genderlessvulpix:

remusjohnmoonylupin:

Today at Northwestern University (trigger warnings - sexual assault):

  • Students came together to protest the employment of Professor Peter Ludlow, who is the subject of a Title IX lawsuit on the basis of the sexual assault of an undergraduate. He is still being employed by the University and being allowed to teach despite the fact that 2 years ago, when the original incident was reported, a committee found him guilty and recommended his termination. Instead, he was denied an endowed position, refused a raise, asked to take “sensitivity” classes and prohibited from engaging in one-on-one interactions with students outside the classroom. So it was basically a slap on the wrist.
  • Here’s a pretty good summary of our demands.
  • Here are a bunch of stories about the case.
  • Details of the case itself can be found here.
  • This video, plus this article, indicate what happened today.
  • Northwestern’s official response.
  • The Title IX committee’s response.
  • What happened today, in further detail: We organized a sit-in and walk-out of Peter Ludlow’s philosophy class, to take place this afternoon, last night at a Title IX forum where we brainstormed ways in which to take action. At around 6 this morning, Ludlow canceled his class. However, we all still decided to congregate in that same classroom to discuss future action. In the span of a half hour, we organized a march to and protest outside of the Dean’s office. We held signs, taped our mouths and marched outside, where the media were waiting for us. We let them take our pictures and film us because we wanted this movement to get as much visibility as possible. We marched through the arch and to the Dean’s office, where some Campus Security Officers were waiting. The Dean wouldn’t come out and speak to us - she told us, through the University spokesmen, that she would speak to 3-5 student leaders privately, but would not address us as a whole with so many non-Northwestern media sources in attendance. We refused, because we wanted her to address all of us, so we are currently working on organizing a forum at which she will speak and answer questions. Cubbage, the spokesmen, made a “statement” that really did not tell us anything we didn’t already know. A bunch of people participating in the movement made statements and were interviewed by the media sources. We had a unity clap and a few chants, and then at 1:45 p.m. - about 1 hour and 15 minutes after we had congregated in Ludlow’s classroom - we dispersed. Since then, we’ve heard from an anonymous source that a substitute will be taking over the rest of Ludlow’s classes, but this is unconfirmed. We are still planning action for Thursday afternoon, when Ludlow’s class is scheduled to take place again. Next week (or relatively soon, anyway), the Board of Trustees will be on campus, and we are hoping to organize action around that as well.
  • Additionally, an organization on campus made this tumblr, that allows students to share, anonymously or publicly, their experiences with sexual violence and sexual assault.

Non-Northwestern coverage of today’s events:

Spread this like wildfire. We need to get this professor’s employment terminated, yes, but on a broader scale, we really need to get Northwestern - and other universities around the country, like Rutgers (who was actually considering hiring Ludlow but is now, obviously, reconsidering that) - to really tighten and follow their sexual assault policies. We want this to keep gaining momentum and visibility. We stand in solidarity with our survivors and we want to foster a campus environment that listens to and protects them instead of letting the accused walk away relatively unscathed. We, as a community, can do better than this. 

Endnote: If I got any details wrong, please let me know and I will edit this post immediately. It’s been hard to keep track of everything that has been happening these past few weeks.

We should’ve done something at stonybrook

creativemornings:

In Seattle, creative rebel Cal McAllister, CEO and Co-founder of Wexley School for Girls filled the theatre to speak on February’s theme of Rebel, brought to you by Shutterstock. Before speaking however, Cal gave this disclaimer: This talk may ruin your life. Not scared? Check it out here.

avalaroux:

dyskord:

cutting-will-always-be-my-life:

All credit goes to - japharts

**Trigger warning**

This, literally, is dead on exactly how I feel, and probably a lot of you guys too.

this is literally me on a daily basis. it’s why I normally sit alone until someone comes and sits with me.

Yeah this is my life

fuckyeahfeminists:

diegueno:

This week, Tunisia passed a truly historic constitution widely heralded as a progressive and monumental document. 

Here’s just some of what these brave elected representatives agreed upon in the face of strong pressure from the more extreme factions of their parties:

  • Guaranteed equality between men and women
  • A constitutional mandate for environmental protection, only the third country in the world to do so
  • A declaration that health care is a human right, with preventative care and treatment for every citizen
  • A democracy with civil laws that respects freedom of religion
  • An established right to due process and protection from torture
In one stroke,
Tunisia’s become more democratic than many Western countries have been for years.

