Maybe sometime into the future Women in Secularism might spare a thought for women who spent their whole childhoods in industrial *schools* and Magdalen Laundries. I believe their testimonies should be included in some speeches at conferences that are given by Women in Secularism.
Their voices so need to be heard and helped along. They grew up as children and young women being part of the most vulnerable section of Irish society. They also sacrificed a lot when they came out to tell their stories to the cold world. Some even lost any semblance of a normal family that they may have only found as adults and could have had good relationships. They have paid the ultimate price and should not be turned away by Women in Secularism for those reasons alone. Let a part of your day involve in your speeches a part of the horrible lives they lived as children in their respective institutions.
A lot of them have been battling very hard with religion since the aftermath of fighting the antediluvian patriarchal system the prevails in the Vatican. And because of the stance they took, in pointing out the wrong-doings by the religious they’ve ultimately been severely ostracised. Survivors of industrial *schools* and Magdalen Laundries in general may not have the wherewithal to express themselves in the same manner as Women in Secularism, due to lack of former education. However, they still had the nerve and feistiness to stand up to the Vatican and the State.
So please Women in Secularism please do not be too hard and continue to ignore them in the blogosphere either because you might feel bored by their lack of thinking. They are a force to be reckoned with in their own right and do so much need your moral support. I know that a lot of them have been in the wings of atheism and only too afraid to show their jaded heads for fear of more rejection.
It behooves Women in Secularism to not look in the other direction and pretend that they don’t exist; or to merely pay lip service to their cause. Some kind Irish people from the music industry lent their valuable time and service to Magdalen Laundry survivors, whom they thought were worth supporting.
Women in Secularism talk about advocacy and reaching out to the marginalised. Well, we all know that the future belongs to the young. We also hear that the young are the here and now. So too are those who have suffered dreadfully in the past. Whatever is left of their broken lives?
I ask politely, not aggressively, that the Women in Secularism listen to the voices of reason of those who have been there and worn the evil little things t-shirts as children.
Please live up to the image that the image displays above and look clearly into the eyes of those who feel they’re on the outside. Please don’t dismiss survivors of childhood institutional abuse as cranks. Let It’s Our Day become a reality by including in your speeches the voices of said survivors of industrial *schools* and Magdalen Laundries.
H/t Photo: surly amy. The Hug by Tess Gallagher.
“Suddenly a hug comes over me and I’m giving it to you, like a variable star shooting light off to make itself comfortable, then subsiding. I finish but keep on holding you. A man walks up to us and we know he hasn’t come out of nowhere, but if he could, he would have.
He looks homeless because of how he needs. “Can I have one of those?” he asks you, and I feel you nod. I’m surprised, surprised you don’t tell him how it is – that I’m yours, only yours, etc., exclusive as a nose to its face. Love – that’s what we’re talking about, love that nabs you with “for me only” and holds on.”
Let WIS become our WISh too by reaching out and morally supporting us. Even to the point of utter confusion. Thank you. The truth should matter.