“A survey of girls in Zimbabwean junior schools in 2000 reported by Amnesty International found 92 per cent had been sexually propositioned by an older man on their way to school, and half of them had experienced unsolicited sexual contact by strangers. Factors such as these mean that, simply by virtue of being born female, millions of children across the world are denied their right to an education. In fact, according to the charity Childline, in South Africa a girl actually has a higher chance of being raped than of learning to read.”—The Equality Illusion, Kat Banyard (via petitefeministe)
I think I must be the only girl alive who still tries to keep the ‘girls have no bodily functions’ facade in tact. Call me old fashioned, but I do not want to hear about girls pooping and farting. I think it’s tacky and unclassy and just generally gross and I’m not sure why some people, especially females, feel the need to tell everyone about it. Can’t we all just live in denial, please?
NOPE, FART TALK FOREVER. FUCK BEING CLASSY. STOP BEING ASHAMED OF YOUR BODY.
Here’s the thing. You wouldn’t make a joke about murder, robbery, arson, or gun violence in front of someone if you knew they had just experienced or knew someone who experienced one of those things. One of the problems with making jokes about rape is that no one thinks that they’re offending…
3: What band / musician is most important to you? Explain why.
aw this is a difficult question. there is plenty of music that I love, but I’m not sure if it’s particularly “important” to me. something corporate has been my favourite band for as long as I can remember, and then later on, jack’s mannequin. I think a lot of the time it’s very comforting listening to a song that you’ve known for like 8 years, it’s reassuring that you have a small, familiar place to come back to when everything else changes.
2: What is your stance on religon? Would you affiliate yourself with any?
look, as far as I see it, religion is yet another institution which upholds the patriarchy and far too frequently uses it’s virtually infinite power to oppress and discriminate. this is not neccessarily a reflection on the concept of religion itself, just a reflection of the kind of world people lived in when most religious texts was written. religion is very conservative in that it’s not open to change. so much of the bible, the quran, whatever, has hardly any relevance to society today (you’re going to put your faith behind a book that advocates stoning women to death if they’re not a virgin on their wedding night? really? really?). I think that a lot of the original messages conveyed in religious texts have been lost or perhaps misinterpreted (better yet, ignored). I do not think that christianity, by it’s original intent, could ever really co exist with capitalism, or homophobia, or anything like that. on these grounds I disagree very strongly with religion; mainly the concept of the church as a social institution.
on the other hand I just plain do not believe in higher powers. my faith is simply not there. if there IS a god then he or she is either a) an asshole or b) doesn’t have as much control over affairs as we think. but I will happily agree to disagree with people on that note because I understand that spirituality and a relationship with “god” is an important part of many people’s lives. if it gives people strength and hope then that’s awesome. I know religion has a long history of bringing people together and pulling people through difficult situations and I think that’s a valuable purpose. I just don’t believe that religion is the only way of achieving that purpose and thus don’t really see religion as being essential. I think humans use their own strength to pull themselves through difficult situations, not god’s.
1: Name two of the most significant people in your life and explain why.
there are quite a few important people in my life but the only person I really need is my mum. I am an only child and since I was two years old it has been just me and her living together. she has done so much for me, things I couldn’t understand as a kid but am growing to appreciate now. she is the strongest and most selfless person I know. I admire her for raising me as she did and know that I owe almost every part of my character to her. I can’t really bear to think about her not being around.
“She thinks I am the renaissance, she’ll think I’ve lied. I have to go along with all this reclusive genius stuff. She’s going to be very upset when she finds out I am a reclusive wanker.”—Bernard Black (via adrian-fowler)
people in my phonebook I am completely unfamiliar with
I think the wisest thing to do would be to text them all with nicknames and act like we’re buddies just to see how they react. ando, scotty boy, mikey d, big drew, and so forth. I mean I just think it’s best to demonstrate some maturity.
I was going to make a post about my day and then make a joke at the end about how horribly dull it was, but it was actually far too dull to even warrant an entire post about it. POINT IS, don’t go out and get drunk because you WILL mysteriously injure your foot and be bedridden for two days apart from a few painful moments of hobbling to the fridge to feed your miserable self. you’ll also miscalculate the distance between yourself and the corner near your bedroom, and in all your crippled glory, turn too soon and walk straight into the wall.