Gradient Lair As I’ve written about before, mentioning street harassment—as with any emotional or physical violence—opens the door to incredibly ignorant yet common responses or victim blaming altogether. This is expected because my conversations do occur within the context of living in a rape culture, which globally exists and America is no exception. However, despite this, it’s still important to me to name and deconstruct what happens to me and speak the truth associated with it. Mentioning street harassment is a portal for the absolute most entitled and self-centered men to continue with their agenda, one that their male privilege won’t allow them to see is completely inappropriate. It’s men asking "well, how should I pick up women then?"
Femen's Neocolonial Feminism: When Nudity Becomes a Uniform In November 2011, Egyptian blogger Alia al-Mahdi sent shockwaves through the online Middle Eastern community after she uploaded a naked picture of herself. Al-Mahdi claimed that she was challenging Egyptian patriarchal structures in general, and the negative views of women as simple sex objects in particular. Interestingly, Egyptian self-identified liberals and secular activists were the first to disown Alia and her photo, denouncing it even before more conservative factions such as the Muslim Brotherhood did. They claimed that it was pointless, and did immense harm to the liberal/secular cause in Egypt, especially with parliamentary elections coming up. Much of the debate also centered on the issue of feminism and women’s rights. Many claimed that stripping naked was not a feminist tactic by any stretch of the imagination, and in fact simply reified the image of women as a sex object to be consumed for the pleasure of men.
The Gift of Fear The Gift of Fear: Survival Signals That Protect Us from Violence is a nonfiction self-help book (1997) written by Gavin de Becker. The book provides strategies to help readers avoid trauma and violence by teaching them various warning signs and precursors to violence. Text summary By finding patterns in stories of violence and abuse, de Becker seeks to highlight the inherent predictability of violence. explores various settings where violence may be found—the workplace, the home, the school, dating—and describes what de Becker calls pre-incident indicators (PINS).
Huckabee to Akin: 'Horrible' rapes created some extraordinary people The man trying to provide Rep. Todd Akin the softest possible landing after the congressman’s foolish comments about pregnancy and rape was former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a strong supporter of Akin during his run to represent Missouri in the U.S. Senate. In the furor over Akin’s remarks and increasing pressure for him to drop out of his race against Sen. Claire McCaskill, Huckabee used his syndicated radio program Monday to give the embattled candidate a safe venue to express remorse and his determination to remain in the race. Psy tests Resources C. G. 5 Excuses for Street Harassment We Need To Stop Making...Now Picture this: it’s a beautiful, sunny Fathers’ Day in Washington, DC. A million flowers in bloom line the sidewalk I walk down toward a friend’s barbecue, talking to my dad on the phone. But before I can say “Happy Fathers’ Day,” I hear “You’re so sexy.
Intersectionality & Feminism What do intersections have to do with feminism? Or with our lives as women and girls? Quite a lot, it turns out. The Stepford Wives The term "Stepford wife," which is often used in popular culture, stems from the novel and is usually a reference to a submissive and docile wife. In the late 20th and early 21st centuries, it was sometimes used in reference to any woman, even an accomplished professional woman, who had subordinated her life and/or career to her husband's interests and who affected submission and devotion to him even in the face of the husband's public problems and disgrace. In a March 27, 2007, letter to The New York Times, Levin said that he based the town of Stepford on Wilton, Connecticut, where he lived in the 1960s. Wilton is a "step" from Stamford, a major city lying 15 miles away. Plot summary The premise involves the married men of the fictional town of Stepford, Connecticut and their fawning, submissive, impossibly beautiful wives.
Eve Ensler: Dear Mr. Akin, I Want You to Imagine... Dear Todd Akin, I am writing to you tonight about rape. It is 2 AM and I am unable to sleep here in the Democratic Republic of Congo. I am in Bukavu at the City of Joy to serve and support and work with hundreds, thousands of women who have been raped and violated and tortured from this ceaseless war for minerals fought on their bodies. I am in Congo but I could be writing this from anywhere in the United States, South Africa, Britain, Egypt, India, Philippines, most college campuses in America.
Ken Wilber Kenneth Earl "Ken" Wilber II (born January 31, 1949, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) is an American writer and public speaker. He has written and lectured about mysticism, philosophy, ecology, and developmental psychology. His work formulates what he calls Integral Theory. In 1998 he founded the Integral Institute. Biography
Street Harassment: Is a Man Running Over a 14-Year Old Girl for Refusing Sex Serious Enough? Me, again. Time for another, "please take street harassment seriously" post. Earlier this week a man in a car pulled up next to a 14-year old girl on a street in Florida and offered to pay her $200 to have sex with him. Some people would say that's a compliment. It's part of being out in society, learning to deal with people, navigating relationships between men and women. Or, at least that what many commenters on articles I write about street harassment think.
Moving towards solidarity - Features Transphobic feminism makes no sense, argues Laurie Penny Laurie Penny, 6 December 2009 For decades, the feminist movement has been split over the status of trans people, and of trans women in particular. High-profile feminists such as Germaine Greer, Jan Raymond and Julie Bindel have spoken out against what Greer terms "people who think they are women, have women's names, and feminine clothes and lots of eyeshadow, who seem to us to be some kind of ghastly parody". Some prominent radical feminists have publicly declared that trans women are misogynist, "mutilated men"; trans people have responded to this harassment by vigorously defending themselves, demanding that anti-trans feminists are denied platforms to speak on other issues and, in some cases, by renouncing feminism altogether.
Choisissez tout par Nathalie Loiseau “I remember the irony with which my family often repeated the phrase “She wants it all.” So naïve, they thought, naïve to want it all, naïve to believe it was possible and naïve even to say it. I stayed naïve and still stand by my desire to have it all, live my life to the fullest and never give up. And I want all women to believe it is possible.I have learned of many different destinies of women from many countries and they have made me think. Raped, pregnant and ordeal not over Shauna Prewitt had a baby conceived in a rape and faced another unexpected ordeal Prewitt found the majority of states give parental rights to men who father through rapeShe became a lawyer to fight this practice and encourage states to make this illegal She says many women who are raped become pregnant and give birth Editor's note: Shauna R. Prewitt is a lawyer in Chicago. She is the author of "Giving Birth to a 'Rapist's Child': A Discussion and Analysis of the Limited Legal Protections Afforded to Women Who Become Mothers Through Rape," written for the Georgetown Law Journal.