“You see, when we are not considered to be the legitimate owners of our bodies, then our decisions regarding them become unimportant. Thus, the Swedish woman’s desire to not have something done to her body was seen as less valid than the rapists’ desire to carry it out; Angelina Jolie’s desire to have surgery was seen as less valid than men’s desire to leer at her breasts; and women’s desire to wear what they like is seen as less valid than men’s opinions on what they should be wearing. These vary in severity and the horror of their consequences, but it is the same pernicious mentality that underlies them all. Who owns our bodies? We do. And it’s time the world knew that.”—Source: Who Owns Our Bodies?
“Saying that we can’t have feminism because we should only focus on general human rights is like saying we can’t have oncologists because some doctors are general practitioners.”—Why Not Say Everyday Humanism Instead of Everyday Feminism? — Everyday Feminism
Please sign the AVAAZ petition to overturn the new homophobic law in Russia, and spread this around!
Guys, I don’t often ask you for things, but I’m asking right now, each and every one of you, to please sign the petition and reblog this post. Most of you have seen the shocking things that are going down in my country, and I’m an LGBT member living here. This directly affects my life and well-being. If this thing passes, I won’t feel safe in the very place I was fucking born and raised in. I’m a Russian, I’m queer, and I’m proud, and my country should be fucking proud of me, and of every LGBT member living here. Please help us stop this from happening.
Sign the petition here:
And please, please spread this around. It’s missing almost 50,000 signatures.
Update: changed the link to the English version, sorry for the inconvenience!
Going Vegan is Easier, and More Necessary, Than Ever Before.
What’s wrong with meat?
- Slaughterhouses are extremely cruel.
- Many undercover investigations of slaughter houses and farms of all sizes exist to support these claims.
- It is environmentally destructive, says the UN, the vegan society, VeganOutreach, chooseveg.
- According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), chemical and animal waste runoff from factory farms is responsible for more than 173,000 miles of polluted rivers and streams.
- Free range and humane meat is not an ethical alternative.
- Global food security is threatened by the consumption of animal products.
- About 70 percent of all grain produced in the United States is fed to animals raised for slaughter. The 7 billion livestock animals in the United States consume five times as much grain as is consumed directly by the American population. If all the grain currently fed to livestock were consumed directly by people, the number of people who could be fed would be nearly 800 million, says David Pimentel, professor of ecology at Cornell University.
- Meat consumption raises the risk of heart disease, stroke, and various cancers.
What’s wrong with dairy?
- Like meat, dairy is more environmentally damaging than all methods of transportation combined.
- Cruelty happens in large scale dairy farms…
- And on “Humane” or “Happy” farms.
- Cows are social creatures: they get stressed when separated, and can have “best friends”.
- Veal is a direct byproduct of the dairy industry.
What’s wrong with eggs?
- Male chicks are ground alive or gassed at birth (the egg industry causes death and unnecessary torture such as debeaking).
- “Free range” hens are treated horribly and often have to be rescued from an early death. Quite a few “happy farm” hens end up needing rehabilitation at animal sanctuaries.
- Unproductive hens are slaughtered.
What’s wrong with…
- if animals eat other animals, why can’t we?”
- you can’t achieve vegan purity - can’t I just be 60% vegan? Or part-time vegan?”
- inseminating cows isn’t wrong, it’s nothing like rape!”
- what if veganism is bad for my health?”
- veganism isn’t important - vegans don’t care about human suffering enough!”
- I just love cheese too much to give it up!”
- if you don’t eat it, it’ll go to waste, right?”
- if I treat my animals like royalty/family, don’t they owe me something in return?”
- isn’t soy unhealthy for me?”
- I don’t have to be vegan, since vegetarian is better than nothing, right?”
Is Veganism Expensive/Hard?
- The Vegetarian Resource Group offers a low-cost meal plan, and a quick and easy version of the low-cost meal plan.
- Even if you have gluten allergies (or other allergies), being vegan is still extremely possible, and may even help alleviate certain medical conditions.
