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Debbie says:

sow_1213_bu_team_celebration_004I have never read a better response to sexual harassment and disgusting male  behavior than this op-ed by six women from the 2012 Harvard women’s soccer team: Kelsey Clayman, Brooke Dickens, Alika Keene, Emily Mosbacher, Lauren Varela, and Haley Washburn.

The women are responding to a “scouting report” by members of the 2012 men’s soccer team. C. Ramsey Fahs, writing for The Crimson, Harvard’s newspaper, says:

In lewd terms, the author of the report individually evaluated each female recruit, assigning them numerical scores and writing paragraph-long assessments of the women. …

Each woman was assigned a hypothetical sexual “position” in addition to her position on the soccer field.

“She seems relatively simple and probably inexperienced sexually, so I decided missionary would be her preferred position,” the author wrote about one woman. “Doggy style,” “The Triple Lindy,” and “cowgirl” were listed as possible positions for other women.

Clayman, Dickens, Keene, Mosbacher, Varela, and Washburn’s response is epic, which is why this post is titled with the scream fans give when their soccer team scores, and especially when the team scores well.

I can’t keep myself from quoting at length, but please go read the whole op-ed.

We are these women, we are not anonymous, and rather than having our comments taken, spun, and published behind the guise of a fake anonymity offered to us by numerous news outlets, we have decided to speak for ourselves. …

We have seen the “scouting report” in its entirety. We know the fullest extent of its contents: the descriptions of our bodies, the numbers we were each assigned, and the comparison to each other and recruits in classes before us. This document attempts to pit us against one another, as if the judgment of a few men is sufficient to determine our worth. But, men, we know better than that. Eighteen years of soccer taught us that. Eighteen years—as successful, powerful, and undeniably brilliant female athletes – taught us that. …

We know what it’s like to get knocked down. To lose a few battles. To sweat, to cry, to bleed. To fight so hard, yet no matter what we do, the game is still out of our hands. And, even still, we keep fighting; for ourselves, yes, but above all for our teammates. This document might have stung any other group of women you chose to target, but not us. We know as teammates that we rise to the occasion, that we are stronger together, and that we will not tolerate anything less than respect for women that we care for more than ourselves.

I particularly appreciate how they generalize beyond themselves, how they understand this scummy report as an attack on all women. They had the option to stand on their privilege, to say “How could you do this to us? We are so special.” Instead, they chose to say “you have done this to all of us and we will not tolerate it.”

I say I wish I’d seen that team play soccer; and I’m very glad to see them play hardball.



Linking Around

Debbie says:

We got out of the habit of posting lists of links, and we want to get back into it–there is so much interesting stuff out there that we don’t have time to write about. Here’s a bunch from the last few weeks.

Well, it got people’s attention: Femen, a Ukranian feminist organization, expresses its opposition to sex tourism by staging a topless protest in Kiev on Friday prior to the draw for the Euro 2012 soccer tournament.

It’s a small step: The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology tells its members to prepare to start treating transgender patients. “This is a huge win in the area of health care access, a major issue for trans folks. … We are starting to see some important wins, and they all have that same feeling, like how is it possible this is even an issue? These are the kinds of obstacles we face every day.”

Annalee Newitz looks at body image in the Twilight series: “Twilight: Breaking Dawn … is basically a surreal, humiliating music video about teenage body panic. Every fleeting moment of self-hatred you’ve ever had about yourself is chronicled in excruciating detail here — and I think that’s why so many of us love to watch. It’s also why we hate ourselves afterward.”

Plus-size models and what that means: “Plus-size models… must utilize their bodies as capital and embark on a variety of body projects. If their measurements are not in perfect proportion, some stick padding onto their hips, “chicken cutlets” onto their breasts, and squeeze themselves into a pair of Spanx. If a model loses weight, clients tell her to do whatever it takes to gain the weight back, even if that means binging on fat-laden foods that can wreak havoc on any individual’s body. Failure to do so would mean the end of her career.”

(A small antidote to that horrible story: “I’m not posting this picture in solicitation of compliments, or insults, though I’m sure I’ll get both. … I’m posting it just to put one more picture out there in the world of a fat woman with a pixie cut. Other women might look at it and think, “Hell yes,” or they might look at it at think, “Hell no,” but the point is, they’ll have something to look at

Who causes autism? Women, of course. Echidne is fabulously nasty about this piece of junk science. She also notes, quite correctly, that this is not the first time mothers have been blamed for autism.

Sorry, I can’t help you: Siri, the the iPhone 4S voice-recognition based assistant, won’t help you find an abortion clinic? She’s fine on sources for Viagra, however.