Hello to new reader k1sstheflame!
*whine* I wish I could just take the prednisone and get it over with. But I need to be in my right mind today.
Other ways to do good!
* emilytheslayer is doing a 5K for suicide prevention. (I did this with her last year, it is was very powerful.
* pretzelcoatl is doing a 5K for literacy.
* And treatsfortits is taking bids for yummy baked goods (some by me!) through Monday morning. (Note for nonlocals who are visiting in the near future: if you win my cookies, I'll bake them when you're here.)
I have my first survivor speech since... April, I think? I may have spoken at the June training? Anyway, first speech in a while. Tonight.
And I am all manner of antsy.
For the new kids, survivor speech = me getting up and telling the story of my rape in five minutes (it is surreal to reduce this enormous thing to a collection of hooks and talking points), then taking - usually 25 minutes of questions. But this is for an hourlong criminal justice class. I don't know if they want this for the whole class period. I'm open to that; I'm sure the students have a lot of good questions.
I love BARCC, but this is the one thing I don't get all bouncy about. I get anxious about it. But I think it's a really important thing, especially for groups like this, and like ER staff, incoming BARCC volunteers, cops... one thing that hampers people's ability to help rape survivors is that they don't know what to do and they don't know how to ask, not without feeling awkward and callous. So basically the service I'm providing here, rather than just putting a face on this, is being a rape survivor you can ask anything of. And you are encouraged to do so.
So it's a very valuable thing, but it's also the most difficult thing I do.
I will be in heavy distract-the-'song mode today, and wish I had post-speech plans.
About Social Change
whitecrow0 pointed me to this article, with the note that David Byrne's statements could be applicable to dismantling rape culture. I agree! So I quote.
But a few years ago, if you'd said, 'We gotta get new Yorkers to stop and pick up dog shit off the street,' my answer to you would have been the same. It would have been: 'You're not gonna get a big man stop and pick up the shit of a little dog, almost with his hands, and carry it around - that is not gonna happen!' And lo and behold, now there's no poop on the streets! People can change their behavior - they don't need to be whipped, they don't need to be thrown into jail, don't need to be handcuffed. They can change their behavior when they realize it actually benefits everyone.
* LJ security breach. Check your entries!
* Physics geek bookends!
* British Fantasy Society admits to 'lazy sexism'. Huh! Well, at least they admitted it.
* Valley Swim Club confirmed racist. There were e-mails.
* An important PSA.
* When a wolf and a coyote love each other very much...
* Great article about coming out in middle school.
Pumpkin V: Pumpkin, chocolate, coffee bean, vanilla bean, and hazelnut.
In bottle: Hazelnut muscles its way to the top.
On me: Pumpkin and chocolate vie with hazelnut. Smells like a coffeeshop pumpkin muffin.
Tattie Bogle: Hay, gunpowder, patchouli, autumn herbs, and sun-baked wood.
In bottle: Gunpowder.
On me: Mmm. The hay rises up and blends beautifully. This is outdoors in autumn.
Water on the moon! For serious!
Distraction distraction. I have a challenge to write a letter from one of my characters; Between is basically just a letter, so I may as well just work on that. Survivor speech tonight.