Sunday, 19 December 2010
You can't have missed the constant media hoopla surrounding the sexual assault and rape charges against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in the past few weeks. Before the snow hit, the media seemed to be covering every minute of his court hearings and bail applications, especially since this has been happening in the UK. But what you may not have heard so much about is the reaction to the Assange case in the USA and boy, is it a shitstorm.
Thursday, 2 December 2010
Last Thursday marked two things. One was Thanksgiving, but the other was International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women. This isn't just a day of awareness but the start of 16 Days of Action Against Gendered Violence when this often taboo subject can be discussed and action taken to prevent it and aid those who have already suffered its effects.
Here in London there have been events such a Rape Crisis fundraiser and the annual Reclaim the Night March last Saturday. I toyed with going to the march, but the cold weather and an invitation to go for cocktails sidetracked me. I also have some issue with the fact the march itself is female only. I understand some people think it should be a 'safe space' but I think it would be helpful to get a wider variety of men on side, not just the kind of right on guy who happens to be dating an outspoken feminist, but the kind of regular guy who doesn't know whether he knows any rape victims or feminists, but probably knows the type of man who thinks getting a girl blind drunk doesn't 'count'...