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Fuck Politeness

This is a revolution, not a public relations movement

This article in the SMH from Karen Willis of the NSW Rape Crisis Centre.

I still have issues with some of the language of the opening paragraphs (ie/”it may not have been criminal sexual assault”…also it may *well* have been, and “she had sex with six of them”, or if you believe Clare, was raped by six of them). I know what she’s doing there, she’s getting at even if it’s not technically criminal sexual assault their behaviour was still wrong and destroyed her. I just think that ‘it may not have been’ is well covered, where as ‘it may have been’ hardly got a look in. And if I was Clare ‘had sex with’ would sound incredibly offensive.

But this:

The work we do every day at the Rape Crisis Centre tells us there is a need for cultural change not just within league, but across all levels of society. If we want to reduce violence against women we need the silent majority of ethical men to take a stand. We need them to say the jokes about women, the mistreatment, and the violence are no part of being a man. We need them to say to unethical men that it is all utterly unacceptable.


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