Thursday, October 6, 2011

Take back the Night.

1983 'Take Back the Night' Rally Shirt (Etsy, $9)

How powerful are these pictures?  Thank you to all you women who are strong enough to let their beliefs be known for the betterment of our society.  I wish I could have been there. 
If you haven't already guessed it, I would call myself a feminist 100%, and am confused that there are ladies out there that wouldn't.  But that's a whole other conversation. 
I feel VERY strongly about sexual assault, and the attitude the mass media/mass public hold when it comes to who's at fault.  I think it's hard for people some people (who haven't gone through sexual/physical abuse) to understand capacity to which the victim suffers (mentally).  For the rest of their lives. 

Which, sadly, is usually the reason a lot of things get swept under the rug/not taken as seriously as they should.

Sorry about the break in posts, but the mouse situation has taken on a life of it's own!  We even had to close a day; but it's getting a little better (?).  >I say that sentence to make it come true, haha.<  It's hard to be in the store, let alone take pictures!  That said, I don't think customers are aware when they come in, but we know it's there, so it's hard for us not to notice!

The above picture is one of my absolute favorites that I've seen.  If you're not aware, these were all taken at different 'Slut Walks'.  It originated in Toronto, but have now been popping up around the US, and more recently NYC.  The latter of which was brought on by a police statement warning women about wearing short skirts/shorts at night to avoid being assaulted (this came after several sexual assaults happened in the neighborhood).  Hmm.  Yep, easy way to piss off some women! 

Let's keep with protest speak, shall we?  I've been following the NYC protests from the beginning with equal hope and absolute excitement.  If I wasn't absolutely broke, I would be there in a nanosecond.  Luckily, the Cincinnati branch of this protest starts Saturday, and you better believe, I am there.  I feel pretty strongly about a lot of things facing our society, but the biggest being the hold that billion dollar corporations have on our daily lives.  I have very strong feelings about the sub-sects that they effect- but let's be honest, corporations are the main problem.  Whether it be healthcare, student loans, food, housing, etc. 
I'm so, so, so happy that there is a collective that's rising up and trying to make some changes. 
It's my dream.  And it brings to to tears to my eyes watching people try to make a difference. 

The other night, I went out with friends, but came home feeling a little down..  I jumped on Facebook to answer a customer question, and low and behold, someone had just posted that Jeff Mangum was performing live at the protests!  He was the singer of 'Neutral Milk Hotel' (which was my favorite band the minute I heard it), and he has literally only played like 5 shows (all secret, pop up shows) in the past 15 years.  I caught the last half, and I was so happy to be able to see it!  I never thought I would!  Of course, you can watch the performance below, but seeing it live was super special for me :).  Basically, it made my month/year/life. 

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1 comment:

  1. I haven't been at the Slutwalks but from what I heard, the walk was already planned when it hit the news that the police were trying to do community outreach by blaming victims (the Park Slope debacle is my neighborhood and I've unfortunately been involved in dealing with the police response since June:

    In light of this, there is a petition for people to sign, as well:

    Members of the group I'm involved in are meeting with the police and our councilmember tonight about this.