If you’re interested in the ways patriarchy is linked to heteronormativity, xenophobia and police violence, you’ll be going all heart eyes emoji over this week’s #WCW, Verónica Bayetti Flores.
By day, the venezolana is a policy coordinator at Streetwise and Safe, an organization that works with LGBTQ+ youth of color who experience criminalization. When she clocks out, Veró returns to her reproductive justice roots, sitting on the board at the National Network of Abortion Funds. And she doesn’t stop there. The 32-year-old queer Latina is also a columnist at Feministing, discussing everything from immigrants’ rights and trans violence to reproductive health, criminal injustice and feminist música.
Below, find out how Veró is helping crush the patriarchy through both policy and culture change.
Your work crosses various areas, including reproductive justice, immigrants’ rights, LGBTQ+ rights, criminal injustice and more. How does patriarchy impact each of these issues?
Gender impacts the ways that people experience the world, from their access to health care to their immigration experiences to their experiences with the police.
Patriarchy is the reason certain types of health care like safe and affordable access to abortion or transition-related care are unavailable for so many people. Patriarchy is the reason trans women are being brutally murdered at endemic rates. Patriarchy is the reason that police brutality conversations center on its impact on men, when women, trans and gender non-conforming people are routinely brutalized in ways that are very specific to gender or sexual orientation, or the ways police officers interpret that. Patriarchy is the reason the nation knows the names of Eric Garner and Mike Brown and not the names of Mya Hall, Rekia Boyd or Jessie Hernandez. And patriarchy impacts immigration experiences at so many levels – whether we’re talking about sexual assault during border crossings being so common that women know to take birth control in advance, to being brutalized and held in solitary confinement in detention centers for being trans, to the question about whether you’ve ever been a prostitute on the U.S. citizenship application form.
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