i love shoes, feminism, equality, gender nonconformity, activism, and calling out the patriarchy. i am the former president of the jackson area national organization for women http://jackson.nowms.org and currently an intern at planned parenthood.
i have a blog with a lot of varying themes http://ladylamia.wordpress.com but i wanted something that was strictly for my activism and feminism, so here you are!
the views and opinions expressed in these blogs are my personal views and opinions, they are not the official positions of the national organization for women (NOW), planned parenthood, or any other organization that i am or have been affiliated with.
There’s a petition on change.org now telling Etsy to remove the rape congratulation greeting cards. Only 352 people have signed it (up from 296 when i signed last night). Please go sign it and pass this link along!!
I reported the card on Etsy right after i posted the link and so far i have gotten no response from them. Maybe they will not ignore a petition signed by 500 people?
the description of the card reads “Get creeped on, get raped? Know someone that has? Then this card is for them.” the seller’s name is youstupidbitch. this is all incredibly offensive but what is most offensive is Etsy’s reply to a blogger that complained:
…It is important to us that we allow members of the community to express their own sensibilities, and to develop their shop identity to suit themselves and their market. What is offensive to some may be intended as a statement about culture by an artist.
Check out the link for the whole story, and then contact Etsy to let them know that rape and joking about rape is not artistic expression and it is offensive to everyone.
“Feminism expects a man to be ethical, emotionally present, and accountable to his values in his actions with women — as well as with other men. Feminism loves men enough to expect them to act more honorably and actually believes them capable of doing so.” -Michael S. Kimmel
“No means yes. Yes means anal!” What is this alarming pro-rape statement?
Why, it the little ditty that Yale Delta Kappa Epsilon (DKE) fraternity pledges chanted on Wednesday as they marched around Old Campus, where most first-years are housed. That means lots of 18-year-old women embarking on their first term of university life.
Other chants included “Fucking sluts” and “My name is Jack, I’m a necrophiliac, I fuck dead women, and fill them with my semen.” This isn’t the first time Yale has had this kind of misogynistic incident; in fact, it’s not even the first time the “no means yes” chant has been used.
The fraternity is engaging in a discussion about sexual violence with the Women’s Center, but this isn’t enough. With one in four college women victims or rape or attempted assault during their time on campus, this is too serious an issue to let slide by without disciplinary action.
i’m not sure which bothers me more, this video game or the comment that someone made about it.
Via Bust Magazine:
There’s been a whole lot of debate surrounding Japanese game culture lately. And reasonably so; as the entertainment industry has taken it too far with the new game “RapeLay.” Without elaborating, the motive of this crap rape game is to rape random female avatars, as well as their family members in discreet spots as well as in public. How’s that for stunting healthy sexual growth in young people?
But when this issue was addressed to the online community, many people spoke up and said they supported the game because Japan has a long history of pornographic expression:
These games are protected by the freedom of speech as long as they are marketed towards adults. These games can be considered an art form, and depictions of rape are protected as forms of artistic expression.
Follow the link to read the rest of the post at Bust. I don’t like to repost entire articles or blogs. it doesn’t surprise me that the commenter chose to make such a statement anonymously, obviously they knew that people were going to be upset by such a statement.
what do ya’ll think? are depictions of rape protected as free speech/artistic expressions? and is there a difference between a piece of art (photo, painting, even acting in a film) and actively raping an avatar while playing a video game?
Tomorrow, Tuesday April 20th, is the Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) Day of Action. This annual observance, formerly called A Day to End Sexual Violence, provides a much-needed opportunity for all of us to focus our energies on sexual assault awareness and prevention.
The National Sexual Violence Resource Center, which sponsors the event, has a wonderful list of suggestions to help you take action tomorrow. Ideas range from the super simple and easy (wear a teal awareness ribbon, letter-writing) to more involved and fun (plan a themed art exhibit, host a movie screening or open house). The point is that there is something for everyone, regardless of your available time and energy level.