[Images of several women, plus what they had to say. “knowyourIX.org” is on every poster.
I started a survivor support group because in order to create change on campus, we have to take care of each other.
- Sarah, Emerson College
I protested because my school refused to invesitgate reports of harassment, which it’s required to do by law.
- Jasmine, Arizona State University
I published an open letter to my university because it ignores reports of sexual and gendered violence, and that is against federal law.
- Carolynn, UConn
I filed a Title IX complaint because my school didn’t provide the academic accommodations I needed after my abuse.
- Wagatwe, Tufts
I protested and filed a federal clery act complaint because it is illegal for my college to consistently cover up rape, harasssment and hate crimes.
- Nastassja, Dartmouth]
You have laws which protect you. did you know that? Spread this so every woman on Tumblr knows. No more silence, no more shame.
For more info: http://knowyourix.org
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I have a lot of feelings about this song.
I’m actually really glad I came across this. I used to like the song, and then I read the lyrics, which made me very uncomfortable…
also, there’s the fact that everyone seems to forget about Mary Lambert, the lovely lady who sings the chorus and who has her own version of the same song that in my opinion, is much better. Oh, did I forget to mention she’s actually queer? so why is she rarely mentioned/talked about and Mackelmore is seen as this magnificent ally? (When they performed on Ellen, Ellen basically ignored Mary so she could talk to Mackelmore.)
She’s queer, and at least in my opinion she’s also a queerspawn, so I’m hella down with her. She also writes the realest shit ever about reclaiming her body from sexual abuse, sexist objectification, and policing standards:
I tried to limit the above to just the massive amount of straight “~ally~” fail (and the awkward appropriation / demonization of coded-as-Black artists), and not touch on the (regrettably overshadowed) parts of the song about Lambert, her relationship, and its value. Because I focused on that weird relationship with rap, I didn’t want to bring her into it since I don’t think people generally classify her as a rap artist?
It’s definitely another extension though of Macklemore’s problem as an ally though that he’s taking up center stage and basically all the verses and relegating her to the chorus for flavor. And I mean that both with regards to heterosexism and sexism, because I don’t think we can say only one of those is operating between the two of them.
I’m kind of curious about how she’s dealing with all this nonsense, if at all.
As for Ellen… well there’s a reason straight people are willing to watch her, to promote her, and to “accept” her - because she doesn’t point out all this shit that Macklemore’s still messing about with. Plus, she’s White and wealthy, and rap is what “scary” Black and Brown poors listen to and Macklemore is basically basing his career on people like him taking over the brand of “hip-hop” or “rap” over from “those people”.
Here y’all go.
the other day i posted a link to an article called Why Male Pregnancy Matters, which discusses some of the implications and consequences of the Chicago Department of Public Health’s anti-teen pregnancy campaign depicting teenage boys with pregnant bellies. The purpose of the original campaign is to shock viewers with the supposedly impossible and absurd notion that anyone other than cis ladies can become pregnant, while asserting that boys bear equal responsibility for an unexpected pregnancy. Like many anti-teen pregnancy ads, these ones rely on shaming teenage parents; however, they also have the added douche-bonus of being extremely ciscentric and transphobic.
as a reaction to this regressive campaign (and others like it) the Media Literacy Project (MLP) developed the above counter ad. They accompanied the ad with an article that asks questions including: “In what ways does or doesn’t our counter ad transform the meanings of the pregnant boy ads? How does changing the text reposition an image? What role, if any, do you think counter ads play in reshaping the media landscape?”
“When I was in high school, I was obsessed with Mary Wollstonecraft; she was one of the very first feminists ever. My friend and I were always making videos, and we made this movie called Mary Wollstonecraft and the Renaissance Rangers. It was like a Power Rangers spoof, taking all these historical characters out of context. Mary Wollstonecraft, Robespierre, and Marie Curie—they would all fight crime together. This is the kind of stuff I used to do.”
- Aubrey Plaza
Interesting Twist of the Day: After Pleading Guilty To Perjury Charge, George Zimmerman’s (Soon-To-Be) Ex-Wife Shellie Says She Broke Her Marriage Off With George The Night Before He Murdered Trayvon Martin…George Has The Pattern of A Domestic Abuser of Women
In an interview with ABC, Shellie Zimmerman said that she had left her husband George the night before the shooting. If you don’t know anything about domestic violence statistics, this might not have set off any alarms. But I do, and suddenly the murder of Trayvon Martin makes so much more sense.
