Posts Tagged ‘survival’

Being whole after the war

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

I feel like a soldier who’s just returned from the battlefield. I’m not the same person I was when I took my first steps; I don’t think the same way, I don’t interact with people in the same way, and I’ve definitely been forever stripped of my naivete about the motivations of those who comprise our community. While women or those who female-identify are responsible for up to 85% of the actual hands-on work for the animals, it is primarily a patriarchy of white men who are responsible for maintaining their reputations, their brand names, and their donation base at the expense of the animals. Going forward, I think one of my main focuses will be on personal empowerment; if we want to be effective for the animals, unfortunately, we also need to be whole and focused in the sea of toxicity that pollutes our community. So for continuity, I’m republishing a Facebook status I put up last night.

Camille Marino
August 24, 2017

I talk from a place of honesty; whether it an expression of anger or joy, I think people connect with authenticity. And right now I’m in a state of evolution, not saying much. I’m coming back from a literal public lynching – an evisceration of my reputation, my work, and all of its related personal devastation. I survived, but not without damage. And while I get ready to publish my memoir and finish filming for a documentary about my activism — both painfully honest — I’m trying to learn how I can best benefit animals at this point in my journey. I’m thinking that what I need to be doing is share my struggles with other activists to help empower you. I’ve yet to meet anyone is this movement who’s not been damaged by all the suffering we see.