Trigger Warning for domestic violence, abuse.
This video was played on the BBC early this morning at around 1am as an appeal video for Comic Relief. Comic Relief is a British charity that’s aim is to use comedy to raise money for various different causes.
Relevant to this specific video, Comic Relief works with Refuge - a wonderful charity that supports women and children who are suffering from domestic violence from a partner or parent. Please support charities like Refuge and Eaves (particularly in this current climate of government hatred and apathy towards the vulnerable, and basically everyone who isn’t a millionaire).
If you are a man, please sign up with the White Ribbon Campaign and pledge to stand against violence against women:
I pledge to never commit, condone, or remain silent about violence against women.
As sort of a side question, to those of you who watched Red Nose Day yesterday: What were your thoughts about how the campaign was presented?
I am currently working on breaking away from this defence mechanism, but half the time I don’t even realise I’m doing it.
EVENT: ‘Bodies of Silence #3: When Words Are Made Flesh’ - 7pm, Thursday 14th February 2013; Platform Café Bar & Terrace, London E8 3RL
BODIES OF SILENCE is a special project curated in support of ONE BILLION RISING London Art Festival, which includes international artists Regina José Galindo (Guatemala), Sukran Moral (Turkey) and Pilar Albarracín (Spain). Some of the emerging artists selected have been the result of an open call for work that stresses the ethical and political implications of silence as a by-product of traumatic crime. We have selected artwork that is explicit in its political activism as much as we are interested in portraying more open-ended representations of bodies that communicate silence, trauma, politics and ethics.
For our third and last event, WHEN WORDS ARE MADE FLESH, we have selected work that exposes the traumatic nature of violence through embodiment and performance. We will be looking at work that opens up into a safe space where trauma can be communicated, contained, subverted and processed through re-enactment. This event also coincides with One Billion Rising: A Global Movement to end Violence against Women and Girls.
—Chris Clarke, How Not To Be An Asshole: A Guide For Men (2011 version)
Goddamn this post is still one of my all-time faves.
EVENT: 12th-23rd February 2013; Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
‘I Dream of Congo: Narratives from The Great Lakes’ will be a unique exhibition combining words and images from renowned international creatives alongside a groundbreaking exhibition of photos taken by women in eastern Congo.
The exhibition and accompanying events will celebrate the hope and optimism that pervades in the region despite years of war. It will also pose hard questions around the international community’s inaction in the face of the conflict, the continuing illicit trade in minerals from Congo and the failure to stem the tide of sexual violence.
The exhibition will also feature events organised by the Frontline Club, One Billion Rising and Save the Congo.
We have contributions to the exhibition from the writers William Boyd, Tim Butcher and Adam Hochschild and photographers Lynsey Addario, Marcus Bleasdale, Jonathan Torgovnik and Ron Haviv. Each of them have responded to the phrase ‘I Dream of Congo’.
These will feature alongside photos and words from women in eastern Congo who have also responded to the phrase ‘I Dream of Congo’. This part of the project has been developed with Women for Women International.
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).