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I think I may have a girlfriend? Not sure how it happened (besides the whole me flirting with her and taking a train to meet her). She's pretty, funny and kind. And she's saying a lot of romantic things to me, in which I don't believe at all, but still they're always nice to hear. The only problem is that she's living about 300 km from here. Ah yes, also my trust issues are making me a bit cynical about the situation. It's fun, though. Will it last more than a few weeks? All bets are on.

Tomorrow will be la Journée de la Jupe (skirt day) in France in order to fight for women's right to wear anything they want. And by anything they want, they really mean SKIRTS, or anything else approved by our perfect and oh so civilized western society. Because there's nothing wrong with imposing a dress code that could make a lot of women unconfortable. Because no women's ever felt any pressure to wear skirts in the first place. Never. And because it's not ironic at all that the very same country that banned Burka not so long ago wants to fight for that specific right. Fuck you, France.

European Parliament wants EU countries to recognise existing same-sex unions
On Tuesday the European Parliament reaffirmed that the effects of civil documents (birth and death certificates, marriage certificates, etc.) must remain the same throughout the European Union.

This implies that all couples, including same-sex couples in marriages or civil partnerships, must retain their rights in all EU countries. Currently, same-sex couples often lose the rights given by their existing marriage or civil partnership when travelling in the European Union.


KICK THEIR SORRY ASSES, EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT!

A Very Special Episode of Grey Areas: Privilege Denying Dude Edition

This week, on a very special episode of Grey Areas, we’ll be talking about Privilege Denying Dude! Again! Because if there is anything we at Tiger Beatdown like to do, it is run things right into the ground!

I spent quite a great deal of time writing about PDD last week. Initially, I had concerns. Those were sandblasted out of me once I read the deluge of commentary from real life Privilege Denying Dudes who wanted this meme scrubbed completely from the Internet. Not the avalanche of racist, sexist, ableist memes that metastasize through the Internet at large: no, no, no, those are obviously free speech. But the concept that marginalized people might be using their jokes against them, OH FUCK CALL THE PRESIDENT SOMEONE NEEDS TO SHUT THE INTERNET DOWN.


I can't recommend you enough to read the whole article. It's spot on and very well written.

Date: 2010-11-24 06:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ancholia.livejournal.com
Good new on the dating front, I do hope it'll work even if I totally understand your trust issues, hence cynism.

I kinda like the journée de la jupe because even if I do hear your argument, I often feel that wearing a skirt is unfortunately nowadays a militant act. I live in a town where a lot of young women doesn't dare to were a short skirt, afraid they'll be called a slut or treated like an easy girl...

Date: 2010-11-24 08:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zombie-process.livejournal.com
Thank you, that's very sweet.

Yes, the fight against slut shaming is a very important issue and it's true that they chose to do it for that very reason in the first place. I just don't agree with their mean of action.

Also I believe it doesn't address the root of the problem. Some men are just going to laugh coarsely at how lucky they are to get to stare at so many women's legs that day, patting themselves on the back at how open-minded they are, without understanding that maybe the dumb blonde jokes, mysogynistic crap and other "harmless" banters they share daily contribute (by objectifying women's body) to a kind of society that allows violence against skirt-wearing women in poor neighbourhoods (ok, that was a long sentence, hope it makes sense).

Date: 2010-11-24 09:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ancholia.livejournal.com
It totally made sense, lol.
And you're right, a lot of men will be happy tomorrow to watch (harass) women's legs like they're an objet existing only to give them pleasure. I don't know how many times I had to stand these looks on the subway or the bus...

In a related topic, I don't know if you watch tv information but tonight there was a reportage in the 20h de France 2 reporting that there are 200 women raped each day in France, only 10% presse charges and 8/10 victims know the criminal, which means it happens a lot in couples... I'm kinda desesparate hearing this. :/

Date: 2010-11-24 11:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zombie-process.livejournal.com
I'm glad it wasn't too confusing! And yeah, being oggled by some stranger in the street is always VERY creepy.

I've heard those numbers. Frightening indeed :( Movies and medias of any sort are often depicting rapists as some kind of unusual monsters. But most of the time, they're just part of our daily life and we're very likely to know at least one. On the subject, I quite liked the following article : Redefining masculinity is key to stopping rape

Date: 2010-11-24 09:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] littlehutt.livejournal.com
I think I may have a girlfriend?
What! WHAT! You'd better TELL ME MORE IN YOUR UPCOMING E-MAIL, OR I'LL BE A VERY SAD HUTT.

Definitely saving the last article for later, thank you!

Date: 2010-11-24 10:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zombie-process.livejournal.com
LIKE I WASN'T GOING TO TELL YOU (yeah, it is a very long mail).

You're really welcome :)

Date: 2010-11-25 09:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] littlehutt.livejournal.com
I KNOW BUT I NEEDED TO CAPLOCK MY ANSWER BECAUSE I'M A DRAMA HUTT LIKE THAT.

Date: 2010-11-25 09:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] littlehutt.livejournal.com
Teehee :D I wasn't sure you had started watching season 2, but if you have, let me know if our super long mail what you think of it, m'kay?

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