I just wasn’t prepared to be social and now I’m the awkward sober person with all your drunk friends and I’m out of place because I have absolutely nothing to contribute to this conversation… So I’m just standing here waiting for you to finish your beer so I can go back home and hide my face from these people I don’t fit in with.
In the past month 300 girls in Nigeria were abducted to be sold as sex slaves because “education for women is evil,” a girl in Connecticut got stabbed after telling a boy “no” when asked if she’d go to prom with him, and now some self-proclaimed “supreme gentlemen” went on a misogynistic, mass-murdering rampage because girls didn’t want to sleep with him.
How the fuck could anyone possibly still think that we don’t need feminism.
“My brain is only a receiver, in the Universe there is a core from which we obtain knowledge, strength and inspiration. I have not penetrated into the secrets of this core, but I know that it exists.”—Nikola Tesla (via misscannabliss)
Raised in a conservative Mennonite home in rural Ohio, Katie Landry was a sheltered kid. She hadn’t even held hands with a boy when, at age 19, she says her supervisor at her summer job raped her. Two years later, and desperate for help, she reported the abuse to the dean of students at her college.
“He goes, ‘Well, there’s always a sin under other sin. There’s a root sin,’” Landry remembers. “And he said, ‘We have to find the sin in your life that caused your rape.’ And I just ran.”
Landry ended up dropping out of college, and didn’t tell anyone else for five years.
Her college was Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C., the flagship campus of American fundamentalism, which teaches a literal interpretation of the Bible and separation from the world. Last year, BJU hired a watchdog group to investigate how it may have failed victims of sexual abuse. The so-called “fortress of faith,” one of the most closed-off Christian colleges in America, was finally opening itself up.
In an America Tonight investigation, five former students detailed similar and scarring treatment at the hands of BJU faculty. They spoke of a larger culture that heaped on shame and pushed them to silence — one focused on purity and reputation, and insistent on unquestioning obedience. But most damaging was how, through the language of Scripture, victims say they were told that their sins had brought on their rapes, that their trauma meant they were fighting God and that healing came from forgiving their rapists.
The women interviewed for this article attended BJU during the course of three different decades – from the early 1990s to the 2010s – and none of them have fully recovered.
At its national conference over June 7-9, the Socialist Alliance adopted an amendment to its Charter of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Rights, which stated that it does not support Constitutional recognition in the current form put forward by the government and the Reconciliation Australia initiative Recognise.
The policy now states that Constitutional recognition must be accompanied by sovereignty, land rights and a treaty.
Callum Clayton-Dixon, Anaywan Nation, wrote in Brisbane Blacks Monthly in 2012 that the proposed constitutional reform has “very little reference to what constitutional recognition will actually do for indigenous people”.
He asked whether reform would be a “step forward, or just another hollow formality?”
The Socialist Alliance policy says justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people must begin with a “frank and full acknowledgement of the fact that ‘White Australia has a Black history’,” and a determination to make amends wherever possible.
It calls for:
• Constitutional recognition of the sovereignty of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the original and ongoing inhabitants of the land, and the negotiation of a treaty or binding agreement enshrining the rights of Indigenous people in law.
• Full reparation for the Stolen Generations.
• Full implementation of the recommendations of the 1997 National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from their Families (the Bringing Them Home report).
• Full and immediate compensation for the stolen wages and for traditional lands ravaged by mining.
• Full implementation of the recommendations of the 1991 Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.
The constitutional recognition model that is being promoted by the government and Recognise includes:
• Remove Section 25 – which says Australian states can ban people from voting based on their race;
• Remove section 51(xxvi) – which can be used to pass laws that discriminate against people based on race;
• Insert new section 51A — to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and to preserve the Australian government’s ability to pass laws for the benefit of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples;
• Insert new section 116A, banning racial discrimination by government; and
• Insert new section 127A, recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages were the country’s first tongues, while confirming that English is Australia’s national language.