It is December 6th, and I remember.

I was 13 years old when Marc Lépine opened fire and murdered 14 women for being at engineering school when he wasn’t. He blamed feminism for the situation he was in, and murdered these women for being in non-traditional jobs, for being there.

Every year, the memorials I go to are different. Some are quiet - I remember several winters in the snow, holding candles and reciting names like a talisman against violence.

Geneviève Bergeron, 21 years old. Hélène Colgan, 24 years old. Nathalie Croteau, 24 years old.

When I was younger, they seemed impossibly mature and sophisticated. I used to imagine them laughing and enjoying university, cut down without warning. Now that I’m 35, they seem so young, and I wonder if they were afraid.

Anna, Je me souviens on the École Polytechnique massacre. Read the entire entry; I had a really hard time picking one piece to quote here. (via anachronistique)

Self reblog from last year. Still worth reading. Still remembering.

(via anachronistique)

Today is the anniversary of the Montreal Massacre.

I will not forget.

(via heyitsjuliuspepperwood)

“When we ask men to reject sexism and the abuse of women, we are not taking something away from them. In fact, we are giving them something very valuable - a vision of manhood that does not depend on putting down others in order to lift itself up. When a man stands up for social justice, non-violence, and basic human rights - for women as much as for men- he is acting in the best traditions of our civilization. That makes him not only a better man, but a better human being.”
Jackson Katz, The Macho Paradox.  (via yawnson)

thepoliticalnotebook:

kateoplis:

“No means no. No means no if she’s drunk or sober. No means no if she’s in the dorm room or on the street. No means no even if she said yes first and changed her mind. No means no—no matter what. I’m asking all of you, all of you to help get this message out.” —Joe Biden

The video is being released on the 17th anniversary of the passage of his Violence Against Women’s Actwhich is up for reauthorization this year.

A+. Lots of A pluses. I less than three you Mr. Vice President.

I dislike it when guys are told to “man up”, and it irks me that he ignored the fact that males can be raped as well… but I get that it’s the Violence Against Women Act, so overall, I want to hug him for this.