Read this post by Lauren.
We must talk about rape culture, even if it makes us uncomfortable. Someone called my discussion of rape and sexism in Writing The Diaphragm Blues and Other Sexual Cacophonies a rant. It broke my heart to hear my book was a rant and to see that single star in the review. But I realized that the politics in my book, my view on rape culture and victim blaming would strike some folks the wrong way. That is the risk you take when you put yourself and your life out there for others to read and judge.
Then I realized, after some soul searching, my book was far from a pointless “rant,” rather it is a well supported war chant, with jokes thrown throughout for good measure, against rape culture, victim blaming, and misogynism.
People today are complaining about the constant beat of rape culture literature, about how they are done hearing about it and “can you all just get off your soap boxes. please.” Rather, we are asked to just put up images of “grumpy cat” and other cute but weak memes for the sake of ignoring the truth, the critical reality of a culture that basically allows for victim blaming and rape. The answer is NO. We should not stop talking about it until rape is considered unacceptable in all corners of the world, in all social structures.
I am a survivor of rape, of multiple rapes and I am sorry if you think I am ranting, but I am certainly NOT going to clam up. We must all rise above and be better beings. For those of us who just can’t bare to talk about this topic, who finds it a bore, a rant, and would rather ignore it, well … here is a nice image of grumpy cat for you, but by the look of this image, rape pisses Grumpy Cat off too 🙂
And as my friend Amber always ends her rants: Good Day! 🙂