An editorial note:
Right wing homosexual blogger Jack Donovan (otherwise known as Jack Malebranche) has spent a lot of his summer trying to discredit women who believe that suggestive attire does not invite rape. His histrionic rants are so blatantly misogynistic I’m tempted not to even address them. But he calls out Portland, he calls out individuals that have contributed to qPDX, and he calls out qPDX itself, so how can I not?
What strikes me most is his need to consistently ridicule the efforts of self-identified sluts across the US and Canada, even creating a new blog dedicated entirely to cataloging the Slutwalks. He proclaims how useless these efforts are, claiming they wouldn’t benefit the “average woman,” (as if there were such a thing) while simultaneously spending his entire Saturday making “WhOregon” t-shirts. My instinct as a blogger tells me that spending a lot of time railing against the “useless” is particularly useful in increasing his page views.
He equates not being taken seriously with rape, but between assault and a bit of mockery, I’ll take the latter. Most of us have learned to deflect hate speech, though that doesn’t afford physical safety. Even I have, on occasion, laughed at the ass crack bearing plumber, but it would sound absurd to suggest that he should have some something hard and painful shoved up his nether regions for the crime of bearing skin. So, of course, I won’t do that.
What I will say is that not everyone’s standards of beauty match Donovan’s, and all kinds of people experience sexual violence.
I will say that Portland, and any other city, is entitled to have as many parades for “lesbians,” “sluts,” “women,” and any other group, as we want.
I will acknowledge that though our writing is not always perfect, our efforts are sincere. And our ability to call each other out and yet work together again in the future may be seen as a weakness, but it is also one of our greatest strengths.
And I will give space in this blog to hear from my colleague, Perry Eising, as well as you, the reader, and my whole, diverse queer community, of which even Donovan is, for better or worse, a part.
Perry says please note: the following opinions are mine except where indicated.
Ah, well, I suppose it was only a matter of time until the naysayers arrived, churning up dust with their hoofs while noisily bleating into the wind. I just didn’t expect the most ardent critique of Portland’s SlutWalk would come in the shape of Portland local Jack Donovan, principal writer for THE SPEARHEAD, which extolls itself as the savior website for poor repressed American men because their voice is “barely a whisper in the traditional media, we are consistently portrayed as worthless buffoons and advertisers ignore us.” When Donovan, the androphilic mouthpiece of this “movement” isn’t crying into his protein shake over being ignored, he likes to take aim at anyone who is not like himself, which so happen to be fae faeries, women, gayboys, people of other religions, twinks, fags, homos, dykes, chubby people, queens, boys, girls, trans* people, sex workers, femmes, people of color, democrats, and probably cats, bras, frilly things, clothes that are not rugged, shoes that are not boots, glitter, your mom and, oh, well, you get the picture.
Jack Donovan, author of ANDROPHILIA (I’m spelling this in all caps for increased manliness) newest target is, wait for it:
SLUTS. Oh, and US.
I don’t generally read articles on THE SPEARHEAD – it’s tough for me as a bleeding heart queer homo activist socialist genderfucker feminist intellectual-in-training (thanks for the full ride scholarship) to justify sacrificing the brain cells, but when I logged in to my email this morning I was alerted to a pingback (basically, someone has blogged about us from THE SPEARHEAD) alerting me to his posts about Portland SlutWalk, SlutWalk in general, and, yours truly, qPDX.
If you read this blog, Jack Donovan probably already dislikes you, but if you are woman-identified and possibly also slut-identified then he is really, really displeased with you and may want to take your candy away.
In his article:”How many lesbian parades does Portland need?” published for The Spearhead, Jack freely spouts against SlutWalk, qPDX, and, well, anybody who is not like him.
Let’s do some sampling, shall we: “Heartiste at Citizen Renegade noted early on that SlutWalkers tended to be fat or ugly hags and their proudly moobed fags” and “I’ve been keeping an eye on developments concerning Portland’s SlutWalk. I even donated a Saturday afternoon and designed “WhOregon” t-shirts to help men welcome the sluts to Oregon.”
NICE! THANK YOU for donating your otherwise WORTHLESS SATURDAY AFTERNOON and blaming us for it. You could have been enjoying yourself doing something loving, compassionate, open minded, thoughtful, progressive and/or original but instead you scrunched up your little brain and came out with WHOREGON. Wahaha. DOOD. Like, let’s have shirts that say WHOREGON. get it? Cuz they’re, like, WHORES?
