This post is dedicated to Mollie Tibbetts. The person accused of murdering her is an immigrant and there has been conflicting reports of his legal immigration status - side note, no human is illegal.
At the point of writing this, the American white house's twitter account is trying to use the immigration point as the important take away issue from the awful events that left a 20 year old dead.
Yes there is a pattern in this story. There is something that threatens and casts a shadow over many womxn (including non binary, gender expansive and any femme presenting people) and its not the picture that America's PoS in charge is trying to paint. The fact is that womxn are much more likely to be killed by their male partner than anyone else (38% of womxn are murdered by their male partner). Womxn are over 3 times more likely to be stalked than men and recent prison sentences for sexual violence have been disgusting small. (Brock Turner anyone?)
There is one thing that if we tackled it head on it would massively impact all of these gender based crimes. Male entitlement. Entitlement to our bodies and to tell us what to do with them. Entitlement to pass comment. Entitlement to take what they want no matter how we feel about it.
So many stories come to my mind of times when I have been approached and then the person has turned nasty when I have spurned their 'advances' - I'm using that in the loosest of terms because we all know its not a compliment, its a power move. There are times I do my best to forget about and there are times that I know could have ended up much worse but for whatever reason didn't - normally people helped or were around to discourage any aggression.
'hey gorgeous, give us a smile' which is normally followed by 'stuck up bitch' if you don't immediately do what is asked by a total fucking stranger.
So. Here's the deal. I am what some people could call 'feisty'. Basically I have a big mouth and I'm not very good at keeping it shut if I think someone needs to know that I know what they are up to. I call cat callers out. A. Lot. I chase guys down the street when they have made kissy faces at me while on their bike or gone back to ask people why they thought it was appropriate to tell me I had a nice ass. I'm pretty sure my Dad has many a sleepless night because of it. But you know what? I'm not going to stop. This is not my problem. Its theirs.
Its a massive problem that is worldwide and we need to tackle it. The only way we can do this is by acknowledging it.
We need to stop telling womxn how not to get murdered, attacked and raped. We need to tell young men at an earlier age that they are not entitled to anything.
Now I am not saying people should do what I do. Its not always a safe way of tackling it. We should all look out for each other though. Not only should we step in (if safe to do so) and help if our sisters are being harassed but we should also step in to call out all toxic behaviour from our brothers. We should teach consent to all.
Patterns are found by the patriarchy only when it suits them. Femicide and gender based violence due to toxic masculinity has been a pattern for thousands of years and still they refuse to see it. This latest event hasn't suddenly made me want to fight immigration, its made me want to continue to fight the patriarchy.