Okay, this has to be said outloud or I am going to burst.
If you are a man, and you find yourself discussing rape ...
UNLESS you ...
...have been a rape victim,
... have held a screaming, bloody woman in your arms all night so she could find some kind of peace,
.... have held a screaming bloody child for the same reason,
.... are activiely working to stop men from raping, or
... have put your body on the line to help take the night back for women,
SHUT THE FUCK UP ABOUT RAPE!
You have no fucking idea what you are talking about,
SO SHUT THE FUCK UP ABOUT RAPE!
And if you are a woman ( or a man) who cares about woman having the freedom to continue to be part of the well spring of change that it so needed in this world.
TELL THESE FUCKERS TO SHUT THE FUCK UP AND VOTE THEM THE HELL OUT!
that is all ...@#$%^...
Submitted by katrina on Tue, 08/28/2012 - 1:52pm.
You would think that in today’s cultural/social climate that no one would have to come out of the closet ... as straight. But you would be wrong.
For almost twenty years now, I have publicly stated my bisexual orientation as a form of truth telling. I call it truth telling because during my years as a NOW activist, my referring to myself as straight seemed like a lie. Not that I was dating women, or sleeping with women or even lusting after women in general. It felt like a lie because I knew that I had deep feeling for a handful of women that I had not acted upon because of my fear of rejection. Granted, there were hundreds of men I had not approached for the same reason, but calling myself straight felt like a convenient lie.
So in the early nineties, I came out as bisexual.
Then something went awry.
Suddenly, I wasn’t a straight woman owning up to bisexual tendencies, I became in the eyes of others a lesbian being .... magnanimous?!?!?
But now I was in a quandary.
Do I make a statement like, “I am not now nor have I ever been ... a lesbian.” Or keep silent to strengthen our solidarity? I identify as queer for reasons other than my sexual orientation, but when *is* it appropriate to, “draw lines of demarcation” as we Marxists use to say?
It is all coming to a head in a hurry because I am explicitly pursuing a quest for love. I am letting all my friends know I am available. But it occurred to me, that for them to “help a sister out”, they have to know *what* I am looking for in terms of a mate.
And so after publicly requesting a love spell during Michael Smith’s recent Runes class, I felt it was time for me to come out of the closet ... as straight .... or rather as a het-identified bisexual cis woman.
Thanks for listening.
Submitted by katrina on Wed, 08/01/2012 - 6:26pm.