~ #MMIWG So you want a national inquiry?
So you want a national inquiry? Perhaps you signed a petition? Maybe you tweeted something relating to #MMIWG (missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls) recently and are now all worked about…
Really fantastic criticism of a national Canadian inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. I’m not sure what to feel when I’ve heard many other Indigenous women and organizations supporting Indigenous communities call for a national inquiry, a position I’ve supported, but this piece offers necessary reflection.
"Let’s get all up in arms about a process that is created by a colonial government and that doesn’t hold a colonial government accountable for its actions in remaining complicit in the violence against Indigenous women."
~ Alleged rape victim arrested to force her to cooperate in the case against her abusers.
Livid and so disappointed in this kind of feminism.
Feminist Amanda Marcotte has perpetuated incredibly harmful victim blaming and violent oppression by supporting the criminalization of rape victims. Telling people who’ve been assaulted that it’s their fault if someone commits further violence is flat out victim blaming and negates the responsibility of the person who’s caused this harm. Reporting doesn’t stop sexual violence and frequently further blames, shames and stigmatizes survivors, as we clearly see every day. Forcing people who’ve been sexually assaulted into police stations, courts and jail is never supportive. This only upholds and affirms rape culture.
Listen to survivors, believe survivors, and support survivors in the decisions they make to avoid the police and justice systems, or to report.
Sometimes I don’t feel like I can live up to “femme”. For years I felt I was only up to owning “part-time femme”. Femmeness both feels natural and a blend of so many collaborative parts of my gender identity and terribly scary and un-live-up-to-able. It feels like a really good outfit that my gender can sometimes look great in or look awkward and unsettled in.