I have an MA in history. I love heavy, underground metal, pretty things, crafts, beer, travelling and adventures. I try to have a good time.

 

lauriehalseanderson:

femininefreak:

Sex Education in American Public Schools

This is the kind of stuff that makes me despair for America.

gross gross gross gross

it’s…there’s so many words, and none of them sufficient. let’s make change.

The Frisky: What are your thoughts about what was recently said about the non-existence of ‘rape culture’? Specifically it was said that sexual assaults are “not caused by cultural factors, but by the conscious decisions of a very small percentage of the community, to commit a violent crime.” Obviously, so many feminists and anti-violence activists thought that was preposterous.

Laurie Halse Anderson: This was the president of RAINN, Scott Berkowitz, who made that statement. I believe it was in a letter that was part of a policy suggestion to a White House commission. I spoke to Scott about it this morning, as a matter of fact, because I think he’s wrong. I told him it’s not a zero-sum game. It’s not that we either go after rapists or go after rape culture. I think the reason we have so many people sexually assaulting people is because they know they can get away with it or they feel they can get away with it, and that’s part of rape culture.I think the thing to say is that RAINN and I are in ongoing discussions about this, I’m hoping that this is a really teachable moment and we can use it to start educating about some new things.


If you’re a woman in America, you’re afraid often when you go in public places. I’ve never met a woman who hasn’t at some point in her life been groped, had a stranger come and touch her body. I think one of the biggest issues that we’re dealing with as a country is [educating people that] rape is a crime. To peel the word “sexual” off “assault,” it’s an assault. And obviously, everybody in America has sympathy for people who are victims of assault. You get mugged, somebody burglarizes your house and you get beat up in the process, you would only have an outpouring of sympathy and empathy. And yet, because we’re so freaked out about sex in American culture, when it’s a sexual assault, people don’t know how to respond and bad guys have taken advantage of our inability to speak openly and honestly about human sexuality.


I’m very heartened by discussions of rape culture.If we’re all having this giant national conversation, I would love to see people start discussing concrete, constructive ways that they can change rape culture. I think when you’re discussing it, it’s really important to acknowledge that a lot of men are allies. A lot of guys —especially guys that I’ve met under the age of 40 — a lot of them were raised by single moms or they just grew up in a world where there’s a lot more emotional equality between men and women, and so they’re just as outraged as most women are by rape culture and the horrifying things that bad guys do. So, you want to be careful not to demonize all men or all one kind of person, but … the whole point of my book is about speaking up.


You can’t make things better unless you speak up about them, so to summarize, I have a strong difference of opinion with the president of RAINN about this but I still completely support their mission. They do the important work, the life-saving work of helping victims speak up and become survivors better than any organization in the U.S., so we’ll keep working on it.

(via thefrisky)

More thoughts about talking about rape culture, teaching consent, and helping sexual violence victims speak up.

You can help a victim heal and become a survivor by donating RAINN.

(via lauriehalseanderson)

strugglingtobeheard:

cynique:

popculturebrain:

Leading Men Age, Leading Women Don’t | Vulture

There are more charts if you click through.

I’m so glad this info graphic is going around, because so many people don’t realize how ageism and misogyny play hand in hand and how the sexualization of young girls play into this.

and how absolutely normalized it is via media such as popular film

awwww-cute:

I turned on the dishwasher and she just sat there and stared at it for 20 minutes

awwww-cute:

I turned on the dishwasher and she just sat there and stared at it for 20 minutes

Not being able to wear leggings because it’s ‘too distracting for boys’ is giving us the impression we should be guilty for what guys do.

Sophie Hasty, age 13

Responding to her middle school’s ban on shorts, leggings and yoga pants for girls.

(via elledeau)

I’m glad to see these young girls are standing up for their rights and calling the school out on sexism.

(via bookoisseur)

Greek myths mention several Islands of Women, where Amazons lived without men, only consorting with neighboring colonies of males at certain seasons when they wanted to conceive their children. Taurus, Lemnos, and Lesbos were said to be such all-female societies. The Greeks apparently feared them. They said the women of Taurus sacrificed to their Goddess all men who landed on their shores; and the women of Lemnos had risen up against their husband and murdered all of them at once. The Greek writers seemed to have no doubt that women could destroy whole populations of adult males, and there was no effective defense against them.

The Woman’s Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets, Barbara G. Walker (p. 26) (via ancient-memories)

It’s totally that episode of Futurama. 

visambros:

Have any of you heard

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of subculture practised in

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Botswana, Africa?

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It’s a heavy metal subculture

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that some describe as

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"Cowboy Metalheads"

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And

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they

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look

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so

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awesome!

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(I found out about them because of this cracked article)

Yeah, I interviewed a band from Botswana once.  

Super cool dudes.