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Actor Gina Torres had some amazing things to say about sexism and sci-fi:
I walk into a room, and for this industry, I’m impossibly tall. When they find it hard to pair you up with the opposite sex, then what’s left for a woman? Either you’re the tall ball-buster or the not-so-attractive girlfriend standing by the lead. I mean, traditionally not-so-attractive. Because you have your starlets and then you have their best friends who are these character actresses. When you fall within the cracks, you thank God for sci-fi, because they’ll give you a gun and they’ll say, ‘Go over there and conquer that world. You kick some ass, girl!’
Toula Drimonis and Ethan Cox responded to two particularly horrendous articles by Barbara Kay and Margaret Wente where they said that sexual violence is a “phony rape scare” and the concept of consent is the forward artillery of the “war on men.”
We were initially inclined to take to heart the most valuable advice the internet has ever produced: don’t feed the trolls.
After all, aren’t Kay and Wente fighting a desperate rear-guard action in a war long since lost? So why provide oxygen to an argument so absurd it seems ripped straight from the 1950s? Because despite what we tell ourselves, what we hear, what legislation has been enacted over the years, we still live in a world where too many with power and influence justify rape — or at the very least, excuse it away, case by case.
Rape continues to be the only type of violence where the victim is questioned, doubted, and sneered at. The only type of violence where women’s skirt hems are measured, alcohol consumption judged, past sexual history used against them and as a barometer of how much fault they should be assigned. Because that one silent, accusatory question still continues to fester in many people’s minds: she must have done something to bring this on, right?
We live in a culture that normalizes violence towards women, justifies its existence and seeks to blame the victim instead of the perpetrator. Especially if the perpetrators look like good kids from good families with good futures ahead of them. Remember CNN News commentators lamenting the bright futures the Steubenville rapists had thrown away, by, you know… raping?
Over forty environmental groups including Rising Tide Vancouver, Greenpeace USA, Coast Salish Territories and indigenous land defense group Ancestral Pride have written an open letter rejecting trans-misogyny:
Xhopakelxhit noted that the brand of radical feminism espoused by Keith and Deep Green Resistance goes against many Indigenous concepts of gender.
According to Xhopakelxhit, “spirits are as they are,” which contrasts with the radical feminist view that sex is biological, while gender is a social construction.
“Trans people are highly respected among many indigenous tribes because they carry medicine,” Xhopakelxhit said. To her, if Keith wants to be an ally to Indigenous struggle, then she should show more respect for Indigenous world views.
Hamilton police are looking for a suspect who sexually assaulted eight sex workers.
Canada’s immigration laws keep immigrant women in abusive relationships and deny them the security of citizenship. From The Toronto Star article:
A young woman is in a relationship with a Canadian citizen. They marry, and shortly thereafter she has a child. Her husband sponsors her application to remain in Canada. The sponsorship is approved but just before she is issued her permanent resident visa she flees the matrimonial home, a victim of domestic abuse. Shortly thereafter, she is called into an immigration office and she advises them of her circumstances. How do immigration officials respond? They arrest the woman, and tell he that she will be deported because the husband has cancelled the sponsorship. Fortunately, just before officials carried out the deportation order, a judge stopped it out of concern for her child.
If a Canadian woman is abused by her partner, the system is supposed to protect her, but when an immigrant woman is abused by her Canadian sponsor, she is treated as the wrongdoer. How did this happen? A couple of years ago, then-minister Jason Kenney decided that “marriage fraud” was a problem of mass proportions crying out for a policy response.
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50 reasons that we need International Women’s Day! (via straight.com)
— compiled by erin