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Following the sentencing on Sunday, Jane Doe began receiving threats, and many believe she and her family will be forced to relocate following proceedings. Those brought under control through the War on Drugs will either spend their lives incarcerated or unable to support themselves conventionally. Trent Mays and Ma’Lik Richmond will serve their time and return to a community that treasures them and wants desperately to “move on.” It is just and good that the correct verdict was given, but until context matters in our amnesiac culture, Steubenville will indeed be allowed to just “move on.”
Another good piece from The Hairpin (via self-confessed Internet Feminist Lee R.) about sexual assault and its immediate emotional consequences. This one doesn’t sneak up on you like that last one did.
tw- discussion of rape, rape culture, victim blaming
I remember this very clearly: I was standing in the hallway of my middle school, waiting for my spanish teacher to unlock the classroom door, when an older male student walked up to me, stroked my arm, and told me my “skin is so soft. Like a pearl.” (13-year-olds have the best pickup lines, right?) I did not move or respond during or after; it must have been several minutes before I figured out what was going on. I don’t know if that was the first time I experienced unwanted touching or body-boundary crossing during puberty, but it has crystallized in my memory as a turning point.
When do we become aware that others feel entitled to our bodies? And how does that sense of entitlement pervade our interactions with each other? I believe that it’s possible to map oppression and privilege by focusing on this aspect of our social interactions.
In my spare time I confront misogynist rappers about rape culture. Here’s most of my Monday night conversation with Oakland rapper Too Short (click for conversation)
A thoughtful conversation between these two. Will it change anything? I’m not holding my breath.
Trust. It is a big assed change because throughout the interwebs there are blog posts about this conversation and about Short acknowledging the power of words to influence young men around non consensual sexual practices.
Being willing to admit publicly that you have fucked up creates space for other people to do the same. In some ways this is how cultural shifts happen.
#Love and change are always possible. Next up Chris Brown?
it’s interesting to note which grounps of folks are talking about this conversation going down (hip hop heads and black feminists) and which groups are not (coughcoughmainstreamf*eministscoughcough).
reblogging for any of OK4RJ’s followers who may have missed this story and ongoing conversation.
I used to be one of them. A pacifist. Passive, but passionate, I just wanted people to please stop? Please, I’m asking nicely, could you stop violating my rights? Yes, I’ll vote for you if you could just please stop this mandatory ultrasound bill from passing, just until the next one comes up. You’ll be off the hook for that one, I promise.
Now seems like a good time to rethink compliant activism.
Soooo, this week hasn’t been the best for news. Let’s just get the worst of the way, shall we?
The Penn State scandal is everywhere. I have so much to say on it; yet I don’t want to right now. So here’s my small rant. Penn State -You’re a damn disgrace. I only hope the school and the program can learn and rebuild from this. To the students rioting because a coach who enabled rape got fired: your ignorance is disgusting. However, there were students and faculty that supported the decision and held a vigil the night the news broke. Thank you for that, and I’m sorry you didn’t get the coverage you deserved.
In Twitter news, there were some pretty interesting hashtags this week:#mencallmethings and #thingsayoungmomdoesntwanttohear were both really enlightening. #mencallmethings highlighted what women encounter just by making themselves visible in the blogosphere. The words don’t merit repeating here; just click the links. #thingsayoungmomdoesntwanttohear shows how condescending society is to young mothers, how people treat them badly, and the stigma we have attached to having a child at a young age. Heartbreaking.
This week was chock full of rape culture. Like, spilling over the damn glass, onto the table, and flooding the room full. Please, educate yourself and others on how we might all be contributing to rape culture.
The Good and the Kinda Good:
Oklahoma just received a “D” on the March of Dimes’ newest preterm birth report card. The entire nation did not fare much better with an average grade of “C.” However, Most Oklahoma birthing hospitals have started participating in “Every Week Counts,” a collaborative effort to eliminate scheduling medically unnecessary Caesarean sections and inductions before 39 weeks. Experts believe this will reduce rates of premature birth in our state.
You know what I did the other night? I watched the GOP Debate-just for funsies (I totally live tweeted that jawn). I can’t decide if the world is playing a joke on the U.S. Did Mitt Romney just have really bad allergies? WHAT IS GOING ON WITH RICK PERRY? Is Michelle Bachmann hearing voices in another room? Who is that other guy? Does Newt bathe in Rogaine? Ron Paul thinks college costs as much as a cell phone? Santorum, you ignorant dumbass-go cry to someone who cares about your ‘google problem’. This is a dream, right?
In other political news: Houston re-elected Annise Parker as mayor. HOUSTON, ya’ll. In Texas. This is amazing and inspirational.
Ya know, Polling Place workers could possibly be under a ton of stress on election day-don’t nitpick about signs or booths or stuff or your nose might get bit off! Do you think this will be a tactic in the 2012 elections? Along with everything else the GOP is attempting to pull regarding voters rights. Sigh.
So that’s my wrap up for this week. We had some victories (Personhood defeated in MS! Woot!) and then the rest ^^^^
There’s only thing to lift my mood and that’s Beyonce rocking that pregnant belly in her new(ish) video. Happy Friday, Friends!
Molly is still looking for the perfect pair of silver leggings. She enjoys drunk cleaning and plucking dog hair off her clothes. Follow her on twitter if you like rants about her new neighbor listening to Matchbox 20 really loudly.
Like most women, I currently live in a society where violence, harassment and scary shit can break out at any moment, just because I told some random asshole “no” without bothering to be nice about it. Doing that is so dangerous that most women don’t dare; after a few scary incidents, they learn to make up excuses, to smile, to be sweet and welcoming, to act as if every single random asshole on the street is a precious new friend that they would just LOVE to stand outside of the Chipotle and chat with FOR HOURS, if only cruel fate had not intervened. That’s what it’s actually like, being a woman: Playing nice with every random asshole, because this random asshole might be the one who hurts you. And then, if he hurts you anyway, they’ll tell you that you led him on.