24 years ago today, 14 women were killed in an act of sickening violence at the École Polytechnique in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Targeted for being women and for being engineers, we must never forget their names.
- Geneviève Bergeron (born 1968), civil engineering student
- Hélène Colgan (born 1966), mechanical engineering student
- Nathalie Croteau (born 1966), mechanical engineering student
- Barbara Daigneault (born 1967), mechanical engineering student
- Anne-Marie Edward (born 1968), chemical engineering student
- Maud Haviernick (born 1960), materials engineering student
- Maryse Laganière (born 1964), budget clerk in the École Polytechnique’s finance department
- Maryse Leclair (born 1966), materials engineering student
- Anne-Marie Lemay (born 1967), mechanical engineering student
- Sonia Pelletier (born 1961), mechanical engineering student
- Michèle Richard (born 1968), materials engineering student
- Annie St-Arneault (born 1966), mechanical engineering student
- Annie Turcotte (born 1969), materials engineering student
- Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz (born 1958), nursing student
It is all too easy to fall into the comfortable trap of assuming that the atrocity at École Polytechnique, and the misogyny that propelled it, is a tragic relic of the past, disconnected from our here and now by a gulf of progress and triumph.
Sadly, this is not the case. Whether we look at what faceless men’s rights activists angrily say on the internet or, more importantly, we look at all the regressive, misogynistic policies enacted all around the world, it is clear that the past has not passed by us.
Remembrance is more than just the marriage of memory and acknowledgement. Remembrance is the true and total understanding of what has been lost and how we are all degraded by that loss.
We can never forget what happened. But to add to that, we must always remember that we must never stop addressing inequality and injustice wherever we see it.
Powerful and amazingly well executed ad campaign to bring awareness of the abuse towards women. These ads are for “Save Our Sisters” campaign from Save The Children of India.
Seanan McGuire went on a very long, very excellent rant on Twitter this morning, and I felt it deserved to be organized.
Yes yes and YES!
The Everyday Sexism Project
The Everyday Sexism Project exists to catalogue instances of sexism experienced by women on a day to day basis. They might be serious or minor, outrageously offensive or so niggling and normalised that you don’t even feel able to protest. Say as much or as little as you like, use your real name or a pseudonym – it’s up to you. By sharing your story you’re showing the world that sexism does exist, it is faced by women everyday and it is a valid problem to discuss.
If you prefer to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org I can upload your story for you instead. Follow us on Twitter (and submit entries by tweet) at @EverydaySexism.
If you think you’ve heard some nasty stories about sexism, these ones will have you reeling.
Visit www.everydaysexism.com and read about women who have been a victim of, witness to, or experienced in some way terrible sexism. If something has happened to you or were witness to something terrible, you can add the experience to the website or tweet it at @EverydaySexism. You can even filter them by country, so if anyone out there thinks this only happened to them, there might be other out there telling their experiences so you can to.
Let me tell you a thing, about an amazing man named Patrick Stewart
I went to Comicpalooza this weekend and I was full of nervous energy as I was standing in line to ask Sir Patrick Stewart a question at his panel. I first had to thank him for a speech he had given at amnesty international about domestic violence towards women . I had only seen it a few months ago but I was still dealing with my own personal experience with a similar issue, and I didn’t know what to call it. After seeing Patrick talk so personally about it I finally was able to correctly call it abuse, in my case sexual abuse that was going to quickly turn into physical abuse as well. I didn’t feel guilty or disgusting anymore. I finally didn’t feel responsible for the abuse that was put upon me. I was finally able to start my healing process and to put that part of my life behind me.
After thanking him I asked him “Besides acting, what are you most proud of that you have done in you life (that you are willing to share with us)?”. Sir Patrick told us about how he couldn’t protect his mother from abuse in his household growing up and so in her name works with an organization called Refuge for safe houses for women and children to escape from abusive house holds. Sir Patrick Stewart learned only last year that his father had actually been suffering from PTSD after he returned from the military and was never properly treated. In his father’s name he works with an organization called Combat Stress to help those soldiers who are suffering from PTSD.
They were about to move onto the next question when Sir Patrick looked at me and asked me “My Dear, are you okay?” I said yes, and that I was finally able to move on from that part of my life. He then passionately said that his mother had done nothing to provoke his father and that even if she had, violence was never, ever a choice a man should make. That it is in the power of men to stop violence towards women. The moderator then asked “Do you want a hug?”
Sir Patrick didn’t even hesitate, he smiled, hopped off the stage and came over to embrace me in a hug. Which he held me there for a long while. He told me “You never have to go through that again, you’re safe now.” I couldn’t stop thanking him. His embrace was so warm and genuine. It was two people, two strangers, supporting and giving love. And when we pulled away he looked strait in my eyes, like he was promising that. He told me to take care. And I will.
Sir Patrick Stewart is an absolute roll model for men. He is an amazing man and was so kind and full of heart. I want to let everyone know to please find help if you are in a violent or abusive house hold or relationship. There are organizations and people ready to help. I had countless people after the panel thanking me for sharing the story and asking him those questions. Many said they went through similar things. You are not alone.
^ Here is the video of my question to Sir Patrick Stewart
Photos by Eugene Lee, Thank you
Collage made from confessions of anonymous rape/abuse survivors, submitted to a tumblr blog, painted over with acrylics. This college was meant to show how often things like this happen- overall the confessions received totalled to around 30 messages within half an hour. Just from one girl making one post on to a personal blog asking if anyone had experienced rape and abuse. A lot more than even I expected and utterly disgusting and terrifying. This is our culture.
This made me sad but it’s done anyway
Great piece, absolutely moving. Signal Boost.
Morocco to change laws to outlaw rape marriages after suicide of girl forced to wed her rapist
Nearly a year after Morocco was shocked by the suicide of a 16-year-old girl who was forced to marry her alleged rapist, the government has announced plans to change the penal code to outlaw the traditional practice.
Women’s rights activists on Tuesday welcomed Justice Minister Mustapha Ramid’s announcement, but said it was only a first step in reforming a penal code that doesn’t do enough to stop violence against women in this North African kingdom.
A paragraph in Article 475 of the penal code allows those convicted of “corruption” or “kidnapping” of a minor to go free if they marry their victim and the practice was encouraged by judges to spare family shame. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar)
This is the article of the day.
Why any woman would vote Republican these days is beyond me. These idiots shouldn’t be trusted to make your food at a Jack in the Box, much less creating laws.
Seems to me, if any part of your platform in any way defends the idea of rape, it’s maybe time to reconsider your party’s direction.
Tina throws down.