Look at this awesome hackathon focusing on solving violence against women. In their own words, “The Violence Against Women Hackathon is an attempt to address the challenge of domestic violence by building innovative technology solutions to assist the victims of Violence Against Women and the agencies that work to support them.”
We can’t wait to see what type of solutions and tools this group comes up with.
A fan asks Patrick Stewart about his work against domestic violence, and his response is amazing.
3:00 He talks about learning about the possible cause of his father’s abusive behavior.
5:50 “As a child I heard in my home doctors and ambulance men saying “Mrs. Stewart, you must have done something to provoke him. Mrs. Stewart, it takes two to make an argument.”
Women are afraid of meeting a serial killer. Men are afraid of meeting someone fat.
When Strangers Click, a 2011 documentary about online dating.
It reminds me of that famous Margaret Atwood quote: “Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.” It also reminds me of something written by one of the mods of Sex Worker Problems: “Misandry irritates. Misogyny kills.”
I mean, it’s just true.
“Misandry irritates. Misogyny kills.”
That’s it. That’s it right there.
“Some of these cases…involved the victims being raped after drinking quite a lot of alcohol … So I would appeal that young ladies should not drink too much.”
- the Hong Kong security secretary, in response to the city’s rising reports of rape.
Silence Isn’t Useful Against Street Harassment
When I was a freshman in college, I went to Woody’s, a gay bar in center city, with a few friends. At the end of the night, I went outside to get some air while waiting for my friends to meet me. It happened to be the same night of a big Phillies game – I don’t follow sports, so I can’t tell you which team they played against or even if they lost or won – and there were cars lined up on the street in a traffic jam, honking their horns and going wild. I also don’t understand Philly sport fans.
Next thing I knew, I was being pulled into the back of a truck where at least six grown men were screaming names at me, ripping at my dress and punching me to keep me down. I curled up as tight as I could, holding my head and hoping someone would help me.
Luckily, due to the congestion of cars, a stranger on the street was able to pull me out of the truck before they had the chance to drive away. I immediately went to the cops, reporting what happened and also explaining that they had taken my phone, but the cops said there was simply “nothing” they could do since I didn’t have a license plate number or any way to identify them.
I guess this experience kind of shaped my belief that as a woman, I would just have to put up with harassment from men. It made me believe that being catcalled on the street was no big deal. But as we accept it, we start to let bigger things happen. We start to lose a sense of power, and we give into society’s wrongs rather than joining together and letting people know that no, it’s not OK.