The Longest War

8 Feb

If you haven’t read Rebecca Solnit’s magnificent, horrifyingly truthful article on the war on women, you should do so now. Some people say that there isn’t one, least of all in America. They’re not paying attention. Frankly, after reading that article for the third time, I’m not really capable of anything more than an incandescent rage.

Here’s an except (but you should really read the whole thing):

“Never mind workplace violence, let’s go home.  So many men murder their partners and former partners that we have well over 1,000 homicides of that kind a year — meaning that every three years the death toll tops 9/11’s casualties, though no one declares a war on this particular terror. (Another way to put it: the more than 11,766 corpses from domestic-violence homicides since 9/11 exceed the number of deaths of victims on that day and all American soldiers killed in the “war on terror.”) If we talked about crimes like these and why they are so common, we’d have to talk about what kinds of profound change this society, or this nation, or nearly every nation needs. If we talked about it, we’d be talking about masculinity, or male roles, or maybe patriarchy, and we don’t talk much about that.”

Rebecca Solnit




2 Responses to “The Longest War”

  1. Mark February 11, 2013 at 9:30 pm #

    All I can say is get a handgun, a taser, or a can of mace and learn how to use it, plus take martial arts classes. If you rely on the goodness of strangers you to can be a statistic in the online articles. I have no problem cleaning up vermin, but that is after the fact and the damage is done.

    • j_luck February 11, 2013 at 10:00 pm #

      The problem there is that you’re still putting the onus of “not being raped” on the victim. Instead of teaching girls the bullshit “rules” on how not to get raped, we need to be teaching boys and men to not rape. That consent is sexy. That no means no. That this shit is not acceptable in any society.

      This is what rape culture looks like.

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