Catastrophe and the Cure

22 y.o - Melbourne, Australia /// Pizza Enthusiast /// Amazingly unburdened with talent 

tractionism:

Over the last week or so in Australia a boy with dark skin was threatened with beheading, a woman had her head smashed against a wall and was thrown off a train, mosques and cars have been vandalised, people are being abused in the street and social media is littered with hate speech and vile comments. Kind of interesting considering most of these people justify their attacks by linking Islam to terrorism and proclaiming it’s a hateful religion from violent countries. 

“I was accused of playing the gender card, of playing the victim. Dumb, trite arguments that entirely miss the point. Someone who acts in a sexist manner, who imposes sexist stereotypes, is playing the gender card. It is that person who is misusing gender to dismiss, to confine, to humiliate: not the woman who calls it for what it is. Calling the sexism out is not playing the victim. I have done it and I know how it made me feel. Strong. I am nobody’s victim. It is the only strategy that will enable change. What is the alternative? Staying silent? So the sexism is never named, never addressed, nothing ever changes?”

– Julia Gillard, My Story. (via phteven)