Think dehumanizing women in the public sphere, portraying them as sex objects and victims of men and simply vessels to be fucked or abused or turned into a great big joke is completely harmless? Tell it to the office worker whose boss referred to her by asking a colleague “if big tits has come in yet”. Tell it to the woman who was asked by her boss in front of 30 colleagues “If I ‘wax my crack’”. Tell it to the girl of 10 who was walking home from school when “two older boys said ‘show us your tits’”. Tell it to the child of 13 who didn’t even understand when two men in a white van asked her if she had “a tight pussy”. Tell it to the woman who reported being groped by strangers “at least once a week and often much more, regardless of what I wear, where I am, how I behave.” Tell it to the woman who declined to talk to a group of men and was pursued down the street by them, shouting “rape!” Tell it to schoolgirl who was “beaten by her boyfriend” and whose “friends asked her if she was going to stay with him until after the prom so she’d have a date”.
Hello! A friend and I plan to create an anti-discrimination prefect role at our school. We're queer ladies, and I'm partially disabled, so we've got some lived perspective there, but we want a comprehensive anti-discrimination role; both of us are cis and white and don't want to ignore or reinforce prejudice. (Hopefully we can get some more friends involved to de-white things.) Any Ideas for events, talks, movements, projects, ways to communicate ideas? [cont]
[cont] The main problems here are pretty much silence—things don’t really get discussed at all, so we want to be vocal—and a general lack of info. Also, if it helps; in terms of available resources, we’re in the south of England, and we have school backing.
BCIAW: I’m not actually sure what a prefect is or does, but this sure sounds amazing! The first thing that popped to my head was a speak out where people talk about times they faced discrimination, just make sure to set clear ground rules to make it a safe space.
I apologize but I don’t know of any resources in your area. I do know that I have a whole bunch of followers from your region though. Hopefully some of them will read this and hook you up. Check back to see if anyone leaves something (ideas or local resources) in the replies!