Society has allowed rapists to define what resistance is: screaming, crying, scratching, pushing, kicking, biting, punching. I didn’t resist like that. My resistance was to wriggle a bit, turn my head away when he tried to kiss me, try to stop his hand going into my bra and knickers, push him ineffectually, talk about wanting to get my cab; all things which normal men recognise as not being enthusiastic participation when they are engaging with women but pretend it’s a grey area when they talk about rape. Rapists have managed to get society to believe, that what I did, was consent.
Because I didn’t resist in the way rapists - and society - say that women should resist, they define our non-participation as consent.
This is way too relevant for me, and so many of my friends. It’s scary when you look back on things and think, “Wait, how did that happen? I didn’t want that.” without realizing you were assaulted because you didn’t fit the picture of society’s teeny tiny narrow definition of non consent: female, virginal, sober, white, slender, and screaming for help while being attacked by a strange man.
We urge you to do everything in your power to protect citizens in the face of the upcoming anti-Pride protest. Local citizens should be able to attend the Pride march and move about the city without fear of an angry mob.
Countries around the world have voiced their support for a peaceful pride parade in Sofia, Bulgaria. As the Mayor of Sofia we call on you to protect the countless LGBT people who fear attacks by the extremist organizers of the anti-gay protest.”
If you're a feminist who understands the (apparently not) radical concept that women can have penises and men can have vaginas (and that there are people with either or both of those who may very well identify as neither a man nor a woman), would you mind reblogging this? I could really use a little faith in humanity being restored right about now.
And if they MUST post pictures of bodies - they aren’t necessarily thin or white. And they don’t post certain practices or “exotic foods” that other cultures have been practicing FOREVER as “hot new trends” that are only legitimate now that western…
This is why I can’t read more than a few pages of most running blogs without turning into insta-rage.
“When you live in a poor neighborhood, you are living in an area where you have poor schools. When you have poor schools, you have poor teachers. When you have poor teachers, you get a poor education. When you get a poor education, you can only work in a poor-paying job. And that poor-paying job enables you to live again in a poor neighborhood. So, it’s a very vicious cycle.”—Malcolm X (via warriorsrise)