THIS IS SO STUPID I’M CRYING
I’m all out of semesters at this university. Maybe I’ll get my shit together in grad school?
So the Chevaliere D’Eon is my new favorite transgender historical figure.
She told Louis XVI she was female at birth but had been raised as a boy so her father could collect an inheritance. The king and his court believed her, but they thought the idea of cross-dressing was so awful, they ordered her to “dress appropriately” (in women’s clothing) and even offered to pay for her new wardrobe.
Outwitted the King of France into recognizing her gender legally, and also scooped up tons of fab new outfits while she was at it. *snap* *snap*
A quote from Ray Bradbury (via angrytoonlink)
Every two minutes a person is sexually assaulted within the United States.
The documentary, Every Two Minutes, features the stories of sexual assault survivors as they illustrate the struggles surrounding this unspoken issue within our society. As both men and women bravely break the silence, their varying stories reveal similar themes that extend beyond our culture’s traditional understanding of this violence. From every age, gender, and socioeconomic class, these survivors bring a face to the incredibly prevalent, yet under-reported, population of survivors.
Among the film’s diverse group of survivors is Michigan’s Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer. Breaking her own silence surrounding her college sexual assault during a ‘Right to Life’ debate on the Senate floor, Whitmer has become an advocate for those affected by sexual assault. In the film, Whitmer discusses her experiences as a newly recognized survivor and expresses the importance of shifting blame to the perpetrator, taking action, and rising for justice.
Interspersed with survivor testimonials are interviews with therapists, nurses, police, and sexual assault advocates as they unveil the largely unacknowledged community of people victimized by sexual assault. Advocates, often students, of the Michigan State University Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention Team are followed during 24-hour shifts for the program’s crisis hotline and medical advocacy response unit. The advocacy emergency response bag presents as a silent narrative within the film. As the bag weaves through the various stories and testimonials of those immersed in responding to sexual violence, it serves a constant reminder that sexual assault is not an abstract problem, but one that occurs within our communities every day.
Every Two Minutes is a call for change in the way we view, educate, and treat those affected by sexual assault. The film asks us to tear down the myths and rape schema popularly illustrated within our society, and to finally just listen and believe.
Oh hey, I’m in this. Check it. Important work right here!!
a self-portrait from a zine i did about healing