What’s Current: Vandals graffiti Eurydice Dixon memorial

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  • Vandals sprayed graffiti onto the memorial for murdered Australian comedian, Eurydice Dixon.
  • Prime Minister Theresa May says she is disappointed that Sir Christopher Chope blocked a proposed ban on upskirt photography in Parliament, and has said that she wants to see the measure passed soon.
  • Stories hidden by the culture of silence around sexual harassment in Westminster are finally coming into the open.
  • A Texas sheriff’s deputy was arrested on allegations that he molested a four-year-old girl and then threatened to have her mother deported if she went to police.
  • Fair Play For Women is preparing a series of films, lectures, and public education materials to discuss how women’s rights are affected by the Gender Recognititon Act proposal in the UK and are accepting contributions to fund their work.
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Natasha Chart

Natasha Chart is an online organizer and feminist living in the United States. She does not recant her heresy.

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  • Hekate Jayne

    Firmly in your camp with you, in total agreement.

    The last time my first husband hit me was because he did not like what I had cooked for dinner. This was pretty soon after he had knocked out some of my fucking teeth. I couldn’t get him out of my house because of the laws at the time, and I had resigned myself to thinking that he was going to kill me. And I decided that I was DONE. I had spent so much time cowarding in fear, not in fear of him, but afraid of what would happen to me if I did kill him in self defense.

    And in this one moment, I had decided that I was not going to be afraid of him any fucking more.

    He was slapping me and I was backing away, covering my head, looking around for a weapon. I had been vacuuming earlier, and it was this industrial kind of a shop vac, it had a bunch of those heavy plastic attachments to use with it. I randomly grabbed one, and I landed on the one that was like a miniature vacuum cleaner thing.

    I hit that fucker once. Once was all it took. I had never hit him, so he never bothered to even think that I might. I grabbed that thing and I swung up right at his huge, ugly, melon head.

    I almost laughed, the look on his face was so fucking shocked. His hand flew up to his head, and I swear to fucking God, that asshole started CRYING. And he was all “I can’t believe you hit me, why did you hit me”.

    Then he said that he was going to call the police, lol. He ended up calling his mother to come and get him.

    He could have killed me, and I am certainly not advocating for women to do what I did, or suggesting that I did the right thing. But what I am saying is that some of these assholes will back the fuck down if we choose to fight them or if they know that we will answer them with force and punishment. Not all, but some.

    My first husband left my house of his own accord less than a month later. I was abusive, you see, and he was afraid to fall asleep in my house because he felt unsafe. And he wasn’t wrong.

    And anyone that wants to extend him mercy can go fuck themselves.

    • Wren

      Please tell me he’s dead. But if he’s not, someday in the future when he does die, you will tell me and I will pop some bubbly and celebrate a better world.

  • TwinMamaManly

    One particularly outstanding specimen let his phone ring, answered it and proceeded to converse during the moments of silent vigil. Just to make sure we didn’t forget to notice how busy and important they are.

  • TwinMamaManly

    He misunderstood. He didn’t even KNOW what upskirting is.

  • Hekate Jayne

    My current husband found me dancing to this last night………..


    And we had a laugh.

    In the YouTube comments, a woman talks about working in a DV shelter when this was released and the reactions of the women to this song and how much they loved it. I am not a fan of country, but it is hilarious.

    I am feeling like we have bought into their bullshit. I am not speaking for anyone else, only for me. But my feeling is that if a dude is going to hurt me, then he is going to hurt me. So I can try to beg and reason with a murderer. Or I can fight. I am fighting. Every time. He might hurt me, but he will be sorry.

    We are socialized to be docile because it is easier for predatory males. Most of them are weak cowards that will cry if we look at them wrong, lol. And I am willing to gamble.

  • TwinMamaManly

    Very very sure – he admitted it on radio:

    “In an interview with LBC radio following Sir Christopher’s controversial move, he admitted to reporter Nick Ferrari he actually didn’t know what upskirting meant before blocking the bill — and Mr Ferrari took him to task.“


    Fortunately, Chope is being shown the folly of his error by now being inundated with women knickers in the mail and decorating his office:


  • Blazing Fire

    Oh… such a scary, terrifying situation.. (scared of being beaten to death/impairment on one side, and even more scared that the guy would be even more angry that you dared to called the police, AND the police just left you in lurch, in a worse position than you were already in)
    I’m sorry I made you recollect that..:(

  • Blazing Fire