolonize your mind” “Un-Learn” “Reclaim” “Decode”
These statements seem to be thrown around a lot these days. But how do they function on a practical level?
Resistance has been on my mind for while now, some days the act of leaving the house is about resistance. Gender fluidity, queerness, browness, mental instability, shortage of money, female body, and all the other things that are not for me to own in society. Resistance is about not giving into the system that doesn’t want you to exist, because how can you be of use to capitalist co-operation?
To me stepping out of the house, in my body is a way of resisting, because it’s not easy to do every day.
Resistance can be both freeing but also draining. When every action you may take in a day becomes political, your body and mind become tired. But the only way to go is forward.
Resistance can be an act of making art. My body is a painful and amazing place to be, it has a place in the outside world, no matter how hard it is to establish that place. I think standing strong against oppression is resistance. I think creative resistance creates a freeing narrative for us. But safety is an issue. it’s not always safe to resist.
So does resistance happen at it’s best in safe spaces? Where people can collectively gather, and decolonise their minds, un-learn, reclaim, decode and resist?
How accessible are these safe spaces? Not accessible enough. But you can resist in your own house, in your own room, sitting on a bed, typing away on a laptop, can be an act of resisting.