The personal is political: Our feminist new year’s resolutions for 2013

Ed note: This is the last in a series of posts summarizing the year in online feminism and looking forward to 2013. View the most highly trafficked posts of the year here, check out some of our favorite in-house posts here, and click here to view our favorite posts of 2012 from around the Internet. 
Check out our resolutions for 2013. Leave your resolutions in the comments!
Maya
Personal: Get off the internet more. Sorry, love you all, but did you know there’s a real world out there that’s kinda nice to experience one in a while?!
External: Help build more and stronger connections between the Feministing community and smaller blogs, activists, and thinkers doing important and too-often unrecognized work.
Jos
Personal: Do less. I’ve totally got Perfect Girl Having It All Syndrome. My big goal in 2013 is to slow down and not try to make it all happen at once. Of course, I’ve already got way too many plans for the year than I can probably accomplish, so we’ll see how that goes…
External: Help make Feministing more sustainable. Oh, and there’s the constant project of of continuing to challenge the feminist community to incorporate a gender analysis that goes beyond the compulsory gender binary (this can be over someday maybe please?)
Vanessa
Personal: Self-care.
External: Help make the online feminist movement a more sustainable, more innovative and more empowered space for social justice work. #femfuture
Amy
Personal: Quit beating myself up for shit that doesn’t matter, and think about why I am doing it rather than doing it!
External: Do some serious learning on identity politics, why they matter, and why they completely don’t.
Sesali
Personal: Meditate. I discovered this amazing practice years ago and it really transformed me and brought me to where I am. But I have much further to go and I need to recommit to meditating.
External: Re-commit to reading. 2 books per month!
Alexandra
Personal: Forgive myself for the sexism I’ve internalized and direct at myself. I certainly need to keep deconstructing and resisting these impulses, but none of us are immune to our environment, and beating myself up doesn’t help.
External: Destroy the patriarchy. I think that has to be our goal every year until it’s done, right?
Katie
Personal: More exercise. Did I just say that? Yes, I did. For the way it makes me feel… mostly.
External: More time reading feminist blogs.
Syreeta
Personal: ‘Luckily you’re not perfect…but you’re wise enough to know’ – courtesy of up and coming singer/songwriter/lightbrightbrills Shira E. It’s kinda been my mantra. And eat more Kale.
External: Writing and finalizing a book project that I’ve been working on for the past couple of years. Refine my teaching practice. Make more art. It’s not election year but it doesn’t mean we should ignore forces that seek to suppress votes for the next.
Anna
Personal: Make more time to cultivate the relationships that matter. Lead by example. Be my authentic self, especially in places where it’s the hardest.
External: Wow, I’m impressed by Sesali’s 2 books per month goal! I’m going to hop on that bandwagon and re-commit to reading as well.
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One Comment

  1. Posted January 3, 2013 at 1:04 am | Permalink

    Wait, what? There’s a world outside the internet? And how long have you been planning on keeping this information from us?

    Personal: Finish my initiation into the Jedi Order — both because it was something I started in the spring of last year, then I slacked off once I quit my job, and because it’d be pretty hypocritical of me to get up on a high horse and blather about minimalism and the Buddhist and Zen principles of detachment from material and superficial wants when I’m not fully invested.

    External: Do more volunteer work. A job would be better, given that I would like very much to pay for my school tuition, but more than that, I’d like to be doing something rather than sitting on my ass. Contributing to my community would be even better.

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