U.S. Vogue editor Anna Wintour joined the ranks of Georgio Armani and Karl Lagerfeld when President Nicolas Sarcozy presented her with the medal of Chevalier of the Legion d’Honneur. To receive France’s highest order of decoration she was able to snag the midnight blue beaded Chanel Haute Couture that debuted just the night before.
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.
"I don't believe in the wasting of time & I don't believe that I'm wasting mine."
I used to think people who just up and moved were crazy. Now I understand, when the passion in your heart grows & grows, it literally propels you toward that goal. What’s crazy is not to listen to it, not to move toward something greater; the greatness you harvest inside your very soul.
Packing my life into little boxes
Tiny treasures found, I
brush off the dust with the lightest of hand
Think about yours and mine
Finally. Skin to skin
Heart to heart, mind to mind you
read my soul, like the
Heart on my sleeve but,
I have to leave
packing my things into little boxes, I
come to find, some pieces of heart
Shattered but, pay no mind because
that was Then and This is now - and
as I went to throw an old book away
it opened up the past
“The day will come when, after harnessing space, the winds, the tides and gravitation, we shall harness for God the energies of love. And on that day, for the second time in the history of the world, we shall have discovered fire”
A second thought, a change of hand
I think I’ll hold on to it