Rape as a weapon

“My father was a fascist. He was trained to be a terrorist in Mussolini’s army. He was anti-everybody. The Irish were ‘micks,’ black people were ‘niggers,’ and Jewish people were ‘kikes.’ His main weapon was pain. He raped me, locked me in closets, beat me with broom handles. He sent me to the hospital many times. He’d threaten to blow my brains out in the middle of the street. I absorbed a lot of his emotional energy. Sometimes his voice still comes out of me. When I’m really angry, and cussing myself out, I sound just like him. It’s him inside me, speaking to me. But I didn’t become him. My grandfather saved me. My grandmother was a fascist like my father. She counted her rosary beads and condemned the world, but my grandfather was a simple man. He lived with us. He always told me: ‘Your father is a nut.’ He hugged me and kissed me. I swung between two extremes: the love of my grandfather and the hate of my father. My grandfather knew how to love. My father couldn’t love because he was too filled with terror. He didn’t have the tools to love. Once when I was fifteen, I walked over to my father and gave him a big hug. He kept his arms stiff by his side. I said ‘I love you Dad,’ and his body started trembling. There was a terrified child inside of him. He wanted to love. And he wanted to be loved. He just didn’t know how.”


Linda Forsell. Cause of Death Woman

War (Congo)

A Girl’s pride is in a man’s house - proverb, Congo

In War, rape is a weapon. Every single day approximately 40 women are raped in Eastern Congo, hundreds of thousands were raped during the genocide in Rwanda in 1994, and Europe is no exception with in between  20.000 and 50.000 rapes during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The violations are not just a simple display of frustration among soldiers. It is a conscious military strategy through wich the opponent is humiliated and it’s moral reduced. Rape attacks break apart families, render leaders feeling powerless and inadequate and ruin communities; all in the same instance as giving the attackers an adrelanin surge and a sense of power.

1.Congo: All of these women were raped in attacks by the militia, in eastern Congo.

2 & 3. Congo: The relentless violence perpetraded by different guerilla groups in the remote Eastern Congo strike women with adamant force. Rape is used as a weapon.

4. Congo: A young man with a large portion of regret in his voice, recollects how two of his four sisters were raped during an attack by the guerilla group FLDR.

5. Congo: Love used to be a child soldier.

6 & 7 Congo: Panzi Hospital was at first known as ‘the fistula hospital’ when it was founded in 1999, but the war victims soon took up more and more of the beds. Mutilated, raped and traumatized women sought out the well-ordered hospital area.

8. Congo: Pupils listen carefully when told about how you cannot treat women.

The bloody violence that surrounded Partition was inevitably a gendered violence. Women yet again bore the brunt of the bloodshed, abuse, and humiliation enacted by men of each creed during the 1947 split. Rape was used as a weapon by the Muslim, Hindu, and Sikh communities to dishonor and degrade each other as these communities hastily crossed the new borders dividing Pakistan and India. As such, protecting and destroying the honor of women - and thus the honor of the family and by extension, the community - became a significant issue across Hindustan.

Patriarchs of each family were known to drown, suffocate, or behead their daughters out of fear that the incoming raiders would kidnap, rape, and/or forcibly marry the young women. Men who successfully pillaged villages of a different religious background would capture their women, force them to convert, marry them, and have them bear children. This, along with rape, became a symbol of triumph against the imagined enemy whether they were Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, or any other group. Likewise, the loss of a woman’s honor was seen as defeat as well, thus becoming one of the metrics by which each community measured its self-preservation. Indeed, the dehumanization of women and their subsequent exploitation as tools of political warfare in the context of personal and communal honor was a practice that was prevalent as much as it was normalized.

Honor, again, became the crux of Partition and its desecration and preservation became the key modes of offense and defense. Honor became synonymous with the brown woman’s dignity, and brown women were the central victims in the bloodshed initiated by brown men in power at the time.