This is a revolution of democracy and a great victory for human rights — and the more we recognize that, the more Tunisia can shine as an example for the Western and the Arab world!

Congratulate the Legislators!

MESSAGE FOR TUNISIAN LEGISLATORS: We , the citizens of the world, applaud your bravery in making a strong commitment to universal human values in your constitution. People deprived of democracy around the world look to you to set the example of human rights and democratic principle — hold true to the promises made in this revolutionary document!

Love. Now stop tryna frame Africa as some depraved, backward continent.

feministlikeme:

bidyke:

hobbitdragon:

thebadassperger:

skyliting:

rememberyes:

boldmatter:

jadelyn:

likeadeadchinadoll:

and for those interested, you can find the report HERE

Just in case any dudebros are unclear on what this means: it means that your buddy who totally just had some bitch trying to ruin his life by accusing him of rape…almost certainly actually did rape her.  

Just keep that in mind.

Yeah man, imagine that, bitches don’t be lying.

Can we put this into context? It means that 99.4% of rape allegations are true

It means that 99.4% of rape allegations are true.

SIGNAL BOOST ALSO GET THIS INTO PEOPLES HEADS

and that’s just the number of rapes that get talked about enough to become “allegations”

#Keep that in mind #Next time you want to reblog #Rape apologist bullshit


If only men would accept this as reality instead of constantly trying to deny it.

(Source: handsome--gretel)

lafillebizarre:

anarcho-queer:

Cops Strap African American Woman To Chair, Pepper Spray Her and Cut Off Her Hair

It’s the kind of story that you wouldn’t believe unless you saw it with your own eyes. Thankfully, this story was caught on surveillance video, so we can do just that.

Charda Gregory, a 22 year-old hairdresser, had allegedly trashed a hotel room. She was taken into custody by Michigan police, then pepper sprayed in jail, slammed against a wall and strapped down to a chair.

It was then that officer Bernadette Najor took out a pair of scissors and started hacking away at Gregory’s hair.

According to Charda’s lawyer, her hair hair was torn with such force that she suffered some permanent hair loss.

The officer tried to justify her actions in the police report, saying that the hair was a “suicide risk.” Thankfully, this resulted in charges against Gregory being dropped, and Najor being fired. But had this not been caught on video, who knows what would have happened.

Other officers involved are now under investigation.

Watch the video and SPREAD THE WORD! These sorts of abusive cops can only get away with as much as we allow them to.

What a stupid Bitch!!! This just pissed me off 😡😡!!! Like all she got was fired?! No that shit was foul !!

jennaanne01:

(CNN) — The U.S. government will recognize same-sex marriages as equal to traditional marriages in all federal matters, including in U.S. courts, bankruptcies, prison visits and survivor benefits, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Saturday. The expansion of such federal recognition will include 34 states where same-sex marriage isn’t legal, but the new federal benefits being extended to those states will apply only where the U.S. government has jurisdiction, Holder said. For example, a same-sex couple legally married in Massachusetts can now have their federal bankruptcy proceeding recognized in Alabama, even though it doesn’t allow same-sex marriages. In the past, the U.S. government could challenge the couple’s joint bankruptcy because Alabama doesn’t recognize same-sex marriage.

"While the immediate effect of these policy decisions is that all married gay couples will be treated equally under the law, the long-term effects are more profound. Today, our nation moves closer toward its ideals of equality and fairness for all," Griffin said.

(Full story here)

i-jaz:

We hope that you will join us and our partners at 1 in 6 and A Call to Men on this very, very important iniative. Again, to learn more visit men.joyfulheartfoundation.org. Thank you. (x)

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An open letter to the ‘nice guy’ who tried to hit me because I stopped him from taking home a drunk girl who was begging him to leave her alone (or: why you should never ask a poet if she’s really an ugly cocksucker or if that’s just her day job):

The thing is, everyone assumes that by taking away our rights, you make us weak.

In reality, just the opposite occurs. We are used to the sling of insults - there is nothing you can say that hasn’t already been said to me. We are used constantly being on the outlook for our aggressor - so yes, I can spot an asshole from across the room and it’s because I often have to.

