F Come’s Birthday Wishes

 

 

In June 2017 F Come turned one year old. Here we are, after 365 days full of articles, posts, campaigns and women's marches. Feminism feels stronger and more vocal than a year ago, but perhaps even more necessary. It's our birthday, and everyone from the team made a wish for the future. We promise that, in a year's time, we'll be still fighting to make them come true.

 

Here are our birthday wishes:

 

Alessandra: “My Fcome wish for the year to come is to see a dream come true: I hope that our mission, and our passion, can keep touching the lives and hearts of more and more people. But in particular I put my trust in the sensitivity of future generations, that they may understand the true meaning of "gender equality" and "human rights" – inalienable rights that every human being should enjoy from birth. They represent a solid foundation for improving the societies in which we live by placing respect for the lives of others at the centre of everyday life. They represent the end of an era of stereotypes and compulsive hate.”

 

Benedetta: “My feminist “make a wish” will be a personal one. I have never suffered major discrimination. I am lucky to have never experienced physical violence. But I am fed up of day to day harassment just because I am a woman! I am fed up of being called a “bitch” or a “slut”. I am fed up of hearing “she is BEAUTIFUL and good”, my physical appearance does not determine the sort of person I am, or the life I lead. I am fed up of having people stare at me if I wear a short skirt; I am fed up of feeling scared when walking around the city at night; I am fed up of turning on the TV to see that cleaning products are advertised for (and meant to be used by) women. Let’s not even get started on perfumes, clothes and other ads. This is my feminist “wish”: I want something better. I require, need and insist on being treated as men are. My vagina cannot, and must not, be a handicap!”

 

Chiara: “My little wish: I wish for all the little girls to have a meaningful and complete education that will help them to become strong and empowered women.”

 

Clara Stella: “I breathe, exhale, and think of my wish: I hope that the marches continue. I hope that the 8th of March becomes a day of protest and participation. I hope that from this year onwards Italy too will fill vases with mimosas more often, and go down to the streets to protest more often. I hope it will make itself heard, and shout out. I hope people will listen to each other more. I hope that this new wave of intersectional feminism will keep on eating away at the social mechanisms that everyone feels globally bound to, in ways that bring us closer and keep us further apart. I hope that intersectional, interracial movements that reject and abhor every prejudice and every negative label will feel closer than ever. Happy Birthday, FCome.”

 

Daniela: “F Come is a year older! My wish for its next 365 days is for every child to grow as much self-aware; as much loved; as much non-stereotyped; and as much free as F Come have been during this year and as it will keep being in the next one.”

 

Eleonora: “I wish that in a few years from now, we will not talk about feminism anymore because it will be embedded in everyone's mind. Likewise, I hope that self-care and self-love will be taught from a young age, together with sexual education, so that future generations will be happier and more self-confident with themselves and others.”

 

Ellen: “I wish for change. For continued momentum. For the breaking down of arbitrary barriers (whatever forms they may take). I wish for a society where the shame we are conditioned to assimilate no longer exists. I wish that the freedom to live freely and safely, without regret, concern, or judgment could be afforded to us all.”

 

Ellie: “I wish that one day we will live in a world where every girl will grow up feeling safe, secure and confident in her own body and her own sexuality. I wish that we will one day live in a world in which every girl takes it as self-evident that she has the same rights as her brother in how she is seen, heard and valued.”

 

Emrys: “I wish for gains in the fight towards prison abolition, scissors for the red tape that currently surrounds trans healthcare, and boots to stamp out fascism wherever we find it.”

 

Francesca: “I hope feminism continues to bring about compassion and a sense of unity. I wish more feminists were as concerned about the dramatically unequal distribution of economic resources as they are about waxing choices.”

 

Giulia: “I wish for the British government to make good on its promise to bring compulsory sex and relationships education to schools in England, and for this to soon be rolled out to the rest of the UK. I wish for our campaigning efforts, and those of so many other organizations and individuals, to achieve the same result in Italy, and for our voices to not fall on deaf ears when we say, with conviction, that education has the power to end violence.”

 

Laura: “I wish that in the coming year differences between genders, ethnicities and religions are respected and above all safeguarded, with the awareness that that which we have in common is our humanity, and it is precisely our differences which make the world a beautiful place!”

 

Lilia: “I want to believe in, and fight for, a world in which we teach girls that they can aspire to any dream, and that their bodies belong only to themselves. In which boys and people of every gender learn to proudly identify themselves as feminists. In which whoever fights for their rights knows that they battle will only be won when the rights of every other group are also protected.”