Sunday, 19 October 2014

Round Up :: Blog Action Day 2014

Participating in Blog Action Day was rather enlightening for me this year. My topic of choice was gender inequality with a focus on street harassment because the issue stuck out and I feel, largely affected me to make my voice be heard.

So many bloggers all over the world chose to rattle their airwaves and show how inequality does not just affect gender but economics, race and identity. I felt an overwhelming need to reflect and that feeling gave rise to this round up post.

// The question was asked and given the statistics, it really had me wondering,  can we change the rules of the global economy?

// Helen has a suggestion on how, if yes, we might begin to try.

// My view on being mixed race is that it is a wonderful blessing however for those who live the concept everyday so many negative notions arise both outside and inside of the family a discussion of this is considered in this post.

// Though not an official participant of #BAD14 I thought this discussion on self harm and the discrimination those who battle this crisis face was rather timely, even more so because the post went up on Blog Action Day.

// Did you know that Nobel Peace Prize winner and champion for education for all Malala, started out just as another girl with a blog?I didn't and again it reminds me of the power of the written word to change and ripple through so many lives.

Something that continues to be underlined in my studies is the importance of reflection and I can truly say I have reaped the benefits of incorporating reflection into the many many facets of my life. So don't be surprised if reflection becomes a regular feature around here.

I hope you're having a happy relaxing Sunday evening. Me I'm still fighting my way through 91 pages of class readings. I'm on page 31 so far, wish me speed and concentrations!

What does inequality mean to you?

Peace. Love. Perspective.

Friday, 17 October 2014

Musing :: NOTD : Breast Cancer Awareness

Good morning and happy Friday! Did you know that it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month? The boobies are something that are very important to me and this cause in particular has a special place in my heart as at a very young age I was made to be reminded that any disease could hit at any time.

There is no time limit or age limit to ill-health, it does not discriminate class nor creed nor any other distinguishing groupings we set for ourselves. This is the case with most sicknesses i acknowledge, this cause however, has a personal affect on my heart given past experience.

So if you haven't yet, check the gals (your own please I don't think you can read blogs from prison) for abnormal lumps, just to be safe.

Peace. Love. Better Safe than Sorry.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Because I Don't Have a Penis My No is Not Enough #BlogActionDay

Blog action day is a day when all over the world blogs unite their voices to be heard on an issue effecting their world. This year be battle inequality with out words.

If I were a boy I could walk down the street in whatever I wanted. I could adorn shorts in Caribbean weather while living in a Caribbean country and not have to worry about some one telling me about my vagina and what they would like to do with it. If I where a boy my legs would just be legs not an invitation to sex.

If I were a boy, I could walk modestly dressed, to work and not have people yell derogatory slurs at me telling me how nice my breasts are. I could walk into the grocery store and not have employees constantly whisper objectifying terms at me while I contemplate my list. 'Like them breasts girl' wouldn't be the kind of complement that would be acceptable.

I could go out to an evening with friends and not feel my stomach drop when the evening is over, realising I have to walk to the bus stop on my own. That i have to listen to people threatening to rape me in public as their group of friends laugh and everyone else pretends not to hear.

I could walk to the bus and not have people grab a hold of me and laugh at my attempts to get away, sharing proudly that they have nothing to fear because society expects them to hurt me.

I could walk down the street grieving and not have people scream deplorable terms about my character because I could not nor would not smile on command when they told me how much they want to sleep with me even though they do not know my name and so lower my worth to one word physical attributes like 'sexy' 'sweetness' or 'nice thighs'.

If I was a boy I could easily feel safe in my own skin. I would not be expected to have my self worth decided by the words that came out of the mouths of the opposite gender. I could believe I am pretty because I am and not because someone said my type of look is nice today until they and mainstream media get bored of it.

But I wasn't born a boy. So walking the streets at night by myself or in a group is dangerous because I have a vagina...which makes people look at me and feel they have every right to take away my free will.

I am against street harassment because I just want an equal sense of safety when I walk down the street. I just want the body parts I am born with to not be used as an excuse for your choice to hurt me. I just want the freedom to walk to my bus, my groceries or my friend, or even to just stand still without your unsolicited approval. I just want to not have to be afraid to have a daughter because she will be blamed for the body she is born into and the chosen actions of her attacker.

Don't I deserve the eradication of this inequality? Don't you?

I once had a conversation with a male friend and his question was 'What's the big deal in asking someone to smile? Just smile.' The big deal is that it makes me uncomfortable. The big deal is that you don't even know me but you want me to do something on command that will make you feel better because you said so. The big deal is that you don't even know me but you are trying to dictate how I should feel better. The big deal is that you do not welcome unwanted advances, say for instance, from someone of the same gender; some one you are not attracted to but you demand that I should welcome yours. The big deal is, that I am telling you that it makes me uncomfortable  but you still feel like that is not sufficient reason to stop.

Because I don't have a penis my no is not enough.

I have the equal right to walk in the streets of my country without being harassed, stop punishing me because I don't have a penis.

It's not a compliment; it's street harassment.
What men are really saying when they catcall women?
IF we lived in a world where women catcalled men.
I am not a person to you. (warning expletives)
So, how was your day?
Peace. Love.Voice