Friday, November 19, 2010

Onward and Upward...READ IT. It's about a young woman who was kicked off her high-school cheerleading squad for refusing to cheer for her rapist.

Anyone read "Cunt: A Declaration of Independence" by Inga Muscio? Anyone remember her advice on forming 'public retaliation' squads? Get a few dozen--or hundred--ladies to show up at a rapist's sporting event as cheerleaders of a different sort..."We can shout, we can yell, rapist pigs can go to hell..." Fill his car with eggs of the rotten variety. Put a big ol' sign (or seven) in his yard so all his neighbors know what kind of guy they've got in the neighborhood. To the 'voice of reason and moderation' folks: Yeah, these ideas are extreme. As a rape survivor I'd just offer that, y'know, rape is extreme. Taking some of these actions with fifty of my sisters at my side wouldn't have fixed everything--not by a longshot--but it would've been the start of a start. Rape culture has prevailed for too long. It's time for all of us to say loud and clear, with our actions and with our voices: Fuck that noise.

To quote Ms. Muscio: We don't need men to protect us. This is between women and rapists. More to the point, this is between women and ourselves...At present, the cultural reaction to rape is generally a negative, shame-filled silence. Fine, let the culture react that way. We have the power to put something else there.

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