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I have ended my hunger strike. Last night I started having difficulties apparently as the result of having my electrolytes out of wack. As the one health risk I was trying to avoid was electrolyte imbalance, I decided it was time to eat again.

This is not how I was hoping my strike would end, but I am not despairing. While it is true that my strike has not led the Chicago Dyke March Collective (CDMC) to make any policy changes, I have had a few small victories. For one thing CDMC finally got in touch with me. Granted, its response left a lot to desire: The collective failed to so much as acknowledge that its actions have been in any way sexist or misogynistic or that I have and need boundaries. However, CDMC did admit that it had once again disregarded my privacy, which is more than it had done over the previous three months.

It is also encouraging to see some of the community discussion that has come about as a result of my open letter. This is the first time many of the participants have talked about Shame Weekend or the surrounding incidents. What’s more, some of the participants have been people who do not readily identify as activists.

I am grateful for all the people who have supported me or expressed concern for me. This includes anyone who e-mailed me to say, “Don't fast.” I was putting people into a situation in which two principles—“Respect the autonomy of the oppressed” and “Preserve health”—came into conflict. I strongly believe that the former principle trumps the latter, but I know that the people who were acting in accordance with the second principle did so, because they cared about me. I am also thankful for the people who have supported my cause, understanding that the past two and a half years have been hell for me, and have written to CDMC or eaten with me at the last meal before my strike.

When I began my fast, I felt sorrow in part because I felt that there were few other people in Chicago who cared about all that has happened. I see now that this is not true, and this gives me hope that one day CDMC will be held accountable for its actions.

Date: 2011-11-29 09:04 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] elsbethrenee
*hugs*

I'm sorry things didn't end as you had hoped, but I have seen word spreading about CDMC's actions as a result of your efforts.

I hope your health gets back on track quickly. I am growing green onions in my apt right now, if you want some. They're so hardy and cute. You just need a jar of water and some starter onions (although I'm thinking about buying some peat moss or something for extra nutrients). Successful cheering up and a flavor supply all in one, lol.

Date: 2011-11-30 03:14 pm (UTC)
elsbethrenee: Photo of my partner and I walking through a field at Indian Cave State Park Fall 2007 (Default)
From: [personal profile] elsbethrenee
Aw, I was hoping that green onions would be okay. They grow at about a foot a week. O.O

I've been knitting a lot lately (yaaay, Christmas on no budget). Do you know how/want to learn? I don't like most of the people at local knitting meet-ups. :-/ The exception is Stitch y Bitch, but they only meet once a month.

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