On September 30, 2012 the Crates and Ribbons blog posted an excellent piece about “The kissing Sailor” and a follow up piece in response to all the comments the original post received. I highly recommend you read both blog posts as they offer something very important to ponder not only for American culture, but western culture and possibly even other cultures around the world that perpetuate ‘rape culture’ by making women secondary to men.
From The Kissing Sailor, Part 2:
“Our living in a rape culture doesn’t mean that everyone thinks rape is fantastic. What it does mean is a culture where rape and other forms of sexual violence are normalised, to be expected. It’s a culture where attitudes towards women’s bodies and attitudes towards perpetrators combine to tolerate and condone sexual violence, even while we pay lip service to the monstrosity of rape. It’s a culture where victims are criticised for their choice of clothing, their behaviour, and their sexual freedom, as though they are partly to blame for their fate. It’s a culture where women’s bodies are public property; they undergo scrutiny in the media, and weight gain in female celebrities like Christina Aguilera or Lady Gaga seems like a justification to hurl abuse at them. And the fact that Greta’s comments were given no attention in the news articles is certainly a manifestation of rape culture, contributing to and reflecting it.
I’m sorry that the term ‘rape culture’ makes people uncomfortable. But perhaps it’s time we stopped being comfortable. After all, it is when we start to acknowledge that society isn’t as perfect as we thought it was, that progress can be made.”
and the follow up piece from October 5, 2012:
What is it really like returning to our familiar America after living and experiencing life, and needing to find our own familiarity within a different ‘exotic’ place?
Renee DiResta, the name behind the “No Upside” blog recently posted this article, which you should read, and actually check out the original here because it is interactive and interesting: Continue reading
Oh my!! I feel after reading this that I could change the whole plan of my blog, as if there truly is a plan and respond to each one of these little lessons. I just might to be honest with you, yet that might also take away from its ultimate truth. This is a brilliant list, hence why it has been re-blogged and has many “likes”. I think this is true no matter where you live or what you do (or don’t do). I found this by clicking through the blogging community, clicking through, discovering and reading others words and inspirations. Once again I find reason to love this place, the blogsphere. It has so much to share!!
Today, I would like to honor another blog I follow, among the many. This one is by Safa Sofia. She is an exchange instructor at Universität Trier and has been writing about her experience thus far. In her most recent post she is apologetic about not posting to her friends and family in a while, but claims that she has been living simply, trying to save money, be a genuine friend and partner and be an effective educator all while looking for a full-time position within Europe while navigating the cultural differences between the US and Germany. Continue reading
I think it took me about a year and a half to realize I was an expat. While I like to toot my own horn enough, I also like to give props where I think they are due.