Mariel Clayton // ‘Girls will be Girls’
“…of course he wanted it, you don’t wear those kinds of clothes if you don’t want that sort off attention”
“Well he shouldn’t have got that drunk anyway, that’s just asking for trouble…”
“He should have known that these kinds of things can happen and been more careful..”
“Oh he liked it.. all men like it… they just feel guilty about giving it away so they have to find someone to blame..”
“Boys with any self-respect don’t go to those sorts of parties and put themselves in those sorts of situations to begin with..”
Before the backlash begins… this is NOT meant to be a humorous piece. This is my take on what I see and hear around me.
There are plenty of people who claim that rape culture does not exist, and use women’s reclaiming of their sexuality as an excuse as to why.
Rape is not about sex. Rape is about power. There is no pleasure in the rape act - only in the act of asserting dominance, in the most intimate and vulnerable means possible.
"Mary Mary quite Contrary
How your garden does grow,
With silver bells and cockle shells
And pretty Maids all in a row.”
"Forget the sweet image of the bimbo in the, albeit strange, garden. The nursery rhyme of ‘Mary Mary’ refers to Mary Tudor, Queen of England after the death of her father and brother.
The line ‘how your garden does grow’ ( which has been subtly altered over time) refers to the growing number of graves in Catholic England during Mary’s reign, as she tried to re-instate the Catholic faith as the one and only to the people. It’s estimated that between 300 – 1000 protestants were tortured, burned and killed by her policy of religious reformation (numbers vary greatly, but seems to be leaning toward the latter).
The mention of ‘silver bells’ and ‘cockle shells’ refer to the instruments of torture. ‘silver bells’ denote the thumbscrews, and ‘cockle shells’ were devices attached to the more sensitive parts of the male anatomy and used to apply great pressure until something, or someone gave in.
A ‘Maid’ was a colloquialism used to refer to a device that was the precursor to the guillotine.
Sounds like someone wished Midol had been invented a few years early.”
Fred Gwynne as Herman Munster c. 1960s