Sunday, October 19, 2008

Important

Over at Shakesville, there's a thread going now in response to the question, "In what ways has the idea of sexual assault and/or street harassment affected your daily movements?"

I do like to keep this blog more or less about the plants, just because I know that for a lot of people, myself included, gardening is a way of escaping and avoiding the various unpleasant life stuff we all have to one degree or another. But this is too important not to say something about. So please. I implore you: you should read this. Even if you think it can't possibly apply to you, especially if you think it can't possibly apply to you, you should read it. All of the comments. Or at least as many as you can take. If you have, yourself, been the victim of sexual assault, you may find this triggering memories you'd just as soon not relive, so in that case, you're excused from following the link.

For everybody else: do not leave your own comment there about how everybody's overreacting or being paranoid or whatever, because if you do they will fuck you up. No tolerance for trolling over there. If you feel compelled to question any of what's being said, it very likely means that you do not understand it yet. You have been warned. If you absolutely must question what's being said over there, please come back here to do it and let them have their space.

Non-trollish comments are welcome here too, of course.


4 comments:

our friend Ben said...

This is so important, Mr. S. Thanks for being brave enough to blog about it! I've never had to face any kind of sexual threat, thank God, though I was once robbed at gunpoint. But that's nothing compared to the feelings of a friend whose home was broken into while she was away, or mercy on us, being violated one's self. The damage done! The impossibility of feeling safe! The shameful indictment of a society that would permit such a thing to happen.

our friend Ben said...

This is so important, Mr. S. Thanks for being brave enough to blog about it! I've never had to face any kind of sexual threat, thank God, though I was once robbed at gunpoint. But that's nothing compared to the feelings of a friend whose home was broken into while she was away, or mercy on us, being violated one's self. The damage done! The impossibility of feeling safe! The shameful indictment of a society that would permit such a thing to happen.

eatingphotos said...

This is a really great post! I'm still going through the comments. Powerful stuff.

I love your other posts too! Keep up the good work (here and on Garden Web too : )).

lisa said...

THANK YOU for leading me to that thread!! I'm still not done reading all the comments, but I can't stop...it's like a novel that I cannot put down. (Too bad it's all true and not just fiction.) Simply amazing.