Shellie explained that she wasn’t home that February night, “I was staying at my father’s house. We had gotten into an argument the night before, and I left.”
Watch the ABC News interview here:
The sure thing that will set an abuser off is when the victim leaves. Domestic violence stats reveal that this is the most dangerous time for a woman living with an abuser. It can be lethal.
So Shellie leaves George and the next night, he’s out on the streets looking for someone else to control and abuse, as a substitute for his wife, whom he can’t control at that moment. Nothing irks an abuser more than having control taken away, even for a moment.
Shellie is still sticking by George’s story about that night, though she admits she can’t speak to what was going through his mind since she was gone.
“That’s just not his way,” Shellie answers in response to a question about whether George profiled Trayvon. But clearly it is his way.
George Zimmerman is a predator. He appears to have both abused his former girlfriend and molested his cousin. These are the actions of a predator. A predator stalks their prey, profiles them to find the one least likely to cause repercussions, and then swoops in for the kill. George Zimmerman has been accused of both domestic violence (by a different partner) and molestation of a young female relative. He was also arrested for two third-degree felonies involvingassaulting a police officer.
Defenders claim these are all false allegations, but the statistical likelihood of real false allegations is so low as to render illogical to assume that both of these allegations, made by different women, are false. There are also allegedly other women who refused to come forward out of fear. And then there’s the police officer assault, which is less likely to fall between the “he said she said” cracks because a male authority figure was the victim of Zimmerman’s rage that time.
Zimmerman chose not to control his rage at the world. It’s likely that he is/was an abuser of his female partners. The cousin identified the Zimmerman family as racist, on top of his fondling of her beginning when she was 6. Six-year-olds are easy targets. Someone who preys on a 6-year-old is a predator.
The profile of an abuser is a person who refuses to take responsibility for their life, their actions, and their feelings. Often they feel victimized by the very people they are victimizing (see Zimmerman demanding an apology from African Americans). They feel powerless and out of control, and instead of doing something productive about it, they find a victim they can abuse so that they can feel powerful and in control. Zimmerman’s spotty “career” history is par for the course of this profile.
A predator will use violence, economic dependency, verbal abuse and isolation (often asking the victim to lie for them thereby rendering the victim’s credibility worthless, which is handy for the abuser later) to establish and maintain their control.
It’s ironic and yet predictable that Shellie Zimmerman lied for the abusive George Zimmerman, and now she is in more trouble than he.
He did not show up to court for her, even though she was there for him in spite of the fact that their marriage was on the rocks. She couldn’t explain why he didn’t show up, saying that she always wants her husband’s support.
And now their marriage is strained – she wouldn’t say if they are still together or not.
He got what he needed from her, and now she is going to pay for lying for him. She doesn’t seem to see it this way yet, but objectively, I could have written this script based on his profile.
George Zimmerman was acquitted and Shellie Zimmerman pleaded guilty to perjury and got 100 hours of community service and one year’s probation. Ironic?
Shellie offered an apology to Trayvon Martin’s family at the end of the interview, making her the only Zimmerman to express the slightest bit of humanity toward the Martin family. Sociopathy can be earned the hard way.
Zimmerman’s apology at his bail bond hearing doesn’t count for obvious reasons, especially given his claim on TV that hedidn’t regret having the gun or chasing Trayvon because it was “god’s plan” and “I am sorry that they buried their child”, which reveals a troubling lack of human emotion served by the verbal distancing — he’s sorry they buried their child, not sorry he shot him — let alone empathy.
“George Zimmerman has beaten down her self-esteem,” interviewer Christi O’Connor told ABCNews.com. Yes, that’s just another sign of a predator when taken together with his other behaviors.
O’Connor, who is working on a book about the George Zimmerman trial, also hinted that there was evidence that was mishandled, saying that during the sensational trial, “there were so many untruths told.”
“What the jury never heard could have led to a different verdict,” she said.
The saddest thing about all of this is that it is all so predictable, just as it is predictable that George Zimmerman is not finished preying on the innocent. Shellie Zimmerman may have been an accomplice in his deception of the court, but she is also yet another victim in the wake of George Zimmerman’s psychological problems.
Someone like that should not have been allowed to take a life with impunity. Just as with domestic violence, by not holding Zimmerman accountable, the state has given him a license to kill again and he will use it. This is also another argument for taking domestic violence more seriously, because it’s not as if it’s a surprise to see a person with domestic violence in their past taking innocent lives later.
On the contrary, it’s an alarm bell for society, just like animal abuse by young children is an alarm bell.