- Many vegan recipe websites and cookbooks exist (here’s my vegan food blog). You can search up the vegan equivalent of your favourite dish, e.g. “vegan mac and cheese recipe” or “vegan grilling options”.
- Staples of a healthy vegan diet include everyday, cheap food items such as beans, rice and pasta, and various vegetables you could even grow in your garden.
- Whole guides to vegetarian and vegan nutrition exist, with detailed information on topics such as protein or calcium, which are easier to get in a vegan diet than most omnivores believe.
- It only takes a second to read the ingredients on a box of cereal, a granola bar package, or your favourite treat to see if it is vegan or not. Many snacks you already enjoy are vegan.
Where should I look if I want to learn more about veganism and going vegan?
That Time (and TIMES) I Told a Rape Joke.
It happened last year. It’s not something I like to talk about, but I feel like I owe it to every victim of harassment ever. I guess in this case, one particular person especially. But before we get to that, I’ll tell you about a joke I did for a very long time.
I’d been using this bit as my closer for months. It’s a call back to another joke where I talk about a status update someone posted on Facebook which was, “I dropped my apple today. It’s gunna be one of those days!” Which is a ridiculous status update. That is a normal day. Why are you making your day out to be the worst? It’s dumb and made me laugh, but I DIGRESS.
My friends had given me two “gifts” around the same time I told that joke. My boyfriend had given me a rape whistle (THANKS?) and my friend had given me a pocketknife with my name on it. When I tried to open the pocket knife for the first time, I couldn’t get it open. I thought, “yikes. If I ever needed this in an emergency, I’d be screwed!” And so my closer was born.
I would explain to the audience that I had received these gifts, but I was having problems with the pocket knife. Then I’d say, “THIS is what would happen if I were to get attacked right now.” I would then shout “PREDATOR!”, blow into the whistle and start fidgeting with the knife. While I struggled with the knife and turned my back to the audience, I’d make a motion with my hand as though I was pushing the “predator’s” hand away from my backside, all while still blowing on the very loud whistle. When the whistling stopped I would say (while making a computer typing motion), “I got raped today… it’s gunna be one of those days!”
It was a joke that worked 100% of the time.
I reasoned that the joke wasn’t about rape, but instead about how hilarious it would be if I got attacked and couldn’t fight back.
Guys, I know. I am the one typing this. I KNOW how awful this is.
CUT TO: October, 2012. I’m doing a show in Calgary and I am having a super fun show in which my dad and his friends are in attendance. I’m asking people in the front row how old they were when they lost their virginities. I turn to one particular couple who have been smiling and enjoying themselves. I first ask the man, he laughs and reveals he was fifteen. “Holy crap! So young!” I say. I turn to the girl and ask her the same question. She responds with, “I don’t really want to talk about it.”
Before I could even THINK about what was coming out of my mouth, I say, “What… were you raped?”
And then she nods her head.
And then everything inside of me wanted to be on the outside.
“Oh God. This is so awkward,” I say quietly into the microphone. And then I move on with my jokes as I feel my whole face fill with blood. I was saying words, but wasn’t really paying attention to what it is I was saying.
I am a monster, everyone. Who asks someone that? Who would ask someone that with the intent of making a joke out of it? THIS was my Michael Richards moment and THIS is the lowest I have ever felt in all of my life.
I continued my show. I thankfully only had about five minutes left. Five minutes - - “I can do this,” I thought. Until I thought about my closer in which I say, “I got raped today. It’s gunna be one of those days!”
My brain scrambled to try and think of an alternate ending. I think I ended up saying something like, “I was murdered today. It’s gunna be one of those days.” And then I rushed off the stage and straight out the exit doors and shouted, “WHAT THE FUCK??” I walked around the hotel, breathing deeply, almost in tears. I am a monster.
I ran into some audience members who were outside smoking. “Great job!!” they say. I say “thanks,” keep my head down and reenter the hotel. I run into another comedian, “great job!” he says.
“Did you not just see what happened??” I blurt out.
“What? No? What happened?”
I re-tell him the living nightmare that (I believe) everyone has just witnessed on stage.
