An Interview with Lachrista Greco
Hi Lachrista! Thank you so much for your time today. We are huge fans of The Guerrilla Feminist and are so grateful for your voice!
We usually start by asking our interview subjects whether they consider themselves to be a feminist but we’re pretty sure we already know the answer to that question. So instead we’ll ask this: what does it mean to you to be a feminist? How do you define “feminism”?
For me, being a feminist means living uncomfortably; it means being ready and willing to see oppressions at every turn and how the act of oppressing someone further fractures our society. More than an identity or an adjective, feminist/feminism is a verb; it’s an action to detangle and deconstruct the kyriarchy.
What inspired you to launch The Guerrilla Feminist (formerly known as Guerrilla Feminism)? What were – and are – your goals for this community?
I started Guerrilla Feminism as I was searching for belonging. I was a year out of my M.A. program in Women’s and Gender Studies, living and working in Chicago, feeling completely disconnected from the city, from my job, and from people. GF really started as a project out of my own personal loneliness—my own personal longing for comradery. The initial goal was to create a subversive online, global collective to shout back at capitalist/racist/sexist/homophobic/transphobic/ableist/classist systems of oppression. It’s still very much that today. I’d say my main goal is to use my large platform to amplify marginalized voices, educate on issues that I think people should care about, and more. I am explicitly pro-sex work/er and trans inclusive.
Feminists Act! is all about helping people determine how they can take action on issues that affect folks who identify as women and girls in the United States. What are some of the ways you recommend people take action on feminist issues?
A lot of what people can do depends on several factors related to privilege: disability status, race, sex, gender identity, class status, location, etc. For disabled folx who may be homebound or unable to attend protests/marches, there are various collectives and organizations to engage with online. Orgs like: ADAPT and National Disability Rights Network are great places to start. For all folx: SWOP Behind Bars—write to a sex worker who is currently incarcerated; connect with Critical Resistance for prison abolition activism, find out if your local jail has a library group that goes in to fulfill book requests to those inside; connect with BlackLivesMatter; and also check out what orgs near you are doing and see how you can get involved.
What are your thoughts on turning anger into action?
Anger is a powerful emotion. I always prefer anger to sadness as I feel I more easily move from anger to action than from sadness to action. I think one can hang on to anger and also be in action. Anger can be both a salve and a poison. Use more of the salve and less of the poison.
Any recommendations for how people can best engage in self-care while also participating in activism to address systemic injustice?
We all need to take breaks. We all need time off. Taking a break/taking time off is a privilege that some people are not afforded. It’s important to know this. Knowing this doesn’t mean those of us who can take breaks shouldn’t, though. We should make sure we’re taking care of ourselves so that we can be of the utmost help in the struggle and in the movement. Always get your basic needs met (eat, drink, sleep, take meds (if on them), etc). Tap out when you need to, come back when you’re ready.
One thing we try to do well at Feminists Act! is amplify existing voices, organizations, and resources, especially folks who might be underrepresented or marginalized. Do you have any recommendations for people to follow on social media, articles to read, organizations to know, etc.?
Follow people on social media from various communities—and if you’re not part of that community, please take the time to lurk and not take up space by commenting. I love following these folx on Instagram:
Always be working on yourself. You are always in progress.
Thank you so much again!
Lachrista Greco is the creator of the popular Guerrilla Feminism and The Guerrilla Feminist. A writer, speaker, curator, and maker, Lachrista is a cultural critic with over 360,000 followers. She has been interviewed by NPR, NBC, The Red Elephant Foundation, and others. Lachrista has her Master's Degree in Women's & Gender Studies and has written for Bitch Media, Ravishly, Rebellious Magazine For Women, Elephant Journal, Decolonizing Yoga, and more. She is a Soapbox Inc. speaker, and has presented at colleges, universities, and nonprofits around the world about digital activism, digital consulting, online abuse, feminism, learning disabilities, domestic and sexual violence, Italianità, and more. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin (with pieces of her heart in Italy), practices stregoneria, and is a Librarian-in-Training.
All views and opinions expressed in this interview are those of the author.