Thank You To All My Sources of Inspiration and Shoulders to Lean Upon

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As an atheist, this whole “giving thanks on Sundays” thing is, well, frankly, kind of odd to me. It’s not that I find the concept of a day for rest and relaxation odd (no, seriously, HUZZAH for rest and relaxation – even though my weekends are never as rest and relaxation-filled as I would like them to be), nor that I find the concept of giving thanks odd. It’s just the whole “giving thanks on a day of a rest and relaxation thing” that I find odd…no matter. I’m going to use today  to do that anyway.

Seeing as how I’ve been busy running around doing a billion other things lately, I feel like I’ve neglected to give the proper thanks to the people I believe deserve it, so I thought I’d take a moment this morning and give a shout-out to all of the wonderful people who have helped to support me and Antigone Awakens in my endeavors over the last few months.

In no particular order:

Katie Speak: If you aren’t already following her blog, or listening to her speak on Hal Sparks radio show on Saturday, START. Like, yesterday. I originally met Katie on the twitterz, and we were finally able to meet up in person during a recent trip to New York, where we spent three days smashing the patriarchy and plotting business plans whilst celebrating the anniversary of my birth. She’s a kick-ass human being and I can.not.wait for her book. Thank you, Katie, for your encouragement (…and for the language from your site I borrowed encouraging people to follow you – you really do have an awesome way with words).

ClinicEscort: Oh, CE – you and I will always be bitter old feminist hags together, won’t we? ;) Yet another twitter pal, CE may or may not have followed and unfollowed me several times before I solemnly swore to stop .@ tweeting crazy antis. We finally met up at a Board of Health hearing around VA’s trap laws, so I can now verify that she’s just as awesome in person as her online persona would make her seem. Thank, you, CE, for being the amazing repro health advocate / women’s rights advocate you are, and for making the world of social media activism seem like child’s play.

Nikki Liz Murray: Nikki, well, I don’t know what to say about Nikki. Yet another tweep I met whom I discovered IRL at a DCAF fundraiser, Nikki and I have become…well, what have we become, Nikki? A crazy prochoice feminist activist duo? ;) If I ever need someone to vent about how my plans to smash the patriarchy aren’t working out exactly the way I intended, or about how the universe seems to hate me again today, or about how wordpress can suck it right now, Nikki is there. Plus, she’s a kick-ass writer of her own accord, does AMAZING repro health work, and is, in general, an awesomesauce human being. She just started up her own blog here, and I highly encourage you to follow her.

Robin Marty: Rockstar RHReality check writer, and now author of a frequently sold-out awesome book, Crow After Roe. Robin, THANK YOU, for giving me the courage to believe that I actually COULD start writing some of these investigative pieces. I’m still learning, but without your nudges, I don’t know that I would have ever moved beyond my 1Flesh crusade. So thank you.

DrJaneChi: One of my honest to FSM, true-life heroes. I could NEVER do the work that Dr. Doe is doing, and I kind of want to follow her around every day giving her a standing ovation. Plus, have you read her tweets? The woman’s intersectional analysis is to die for! Jane, you, my dear, kick some ass. Please to keep doing so.

LeahNTorres: Another one of my real life heroes, with the patience of a saint. How you can provide the amazing care you provide to women each day and still fight the vitriolic filled nonsense spewn at you every day on twitter while maintaining your composure is beyond me, lady. But I salute you for it. Andplusalso, you make a great partner in crime when it comes to Hard Rock parties. Can’t wait for you to make it back to the DC area!

GynAndTonic: Yet another of my real life heroes. (Are you noticing a theme yet?) Dr. Tonic falls into the same category as Jane and Leah, and therefore has my greatest and utmost respect. Plus, your sense of humour has me reaching for my inhaler every time we talk (what with demons causing mirth-induced asthma). Also, like Leah, your Hard Rock party escapades are legendary! ;) Can’t wait to see you again!

BlackDove78 – BlackDove is yet another prochoice tweep who I haven’t had the privilege of meeting in person, but who I HAVE had the privilege of conversing with. She’s an amazing repro health worker, mother, friend, fellow atheist, and generally awesomesauce human being, who still finds time to fight the idiocy she finds antis spewing on Twitter. BD, darling, you rock! :)

BrazenQueer – BQ, I know we just officially “met” a few weeks ago, but I’m adding you here because, well, I feel like you’re already a member of my family. ;)  BQ is another awesome repro health advocate who has been there for me during my recent trials and tribulations with a certain crazy. Plus, she kicks ass when it comes to talking about queer theory AND she’s an awesome blog post author collaborator. Check out this post to see what I mean.

To any of the other lovely people in my life whom I’ve forgotten, my sincerest apologies. Please know that I adore you, too. Also, my apologies for any misspelling or grammar mistakes in the post above, but I wanted to get it out there before I left for the day. Again, THANK YOU to each and every one of you. I wouldn’t be where I am today without your help. You are all absolutely amazing people, and I consider myself incredibly lucky to have met you, let alone to have you as part of my life.

Thank you for being my inspirations.

Till next time,

- H

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© Heather Parker and Antigone Awakens, 2012-2013.

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