i dont want my words to be taken out of context
i dont want to be infantilized because i refuse to be sexualized
i dont want to be molested at shows or on the street by people who perceive me as an object that exists for their personal satisfaction
i dont want to live in a world where…
So this video started going around my facebook today, with about a dozen of my female friends sharing the link with comments like, and “Everyone needs to see this”, and “All girls should watch this,” and “This made me cry.” And I’m not trying to shame those girls! I definitely understand why they would do so. And I don’t want to be a killjoy. But as I clicked the link and started watching the video, I started to feel a slight sense of discomfort. I couldn’t put my finger on why that was, exactly, but it continued throughout the whole thing. After watching the video several more times, I have some thoughts…
A THOUSAND RE-BLOGS! probably one of the best anti-rape campaigns I have ever seen
Exactly.. So true. Have some respect people! Don’t be that guy!
Moo Bar in Leamington have recently re-decorated and this is what they have decided to put on the walls of one section of the bar. Huge, sexualised images with accompanying text of prostitution, slavery, and even schoolgirls. We should not have to put up with seeing things like this when we go out for a dance. If you agree, please sign our petition!
Today an article was published on ‘The Warwick Tab’ about WASS. It is incredibly insulting, misinformed and upsetting. The author claims that the group is only for radical feminists and that we don’t do enough campaigning on campus. This has made many of us feel angry and hurt by such accusations. For a start, it’s pretty stupid to call us ‘apathetic’ but also ‘too radical’ in the same article. We have debated changing our name to Warwick Feminist Society but have always decided against it for the reason of not excluding people who don’t identify as feminists. Okay, the name isn’t everything obviously but we have always tried to create an environment in which members can raise issues they have or points they want to discuss. Yeah sometimes we end up spending way too long on one thing that maybe there isn’t always the chance every week, but I am sad to think that people feel like we are aren’t an inclusive group. There are obviously people that are more vocal, but such is the nature of student groups, or just groups of people for that matter!
Suggesting that we don’t do enough to challenge sexism is just as upsetting and insulting. As Kate pointed out, feminist activism is something which is done on a daily basis by all of us. We are all fighting our own personal battles and we come together to try to do something as a group but y’know it’s just not always possible. It takes a lot to put together a campaign from its inception to its implementation. And it’s not like there’s always some way of making a tangible demonstration of sexism. There isn’t really an anti-sexism version of standing in a cage as chickens or prisoners of war. Or at least there isn’t without potentially triggering victims of abuse. The patriarchy is something which is systemic in every facet and institution of our society, there is no big arms company for us to protest outside, no way of tangibly conveying to people walking past on the piazza the nature of sexist oppression. And do you think the exec of Oxfam or Amnesty get as much shit as the exec of a feminist society do? It’s not easy, and I’ve always felt like being at WASS meetings is a safe and welcoming space, unlike much of the outside world is for a feminist.
Suggesting we don’t do enough is like asking People and Planet why climate change hasn’t been stopped yet. Or the Socialist Society why we’re still in a capitalist world [okay there isn’t a socialist society but if there was…]. Honestly, I think the world is far more accepting to environmental or ethical activism than feminist activism [try standing on the WASS stand at the fresher’s fair and watching the people flock to Amnesty, Oxfam, Unicef etc. only to then look at our stand and laugh at it] and it really just isn’t all that easy to make a big impact other than through the personal lives of people involved in the society. How can you measure the impact of our consent campaign? What do you value as an outcome? Is the only satisfying outcome the breakdown of the patriarchy? Because you need to give us a bit longer to crack that one. Or is it measured in seeing the confidence of a fellow member grow? To supporting a friend in her decision not to shave her legs? To making it okay for women to get up on stage and talk about vaginas? It’s also quite hard to tread the line between being a support group, and empowering people to take part in activities. I want people to raise their views, but I don’t want to force them to.
The saddest thing of all of this is an anonymous commenter suggesting that people from other ethical societies have ‘felt this way for years’. Well, I am very sorry to hear that and we’ll definitely have a discussion about what we can do better. But no society can make everyone happy. Many members of our society would testify to the supportive and sensitive atmosphere in our group. I personally have grown so much and become a much happier person since joining WASS and I know that is no coincidence.
