There has been a lot of recent discussion on feminism in the climbing community and our society as a whole. This has been an amazing opportunity for reflection and I’d like to offer a few thoughts:
The climbing community is not a magical bubble void of more widespread societal issues.
Women actively trying to fight for equality should not be seen as threatening. Women trying to cultivate support for other women does not suggest that in the same breath we would like to tear men down. Raising my voice does not mean I have the intention of silencing another.
It is incredibly demoralizing to tell others that they are being too sensitive, that our society is too sensitive, when the real issue is that you fail to empathize and understand what it might be like to be in someone else’s shoes. It is shameful to tell another person that their unique experiences are too difficult to unpack, too questionable or plainly imagined.
Lastly, it’s hard to respect emotionally heated arguments or points made with anger, regardless of intentions. With any challenging topic, engage in constructive conversation and empathize with your listeners if you would like to be genuinely heard or understood.
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