Victims of the École Polytechnique shooting
I don’t think that the byline gives this story the weight it deserves.
Geneviève Bergeron, Hélène Colgan, Nathalie Croteau, Barbara Daigneault, Anne-Marie Edward, Maud Haviernick, Maryse Laganière, Maryse Leclair, Anne-Marie Lemay, Sonia Pelletier, Michèle Richard, Annie St-Arneault, Annie Turcotte, Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz
A man killed these fourteen women in 1989.
The first nine were in their Mechanical Engineering class when he entered, told all the men (50 of them) to leave, and informed the women that he was “fighting feminism” … and that he qualified them as feminists because the were “women who were going to become engineers.” Not because they were burning bras, or marching on the streets, but because they had the audacity to enter into - and succeed - in a highly competitive, male dominated field.
He proceeded through the school shooting at, wounding and killing students - going out of his way to kill the females, wounding males who got in his way, before entering another class room, where he shot to death two more women, and critically wounded another with his gun before stabbing her to death and then committing suicide.
In total, he killed twelve female engineering students, a nursing student, and a University admin, all women. Of the fourteen wounded, only four were men.
His suicide letter listed 19 prominent women in the city who he viewed as “feminists” - Police officers, a reporter, a union leader, a politician among them - who he had hoped to kill. He felt that “feminism” had ruined his life.
I just want you - if you happen to have read this - to let that sit for a bit. These women were students. That was their crime. They had undoubtedly worked hard - academically and socially - to get where they were, to educate themselves and better themselves and to be a productive part of society. And one misogynist ended that.
I attended an all girl’s school for eleven years (Age 7-18), and while the vast, vast majority of our education treated misogyny as just another thing we needed to be prepared for, something that happened occasionally when people were old, or jealous, or foolish, something that could be handled with the right social tools and the right attitudes, this story stands out as a reminder that Misogyny is more than just background noise in the work place. Violence against women is very real. And hatred against women who dare to excel is an especially vitriolic brand.
This is a big part of why I think that “internet” misogyny is so dangerous. Because people can “joke” about feminism, “joke” about violence against women, but that rhetoric is harmful and in some cases, those people will believe at a fundamental level in what they are saying - and by engaging in that rhetoric, and treating it as acceptable, you are incubating something incredibly dangerous.
You can say as a woman you’re not a feminist, but the matter of fact is, if you’re a woman and you plan to control your life, you are a feminist - not with a capital “F” - but still a feminist. It’s important to stop treating it like the “f-word” and start understanding what that means, beyond the hype and exaggeration of the media. Embrace it.
Most of the time I try to keep my ramblings off of this blog, because I don’t think I’m in a place to engage in dialogue on a lot of issues… but I was so tired of seeing articles that listed his name and the names of other school shooters, of reading about the trials and struggles he went through in his childhood.
Wow, so uh… they weren’t kidding about the whole “May cause problems sleeping”, side effect, my sleep aid is not aiding shit right now.
On the plus side, I actually managed to do readings today! And write some of my paper! And make appropriate contact with my profs both via e-mail and in person!
This is the first time I have started writing down a paper more than 24 hours in advance since… I had a tutor and a life coach and parents who hounded me daily back in high school, so you know, PROGRESS!
MY DAD GOT ME COPIC MARKERS????? FOR CHRISTMAS???????????????
FUAKCCCCCC FUCJJAIKN FUCK I cannot fucking believe this in this semester I have lost a phone and a pair of glasses and practically ruined a forty dollar pair of earphones and blown at least fifty bucks on art supplies what…
Cat! You are amazing, and Markers are quite agreeable. Do not worry because you will make outstanding artwork with them. I know it is a super stressful time of year, but try to enjoy your new art supplies!
Robert Brockway, http://www.robertbrockway.net/2013/07/18/its-not-a-game-if-you-cant-lose/ (via pelikinesis) —
Libby has been in ‘Swedish Mouse Prison’ (officially named by my roommates, who think it is too luxurious for a “naughty cage”, but the whole problem with barbering is needed more enrichment so if I have to isolate her at least she’s gonna be busy with lots to chew on and climb over.) for a few hours.
She seems to be quite alright with the situation. Set up residence in a cardboard box, broke in to her first bag of mixed seeds, and has explored the whole place.
Meanwhile in the big cage, Parker has spent her sister-free time using the wheel and reorganizing the nest. I think I’ve seen more of her out being active today than I’ve seen in the last week.