So you see, we are anything but apathetic.
If you are interested please get involved! We’d love to hear your ideas, we really really would. And the elections are coming up so why not nominate yourself and take the society in the direction you would like it to go?
-Sophie, WASS President
The infamous RapeLay is a molestation simulation that allows you to terrorize a woman and her two teenage daughters. Events in RapeLay range from groping on a train to gang rape and forced abortions.
it’s weird how when women who work as prostitutes are murdered, the media refers to them as prostitutes rather than people. like, it’s never “man kills two women”, it’s “man kills two prostitutes”. you’d never see “man kills two lawyers” or something.
it’s like in their eyes being a sex worker takes away your right to being human
I feel so fiercely fond and protective of teenage girls. All of them. Girls with pin curls and carefully applied cat eyes and girls who live in sweatpants. Girls blasting music through headphones or reading quietly in corners; girls who sweat blood over sports or who have never been on a field and never intend to be. Girls with razor bumps from shaving clumsily in the shower before school; girls with runs in their tights or perfectly ironed skirts; girls blinking owlishly, clutching a starbucks cup like a lifeline.
Don’t think that your passions make you weak. Feeling so deeply and completely makes you stronger than the rest, gives you more vitality. Don’t ever feel like you have to apologize for being a teenage girl. Don’t let patriarchy turn you against each other with cliches about female ‘cattiness’ or ‘backstabbing’, or belittle your existence.
this guy pulled out his dick in front of like 5 billion feminist protestors holy shit
Some context for the idiots claiming the women are overreacting:
This occurred at a Slut Walk. For those not familiar with it, the Slut Walk is basically a peaceful protest seeking to eliminate the rape apologism so prevalent in society. The basis is that no woman is “asking for it,” with “it” being rape. It’s not a feminist protest; it’s a human rights protest.
Many of the protesters, as you can probably imagine, have dealt with sexual harassment or rape in their own lives. Many of them have structured their daily activities to avoid being raped. The gathering is supposed to be a place for them to feel empowered and able to recover in the company of those who understand what they’ve been through or who will not blame them.
Nobody at a Slut Walk will tell a survivor that it’s her fault. They will not ask what she was wearing to provoke her attacker. Nobody will say she had too much to drink. Nobody will tell the men in the group that they are inherently rapists themselves, and nobody will tell a male survivor that his experience “wasn’t really rape.”
Then, this fellow comes along. He sees this gathering of survivors and their supporters, and to him, it’s a joke. He sees feminazis. He sees girls who are taking “a bit of fun” too seriously. And what does he do? He exposes himself to this group of survivors and supporters - some of whom are, in fact, underage.
He sexually harasses literally hundreds of women in one act. Aside from public indecency, there was cruel intent in his actions. He wanted to make them uncomfortable. He wanted to “put them in their place.” Other photos from this event show him flipping the protesters off and laughing at their anger.
And there are still people defending his actions. There are those who still feel like these women were asking for itand that they deserved to be harassed for trying to claim they weren’t. There are those who feel that women should be taught a lesson this way, and they applaud this man’s actions.
So no, he didn’t pull out his dick in front of feminist protesters. He harassed dozens - if not hundreds - of rape survivors. The reaction to his actions alone outline the purpose of the Slut Walk.
For those of you still doubting whether what he did was wrong (and I do wonder if there’s something wrong with you, if you have doubts), let me give you an analogous situation. Imagine a gathering of black civil rights activists. Imagine Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, and all their colleagues gathered together to demonstrate that being black did not make them lesser people. That being black and living in the South did not mean they were “asking” to be the target of hate crimes.
And at this gathering, a white man decides he should teach them a lesson by pointedly hanging a noose from the nearest tree and laughing at their anger. And other white men, laughing along with him, commend him for taking these activists down a peg.
That’s what happened here. It’s not an “OMG, I can’t believe he did that!” moment. It’s an “OMG, there are people who think this is okay” moment. And the fact is, it’s not. It never will be. And that’s the take home message of this ridiculous rant I’ve written u.