Q:You shouldn't be posting about your principal on here, no matter what he says. Not only can you get him into a lot of trouble, you can expose anon blogs that follow you from your school that don't want their accounts publicized if your principal starts snooping around.
Excuse me? If my principal is referring to his female students as “sluts” I am perfectly justified in talking about it on my blog. Keeping quiet about inappropriate behaviour like this is exactly how it is allowed to continue. If he gets in trouble, it is well deserved.
Secondly, I don’t know what you mean by “anon blogs” but people don’t have to like or reblog the post if they don’t want to, so I don’t really see the problem here.
And I can’t imagine that my principal is even aware that tumblr is a website, much less that he searches the “rape culture” and “patriarchy” tags.
But if he is somehow reading this, hey - I kind of think you’re scum.
(in relation to that last post)
F*** You Highschool
Things that school taught me, and, clearly, why I’m more than a lil frustrated:
1. Boys will be boys. Girls will be girls.
2. Girls that dress ‘slutty’ are not ‘nice’ girls.
3. Menstruation isn’t to be talked about
I’ve been looking back on my elementary and highschool experiences lately and although I had some great times…the ‘lessons’ that were taught along the way, they were not so great.
I have clear memories of teachers asking girls not to wear short skirts or low tops as it was distracting, teachers saying that ‘boys are boys,’ and constantly being in an environment where double standards were key. I was if the magnifying glass was being held above our heads and it was starting to burn. I think about my sister, of how I’m so glad she’ll be leaving that school soon. Girls and boys have been taught that a woman’s body is not her own, however unaware they are that they have, in the very institutions that are supppose to propel them to success. Going back to any of my old schools just makes me sad…in primary school I see parents perpetuating misogyny to their sons, in elementary schools I see teachers reaffirming that, and in highschool I see kids that people have stopped reaching out to.
I’m just tired of the same old bullshit being spread.
“Naming it a feminist movement and putting the onus on women as a women’s movement is the same attitude that we’re trying to avoid. We’re shifting the onus that this is a women’s problem. It’s not a women’s problem. It’s everyone’s problem and even moreso it can be a men’s problem because they need to take the responsibility to not commit violent acts. And we all need to take a look at why anyone would.”
Caitlin MacDonald in an article for the Georgia Straight on Slutwalk Vancouver
rah rah, getting men involved is awesome, whoohoo
but why is acknowledging that Slutwalk is a feminist movement a bad thing?
I understand the point is to shift responsibility to men, which is great.
That’s exactly what we’re asking for; to blame rapists, not victims*. But the fact that the organizers of Slutwalk are trying to separate the event from feminism is troublesome. Why would a march protesting rape culture be uncomfortable associating with a women’s movement? Is the refusal to take the name an effort towards inclusion, fearing that men and women who don’t identify as feminists will view the march as something other because of the demonization of feminism in the media? In that case, wouldn’t we want to educate, instead of accommodate? Making feminist ideas accessible is important, but perpetuating these myths is dangerous. By removing the event from “feminism” we’re saying that we don’t agree with feminist values, or a slightly different form of the so common, “we’re not like those girls.” That phrase has been used by women to oppress other women. These statements feel like Slutwalk just stabbed me in the back and said, “We’re not like those movements.” This fear of feminism is what allows rape culture to exist. So, instead of saying, “it’s not a women’s problem” why don’t we open “feminism” to men? Slutwalk has a very inclusive message which I love, but I think we could accomplish the same thing by inviting men to identify as feminists, rather than cutting feminism out of Slutwalk.
*I understand that not all rapists are men, and not all victims are women, Ms. MacDonald’s point was that men need to take responsibility not to commit violent acts, and that is what I was addressing with that line.
This said, I will be attending Slutwalk this Sunday, and I am very excited to support the movement! I can sound very negative at times, but this was meant to be constructive criticism, not a tear down of the wonderful ladies who run Slutwalk. I really admire all the work they put in and the message they put out.
Sorry for the lack of posts…
Sorry all you grrls for the lacks of posts recently, it has been a busy end of school year and just time-of-year in general for all of us. This shall soon change. Much love.
Porn continued and elaborated
So I thought I’d just lay down my opinions on porn to help a girl out, ie my home girl C.S. and get this discussion flowing a bit because it’s a really cool topic with a lot of different opinions floating around. That and no one wants to talk about it because - you know - taboo and all but we gon’ fix that and talk about porn. porn porn porn porn porn.
Imma lay down some some honest words. This weekend was really tough for me as a feminist. I heard two people very close to me say some very ignorant comments about feminism and women in general. I needed some grrl time, some time to listen to and read about some bad-ass babes in the feminist circle. But, I couldn’t feel any better.
Dear goodness, watching interviews with Gloria Steinem is making my day so much better after that shitty comment. I just want to be cuddled in a patchwork quilt full of Gloria Steinem pictures.