notes found in the girls bathroom on my campus
The last one! I heard an anti-feminist argue that our “don’t teach women not to get raped, teach men not to rape” was anti-male, implying that all men are rapists but tell me, does the implication that a woman must cover-up as to avoid ‘tempting’ a potential rapist not imply that all men are rapists more-so? To imply that a man raped a woman because she was wearing revealing clothes and thus that all women can and should avoid rape by not wearing revealing clothes, is to imply that men cannot handle their urges if turned on or attracted to a woman. That is far more of a negative implication about men then teaching boys at a young age to respect women. Far more negative. That’s why it angers me when people imply feminism is sexist - no! Men suffer from the patriarchy too as it is because of the gender roles that come with it. You can take down patriarchy without it having to crush the freedom of men and to think otherwise is actually the sexist thinking because some men cannot accept the idea of living without privilege as opposed to actually living as equals with us, which is what bringing down the patriarchy would do (create equality).
Does the open letter need more signatures?
Always! If anyone is a member of any organisations, or even if you can think of an organisation who you think might want to get involved - uni/local groups for example - then please drop me a message in my ask box with the information (name of group, email, name of contact if possible).
And if you haven’t joined (trigger warning) this facebook group yet then please do - even if you’re not from London, or even the UK.
London’s Reclaim the Night was yesterday!
It was a lot of fun with plenty of enjoyable chants and songs, plus some brilliant speeches at the after-party (I love Finn Mackay!). However, I recommend that if you ever go on any marches in autumn/winter that you wear cold-defying booties! Ouch.
You can see pictures of the march and the after-party here.
P.S. I’ll see if I can get hold of some of the chant/song lyrics if you want?