Here’s the thing, I’m sick. I’m sick of living in a society who lives on a rape schedule-I’m sick of, after a long day at work I have to spend $20 on a cab fare to avoid the blue line. I’m sick of walking with my keys between my fingers when I get out of the cab because they’re not allowed to go down alleys. And what really churns my stomach is all the pointing fingers from the uneducated, misogynistic, people whose response is “Well maybe you shouldn’t live in the ghetto then”; “Maybe you should put some clothes on”, “Don’t walk down the alley, dumbass, you’re just asking for it”. Well… if I haven’t heard that one before. Very original, thank you for wasting my time with your extremely well thought out response. Maybe, instead of wasting my time, as well as the air it takes to explain this issue to you in layman’s terms, you should spend yours educating the mass between your ears.
You see, I like to go out with friends & have a great time. I also believe that when a woman steps outside her house she should be dressed well. Well, it is officially Summer and we all know the six inch platform grabs the eye and leads to mini-skirts. But, just because you can’t stop staring at my fabulous stems that lead to this mini-skirt does not give you the right to sexually assault or rape me. It’s actually quite simple : “Keep your paws to yourself my friend”
A couple of months ago I went out with friends & friends of theirs to Debonair Social Club. While dancing, a friend of theirs, grabbed my ass. Not that it makes a difference but, I’m not talking a tap, I’m talking full on, grabbed & jiggle. Ummm… hellooo, I don’t even know you!!! I should have immediately punched him in the face. I didn’t. When I pushed him & said “What the hell?!” his response was (brace yourself) “I’M A MAN!!”. Now I really should have jacked him in the face. I did not. I left.
The truth is, you could take all the risk reduction measures in the world, add them up, twist contort etc. but, they would never amount to risk prevention. Rape is not about sex or what you wear & unfortunately the opposing mentality has created a society who encourages the blame of victims. In the end, the responsibility of rape belongs to the perpetrator. I speak the truth & I speak from personal experience; “If you can steal my virginity & a little piece of my heart each time - OWN IT.”
Please join me this Saturday June 4 at the Thompson Center Plaza to march with SlutWalk Chicago from 12-3pm. I’m done being angry - now is the time to educate & raise awareness.
Here is the story that inspired SlutWalk Toronto who inspired SlutWalk Chicago.
Calling All Designers : Hello Kitty Wants You To Create Her New Threads
If you’re going to try & tell me you don’t like Hello Kitty, well… I’m going to stop you right there. Really?! One, Hello Kitty has ridden planes, dolphins & sailed - are you telling me you don’t like adventure? How are you at dancing? This cat can hula.
Hello Kitty is 37 & is 5 apples tall & weighs in at just about 3 apples. You think you’re going to look that cute when you’re 37? Highly doubt it. She is quite the world traveler, loves great tunes (she has her own record label “Hello World”), eating cookies & cake, and most of all loves making new friends. Her favorite word is “friendship” for crying out loud. And right as you’re teetering on the edge of falling in love with her, I tell you she was named the UNICEF Ambassador for Children in Japan & the U.S. Oops, there you go. You fell didn’t you?
Well now you can be part of the Hello Kitty legacy & show off your sweet designing skills as well. So, grab a sketch pad, sharpen those Prismacolors & design a new outfit for Hello Kitty. Once you’ve finished your masterpiece get to your local Sanrio shop, but hurry, the contest ends June 30th at 6pm. Word on the streets is: there will be two lucky winners who will each receive a $250 Sanrio gift card as well as have their designs sold in stores along with the Hello Kitty Dress-Me Collection.