Thursday, September 27, 2018


Rape Culture

“Ford says an inebriated Kavanaugh pinned her on a bed, muffled her cries and tried removing her clothes when both were teenagers in the 1980s. Kavanaugh has denied doing this and said he wants to appear before the committee as soon as possible to clear his name.” – CBS News

“From Anita Hill to the victims of Cosby and Weinstein, women are disbelieved, powerful men excused. When will we learn?” – The Guardian

Too many females have survived this old story,
self-entitled males, alcohol, sexual assault
covered up, minimized, ignored
by a good old boy network.

We are traumatized women who bear scars
reopened during each new egregious attack.
Men without remorse consider us inanimate
playthings put on earth for their pleasure.

As character assassination revictimizes
during disrespectful sham hearings,
we hear our own rapist’s malicious voice,
feel unwanted invasion, relive molestation.

I despair this time will be any different,
fiercely invoke a tsunami of feminist outrage
rising to capsize, sweep away political ships,
relentlessly drown criminal, misogynist vermin.

--Jennifer Lagier

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