It’s my son’s birthday today which makes me feel even more in solidarity with the parents of the Chibok girls in Nigeria who were abducted 6 months ago today by Boko Haram. They are still missing!!! At the moment of this rally those parents were marching on the Presidential Palace in Abuja to call on Goodluck Jonathan to pay attention to what can be done to free those girls from a situation too horrible to imagine. It’s difficult and it won’t be easy but we have to keep the pressure on because these girls represent all the girls being kept from an education, they represent all girls who are looked upon as property and they represent rape and violence against women as a weapon of war all over the world! The We Are Here Movement is about direct action! Sign your name to join the movement and sign the petition to bring back our girls!! #BringBackOurGirlsNOW #weareheremovement

Sign here: http://bit.ly/1v8MMkK

CLINTON - 2009: Secretary Clinton directed the Department of State to give equal benefits to LGBTQ diplomats.  Secretary Clinton also chaired a UN Security Council session during which the UN adopted a groundbreaking resolution that recognized rape as a weapon of war and set up commitments to end sexual violence against women and children in conflict zones.

TRUMP - 2011: Trump screamed at a woman attorney you’re disgusting, you’re disgusting when she said she needed to take a break from  a deposition to pump milk for her breastfeeding baby.

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You know there’s a difference between telling people to not drive bright red sports cars, and telling people to lock their doors when they leave their cars.

There’s a difference between telling people to not go to a bad part of town, and telling people they should be able to defend themselves in a bad part of town.

There’s a difference between telling an army not to go to war, and teaching them how to build better weapons and defences against an enemy.

Rape is a violent crime, like assault, mugging, etc. Societies for generations have combatted violent crime by using two methods in conjunction: making violent crimes illegal and prosecutable, and teaching people how to avoid the situation or turn the tables through self defence.

Why two methods? Because the human mind and condition is complex. If law and order was enough to keep rapists from raping, we wouldn’t have theft, murder, war, or trafficking today. You could throw every potential rapist into a room full of anti-rape messages for years and it would not change them.

Teaching women not to defend themselves is inherently sexist. Women aren’t incapable of being strong enough to defend themselves. They are not incapable of having the ingenuity of checking their drinks for rohypnol when in a club.

When we’re put in a situation where we’re at risk, no matter if it’s from the environment or other humans, we adapt to the situation. We’re not on the same level of thinking and awareness whether we’re in a bar at 12 AM or reading books to children at 12 PM.

Rapists are sneaky, cunning, violent, and deplorable. They’ve already forsaken morality to satiate base desires. They only answer to themselves. You can’t educate them out of it.

So instead of depending on men not to rape, and depending on the supposed good will of other humans, I think it’s manageable to wear nail polish and dip your finger into a glass.

Hell, I would wear that shit myself, and I’m not a woman.

I would love it if Canada had the same approach in areas like the Congo where five million people have been killed in the last 15 years.

Rape is used as not only as a weapon of war but as a strategy of war in the Congo. And I’ve never heard Mr. Harper suggest that the Joint Task Force should go into the Congo

So what is it that’s particular about the Iraqi fight?

Well, here’s what’s particular, Stephen Harper wanted us to be there in 2003. And he’s finally able to give himself his own wish by getting us in there now.

There was no reason for Canada to be involved in that fight in 2003, and as far as we’re concerned, there’s no reason for us to be involved in that fight today.

Canada wisely stayed out of that war in 2003. That was George W. Bush’s war. Don’t forget that. That wasn’t a NATO war. That wasn’t a United Nations mission. That was an American mission led by George W. Bush. The tragedies that we’re seeing are a result of that last misguided war. And Canada should not be involved in this misguided war.

Nobody’s trying to say that these aren’t horrors that were seeing; But more bombing is not the way to find a solution there.


I agree… rape is not right.. no matter what age or gender or race you are. Rape is Rape.  I am not sure how laws are around the world but in America if you are over the age of 18 and have sex with a person under the age of 18 unless you are no more then 4 years apart by age it would be called rape. … I hope you are not under the impression ‘age is just a number’ when it comes to things like this. I am not sure where you live but rape is a serious matter. TO everyone maybe reading this post, this is some examples of rape :  Rape is sex while someone is unconscious. Rape is sex while someone is impaired. Rape is women having sex with men against their will. Rape is forced oral sex. Rape is forced sex with no weapon present. Rape is unwanted sex without physical resistance.Rape is unwanted sex between a husband and wife. Rape is unwanted or forced sex from someone you used to or are currently dating. Rape is a teacher sleeping with a student. Rape is any sex that you don’t want. Rape is Rape. Again I am not sure what the laws are in your country but in America rape is taken very serious here. We don’t fuck around when we talk about it. Women and men can be raped. Rape is not funny and there are age limits. It does not matter what age you are.. 13 year old boys can rape a 14 year old girl. There is no exception.

