Being an activist is a lot of work and there comes a time when the demands of your day-to-day life and the demands of activism collide and one is knocked off kilter for a while trying to cope with one and having no time for the other. In my case, that has meant letting the activism slide recently to focus on spending time with my Nan who has been unwell. But…
And I’m Pissed!
I was just about coping with the variety of stories highlighting the appalling and disgustingly obvious sexism happening in the Olympics and I laughed at the absolute ridiculousness of this story whereby people complained that Carefree had used the word vagina and discharge in an ad for pantyliners…. like seriously! What is wrong with the word or entity that is the VAGINA, VAGINA, VAGINA, VAGINA, VAGINA, VAGINA, VAGINA, VAGINA, VAGINA, VAGINA! But I digress.
Then this shithead comedian in the States tells a woman who challenged him about a rape joke that she should be ‘hilarioulsy gang raped’ right there in the comedy club by 5 guys. Like I can’t even process this story because it so fucked up. I lost a whole bunch of faith in the human race upon discovering that this guy exists and that everyone else in the comedy club didn’t walk on when he said it. Who knew that joking about brutal and invasive assault could be so fucking hilarious. Just to clarify I’m being sarcastic.
As if I wasn’t pissed enough about this douschebag, someone much closer to home comes along and seems to want to compete for the title. Judge Sean McBride wants women who are experiencing intimate partner violence to stop wasting his time. His comments demonstrate so clearly what is wrong with the Irish Justice system when women try to leave violent situations. Women’s Aid give a good response here. Alan Shatter seriously needs to get his act together to make it easier for women to report violence, make them feel more confident and secure that judges like this and others who victim blame either get training like in the UK or don’t judge these cases and actually do the job of the Minister for Justice which is to make sure citizens, which women are, can access justice in situations like rape, sexual assault and violence in the home.
The final straw came when I read an article about how Yahoo!’s new CEO Marissa Mayer doesn’t want to identify as feminist. Tell me Marissa, would you still say those things after reading the above articles? Or is there another way to tackle these issues of sexism and violence against women outside of a feminist viewpoint that I haven’t heard of?
But all is not lost – it seems that some members of the Labour Party have woken up to themselves and realised they actually have a pro choice policy and should try to implement it when they are in Government.
And yesterday, the bill legislating for Gender Quotas passed through the Dail. Massive congrats to everyone involved in the campaign.
So lots of bad news but the bill yesterday is a ray of hope of what can happen when we get together and fight injustice. Here’s to more victories like that and less of the complete crapness that is the above.