Why did it take me like seven hours to recognize that I was having a Grief Day? No idea.
But now that I know I was mildly helped by rewatching my favorite scene in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. “You are not a bad person, Harry. You’re a very good person who bad things have happened to.” - Sirius Black
for one heartbreaking moment just now, I thought my dad had left me a voicemail. I then realized it was my uncle’s voice. I know my dad is dead, but I still instantly go, “him!” when I hear his voice. Uh, no, Laura. Not so much.
It’s a scene that’s all too common in the U.S. anymore: act in any way defiant in the presence of law enforcement, or merely question a police officer’s “authority” and, whether that authority’s legitimate or not, you can expect to be assaulted, arrested and charged with some catch-all crime like disorderly contact.
That’s certainly what happened to one young woman who, after perhaps one too many drinks, dared defy a cop’s demand that she leave the Gallery Place/Chinatown metro station in Washington, DC. In a video now viewed more than 69,000 times, a uniformed thug — a Washington Metro Transit Police Officer, or do I repeat myself? — can be seen chasing after a woman in her early 20s, tackling her to the ground, and then laying on top of her for minute after excruciating minute as he grinds his crotch into her back, hikes up her skirt and pulls her hair.
This is very concerning to me. It could be that we are just now coming into the digital age of accountability and these practices have been around all along, or it could be that for whatever reason, tensions in this country are mounting and the police are being given carte blanche to do whatever the hell they please. Either way, it’s becoming clearer and clearer that we all need to remain vigilant.
This is completely outrageous. Please sign the petition. The video is potentially triggering; please take gentle care.
Me:And so I'm out there, you know, on my cell phone - I've been in New York for like, what, 4 hours? Never went home, just straight to the hospital from the airport, and I'm making calls and I have a flowchart in my head of how people are going to get informed -
Touch the Hand of Love - Yo-Yo Ma, Renée Fleming, Edgar Meyer
Last year my mom burned me this CD and told me how much she loved this track. I didn’t understand why and brushed off her comment. A few weeks later, when listening to it while walking on campus, it struck me why she, a woman who had been caring for her dying husband for years, would love it so much. I was ashamed to have not understood before.
It was what she got to do - touch the hand of love, together with my dad. Now she is continuing on alone. He was taken away.
Me:Yeah, Leah was Clippit, the paperclip in Microsoft Word that talks to you?
Mom:Ran, did you hear that? Leah was that paperclip-guy from Microsoft Word, you know the one where you make a mistake and he's like "what the hell are you doing, moron? let me help you!" and you're like "no, go away, stupid thing."
More on the Yale “rape chanting”. The Yale Daily News has concluded that those who objected to the chant are just hysterical and over-reacting. The fact that women in 2010 still have to defend their reactions to oppression and misogyny is horrible and preposterous. There are lots of good links in the linked piece which are worth following.
Following the incident in which Yale’s Delta Kappa Epsilon (DKE) fraternity pledges marched around first-year dorms chanting “no means yes, yes means anal,” the Yale Daily News decided the appropriate response to this was an editorial in the vein of: geez, what do you feminists want anyway?
Beginning with the winner of a title, “The right kind of feminism,” the YDN Editorial Board proceeds to attack the initial “overreaction” and “histrionics” of the Women’s Center, which was “almost as absurd” as the “idiotic and offensive” chant. Oh, us hysterical women, getting our panties in a twist over a little tomfoolery, making our absurd denunciations of rape culture. The editorial (which was followed by a weak “clarification” that was far from an apology) went on with its tsk-tsking: “Feminists at Yale should remember that, on a campus as progressive as ours, most of their battles are already won: All of us agree on gender equality.”
Being told yet again that our feelings are invalid. AWESOME.
Gender equality! Like consistently making jokes at the expense of one gender and further making the very real threat of violence a fucking punchline! All of us agree.
can’t believe rory gilmore went to yale
FUCK YOU YALE
How unbelievably offensive. Yale should be ashamed.
How vile. Strange how this sort of thing hasn’t happened in my time at my “Big 10” public university - not that we don’t have problems, mind you, but our paper sure as hell would not print this shit, and if it did there would be hell to pay - but did happen at an *Ivy.* Once again, my suspicions about Ivy League universities (informed in large part to my experience at Ivy League high school) are confirmed. No different than any other school.