“What?? I was at the back of the room and didn’t hear that. I don’t think anyone but you and the front row heard it.”
I run back into the club, talk to the server that is waiting on their table and say, “Please send them both drinks. Give them whatever they want and I will pay for it.”
I huddle in the back of the room with the rest of the comics for the remainder of the show, waiting impatiently for the show to finish so that I can rectify the situation. When it finally ends, 45 minutes later, I make a beeline for their table. I start apologizing profusely to them.
“I am so sorry. Oh my God. I am so sorry. I don’t know why I said that, it just came out. I would never say that – I – oh God. I am so sorry.”
“We saw this coming,” the man responds with a smile on his face. She however, looks slightly more dejected.
“I truly am so sorry.”
“It’s okay,” she responds, a little softer when she recognizes (I hope) my genuine guttural heartache about what has just happened. I notice that she has been sipping on a mini-pitcher of alcohol. Thank you, Jesus.
“We’ll be in the sports bar if you want to join us,” the guy says after I hug his girlfriend for what may have been an uncomfortably long time.
I feel a little better about everything, but it’s not me that matters in this situation.
What I did was wrong. There is no excuse for it. It wasn’t funny. No one gained anything from it (aside from me who learned a very important lesson.) I sometimes think about all the other women I likely offended in different audiences. It makes me feel sick and sad. And angry at myself. I wish I could go back in time and take it all back.
I, personally, will never tell another rape joke. Because I have NO idea what that is like. I can’t even begin to imagine the damage that that does to a person. The damage that I CAUSED to a person will stay with me for the rest of my life. As embarrassed as I am about it happening, I’d rather help educate others by talking about it so that we can prevent it from happening again. The only way we will ever “beat” rape culture is by being vocal about it.
I believe comedians should be able to talk about whatever they want. Freedom of speech is EVERYTHING. But BE funny. BE educated. BE sensitive to the fact that not everyone will find what you are saying funny and some may even find it offensive.
I once was a negative force in rape culture. It’s real and it’s not okay and it’s time that we start talking about it.
“Why is that Aboriginal people are expected to be "good Canadians" when they weren't allowed to vote in this country until 1960, and for many, many years weren't allowed to gather in groups off their reserves, couldn't leave their reserves without a pass, couldn't openly observe their own ways of praying and worshipping without being tossed in jail, and couldn't attend university or enter professional careers without losing their status as First Nations people?”—Roger Spielmann, Anishnaabe World: A (Survival) Guide for Building Bridges between Canada and First Nations
(goes to the top of the empire state building) (yells)
FEMINISM WAS FOUNDED ON THE IDEA OF EQUALITY AND THE DISPELLING OF THE INSTITUTIONAL OBJECTIFICATION OF WOMEN . ATTEMPTING TO EXCLUDE A WHOLE GENDER OR RACE FROM FOLLOWING THIS BELIEF IN THE NAME OF FEMINISM DOES NOT, IN FACT, ACTUALLY FIX ANY OF THE ISSUES TODAY. SAYING “NO WHITE GURLZ ALLOWED” OR “NO WOMEN OF COLOR ALLOWED” OR “NO GUYS ALLOWED” IS GOING TO DO SQUAT
EVEN IF YOU DON’T THINK IT’S HARMFUL OR OPPRESSIVE OR ~SEXIST~ I AM PLEASED TO TELL YOU THAT IT’S STILL ANNOYING AS SHIT AND YOU DONT GET ANY PARDONS FROM BEING A SHITTY HUMAN BEING
INCLUSION IS AN EXTREMELY IMPORTANT PART IN THIS STRUGGLE. IF YOU DON’T THINK YOUR ROLE OR THEIR ROLE IS AN EXTREMELY IMPORTANT PART OF THE FIGHT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS THEN I CAN PROMISE THAT I WILL NEVER TAKE YOU SERIOUSLY AS AN ACTIVIST OR SEE YOU AS A DECENT HUMAN BEING IN GENERAL
TLDR; YOU CAN GET FUCKED
(PARACHUTES OFF THE BUILDING)