Feminist Rage

Sep 30, 2012 09:01

When you read a news story about an old person or a disabled person who has been robbed or beaten or murdered or otherwise attacked in some way, the outrage is always, always unqualified. No one ever questions where they were or what they were doing or who they were with or what they were wearing.

When you read a news story about a young, able- ( Read more... )

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emush September 30 2012, 00:44:39 UTC
OMG I'm on my phone reading this and want to write a loooong comment! Damn. I gave been thinking about this stuff for the last few days as well, in light of recent tragedies. I can't fucking believe that women are still raped and abducted and murdered. What. The. Fuck. This kind of thing makes me hate on men so much. I have been hating men this past week. I really have. And I'm not sorry!

This society is so fucked up, when women are still blamed as asking for it when they are raped. I hate porn for making boys think that it's OK to hit/piss/abuse women in bed. I hate idiots like fucking Kerry Anne Kennelly for perpetuating stereotypes about gender appropriate behavior, and who go on about women asking for it on stupid shows like Sunrise. I HATE Tony fucking abbot for his comments about women, and how we need to acknowledge that it's sometimes not ok to withhold sex. FUCK YOU.
I hate learing men. I hate Chris Brown. I hate being called a bitch. I hate teenage boys. I hate not feeling safe. Fucking men. I'm so pissed off this week.

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angriest_girl September 30 2012, 02:08:31 UTC
Right there with you. The rage is so overwhelming.

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_glamazon October 11 2012, 10:34:20 UTC
Yup...

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mrteufel September 30 2012, 02:30:20 UTC
Dear men: Don't rape, assault, or verbally abuse women.

Signed: Damian, a man.

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angriest_girl September 30 2012, 11:31:58 UTC
The kind of men who would do such things are not reachable. The men who mean well but blunder are the ones who need 'training'. The ones who need to stop giving advice to women about how they should behave and so on. They're the good guys, but they don't get it.

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crossoverman September 30 2012, 04:43:07 UTC
If you're a man reading this, maybe one small thing you could do from now on is cross the road.I already do this. Or similar, depending on circumstances. I'll stop walking and let a woman get further ahead, so she knows I'm not following her. I'll cross the road. I'm always thinking about other people in those circumstances, as much as I am about myself. And I'll cross a road if a group of guys are coming toward me or hanging out on a corner, especially if they are loud or seem to have been drinking ( ... )

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angriest_girl September 30 2012, 11:39:22 UTC
I am not the least bit surprised that you would have the intuitiveness to be a 'cross the road' guy, Keith.

I can't believe what Lily puts up with, and how normal she assumes it is. It's not even as though she and her friends are the type of teenagers who look older than they are, or wear a lot of makeup or anything like that. They look like the little girls they are, but they are still subjected to men abusing or attempting to assault them regularly. It's pretty horrifying. If these guys behave that way towards kids, it doesn't bear thinking how they treat grown women.

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crossoverman September 30 2012, 12:26:05 UTC
I just keeping thinking - at what point did it become publicly acceptable to abuse children in the street? When did a wolf-whistle turn into "show us your tits"? How is this normal behaviour now?

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angriest_girl October 1 2012, 00:04:24 UTC
I don't remember copping that from adults when I was her age (though it was the norm with teenage boys).

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yummydeb September 30 2012, 09:41:31 UTC
Oh that damn list of questions and don'ts! I HATE that ( ... )

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angriest_girl September 30 2012, 11:41:27 UTC
That's the bind, Deb. Guy/s walking toward us - we feel threatened - guy/s friendly - we feel bad for feeling threatened - but what if it's an act - we don't know - we still feel guilty.

That's how they get us. Those few bad ones know we will cave to our natural politeness, and they take full advantage of it.

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tennille September 30 2012, 10:29:51 UTC
I hear you loud and clear. I had an arguement with someone at work just last week when he said "well, women shouldn't walk alone at night..." and I replied with "well, men shouldn't attack and rape women". He couldn't understand my point.

I am burning angry at the recent events in Melb, particularly having read parts of the criminal record of the guy. He shouldn't have been on the streets, SHE should have been safe. If it wasn't her, it would have been someone else later that night/morning.

We, as women have the absolute right to walk down the street without being leered at, without being catcalled, without being treated like dispensible, disposable objects. I detest that I second guess where I late at night based upon what someone else 'might' do. And despite what men say, they can never truly understand. They can sympathise, but they cannot FEEL that fear.

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angriest_girl September 30 2012, 11:44:32 UTC
I don't know much about him - I find it hard to read the news these days, especially with these sorts of stories where it just degenerates into sensationalism. What was his story?

I can't stop thinking about the judginess that was all over Twitter because she refused a lift home. Women are trained their whole lives to be polite and not put others out. If I were at a bar 5 minutes walk from home, I'd refuse a lift too because I wouldn't want to be a bother.

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crossoverman September 30 2012, 12:29:58 UTC
And she'd probably walked that distance a hundred times before. I mean, it wouldn't be a bother to anyone to drive 500 metres around a corner, but it's also not a worry - or shouldn't be - to walk that far if you've done it a hundred times before.

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angriest_girl October 1 2012, 00:04:46 UTC
Exactly!

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