“You’re going to die soon enough anyway; even if it’s a hundred years from now, that’s still the blink of a cosmic eye. In the meantime, live like a scientist—even a controversial one with only an ally or two in all the world—and treat life as a grand experiment, blood, sweat, tears and all. Bear in mind that there’s no such thing as a failed experiment—only data.”—Jesse Bering (via chopa)
“If you can’t agree that everyone, and anyone, has the absolute right not to be raped, without qualifying it, without comparing a woman’s exposed flesh to unprotected valuables, without wondering about the details of specific rapes, without auditing victims’ choices, without asking if a victim was “looking to get laid,” without insisting that you worry agreement with such a universal statement will make women careless (as if only women get raped; as if women’s vigilance is effective rape prevention), without proposing hypotheticals, without playing devil’s advocate, without feeling obliged to try to find some exception to that rule, you can’t be an effective ally in the fight against sexual violence. —Melissa McEwan”—
I would even go further to say that if you don’t subscribe to such ideals you can’t be an effective ally in the fight for gender, socio-political, or human equality; you can’t be of service to society if you believe women should be condemned to acts of sexual violence against them based on their biology. No one needs a devil’s advocate in the fight for women’s rights; no one needs you—most likely someone who benefits (culturally and socially, not personally or developmentally) from their male privilege—to come in an add an alternate and “controversial” viewpoint to feminist discourse to keep the debate fruitful and lively. Because while what you’re saying—that there might be some instances under which it would be “acceptable” or “likely” that a woman would be raped—might not necessarily be a deliberately insulting, or cruel attack on women, your ignorant defense of systems of power and privilege might as well be invective, as far as I’m concerned. (via tabularasae)
If you cannot say, “No one, ever should be raped, no matter what” I have nothing at all to say and or do with you. You are the scum of the earth, and I file you away as a possible rapist in my mind. I will never forget your face if you every say anything like, “Women who dress like sluts should have seen it coming!” I will never forget your face and I will never forgive you. When those words come out of your mouth we are finished.
“When I was a student at Cambridge I remember an anthropology professor holding up a picture of a bone with 28 incisions carved in it. “This is often considered to be man’s first attempt at a calendar” she explained. She paused as we dutifully wrote this down. ‘My question to you is this – what man needs to mark 28 days? I would suggest to you that this is woman’s first attempt at a calendar.’ It was a moment that changed my life. In that second I stopped to question almost everything I had been taught about the past. How often had I overlooked women’s contributions?”—