Hundreds of people marched in Sydney for International Women’s Day on March 9.
The demands of the rally were:
- STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
- END BREASTFEEDING HARASSMENT AND DISCRIMINATION
- AFFORDABLE CHILDCARE NOW
- RATIFY THE MIGRANT WORKERS’ CONVENTION
Photos: Peter Boyle
Happy International Women's Day!
In 2012, we saw the power of social media as a uniting force in the case of Malala Yousafzai and the protests following the New Delhi bus gang rape/murder.
Going forward, we need to take a stand against all forms of violence. Globally, one in three women will be beaten or sexually assaulted by an intimate partner. Women aged 15-44 are more at risk from rape and domestic violence than they are from car accidents, war, malaria, and cancer combined.
Violence is often perpetrated among the most vulnerable. Half of all sexual assaults have victims under 16. 25% of pregnant women globally experience sexual or physical violence. 100 million girls are “missing” due to prenatal sex selection, and there are another 60 million girls who are child brides. 603 million women live in countries where domestic violence isn’t even recognized as a crime.
In 2013, we should strive for:
- Increasing awareness of the widespread nature of the problem of violence against women
- Adoption of national laws to address violence against women globally
- Establishing better data collection and analysis on violence against women
- Systemic efforts to address sexual violence and its use as a tactic in war.
TRIGGER WARNING! RAPE
i believe there is a difference between feminists and females who are trying to change how this culture is with rape
i am, by no means, a feminist, however i would like the change the laws that affect rape cases. rape can happen to absolutely anyone at anytime anywhere and it needs to stop
“How this culture is with rape” is the product of larger cultural and structural changes that are going to be pretty damn hard to change without advocating gender, racial, sexual - hell, basically every kind of equality.
We have laws about rape. Yeah, some of them suck and people are trying to change them to make them even worse, but the fact that the vast majority of rapes aren’t even reported for various reasons - obviously just focusing on the legal aspect isn’t enough. That’s just going to put a band aid on the whole problem.
Rape and sexual assault is almost always a power and entitlement thing. How are you going to “change how this culture is with rape” without trying to change the power structures in it? The most common characteristics of rapists is entitlement and hyper-masculinity.
Some of the things that contribute to this culture you are speaking of:
- The objectification and commodification of women’s bodies
- Double standards about sex and who is allowed to enjoy it
- Entitlement (a few months ago someone wrote “how is it possible to rape a prostitute? they have sex for a living” in my ask box, which really just shows how entitled people (mostly men) feel to other’s bodies, especially if a person deviates from what’s expected of them in relation to their gender)
- The fact that our culture values traits deemed as “masculine” over traits viewed as “feminine” and that feminine ones are viewed as weaker
- The still-widespread idea that women are supposed to be submissive and listen to men
- Gender roles, gender roles, gender roles. This is a huge one. People are often raped or assaulted for deviating from traditional gender roles
- The very fact that being penetrated is associated with submissiveness and penetrating is associated with domination
- VICTIM BLAMING
- How boys and girls are socialized differently as children - with boys being taught to be aggressive and assertive, and girls being taught to be compliant and nurturant
- Cultural myths like “women frequently falsely report rapes” to get back at people they don’t like and shit like that
- The fact that rape jokes are perfectly acceptable to most people
- So are jokes about violence against women
- So are jokes about violence against the LBGTQ community
- Economic inequality - for example, women are more likely to stay in abusive relationships (that can involve rape) if they’re poor and need economic support, ESPECIALLY if they have kids with that person
- The level of economic support our government would be willing to give someone who wanted to get out of such a relationship and establish economic independence, which is not very much
- The arrangement of public space and the fact that getting around in rural areas without public transportation is a privilege, making escaping from domestic violence more difficult for people who live in these areas and can’t drive for various reasons (this also goes back to economic equality)
I’m sure I’m leaving a lot of stuff out. And most of these things apply not just to women who are raped, but to everyone who is - particularly the LGBTQ community.
It is going to be hard to change a rape culture without changing the complex power structures that make rape possible and symbolically meaningful.
Hey you. That’s important stuff. Scroll back up and read.
Talking Back at a Sexist Bigot (#DanielTosh #PieceOfTosh #TotalToshBag)
When ordinary people challenge the outrages of a sexist society, they can also start to build the kind of solidarity needed to create a society free of sexist ideas, violence against women and inequality.
*****TRIGGER WARNING FOR DISCUSSION OF RAPE AND ABUSE*****
Old news (almost two years old), but damn, isn’t it worth another look? Particularly since it didn’t especially fit into any media narrative so it was largely ignored? And heartening/inspiring news is especially welcome in this age of the GOP’s thriving War on Women. Incidentally, observe President Obama’s behavior at the speech and see if you can imagine any of the GOP frontrunners doing the same. Sorry, but I can’t.
We should all know the name Lisa Marie Iyotte for her incredible bravery and activism.
From Amazing Women Rock:
Rape Survivor Lisa Marie Iyotte Introduces President Obama
US President Obama just signed the Tribal Law and Order Act — an important step to help the Federal Government better address the unique public safety challenges that confront tribal communities.
According to a Department of Justice report, Native American women suffer from violent crime at a rate three and a half times greater than the national average. Astoundingly, one in three Native American women will be raped in their lifetimes.
At the White House Tribal Nations Conference in November 2009, President Obama stated that this shocking figure “is an assault on our national conscience that we can no longer ignore.”
Last week, Congress took another important step to improve the lives of Native American women by passing the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010. The Act includes a strong emphasis on decreasing violence against women in Native communities, and is one of many steps this Administration strongly supports to address the challenges faced by Native women.
The stipulations in the Act that will benefit Native women reflect several Administration priorities. The Act will strengthen tribal law enforcement and the ability to prosecute and fight crime more effectively. The Indian Health Care Improvement Act will require that a standardized set of practices be put in place for victims of sexual assault in health facilities. Now, more women will get the care they need, both for healing and to aid in the prosecution of their perpetrators.
Victims of domestic violence and sexual assault will now more often encounter authorities who have been trained to handle such cases. The Act expands training of tribal enforcement officers on the best ways to interview victims of domestic and sexual violence and the importance of collecting evidence to improve rates of conviction.
The Director of Indian Health Services will coordinate with the Department of Justice, Tribes, Tribal organizations and urban Indian organizations to develop standardized sexual assault policies and protocols.
Click here to read the full story by Lynn Rosenthal at The Whitehouse