fuckyeahfeminists:

Occupy Rape Culture

On Friday, Occupy Wall Street created a 16-square-foot “safe house,” designed to shelter up to 30 women.  This is a start.  However, how about setting up “safe spaces” AND placing the onus on men to stop sexual violence?  According to feminist activist, Deanna Zandt, “getting the men not to rape [the women]” is a better starting point.  I concur. Columnist, Katha Pollitt, put all of this in perspective when she recently asked, “Can you imagine hetero MEN having to set up a safe space to protect them from women and LGBT?” No.  Most of us can’t.  Too many of us have been wired to see men as predators and women as princesses needing protection, the latter of which doesn’t always have a happy-ending.  Something’s got to give.
Women need safe spaces because we live in a rape culture that makes sexual occupancy permissible anywhere.  Destruction of the latter needs to happen yesterday—and not as a leverage against Occupy protestors (or here), but as a requirement of human dignity.  Economic and gender justice go hand in hand.  While Occupying Wall Street and other locales, Occupy Rape Culture simultaneously.

fuckyeahfeminists:

Occupy Rape Culture

On Friday, Occupy Wall Street created a 16-square-foot “safe house,” designed to shelter up to 30 women.  This is a start.  However, how about setting up “safe spaces” AND placing the onus on men to stop sexual violence?  According to feminist activist, Deanna Zandt, “getting the men not to rape [the women]” is a better starting point.  I concur. Columnist, Katha Pollitt, put all of this in perspective when she recently asked, “Can you imagine hetero MEN having to set up a safe space to protect them from women and LGBT?” No.  Most of us can’t.  Too many of us have been wired to see men as predators and women as princesses needing protection, the latter of which doesn’t always have a happy-ending.  Something’s got to give.

Women need safe spaces because we live in a rape culture that makes sexual occupancy permissible anywhere.  Destruction of the latter needs to happen yesterday—and not as a leverage against Occupy protestors (or here), but as a requirement of human dignity.  Economic and gender justice go hand in hand.  While Occupying Wall Street and other locales, Occupy Rape Culture simultaneously.

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femonster:

Stomp & Holler, Northampton MA. October 22, 2011
Sign reads: 1 in 3 Native and Alaskan Native American women are raped at some point in their lives. That’s 13% more than the national average for all women in the US. 86% of the violators are white males.
Most victims do NOT recieve justice and are victimized. America continues to appropriate and hyper sexualize Native culture.
I am Seneca. Native women must be heard. American culture enables the targeting of Native women and disregards justice for us.
FIGHT RAPE CULTURE & MISOGYNY FOR EVERYONE!ON ALL FRONTS!

femonster:

Stomp & Holler, Northampton MA. October 22, 2011

Sign reads: 1 in 3 Native and Alaskan Native American women are raped at some point in their lives. That’s 13% more than the national average for all women in the US. 86% of the violators are white males.

Most victims do NOT recieve justice and are victimized. America continues to appropriate and hyper sexualize Native culture.

I am Seneca. Native women must be heard. American culture enables the targeting of Native women and disregards justice for us.

FIGHT RAPE CULTURE & MISOGYNY FOR EVERYONE!
ON ALL FRONTS!

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thedailywhat:

This Is Terrible, You Should Watch It of the Day: Turns out the secret to a long and happy relationship is to always make snap judgement based on antediluvian gender stereotypes that demean both partners. And here I was trying to treat my significant other as an individual with unique thoughts and feelings not necessarily in alignment with whatever their sex organ happens to be.

Silly me.

[eit / thehairpin.]

 All gender stereotypes harm all people.

(Source: thedailywhat)

mohandasgandhi:

Some women also have penises. One should get over that as well. In fact, some people have both! That’s just more to get over.

 Love it.

mohandasgandhi:

Some women also have penises. One should get over that as well. In fact, some people have both! That’s just more to get over.

 Love it.

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sialand:

“I ain’t afraid of your Jesus, I’m afraid of what you do in the name of your god ”
~Holly Near

sialand:

I ain’t afraid of your Jesus, I’m afraid of what you do in the name of your god ”

~Holly Near

One Foot Before The Other: Facebook has been criticised for not removing a controversial page...

Facebook has been criticised for not removing a controversial page which victim support charities say trivialises and jokes about rape.

The group page, called “You know she’s playing hard to get when your chasing her down an alleyway”, has 194,370 likes on the social networking site.

Victim…

I agree with your analysis.

snakeoil:

final photo of slutwalk minneapolis, this is me and my sign. it felt so empowering to be so honest, and to be around people who had been through what I’ve been through. I’m so happy that I went to this event, and I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. 

Thank you.

snakeoil:

final photo of slutwalk minneapolis, this is me and my sign. it felt so empowering to be so honest, and to be around people who had been through what I’ve been through. I’m so happy that I went to this event, and I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. 

Thank you.

(via wellesleyunderground)

So if you speak to a woman who is otherwise occupied, you’re sending a subtle message. It is that your desire to interact trumps her right to be left alone. If you pursue a conversation when she’s tried to cut it off, you send a message. It is that your desire to speak trumps her right to be left alone. And each of those messages indicates that you believe your desires are a legitimate reason to override her rights.

Rape is Never a Joke

feminomaly:

Division by Zer0 suggests this if you or someone you know thinks a joke about rape is ever appropriate.

“So, here is my challenge for those who want to tell rape jokes:

Ask every woman in your life if she has been sexually assaulted. Ask her to tell you her story. This means your mother, your sister, your girlfriend, your grandma.

Once you have heard all their stories, go watch a movie with a rape scene in it. One you didn’t mind before. One you thought people were overly offended by.

Now tell me a joke.”

(via feminomaly-deactivated20111013)