I was talking to friends about this week’s seemingly accelerated war on womankind, with the conversation covering such topics as Todd Akin’s take on how “women’s bodies have ways to shut the whole thing down” in the case of “legitimate rape”, Mike Huckabee on how “rape has created some extraordinary people,” George Galloway defending Julian Assange with the cute idea that “not everybody needs to be asked prior to each insertion,” the ongoing persecution of Pussy Riot.
These atrocities are ongoing, combining, and no strong statements are being made on them by politicians &c because their vested interests in the relevant countries are too strong. I wondered if it would be in any way positive or constructive to write to our local schools, encouraging teachers to cover these stories in Personal and Social Health Education lessons (they might have changed the name) alongside the wider issues of rape (no means no, always report), women’s rights, and the right to free dissenting expression.
Has anyone done such a schools-targeted letter-writing campaign before? Would it be a good idea? I’m really interested to hear what others think. I am furious about all of the above, and want to act in the most constructive way possible to make sure that young people in particular know that none of it is acceptable.