the road the rain the sheen
the breath the line the skin
the vineyard the fences the leg
the water the breath the shift
the hair the wheels the shoulder
the breath the lane the streak
the lining the hour the reasons
the name the distance the breath
the scent the dogs the blear
the lungs the breath the glove
the signal the turn the need
the steps the lights the door
the mouth the tongue the eyes
the burn the burned the burning” —C. D. Wright, “Flame”
All kinds of women are the victims of sexual assault. Sex workers. Nuns. College students. Little girls. Old women. Women who have had no sexual partners and women who have had 100. Women who are walking alone at night and women who thought they were safe in their own beds. Women who wear headscarves and women who wear miniskirts.
Very few men, on the other hand, are rapists, but the small number who are tend to sexually assault a lot of women.
So why are we so interested in what a victim did, or what she looks like, or what her sexual history is? None of that makes her more or less likely to be assaulted. The scary truth is that women are raped because they had the bad luck of being stuck in a room with a rapist.” —
Jill Filipovic, Writing for The Daily. It’s a good summary of some of the problems with a lot of rape coverage, so check out the rest of it.
What an incredibly productive day in the city.
I (almost) feel like a grown up.
Ke mana kebebasan dahulu is in Malay. It asks, where has the freedom we’ve once known disappeared to.
Thanks for asking!