I remember the first time I participated in a Take Back the Night march. I was in college. It was a “no brainer,” to participate in the march. I had female friends and relatives who were vulnerable. I’d heard some of my female friends refer to a poorly-lit parking lot on campus as the “rape lot.” Some of the women I knew had been followed, stalked, threatened, etc. Some had been sexually assaulted. Some had been raped.
I was out by then, publicly so, as I’d started writing editorials on gay issues for the student run newspaper and had come out in my first column. (Nothing says “point of no return” like going to bed knowing that in the morning some 25,000 people will open up the newspaper and see your name, your face, and the words “I am gay.”) Since then, I’d received a few threats myself, had the occasional beer bottle land somewhere near my feet as I made my way back to my dorm at night, felt the fear of realizing that someone who’d uttered as slur in my direction earlier appeared to be following me
Like I said. Joining in taking back night was a no brainer. So is joining in Take Back the Blog.
As announced, this page will host the April 28, 2007 Take Back the Blog! Blogswarm in support of the rights of women to participate fully in all aspects of our society, including specifically online in the world of blogging but indeed everywhere and at all times, day and night, without fear of harassment, intimidation, sexual harassment, online stalking and slander, predation or violence of any sort. This page will be modified without notice during the next several weeks to accommodate the incoming structure and content for this Blogswarm.
Bruce at Crablaw will be updating the Take Back the Blog! page on his site between now and then. I’m definitely in.