"…[The girls] were finally relieved to have a place to spill their guts, and if some of the others felt like they were in over their heads, they were glad to feel that by listening and being supportive they were helping, at least a little. It was like punk: if somebody gave you drumsticks and said, "play a show," you’d just hit the drums. You’d learn that way. It might not ultimately be enough for the girls staggering under the heaviest memories, simple support from peers could never complete the hard work of healing. But it could start a process”
This is a part of the book Girls to the Front that I found interesting and wanted to share with you guys. The main idea Sara Marcus was explaining is that, riot grrrls listened to each other and provided a support system, even if that was the only power they had. I think really listening and comforting each other is an amazing way to let others know that they’ll be fine. We may not be able to understand someone’s struggle, but it is always important to respect the struggle. The trauma that comes after an experience is internal and a great way to help someone to deal with that is to let them know that they do not have to go through it alone. It won’t solve the problem but talking about something and listening with comforting ears and hearts can give someone that push they need to combat the way they live their lives after a traumatic experience as well as battling externally by getting others on board, rallies, meetings, etc.
I liked how the riot grrrls listened to each other. It might have been easier for them to have a heart to heart connection because they were physically in close proximity. However, we now have the amazing power of the internet and how we can reach people that are many miles away. I really wanted this blog to be a connecting place for that support that you guys (and myself) may need. If any of you need to talk, feel free to message me and we can talk. Honestly, I think that we sort of need people, we need someone to listen sometimes to help you out with something that you might not have figured out on your own just yet.