Rant: if you have an issue with #MeToo, please explain it to me WITHOUT the use of buzzwords/insults. Because I somehow I still see people directing blame towards MeToo and the survivors who have come forward. Exactly how productive is that...? How are you helping someone by telling them their experiences are invalid? How are you helping a survivor by essentially telling them "your assailant's honor is a bigger priority to me than your health"? I just don't get it. Due process exists, I don't really see what the huge fucking deal is when it comes to someone talking about their trauma. Let them speak without questioning their integrity or derailing with the topic of false allegations every 5 fucking seconds. I seriously don't understand where your priorities lie if you think harassing a potential victim of a heinous crime and calling them a liar is ever okay. All I ask is that you think about what you would say if your mother or father, brother or sister, son or daughter came to you with a MeToo story. Ask yourself if you'd show compassion for them, and if not, why do you think that is?
If you don't know me, I'm obsessed with quotes and collecting them, and these are from one of my favourite books EVER. I find almost all of Alexander McCall Smith's works to be an easy read with humorous and insightful story-telling. It talks about women's experiences in Africa, which is why I think its relevant here. I actually think I might've read this for the first time before I visited Botswana a couple years ago, and now its very dear to my heart 💕 [last slide is a short description of the novel: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency]
Happy #NationalComingOutDay to all my LGBT friends and allies. I wish none of you ever had to deal with bigotry and judgement from the people you love, and I'm sorry if you do. Your feelings and sexuality are totally valid and you deserve to feel safe expressing yourself 💕
I keep writing and re-writing this second part of the post, because......I think I'm bisexual? Bi-questioning? About a month ago, I started to really delve deeper into my sexuality and question myself brutally honestly, because of how much shit I've repressed over the years. I'm not in a hurry to jump on a label for myself though because I'm in a very happy hetero relationship and have only ever been with men, so.... I don't really know where to go from there. My brain is filled with so much other stuff that I don't really have the emotional energy to prioritize discovering my sexuality right now, so I'm kinda insecure about it at this point 😅 just thought I'd share, if anyone feels like they're in the same boat as me please reach out, I'd love to hear from you! Hope you all have a fantastic day!
From @onbeinginyourbody. Whether you immediately believe Dr. Ford or want to wait for due process, we can all say that what she's doing is brave and we can see now how dangerous it is for her to come forward. Coming forward shouldn't have to be dangerous in the first place, for any victims. And we STILL wonder why rape and sexual assault is underreported. I believe Dr. Ford personally because her story has been corroborated and many others have come forward in support of her story; this isn't a case of "he said, she said", this is a very serious accusation that must be investigated.
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