Oh I never forgot….
24 years old. Queer. Indiana/New York. BA in Gender Studies. Counseling student. Germanophile, writer, reader (see my books here), feminist, runner, writer, lover, Nerdfighter. More about me :) In recovery from an eating disorder & PTSD, living with depression. Trigger warnings always apply, please take gentle care. What's up, babycakes?
The most poignant part was the very end. If you don’t want to be spoiled, then skip this. But the scene in the medical bay…my God. That corpsman O’Brien was absolutely incredible. Portrayed by actual Navy medical staff member Petty Officer 2nd Class Danielle Albert, there was a comforting control and reality in her. Her knowledge and compassion, her steadiness… It was incredible.
She’d never acted. She was told by Hanks to “do what she does every day.” To just “react to how I’m acting.”
I don’t have words for how much I was moved by her performance.
This, this, this. Thank God for medics like her, who can stay calm and bring calmness while doing their jobs, and help traumatized individuals. This whole scene just destroyed me.
(It’s true — read here.)
"If owning a gun and knowing how to use it worked, the military would be the safest place for a woman. It’s not.
If women covering up their bodies worked, Afghanistan would have a lower rate of sexual assault than Polynesia. It doesn’t.
If not drinking alcohol worked, children would not be raped. They are.
If your advice to a woman to avoid rape is to be the most modestly dressed, soberest and first to go home, you may as well add “so the rapist will choose someone else”.
If your response to hearing a woman has been raped is “she didn’t have to go to that bar/nightclub/party” you are saying that you want bars, nightclubs and parties to have no women in them. Unless you want the women to show up, but wear kaftans and drink orange juice. Good luck selling either of those options to your friends.
Or you could just be honest and say that you don’t want less rape, you want (even) less prosecution of rapists."
If you’ve ever doubted yourself, walk deep into any forest. Notice how the trees still stand even though they are given no recognition. Walk along any stream. The water still flows, though no one stops to praise it. Watch the stars late at night; they shine without acknowledgment. Humans are just the same. We are made out of the same elements as these beautiful wonders. Always remember your beauty and self worth.