You won’t allow me to go to school.
I won’t become a doctor.
One day you will be sick.
Poem written by an 11 year old Afghan girl
This poem was recorded in a NYT magazine article about female underground poetry groups in Afghanistan. An amazing article about the ways in which women are using a traditional two line poetry form to express their resistance to male oppression, their feelings about love (considered blasphemous).
Here’s the link
I wanted to see some news on the airplane that went missing yesterday, so went to google to read some news.
Then I did something very stupid. I went to the comments.
This is what I found in most comments, with a few different words here or there: “Oh! Muslims! There is only explanation. Terrorism = muslims”..
I should’ve stayed away from the comments. But the news I found were the same I had seen an hour ago and I thought the comments might have new information. No. just a hole lot of prejudice and racism, and people claiming terrorism without even reading the facts right.
The thing is, rapists absolutely need one thing to operate. They need people to believe they are not rapists. Stranger rapists do that by trying to hide that they are the person who committed the rape. Acquaintance rapists do that by picking targets who won’t say anything about what happened, or by using tactics that, if the survivor does speak up, people will decide don’t really count as rape. If you want to do something about rapists, make sure people know they are rapists.
Cockblocking Rapists Is A Moral Obligation; or, How To Stop Rape Right Now | (via brutereason)
This article contains some very useful, very concrete tips on how to attack rape culture in your social circles
An excerpt from the writer’s response when asked in the comments what parents should tell their daughters going off to college:
"The best advice you can tell her is to tell her how the rapists act and what their targeting routine looks like. You can tell her that defending her boundaries, even if it makes her a “bitch,” is an important component of her safety, that people who think violating them is funny are assholes and people violate them progressively to see what she’ll do are dangerous. That’s more important than anything you can say about alcohol, and it’s what I’ve told my own relatives in high school."
When I was a student at Cambridge I remember an anthropology professor holding up a picture of a bone with 28 incisions carved in it. “This is often considered to be man’s first attempt at a calendar” she explained. She paused as we dutifully wrote this down. ‘My question to you is this – what man needs to mark 28 days? I would suggest to you that this is woman’s first attempt at a calendar.’
It was a moment that changed my life. In that second I stopped to question almost everything I had been taught about the past. How often had I overlooked women’s contributions?
What if magazines covered topics such as child marriage, human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation? This year for International Women’s Day (March 8), Catapult is raising awareness about the challenges facing women and girls around the world. Learn more about what you can do to help.
destroy the belief that ‘gender neutral’ or ‘androgynous’ means dressing like a boy
destroy the belief that masculine is the default
teotitlan del valle, march 6th. at least 3rd generation weavers, probably more, in oaxaca on the enVia tour.