By Eve Ensler
I am over rape.
I am over rape culture, rape mentality, rape pages on Facebook.
I am over the thousands of people who signed those pages with their real names without shame
I am over people calling it freedom of speech and justifying it as a joke.
I am over people not understanding that rape is not a joke and I am over being told I don’t have a sense of humor, and women don’t have a sense of humor, when most women I know (and I know a lot) are really fucking funny. We just don’t think that uninvited penises up our anus or our vagina is a laugh riot.
I am over how long it seems to take anyone to ever respond to rape.
I am over the hundreds of thousands of women in Congo still waiting for the rapes to end and the rapists to be held accountable.
I am over the thousands of women in Bosnia, Burma, Syria, Somalia, Pakistan, South Africa, Guatemala, Sierra Leone, Haiti, Afghanistan, Libya, you name a place, still waiting for justice.
I am over rape happening in broad daylight.
I am over a woman being gang raped and murdered on a bus in Delhi or gang raped and videoed in Steubenville, Ohio.
I am over one in three women in the U.S military getting raped by their so-called “comrades.”
I am over the forces that deny women who have been raped the right to have an abortion.
I am over rape victims becoming re-raped when they try to prosecute their cases
I am over women still being silent about rape, because they are made to believe it’s their fault or they did something to make it happen.
I am over violence against women not being a #1 international priority when one out of three women will be raped or beaten in her lifetime – the destruction and muting and undermining of women is the destruction of life itself.
No women, no future, duh.
I am over this rape culture where the privileged with political and physical and economic might, take what and who they want, when they want it, as much as they want, any time they want it.
I am over the endless resurrection of the careers of rapists and sexual exploiters – film directors, world leaders, corporate executives, movie stars, athletes – while the lives of the women they violated are permanently destroyed, often forcing them to live in social and emotional exile.
I am over the passivity of good men. Where the hell are you? You live with us, make love with us, father us, befriend us, brother us, get nurtured and mothered and eternally supported by us, so why aren’t you standing with us? Why aren’t you driven to the point of madness and action by the rape and humiliation of us?
I am over years and years of being over rape.
And thinking about rape every day of my life since I was 5 years old.
And getting sick from rape, and depressed from rape, and enraged by rape.
And reading my insanely crowded inbox of rape horror stories every hour of every single day.
I am over being polite about rape. It’s been too long now, we have been too understanding.
We need to END RAPE in every school, park, radio, bus, TV station, household, office, factory, refugee camp, military base, back room, nightclub, alleyway. We need people to truly try and imagine – once and for all – what it feels like to have your body invaded, your mind splintered, your soul shattered. We need you to let our rage and our compassion connect us together so we can change the paradigm of global rape.
There are approximately one billion women on the planet who have been violated.
ONE BILLION WOMEN.
The time is now. One billion women are rising today to end rape.
Because we are over it.
I am reposting this because I am taking part in Eve Ensler’s One Billion Rising movement this Thursday, February 14th, 2013. Women across the world will be dancing to honor those who have suffered or died as a result of violence or rape, or a combination of those. One Billion Women in this world have known one or both of those atrocities. We will not take it anymore.
“Dance is holy, sexual, and it’s a way of being very powerful and a little dangerous without being violent.”
Find out more about how you can join the movement on the website and find a Rising Event near you – Here. If you can’t make it to a Rising event, honor it in your own way. But honor it. Honor them. Show them we will not stand for a rape culture anymore.
We are over it.
Strike. Dance. Rise.