As a national holiday, Thanksgiving Day is a commemoration of what in school we used to call “The First Thanksgiving.”
“We women turn things inside out and set things right. We salvage what we can of human garments and piece the rest into blankets.
— Louise Erdrich, “Four Souls”
It’s all socially constructed, so you have equal amounts of compassion for the person who’s being battered and the person who’s battering. You’ll never end oppression with oppression.
Montoya-Barthelemy is passionate about helping communities find a holistic approach to sexual and reproductive health. As she puts it, “Sexual health is life force.”
“If [children] see only reflections of themselves, they will grow up with an exaggerated sense of their own importance and value in the world. A dangerous ethnocentrism.”