A petition

Jan. 31st, 2011 07:57 pm
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I know a lot of other things are going on now, which other people on my reading list are covering, and I don't usually "share" petitions I find online, but I'll make an exception for this one, which I found via the F Word's weekly round-up.

cut for talk about rape )
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Signal boosting from Tiger Beatdown:

Michael Moore:
For those of you who think it’s wrong to support Julian Assange because of the sexual assault allegations he’s being held for, all I ask is that you not be naive about how the government works when it decides to go after its prey. Please — never, ever believe the “official story.” ...

Sady Doyle:
cut for talk about rape and rape apologism )
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links refer to rape culture, contain rage:
Polanski freed at the F Word;
C.L.Minou on the same case at Tiger Beatdown

on domestic violence, murder and victim-blaming:
A few thoughts on the gendered coverage of the Raoul Moat story at the F Word
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Links from March that don't belong with the fun stuff ...

The F Word has a post on how you can support Gail Sherwood, including a link to Women Against Rape's petition, and their contact details.

If you're wondering "Gail who?", you can read the background on a vicious miscarriage of justice, also at the F Word: trigger warning for description of rape scene and subsequent victim blaming.
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Background, cut for length and so certain people don't have to read it )

Positive outcomes that I have observed
The usual disclaimer applies: this is not worth the pain that's been caused. But it looks as if they'll lead to less pain in the future.

Some people have said that now they get it, and they'll be more careful to warn correctly in future, or that they don't like warnings, but other people's pain is more important than their don't like, so they'll do it anyway, or that they're going back through their archive making sure that all necessary warnings are in place.

Some people have said that they don't warn but always say so up front (which is a warning, just a non-specific one), or that they don't warn because there's nothing to warn for and they'll say so explicitly from now on.

A resource for writers: [personal profile] amadi posted a technical solution for people who want to post warnings while avoiding spoilers, with bonus accessibility considerations. ETA I've experimented with part of this on my Dollhouse post, adding the skip but not the blanking out. As another experiment, the link here should go to the collapsed version of the post. /ETA

A resource for readers: [livejournal.com profile] trigger_fence. Lists authors who don't warn for common triggers (the selection is evolving in the comments), and the user info has links to sites with warnings for specific stories. I hope somebody is backing that up just in case LJ Abuse don't laugh in the face of the people who threw a hissy fit about being on the list. Is it being mirrored here yet?

I plan to come back and add to this later (memo to self: update the time stamp). LATER:

What's the word for seeing something everywhere? While I was gone, I was watching part of last night's Glastonbury coverage, and the Specials were playing "Doesn't make it alright", and an in-vision warning appeared: "This footage contains flashing images". This might be something that happens all the time and I don't notice.

Then I read a blog post that begins "(Warning: this post contains details of a car accident.)" (She's "pretty much ok".)

Anyway: does anybody know any other Good Stuff that's come out of this? And I hope that if you think anything I write should be under a cut or have some other kind of warning, that you'll tell me in the comments. I'm still trying things out.
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Silence is the Enemy

Warning: links in this section are likely to be triggering

Nicholas Kristof wrote an Op-Ed for the New York Times on the rape of very young girls in Liberia. Observe my total lack of surprise, except at this issue getting such mainstream exposure.

Part of Bloglandia, mainly on scienceblogs.com, is running a campaign on this, wherein some bloggers are donating all their bloggy income for June to Médecins Sans Frontières, which is caring for child survivors. I'm late, but June isn't over yet. Posts including lists of participants can be found on isisthescientist and on Neurotopia.

Closer to home

They talk about "shattered norms", but rape culture is everywhere, and in "Western civilisation" in particular. People are now talking about it in journals: the most recent conversation to be documented by [community profile] linkspam was started by [livejournal.com profile] cereta asking, according to my reading of her post, why the silent majority of men who don't rape are silent, and how many of them do anything positive about it.

PETA outrage common decency and set back the cause of vegetarianism

I found this while looking for Silence is the Enemy posts: PETA exploit murder of Dr. George Tiller in ad campaign.

Do they seriously think this will turn more people on to vegetarianism/veganism than off? Or is this just a new twist on their infamous treating-women-as-meat and dressing-up-as-terrorists campaigns?

ETA: [personal profile] shewhohashope posted On rape culture and civilisation, which has a lot of analysis of how rape is not an anomaly in present-day societies.

Her post also makes me think my connections here could be problematic. Men's assumptions of rights over women's and girls' bodies operate both in the "West" and in post-colonial conflict zones, but the context is different - it's not just "oh look, the patriarchy in action again".

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