The thing is: you are making our skins thicker and our spines stronger than anyone who doesn’t have to put up with the shit that we do. We are the same generation that can wear pretty dresses and cut up your corpse in the same moment: because trust me, we know how to get blood out of our clothing.

You think women are little helpless flowers but I know at least a quarter of my lady friends with self-defense classes under their belts, at least half who can fight their way out of a chokehold with nothing but their carkeys like daggers in their fists, at least three-fourths who are so used to any kind of slur you can throw at them that they have four witty comebacks just resting on their backburners, and all of them - all of them - are baptized in the fire of another person’s violation, whether verbal or otherwise. You are not making the submissive housewives or the shy secretaries of your wet dreams. You have made dragons.

You have made mothers with sharp teeth who can balance eight different tasks and still remember your favorite dinner. You have made CEOs who do better work because they’re used to being told they’re sub-par. You are making artists and poets and musicians who’ve seen the dark in the world. You are making social justice warriors - I use this not as a defamation but as a banner, as the way they brand themselves because it is a battle, isn’t it, and nobody’s come out without their share of scars - you are making a generation of caustically beautiful ladies who have seen more shit by six a.m. than you have all your life and they still walk better in heels than you do in your boat shoes.

We do not invite your ‘nice guy’ into our beds, you’re right, because the nice guys of our lives have been our fathers asking us if we ‘are really going out in that,’ have been our best friend telling us that his girlfriend should give up sex because he’s paid for dinner, have been our uncles and brothers and the great gentlemen who hang out of their cars and laugh when the thirteen-year-old they just honked at jumps and looks terrified (but should totally accept the compliment as if it was a gift instead of the moment she recognizes she’s never going to be safe) -

you wanna know why we don’t let nice men into our beds? Because we rarely find them.

They’re out there, I know it, but they’re not the ones wetting themselves when a woman asks ‘why do you think that?’ instead of sitting back and letting him laugh with his buddies about femi-nazis. They’re out there and they’re probably as pissed as we are that at least one third of their population has openly admitted there are times when they think it’s okay to force their significant other to have sex: they’re out there, and the sad thing is, if you’re a male, you’re statistically not one of them. As far as we know, you don’t exist. You are a white knight only you believe in.

Here’s the thing about forcing people down: eventually they’re going to get strong enough to push right on back, and when you’ve spent the whole time sitting on your ass sinking your teeth into your healthy wage gap, you’re not going to be ready for it.

You’ve hurt us, over and over. When the time comes for us to hurt back, do you know how many of us are going to ask ‘Where was the mercy when I was begging like he is now? Where was that mercy when I got pregnant? Where was that mercy when I was called selfish for being a single parent? Where was that mercy when he forced himself on me? Where was that mercy, in anything?’

The thing about oppression is that it can only last for so long. You are not making yourself dominant, you’re making yourself weak. I’ve seen men crumble because they feel uncomfortable when they get hit on by other men as if the stench of their own mistakes is strangling them. I’ve seen them get impassioned because a teacher preferred females and I’ve laughed because I had eight other classes where it was reversed and in all of those eight, it went uncontested. I have legitimately punched a boy who said that a show for girls was shameful because it tries to teach lessons instead of catering to his desire for sex - as if just by liking something, he owns it. I’ve seen boys growl about women’s history month and had to wonder if they’ve ever held a textbook where the only names of girls are tiny footnotes. I’ve seen fathers ask why the curriculum I use for my six-year-olds is carefully gender neutral, why I let his son play at cooking or his daughter be a doctor.

I have never heard a mother complain except to beg me to get her little girl to talk more, to do more, to succeed - do you see? Do you see?

Here’s the thing about stepping on us: we have learned to stop licking your boots
and now we want to ruin you.

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trust me, I know actual nice guys and they are nothing like your type. p.s your fly was down the whole time. /// r.i.d (via inkskinned)

fralusans-ana-marein:

selchieproductions:

I decided to ignore anything pertaining to the film ‘Frozen’ a long time ago - the misrepresentation of the Saami in it, or rather the combination of misinformation and problematic myth-making in it did not appeal to me at all, I had already…