My submission for the Write Bloody Publishing Contest. Please like, share, reblog, comment, pirate, and exploit. I need as much help as I can get!
Bobby Crawford and Kieran Collier - “Legos (Unfinished Masterpieces)”
“Taking apart legos is like giving a blow job to someone you hate… Sometimes, you have to use your teeth.”
A group piece from Emerson College, during semifinals at the 2013 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational.
Emi Mahmoud - “People Like Us”
“The worst thing about genocide isn’t the hunger, the murder, the politics, the government-paid soldiers that chase you across borders and into camps - it’s the silence.”
Emi Mahmoud, performing for Yale University at the 2013 College University Poetry Slam Invitational.
"As long as I’m safely unconsious and therefore shielded from the costs of an assault, why shouldn’t the rest of the world (or more specifically my attackers) be allowed to reap the benefits?"
This is a line from a blog post from a professor at the University of Rochester. My university. Where I and my friends have been catcalled, chased by drunken fratbros (no consequences for them!), and worry about going out after dark because of said drunken fratbros. I don’t want those fratbros being taught that if I’m unconscious, so long as they’re careful and don’t leave any evidence behind, it’s fine to whip it out and stick it in.
And last year the same professor published this article, wherein he agreed with Rush Limbaugh during the Sandra Fluke fiasco, but it gets even better:
If I can reasonably be required to pay for someone else’s sex life (absent any argument about externalities or other market failures), then I can reasonably demand to share in the benefits.
This is an economics professor, trying to frame his sexist, rape-apologist, slut-shaming, disgusting views as “economic arguments.” And he’s a professor - his opinion holds weight with his students, it has to.
Last year the university’s Women’s Caucus tried to protest his continued employment - it achieved nothing. Already, the University (of Rochester) is trying to cover its ass:
The University is committed to the academic freedom of our faculty and students. Their views are their own; they do not speak for the University.
In his personal blog, Professor Landsburg poses some hypothetical questions about an unconscious rape victim. He asks whether such rapes should be illegal. The University’s answer is that rape is abhorrent. It is and should be a crime.
Sexual violence is a concern on campuses across the nation. The University works very hard to combat sexual violence and to promote a culture of mutual respect.
I don’t want this cockroach of a man imparting his “wisdom” in any forum that gives him power. I want him fired, I want my university to be dragged through the mud if it has to be.
The best part is that tomorrow the University is holding a seminar on preventing assault. The university that refuses to fire a man who thinks whether I’m human or a blow-up doll depends on my state of consciousness. It’s wonderful!
Here is the HuffPo article on this. Please, try and help me get the word out. The professor’s name is Steven Landsburg, he teaches economics, he’s a shameless sexist slut shaming cockroach.
I know my university won’t respond without a shitstorm of negative media coverage, so please, help me give one to them. My friends and I are trying to contact major news networks, but they won’t give a rat’s ass if there’s not enough people who have already heard about it.
please, please, PLEASE signal boost this as much as you can!
Denice Frohman - “Dear Straight People” (WOWPS 2013)
“I don’t like closets, but you made the living room an unshared space. Now I feel like a guest in my own house.”
Denice Frohman, demonstrating why she just won the Women of the World Poetry Slam. (It’s because she’s awesome.)
Rachel McKibbens, After School Special
That woman with that hole in her chest
that’s me. I made the mistake of telling her
how someone broke my heart once.”