Basic Human Rights

This list is excerpted from an online class I’m taking through LinuxChix called Spineful Living.

A lot of straight white males may think this is nonsense, that of course everyone knows these things and accepts them as fact.  Not true, though, for many women I know.  It seems to extend to other minorities, as well.


You have:
1. The right to feel good about yourself

2. The right to act in ways that promote your dignity and self-
respect as long as others’ rights are not violated in the process

3. The right to be treated with respect

4. The right to say “No!” and not feel guilty

5. The right to experience and to express your feelings

6. The right to slow down and think

7. The right to change your mind

8. The right to ask for what you want

9. The right to do less than you are humanly capable of doing

10. The right to ask for information

11. The right to make mistakes

Do you wrestle with any of these?

2 thoughts on “Basic Human Rights

  1. bc says:

    I think those are my worst ones, too. Reading 9, I think, “But aren’t I really always supposed to do as much as humanly possible?”
    Probably explains my stress level.
    Doing less is stressful in its own way, too, though. I never can seem to accomplish as much as I need to, whether I want to or not. The more I don’t do, the more there is left to stress about not being done.

    Yeah, psycho. It’s coming off me in waves right now.


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