“A Black Woman’s Body Was Never Hers Alone”

As I read the last chapters of the reading, the stories of woman gaining freedom through decades of fighting cases of sexualized violence reminded me of an article I read in Cosmopolitan. The article was titled, “What We Get Wrong About Black Women’s Sexuality’, as it described how black women in post modern times were still feeling the effects of how "their bodies belonged to everyone else,” but their own. The writer of the article, Tamara Harris- shares how the same instances rape, covered in the historical readings, and how it was used as a weapon, to attack [black womanhood]. From her article, there were many examples of how black women are depicted as hypersexualized, and she even shared historical Jezzebel- like themes were rooted back to slavery that we touched on in class.

She also talks mentions how there was an instance of a famous case of Daniel Holtzclaw and how he victimized 13 women as an Oklahoma City Police officer. For those that did not know about the case, it was a case where a white/Japanese police office sexually assaulted and raped many women, Oklahoma City.  All of his targets were black woman of various demographics. Just like in the narrative, the police officer thought he abuse his power, masculinity, and dominance, and could rape and sexually abuse black women that he claimed were victims of their of environments. One of the victims he raped and abused had the intestinal fortitude,  to report against the crime.  

He just picked the wrong lady to stop that night,“ said Jannie Ligons, whose police complaint triggered the investigation that led to charges Daniel Holtzclaw victimized 13 women as an Oklahoma City Police officer. "I wanted to make sure this wouldn’t happen again, no way no how.”

The conviction of Holtzclaw Thursday night on rape, sexual battery and other charges should send a strong message nationwide, said attorney Benjamin Crump, who said he plans to sue the city for civil damages. “Black women’s lives matter. It mattered just as if this were a group of 13 white women.”

That last statement drew a parallel connection in the reading, and how white womanhood would be protected at all costs. The fact that black women still faced this challenge in post modern times eluded that, even thought there were historical cases that transgressed into Jim Crow  laws dismantled in the South, and call outs to political activist groups that rallied to win rights of equality for women, there is still that small minority that challenges all of the triumphs on behalf of the [black womanhood]. In this story Daniel Holtzclaw still believes that black woman bodies are not their own. That article was a sharp reminder of issues of sexualized violence that dismantled Jim Crow laws, needs to be strengthened to protect the black womanhood today.  

Cites: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/12/11/fired-oklahoma-officer-convicted-raping-black-women-picked-wrong-lady.html

“Fired Oklahoma Officer Convicted of Raping Black Women ‘picked the Wrong Lady’ | Fox News.” Fox News. FOX News Network, 11 Dec. 2015. Web. 23 Feb. 2016.

Tamara Winfrey Harris. “What We Get Wrong About Black Women’s Sexuality.” Cosmopolitan Fun Fearless Female March 2016 Day Month Year: 146-149 Print

The “little things” and the “big things” are interwoven strands of the same rope, which Dawkins et. al. constantly want to unravel, in order to claim that only some of the strands (the ones belonging to other sorts of men, in other sorts of places) are really deserving of feminists’ attentions.

They want to play a feminist ranking game, in which there is a hierarchy of concerns with which “true feminists” will busy themselves. But as soon as one begins to judge the worthiness of feminists’ attention on a sliding scale, even generally-regarded “big things” like equal pay are dwarfed by global concerns like government-sanctioned use of rape as a weapon of war. And, for women in those war zones, on any given day clean water may be the even more pressing need. The fact is, it doesn’t have to be one or the other—feminists can multi-task.

Because feminism by design functions to address all manner of issues, big and small. That women can (and do) utilize the tenets of feminism in every aspect of their lives does not undermine the history of the feminist movement, but instead does it a great honor. Feminism was never meant to be restricted to suffrage and genital cutting, held in reserve like a finite quantity in danger of depletion if it’s used for “the little things.” Feminism is a renewable resource.

