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  • Various Enjolrai

a.k.a. best enjolras note in the musical

ramin karimloo 2005 | jonathan williams 2005 | david thaxton 2009 | mark dugdale 2010 | killian donnelly 2011 | jon robyns 2011 | liam tamne 2012 | jason forbach 2012 | chris jacobsen 2013 | anton zetterholm 2013 | niall sheehy 2013 | mark uhre 2013 | kyle scatliffe 2014


it suited him better to bring the human race into accord with its destiny gradually, by means of education, the inculcation of axioms, the promulgation of positive laws; and, between two lights, his preference was rather for illumination than for conflagration. A conflagration can create an aurora, no doubt, but why not await the dawn?

Killian Donnelly, Jamie Muscato, and David Thaxton: On Rape Culture, Voyeurism, and Body Policing


Historically, humankind has not looked on male bodies and female bodies equally, and as a result, the way that men and women relate to their respective bodies is vastly different. I suspect it’s difficult for men to imagine a world in which their bodies have long been inextricably linked to their value as an individual, and that no matter how encouraging your parents were or how many positive female role models you had or how self-confident you feel, there is an ever-present pressure that creeps in from all sides, whispering in your ear that you are your body and your body defines you. A world where, from the time of pubescence on, you can feel the constant and palpable weight of the male gaze, and not just from your male peers but from teachers and sports coaches and the fathers of the children you baby-sit, people you’re supposed to respect and trust and look up to, and that first realization that you are being looked at in that way is the beginning of a self-consciousness that you will be unable to shake for the rest of your life. Even if they are never verbalized, the rules of bodily conduct for females become clear early on: when school administrators reprimand you for the inch of midriff that shows when you lift your hands straight in the air or youth group leaders tell you that the sight of your unintentional cleavage is what causes godly young men to fall, you learn that your body is dangerous and shameful and that it’s your responsibility to cloister it in a way that is acceptable to everyone else. You learn that your body is a topic of public debate that everyone is entitled to weigh in on, from a male classmate telling you that those jeans make your ass look huge to the male-dominated United States Congress dictating the parameters that rape must fall within to be considered legitimate. To be a woman, and to live life in a woman’s body, is to be held to a set of comically paradoxical standards that make you constantly second-guess yourself and jump through a million hoops in pursuit of an impossible perfection.

Kendall Goodwin, emphasis mine

The purpose of this post is to provide an account of Killian Donnelly, Jamie Muscato, and David Thaxton’s comments regarding the tweet above, and to comment on why their initial behaviour and their responses to criticisms of their behaviour are so harmful.

But before I begin, let me tell you a story.

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