Photographed in Harrisonburg, VA on 02/17/14
I am one of the girls in the photographs above, and I just want to say that I can not even begin to express what seeing this means to me.
There was a time when I wouldn’t have been okay with anyone knowing what I had been through. At least 3,000 people have seen this post, and instead of filling me with fear, it fills me with happiness.
To everyone out there who has ever been a primary or seconday victim of sexual assault, rape, IPV, etc.
YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL.
YOU ARE STRONG.
AND YOU ARE NEVER ALONE.
Megan Maughan - “5 Reasons to Date a Girl With an Eating Disorder”
"Push her so far into the mattress that she disappears completely. She will say your name over and over and over until she forgets her own."
Performing for Indiana University at the 2014 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational.
A Palestinian boy defies the Israeli forces on friday after they prevented him from praying in Al-Aqsa Mosque so he prayed in front of them on the asphalt.
طفل فلسطيني يغيظ جنود الإحتلال ويصلي أمامهم على الإسفلت بعد أن قاموا بمنعه من الصلاة داخل المسجد الأقصى
STOLE A KISS PRANK
I’m telling you right here, right now, if you kiss me without my consent I will destroy you. I will hit you so hard in your nether regions that your future children (should you unfortunately reproduce) will feel it.
For real though people don’t do this. This is sick and totally disgusting. Sexual assault isn’t a freakin’ joke or a prank.
"On Monday, Lena Dunham was honored by the Point Foundation, an organization that helps LGBTQ students overcome obstacles to complete their educations.”
“It was actually a huge disappointment for me, when I came of age and realized that I was sexually attracted to men. So when my sister came out, I thought, Thank God, someone in this family can truly represent my passions and beliefs.”
im done with this world
On topic about the representation of women in media. Read the link because the graphics are supposed to go with the context and commentary in the article.
i hope that someone, somewhere, sees this and is actually affected by it enough to make a change. this is terrible.
If you are or someone you know is in a situation where there is physical or emotional abuse here is a list of numbers and directories so you can get some help/advice for the situation. In an emergency call 911 or your country’s emergency service number if you need immediate assistance or have already been hurt.
In the US: Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE(7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224
Canada: call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-363-9010
UK: call Women’s Aid at 0808 2000 247
Australia: Call 1800RESPECT at 1800 737 732. The website also allows you to chat with a qualified and experienced counsellor
New Zealand: Women’s Refuge - 0800733843
Are You Ok - 0800 456 450 (the website is full of information and support services contacts for families experiencing violence).
Worldwide: Visit International Directory of Domestic Violence Agencies for a global lists of helplines, shelters, and crisis centres.
“Consent is sexy” is rape culture wrapped in feminist packaging. “Consent is sexy” is no longer good enough, if it ever was.
I can appreciate that there was once a need for this narrative. This line of thinking has served a purpose and helped bring conversations about consent into mainstream public consciousness. There was a time and a place for common sense arguments like, “Isn’t it so much hotter to get enthusiastic consent from a partner who whispers, ‘I want your cock’ than starting to fuck someone who isn’t into it?” The concept of consent was so far removed from mainstream conversations that we needed something catchy and simple and kind of glamorous for people to latch onto in order to hear what we had to say.
But I feel like at this point, we’re beyond that narrative. A lot of people get the concept of enthusiastic consent. We’re talking about it in more places and with more people than we ever have (though not nearly enough, I know). We’ve made some semblance of progress when it comes to talking about consent. And so it’s time to start framing consent differently. Because, to be quite honest, a thong with the words “consent is sexy” is not just not doing it for me, it’s actively offensive to me.
Because why is the end goal always for women to be sexy? Why is that what we’re supposed to aspire to (and while consent is not exclusive to hetero pairings, we usually only talk about consent as it relates to them, thus being that I, as a woman, should want to aspire to be sexy for a man)? Why is it that we feel like we need to frame consent as something appealing to men in order to make it worth talking about? What if I don’t want to be sexy? What if I just want to be respected? What if I just want to have agency? What if I just, you know, don’t want to be raped?