Everyone talking about blacks are savages meanwhile your U.S. Military is somewhere bombing black and brown people for oil and resources. Killing masses of men, women, and children. Yet you have the nerve to condemn your own people? Pleaseeee white Jesus inform them of the savagery their nation is taking part in. You think throwing rocks at murderous cops is bad? How about bombing entire communities, patrolling someone else’s land with weapons as if you own it, raping masses of women, the list goes on and it’s happening now but guess what FOX and CNN ain’t reporting the true NEANDERTHAL behavior. Imma let y'all continue to crazy about your own people like want you too though

Right that’s it I’ve figured out why Brienne biting off Sandor’s ear in the show bothers me

It’s because it changes the significance of this quite frankly savage act so drastically

In the books, Brienne is unarmed, wearing pink silk and Myrish lace, presumably being held down so Hoat can rape her, and her mouth is the only weapon left to her: she’s been stripped and humiliated but she remains defiant, she’s not going to “go away inside” she’s going to fight with everything she has when all her weapons and her armour, those things that make her “strong”, have been taken away

and in the end it’s that bite that kills him, that bite kills a piece of human filth of the highest order, and when Jaime hears about what happened to Hoat because of that bite he’s totally proud of her, and so is the reader

In the show it just… wasn’t entirely necessary? Just another bit of “edgy” violence used for shock value, and against a character who is a fan favourite, even if he’s not the best of people

Idk it’s not really a big thing but y’all know Brienne is my bae and that little change has a bigger symbolic meaning that irks me

Filed Under: Felons to F---

Jesus be a parole hearing and a prison commissary donation!!!

Ladies love this convicted felon’s mug shot

Meet Jeremy Meeks. He’s a 30-year-old convicted felon who was arrested Wednesday on felony weapons charges during a sweep in the Weston Ranch area of Stockton, according to Stockton police.

He’s also arguably the most popular convict ever to grace the Stockton Police Department Facebook page.

Meeks’ mug shot generated more than 2,400 comments between Wednesday night and Thursday morning, many from women claiming to admire his good looks.


These are the felonies and misdemeanors which make someone unsuitable to get in these draws:

  • 1st & 2nd degree murder
  • Child abuse
  • Rape
  • Assault with a deadly weapon

Unlawful possession of a weapon is not on that list.  Is he going to jail?  Is that the only way we can be together?  Orange is the new baby blues?  Do I commit some kind of crime and convince him that I need to be his prison bitch?  Is that how this works?  I’m not used to dealing with Trade.  I like my men nice-smelling and Madonna-worshiping.  Y'all need to teach me what to do with a man like that so I don’t hurt myself.

Or maybe that’s part of the draw?  My panties are just so confused right now.  

Why we're somber but hopeful today

Today, Wednesday November 25 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

It’s a good moment to examine the breathtaking scope of the problem. An estimated 35 per cent of women worldwide have experienced violence at some point in their lives. Rape continues to be prevalent worldwide, and is often used as a weapon of war and as a tool to silence women. And transgender and gender nonconforming people face disproportionately high levels of violence. Forced pregnancy, a form of violence against women and girls, has especially harmful consequences on young adolescents, as detailed in a new report called “Stolen Lives”. And compounding such violence against women in countries around the world is a a U.S. policy called the Helms Amendment.

While global challenges clearly remain, advocates around the world are pushing for change to create the world we want. As part of the global community, we have a shared mission in fighting for reproductive rights no matter where a woman lives, especially for the most vulnerable communities. Broadly there has been global progress in expanding reproductive rights, with recent liberalization of abortion laws in Colombia, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Nepal. And in the recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals, countries all over the world reiterated their commitment to ensuring that all women and young people have the information and resources to decide their own future — and made clear that reproductive health and rights is central in this vision. We need to hold governments accountable to delivering on this commitment. And at a time when opponents of women’s health in the U.S. are trying to limit access and erode these rights at home and export these values abroad, we need to redouble our commitment to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights everywhere.

Okay, but comealongraggedypond​, the most insidious thing for me is how the Merope/Tom story illustrates how rape culture actually works in modern society. The weapon of choice–a love potion–was not illegal in the wizarding world, but was commercially available and relatively easy to make at home (illustrated by the fact that Merope, who had very few resources available, managed to either procure the potion or the ingredients as well as the recipe to brew it).

There are very few reasons to give someone a date rape drug, yes? Primarily, to knock someone unconscious or lower their inhibitions enough that you can take advantage of them sexually. That’s not a leap of logic…that’s statistics. Likewise, there are very few motivations to give someone a love potion, none of them noble. But, for argument’s sake, let’s say that the brewer’s intentions are selfish and deplorable but not sexually motivated… they just want someone’s attention, or for that person to compliment them. Even if the perpetrator doesn’t intend to make sexual advances on that person, the victim will most likely make them on the perp. And if the brewer was desperate enough to drug someone in the first place, are they actually going to fight off those advances?

