I am being told that last night I drunkenly kissed Mike on the cheek until he woke up and said with a smile on my face “they are coming for you” and then rolled over and fell asleep.
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.
Self reblog from last year. Still worth reading. Still remembering.
Today is the anniversary of the Montreal Massacre.
I will not forget.
Trying-to-finish-up-a-class-for-the-semester-but-I-cant-get-myself-to-work, a time lapse autobiography:
7:25- Ask my friends if 20% of my grade is really such a big deal
7:26- Groan in the corner of the living room and watch everyone have fun
7:28- Go back to room and get distracted by how loud everyone is
7:30-Become distracted by how quiet everyone suddenly becomes and go check on them to make sure they are ok
7:31-Get yelled at to go back into my room to work
7:33- Write Middle Easter instead of Middle Eastern and tell everyone and then laugh quietly to myself about it for way too long
7:34-Decide to write this text post
You know why women often say “nothing’s wrong” when something is definitely bothering them
It’s because men have been belittling, minimizing and mocking our emotions forever
And we are socialized to be as passive and undemanding and selfless as possible, and not to run any risk of bothering or angering a man lest he abandon or hurt us
It’s not passive aggression, it is fear
oh my god
and then its so highly regarded when men show emotions
i was teaching my grandma to use computer so we can talk on skype and such but today she went kinda mad at me because “i didnt show her the knitting programme” and i was like what
and it comes out she accidentally opened ms excel and found out its a great way to create knitting patterns
my grandma is 82
Zurich’s Bahnhofstrasse created mannequins that represent the disabled population for International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Its empowering and awesome to be reminded that the definition of beauty is so much broader than what we are accustomed too.