to me in your sleep
and tell me I am bullet-proof.
Kiss me with acid
and make bruises
to prove you were here.
Tell me love doesn’t have to hurt.
Tell me I can do much better.
I do not know whether men are inherently violent and I do not care. My focus is women and doing what is best for women and other oppressed classes. The intention of the oppressor, his character, does not matter to me. I will still do what is best for women and if that means unjustly restricting a male class that cannot help but be violent, I do not care.
Look, I’m glad ‘12 Years [A Slave]’ got made and it’s wonderful that people are seeing it and there is another view of what happened in America. But I’m not real sure why Steve McQueen wanted to tackle that particular sort of thing.
[‘Fruitvale Station’] explains things like the shooting of Trayvon Martin, the problems with stop and search, and is just more poignant. America is much more willing to acknowledge what happened in the past: ‘We freed the slaves! It’s all good!’ But to say: ‘We are still unnecessarily killing black men’ – let’s have a conversation about that.
The first dozen times I heard this, I was horrified. But I heard it over and over again. I realized that many young men are not being taught the impact that sexual assault has on a woman. They are inundated by sexual imagery in the media, and often come to the (incorrect) conclusion that having sex is not a big deal. This, no doubt, is why the number of sexual assaults is so high.