Regardless of whether sexual activity takes place, by giving the potion, you are robbing that person of their will and consent, of their say in the matter. The imperius curse—which robs someone of their free will and consent—isn’t questioned, it’s absolutely banned in the wizarding world. It’s one of three unforgivable curses, listed with torture and murder as the worst offenses a wand carrier can commit. And yet a love potion—which will most likely be used for sexual purposes—isn’t illegal. It’s treated casually, even cute, by wizarding society, available at joke shops for teenage witches and listed in household potions books.

At the time JK wrote Half Blood Prince, even though date rape drug substances had been made illegal, the societal discussion about them carried on. Studies were being conducted and news stories aired and printed as to whether or not date rape drugs were actually a problem; there was push and shove over legislation about ‘how illegal’ they ought to be—the class substance, if any, under which they ought to be listed.

On both counts—in the fictitious wizarding world, and in ours—that the discussion had to take place at all, rather than society just acknowledging that a substance which robs a person of consent is immoral and ought to be illegal, is scary and ridiculous.

What You Bomb

You encage two million people into 140 square miles. You are surprised when the people create tunnels to smuggle goods, to resist.

You bomb hospitals, you bomb schools, you bomb water plants, you bomb sewers – and you want us to feel sorry for you.

You have politicians who say they want to kill all Gazans, academics who call for rape as war’s weapon. And you are silent? Where are you?

Your arms have killed hundreds, injured thousands, displaced tens of thousands. You clap, you cheer. You weep when your soldiers fall.

On which side of the border should my tears fall? On the side of the bombers or the side of the bombed?

Your morality is challenged, your ethics on fire. All you can say, in bad faith, is Hamas, Hamas, Hamas.

You kill a child. Hamas. You bomb a school. Hamas. You bomb a UN building. Hamas. You bomb a disability center. Hamas. Hamas. Hamas.

For you Hamas has become a full-stop, an exclamation point, a digression, a shaggy dog, a golden ring, a do-not-go-to-jail card.

Who are you that you take shelter in five letters – Hamas – when entire families are wiped out in your name?

What you bomb is not Hamas. It is Palestine. Not a dream, but a people. Not a refugee camp, but a country alive in its peoples’ hearts.

Samah, Samah, Samah.

—  Vijay Prashad, from Counterpunch.

You can practically link America’s paranoia of gun control to its own rape culture. Instead of dealing with the cause of the issues that affect victims, we tell victims not to get victimized. They say “Don’t dress like this, don’t get raped” and “Here are protective matts for school children, don’t get shot” instead of “don’t rape” and “don’t allow easy access to weapons”.

Angelina Jolie warns Islamic State using rape on unprecedented scale

“London - Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie warned on Tuesday that Islamic State was using rape as a weapon of war on a scale never seen before and called for greater action against those responsible.

Jolie, a special envoy of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and active campaigner against the use of sexual violence in conflict, said Islamic State was using rape as a “policy” and urged a “very strong response”.

Thousands of women and girls have been abducted, raped and sold into sexual slavery by Islamic State since the militant group declared a caliphate across swathes of Syria and Iraq last summer, according to the United Nations and rights groups.

“The most aggressive terrorist group in the world today …(is) using (rape) as a centrepoint of their terror and their way of destroying communities and families,” she told a British parliamentary committee on Tuesday.

Oscar-winning Jolie, who joined forces with former British foreign secretary William Hague in 2012 to launch an initiative to prevent sexual violence in conflict, spoke about girls she had met in war zones who had been raped.

This included a 13-year-old Iraqi girl whom she said was raped repeatedly along with her friends and sold for 26 pounds sterling($40).

As part of their campaign against sex crimes in war, Jolie and Hague in 2013 launched a declaration pledging to pursue those responsible and provide justice and safety for victims that has been signed by more than 150 nations.”

- Sydney Morning Herald, September 9 2015


I only ever dropped the “n”
bomb once, and it was a bomb.

A grenade, launched fearful
from lips stuttering through
spokes of a bicycle
that could not go faster.

To children. I said it to
children. As a weapon–

because they were bigger
though I was older.

Because they pressed with
black eyes and black hands

and black, black hearts.

They said “rape”–out loud
in the sun. And I dropped
the only weapon I had.

It scattered the boys
like ashes, and I ran.