Twenty-four years ago today, December 6, 1989, Marc Lépine murdered fourteen women and wounded ten women. He entered École Polytechnique de Montréal with a Ruger Mini-14 and a hunting knife for the purpose of “fighting feminism” by murdering the female engineering students there. He began his violence in a classroom where first he ordered the students to separate into men and women. He asked the female students in French if they knew why he had singled them out.
One student answered no, and Lépine explained, “I am fighting feminism.” Nathalie Provost attempted to defuse the situation: “Look, we are just women studying engineering, not necessarily feminists ready to march on the streets to shout we are against men, just students intent on leading a normal life.” Lépine replied, “You’re women, you’re going to be engineers. You’re all a bunch of feminists. I hate feminists.” He opened fire and killed six women. Lépine continued through the school, committing more murders and assaults (gun and knife). Finally he killed himself. Contained in his suicide note was a hit list of nineteen more Quebec women whom he considered feminist figures.
In response to the École Polytechnique massacre, Canada designated December 6 National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. On this day we also remember all violence against women: we call attention to partner abuse and violence against women which is especially overlooked, like the violence so many Aboriginal women face.
24 years ago today, fourteen women died because they were women.
"Homophobia: The fear that another man will treat you like you treat women." ~ (unattributed)
”There comes a point where we need to stop just pulling people out of the river. We need to go upstream and find out why they’re falling in.”
From “How to Marry a Millionaire” http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0045891/
I am seriously considering putting myself in a ridiculously vulnerable and possibly discriminatory and stigmatizing situation, on purpose, and it’s kind of thrilling in a sick way.
Going on TV? Going on “reality” TV? Going on TV with Meme Roth?
I like to share. Sharing is sort of what I do.
But please don’t post big chunks of my website to Tumblr without attributions, okay? I am a writer. My words are my life. Having them go around as public domain or “I dunno who wrote this, just somebody” hurts me, a lot. It says I have no value as a creator, just as a content generator. So please, please don’t.
Just so everyone knows I’m not some lone crazy woman here. ALL creators deserve proper attribution & a say in how their work is shared online. Don’t be a selfish lazy jerk please.
Photos by Sean Derrick
“Well, my feet they finally took root in the earth but I got me a nice little place in the stars.”
– Bruce Springsteen, Growin’ Up (via lanottoladiminerva)
“Is a dream a lie if it don’t come true, or is it something worse?”
– The River, Bruce Springsteen (via rememberingtolovemyself)
You say FAT like it’s a bad thing.
Cut scene from Trash
WHY DO THEY CUT OUT THE MOST PERFECT PARTS?