Next, Donovan goes on to rail against Sophia St. James, Sterling Clark and Ryan Basille who are taking on the Slutwalk, and attempts a character assassination by cobbling together information from Myspace, Twitter, and personal websites, sneering at their personal history and appearance the whole way. Hey Donovan, guess what, we know these people. And we know they women of true courage and integrity to be putting themselves in front of your stubbly gun, not to mention that of society-at-large which still raises women to be silent, to be victims, to not be in control of their sexuality, to not set clear boundaries, and to not be vocal about sexism, sexuality, size-ism, sexual violence, queer violence and transphobia, which are all causes that SlutWalk champions.
I guess when you don’t have a well formulated critique, you do a smear campaign. How Republican. And you just provided everyone else (including moi) a bona fide reason to do the same. Also: Step off, bitch. Those are our sisters you are talking about.
As if that weren’t enough, Donovan decides to take on qPDX for supporting SlutWalk, as well as Aslan Leather (they make stuff for dudes too, just sayin) and Casa Diablo for sponsoring the SlutWalk team. For Donovan, SlutWalk has become a “lesbian parade” (what is wrong with that?) because of qPDX’s support, along with that of Aslan Leather. That’s like saying gay pride becomes a vodka distillery by sponsorship by Absolut or a sweatshop factory because of sponsorship by Nike.
Donovan finishes up with a thoughtless critique about how “If SlutWalk was a movement for average women, spurred by a deeply felt need to comment on a persistent social problem, it would at least be interesting.” Interesting, huh. Personally think that anything that does SOMETHING to address rape culture and sexual exploitation is interesting – and more than that, necessary.
As if you, Jack, give a shit about women’s issues, whether they be straight or gay. All women have the right to healthy sexual expression, and all people should not expect to get raped and killed, regardless of the way they dress, regardless of body size and appearance, regardless of the work they do, the city they live in, and the politics or religion they support. Regardless if they are “average” (huh?) or not. And also, regardless of whether they identify themselves as sluts, or as feminists.
He also fails to mention that people who don’t fit within Jack’s narrow definition of “attractive” get raped every damn day in every country and every city under every religion and every system of government. But his size-ist and narrow views only fuel his fire. On his personal site, Jack mentions that he has lovingly created a “a sub-blog here to help SlutWalking feminists embarrass themselves”.
It’s called SummerOfSluts. He also sells lovely t-shirts featuring fat pigs wearing lipstick. (I actually know people with cute chubby pig tattoos, so this may not work, Jack)
Damn. If I didn’t know better, I would say that kind of anti-woman hatred must come from a man deeply spurned by all female-kind through years of bad dating to plus-size man-eating bitches with twinkies and failed marriages to sirenlike gold-diggers in slutty bikinis.
But, wait for this, in case you didn’t know…Jack’s a fag. He’s gay. A queen. A homo. A poofter. A fairy. A dirty little bent batty boy fag with his face bashed in. A little tomboy dyke. A big fat femme, ashamed of her size. A young transwoman who got killed and buried in a shallow grave. A 7 foot drag queen getting pushed in the gutter. A mother of two who got raped twice, once as a child, once by her husband. An 18 year old with the tears slapped out of her eyes because she asked him to be gentle, and he said “you’re a slut.”. You are one of us, whether you like it or not.
I’ll say it again, and then again. Rape won’t stop with a change of attire. Rape won’t stop if women (and queers, and people living on the streets, and sex workers, and and transpeople, and people of color, and everyone) stop talking about enjoying sex, and want to have more and better sex.
Rape will stop happening when rapists stop raping.
Donovan: here’s a question that I’m inviting you to answer. As you are using SlutWalk and qPDX to drive traffic to your site (we have over 3500 fans on facebook more than you do, neener), I feel like you owe us this. When was the last time you did something loving, compassionate, supportive, that benefited all humans? All genders? All gender expressions? That came from a deep sense of connection between all of us? That aimed to unite, rather than divide? That aimed to validate all of us as equal instead of creating further divisions in society? That brought healing into the world, instead of anger? That wasn’t sitting in a comfy chair, safe and protected by your many-layered privilege, writing a book, writing a blog post?