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ALRIGHT YOU LITTLE SHITS
TUMBLR AND IT’S FUTURE IS AT STAKE HERE
SIGN AND REBLOG IF YOU WANT TO SAVE TUMBLR FROM YAHOO
I don’t know if Tumblr’s on this yet, but a 15 year old girl in the Maldives has been sentenced to be publicly whipped one hundred times for extra-marital sex. The girl in question has been raped for years by her stepfather, who also murdered the baby she bore as a result of his regular assault.
This petition needs another 400000 signatures before it can be sent to the president of the Maldives. It aims to force him to change the law and save this young woman. He is already feeling global pressure on the matter, but this petition will go for the jugular - the Maldives’ high-earning tourist industry. Once the petition has 1 million signatures, it will be presented to President Waheed with the promise that if he does not step in to save her, the island’s reputation will be severely threatened by ads in travel magazines and online.
This, unfortunately, is not a rare occurence in the Maldives. A horrifying one in three women between the ages of 15 and 49 have suffered physical or sexual abuse - and yet they’ve convicted precisely zero rapists in the past three years.
So please, sign. Let’s make a difference.
i don’t think people on tumblr realize what petitions are
what a petition is:
- a document that people can sign to say whether or not they are in support of something
what a petition is not:
- an absolute 100% guarantee that said thing will or will not happen
please stop treating petitions like they’re going to miraculously solve all of the world’s problems because as nice as that would be, the world doesn’t work like that. people are shitty and are going to do shitty things regardless of how many teenagers on the internet disagree with them.
creating petitions for every problem under the sun is actually destructive because it leads people into thinking that all they have to do is to put their name on something and they’re done. causing change is not easy or immediate; it’s a long, arduous process and it’s fucking expensive. if you want to make a difference, invest your time and money into a cause you believe in instead of sitting at home and asking others to do it for you.
that said, i’m not opposed to petitions in and of themselves. sometimes they do work, and even if they’re not always successful, they can help raise awareness about things that wouldn’t have gotten much publicity otherwise. the problem is when people take petitions as absolute indicators that things are going to change when that’s simply not true.