I feel bad about keeping Libby separate, but in the long run I think it will be better for everyone. I’m already looking forward to reintroduction and will be picking up lots of enrichment stuff while I’m in the city over the holidays.
people give me ocs to draw so i can fill up my sketchbook before turning it in to my teacher tomorrow 8|
SO YEAH IF YOU COULD GIVE ME REFS AND A PERSONALITY DESC THATD BE GREAT?? (prefeeeerably more humans than woofs though so )
/Incoherent screeching…. runstotackle…
ALRIGHTY. All of these have waaaay more info than you need, but you can just read the first little bits that are important?
Uhm. I have Tobias, and then there’s Xi… They’re in the same story together. He’s brash and stubborn and she is a sass master but they end up together in the end because I originally wrote the story when I was like 14 orz.
And then I have Skava who is a standaloneish character and all her info is after the jump.
Aaaand then I also have CATS WITH WINGS, Kyte and son, Tondra
Haha I hope the info isn’t too much orz sorry.
IU HATCHED A SHINY EEVEE
IT’S A GIRL
|Hi! I'm having a spot of trouble with my Mice and RoseofRodents thought you might be able to help. I have my three girls in an 18x24 terrarium, and things have been great, but recently, spats have started between two of them. One grooms the other (for extended periods of time), and eventually the one getting groomed gets fed up and they start squeaking/tussling. There's no biting/chasing... but it's definitely not harmonious. Any ideas what could be the cause? They've been together 10 months.|
Sorry to hear that your girls aren’t getting along as well as they used to. Grooming can often be a natural expression of dominance, but the squeaking suggests that your problem is more complicated.
Has there been any barbarism, or is it just grooming? Even if you haven’t yet noticed any bald patches on the mouse being groomed, barbarism isn’t always immediately obvious to the owner. Be sure to check her fur frequently. If you do notice any fur missing, or areas where the fur seems unusually thin, remove the barber from the cage.
About a year ago, Vesper would barber Ottilie. I kept Vesper in what I referred to as “the naughty cage”, though it was beside the other cage so that she didn’t get too lonely and could at least see her sisters. I waited until Ottilie’s fur had grown back completely, so that Vesper wouldn’t see the bald spot as a target, and then reintroduced them. Luckily, the problem stopped. Since you only have three, reintroduction would be the best outcome. This is the course I suggest if it is barbarism.
If there hasn’t been any barbarism, it may well be that you have a slightly nervous mouse on your hands. For no obvious reason, when she was about five months old, Sugarmouse began to make excruciatingly long, high-pitched squeaks during the night. It was like living on the set of a mousey horror film. I always checked her over, but nothing was wrong. No injuries. The vet said she was in great shape. But if someone brushed up against Sugarmouse unexpectedly, or made contact with her when she didn’t want to be touched, she squeaked relentlessly. Sugarmouse grew out of it after a couple of months, and if it’s nerves then your mouse may well get over them too.
If you’re worried about her, my first recommendation is always to take your mouse to the vet. Even if nothing is actually wrong, the peace of mind is priceless. If there is a health problem, they can help. There’s nothing the vet can do about barbarism, but it wouldn’t do to confuse a nervous mouse with a sick one.
Terrarium cages are secure, though with them you need to be especially vigilant about watching for a build-up of ammonia. I’m sure you keep your girls’ environment clean, but make sure it’s well ventilated too.
Good luck with your girls. RoseofRodents is right - I’m always happy to answer questions on mice. Please do let me know how the situation develops! I hope everything goes well.
All the best!
(P.S. Your pet photography is beautiful.)
Thank you so much for your prompt and thorough response!
I had been checking Parker’s fur for bald patches, but forgot to check her whiskers - it looks like barbering is the culprit and I will be setting up an additional tank for Libby to hang out in (with lots of extra enrichment) while Parker’s whiskers recover. Thank you for the advice!
Of course! My tank is one of those low ones, with extra vents in the front, and front-opening doors as well as a mesh top. I do nightly spot-checks along with weekly cleans to make sure it’s in tip-top shape for them.
And thank you, again!
Pokeddexy Day 1!
I associate with dragonflies on a personal level, I guess. So Yanma is my favorite bug pokemon
(I’m sorry all my favorite pokemon are for aesthetic/emotional reasons.)
Hey followers on my main blog! If you like Pokemon I’m going to be doing some slap-dash doodles of them throughout the month over on StirringDedenne, so… check that out I guess…