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→ Apr 2014 "

Last night a man asked me for a dollar as I left the subway on my way home. I gave him one.

He then proceeded to start talking to me and followed me for ten minutes as I tried to walk home. He ignored my repeated attempts to part ways and made comments about my body, his body and allude to us having sex. He asked personal questions about my life. He asked if I was married. I told him that I had a boyfriend, not because I owed him any answer, but my past experience has shown that these type of men, when hearing you are ‘taken’ often will leave you alone out of respect, not for you of course, but for the man who already ‘has’ you.

He walked all the way to the block I lived, talking away, moving closer to my side while I clutched my keys, splayed out between my fingers in one pocket and my cell phone in the other, mind frantically going over my options to get out of this situation. How to get away from this man without angering him. How to get into my apartment without him seeing where I lived.

When I turned the corner of my block I saw that the bodega was open. I told him I had to go to the store and said, again, good night. He followed me into the store, where with witnesses and the store owner who knows my face I had to courage to tell him to stop following me. That I didn’t want him to know where I lived. To go away.

He called me a bitch.

The store owner made him stay in the store long enough for me to dart across the street, duck into my apartment, and lock the door behind me.

I’ve spent most of today going over in my head what I did wrong to get into this situation.

I was stupid to give him a dollar. To speak to him after. To let him walk with me so far. To be so concerned with being polite.

But what that really boils down to is that I, my entire life, have been told that being a woman in public is asking for attention, and once received it is my fault in some way.

I don’t owe anybody conversation, my number, my time. It’s not a complement.

The truly insidious thing about harassment is that in the moment, the potential violence, quiet, persistent and vague threat combine with a world of people telling you that if something bad happens to you it’s YOUR fault. The conditioning women receive to be ‘nice’, be polite, smile for goodness sake (lest, horrors of all horrors we become that horrendous monster, a bitch). All this is why we accept being uncomfortable, being afraid, why we consider how our keys could be used as a weapon.

The man called me a bitch, and my biggest regret today is that I wasn’t a bigger one.

" — A friend posted this on Facebook yesterday. Personally, I am so sick of rape culture and what it’s doing to us. (via thearetical)

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→ Apr 2014
→ Apr 2014

myfleshwounds:

If you don’t like piercings, don’t get any.
If you don’t like tattoos, don’t get any.
If you don’t agree with abortions, don’t get one.
If you don’t like gay marriage, don’t marry your same gender.

If you don’t like something, don’t do it.

But DO NOT prevent someone else from doing it just because you don’t like it.

(via astronomized)

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→ Apr 2014

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→ Apr 2014
→ Mar 2014 lilkiatty:

divasdishblog:

"People are perfectly happy to see women as sex objects, but the actual biologic of our bodies is apparently gross and unmentionable."
- Our Bodies, Ourselves.

i think this goes with the fact that women can be seen as objects but not as real people in the media. VS ads up everywhere, but breastfeeding in public is still up for debate. Ads photoshop visible veins and uneven skin out of women. On shows like Lost where people are stranded somewhere, men grow beards while women remain freshly shaved. I’m sick of being represented as an aesthetic. 
→ Mar 2014
→ Feb 2014 lecapunk:

papa-heichou:

thiefoftoast:

See those states in red?
Those are states that currently don’t allow transgender people to change their legal sex.
Ohio, Idaho, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Tennessee.
Sign this petition at the official White House website, asking for all transgender people to have the right to legally change their gender.
The petition needs 100,000 signatures by March 22, 2014 to get an official response. Signing up is incredibly quick and only takes a moment, and you don’t even have to be a US citizen.
Please help transgender people complete this vital part of their transition all across America.

GUYS PLEASE SIGN THIS SO THAT MY TRANS SIBLINGS CAN DO THIS. IT IS VITAL TO OUR TRANSITION. THERE ARE A THOUSAND NOTES ON THIS POST AND BARELY 300 SIGNATURES. YOU GUYS CAN DO BETTER THAN THIS.

THERE ARE 626 SIGNATURES ON THIS PETITION NOW.  THE PETITION CLOSES IN LESS THAN TWO DAYS.
I HAVE 2,155 FOLLOWERS, WHO LIKELY HAVE THEIR OWN SETS OF FOLLOWERS.
SIGN THE PETITION.  SPREAD THIS LIKE WILDFIRE.
SNAP SNAP TIME’S A-WASTING WHEN WE COULD BE AFFECTING AN IMPORTANT GOOD.  TRANS PEOPLE NEED SAFE LEGAL SPACES IN WHICH TO TRANSITION, SO MAKE IT HAPPEN, EVERYONE.
→ Dec 2013