Chicago in the summer is awesome! Tons of great music festivals, dancing and enjoying the outdoors! But have you ever been to a music fest and been grabbed, groped or grinded on when you surely did not want to be?? Yeah, we hear you. We here at Between Friends believe that everyone should be able…
KYEO: George Will, "survivor privilege," and Invisibilty
Why are we pissed today? This backlash against sexual assault survivors is a legitimate public health crisis that threatens all women. And if that’s too abstract for the dudes out there, this includes our mothers, sisters and daughters. Of course, women’s worth is never contingent on their relationships to men, just a bit of context for the hard-headed. And do not for a minute think the underground community is exempt. There are batterers and rapists among us, standing next to you at shows, in bands, on the covers of magazines. Keep Your Fucking Eyes Open.
Still reeling from George Will’s contention in the washington post that survivors of sexual violence attain “coveted status.” Leave it to a backwards right wing “intellectual” to steer us back towards the Stone Age. These people need to be dragged, kicking and screaming if necessary, into the 21st century. Survivor privilege?
“Part of the obstinate disbelief seems to be a need to protect the privileges of sexism: associating misogyny with a mass murder would mean having to recognize just how dangerous misogyny really is and - if you’re partaking - giving it up. Some men want to believe that they can continue to call women “sluts” and make rape jokes without being part of a broader cultural impact. But they can’t: sexism, from everyday harassment to inequality enshrined in policy, pollutes our society as a whole and limits our ability to create real justice for women.”—Jessica Valenti (via caramichele)
Pain, neglect and loss turn so many into bitter, hateful, people with tiny, hardened hearts. Other’s find a way to make their hearts bigger & make beautiful art. Obviously not a simple dichotomy, but a rather complex bit of alchemy. Thoughts whilst listening to aggressive & energetic music this A.M.
"In 2006, the New York City Police Department (NYPD) was involved in a half-million encoun- ters with pedestrians who were stopped because of suspected criminal involvement. Raw sta- tistics for these encounters suggest large racial disparities—89 percent of the stops involved nonwhites. Fifty-three percent of the stops involved black suspects, 29 percent Hispanic, 11 percent white, and 3 percent Asian, and race was unknown for the remaining 4 percent of the stops. Forty-five percent of black and Hispanic suspects were frisked, compared with 29 percent of white suspects; yet, when frisked, white suspects were 70 percent likelier than black suspects to have had a weapon on them."
-Analysis of Racial Disparities in the New York City Police Department’s Stop, Question, and Frisk Policies
Just a reminder that we’re playing in NYC on Saturday with Hop Along, Night Birds, and Bad Canoes.
Brooklyn Night Bazaar Saturday March 8th 6pm It’s gonna be rad!
Although the show is free, our friends from the @AliForneyCenter will be on hand to accept your donations of new t-shirts & socks & cash! Please visit them at AliForneyCenter.org to learn more about how you can help homeless LGBTQ youth. Check yr privilege. See you in Saturday!