[Photo Journal] Slut Walk Against Sexism and Homophobia at TheatinerStrase

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Myra here.

Every Tuesday, we share photographs from our recent or long-ago travels, or just everyday stuff that appealed to our mindful eye and sharp sensibilities as captured through fleeting images.

Slut Walk Against Sexism and Homophobia at TheatinerStrase Munich

I had absolutely no idea that this was happening in Munich until I chanced upon it while catching the tram at Theatinerstrasse. It is a reminder to me that Germany remains Fierce and Fearless. Apparently, this was the “Slut Walk” – which is against rape culture – organized by the LGBTQ community. Goes to show that events like these find their way to me, as I naturally cheer them on when they passed by where we are.

March on, sisters. We need to find courage to do this more than ever, in the face of growing hostility, threats of even greater marginalization, even outright violence done against people who are perceived as different or “the others.”

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“A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle.”
― Gloria Steinem

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“I hate men who are afraid of women’s strength.”
― Anaïs Nin, Henry and June: From “A Journal of Love”–The Unexpurgated Diary of Anaïs Nin

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“I am too intelligent, too demanding, and too resourceful for anyone to be able to take charge of me entirely. No one knows me or loves me completely. I have only myself”
― Simone de Beauvoir

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“Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.”
― Margaret Atwood

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“Responsibility to yourself means refusing to let others do your thinking, talking, and naming for you…it means that you do not treat your body as a commodity with which to purchase superficial intimacy or economic security; for our bodies to be treated as objects, our minds are in mortal danger. It means insisting that those to whom you give your friendship and love are able to respect your mind. It means being able to say, with Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre: “I have an inward treasure born with me, which can keep me alive if all the extraneous delights should be withheld or offered only at a price I cannot afford to give.

– Adrienne Rich

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“Women have served all these centuries as looking glasses possessing the magic and delicious power of reflecting the figure of man at twice its natural size.”
― Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own

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“It’s not my responsibility to be beautiful. I’m not alive for that purpose. My existence is not about how desirable you find me.”
― Warsan Shire

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“We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller. We say to girls, you can have ambition, but not too much. You should aim to be successful, but not too successful. Otherwise, you would threaten the man. Because I am female, I am expected to aspire to marriage. I am expected to make my life choices always keeping in mind that marriage is the most important. Now marriage can be a source of joy and love and mutual support but why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage and we don’t teach boys the same? We raise girls to see each other as competitors not for jobs or accomplishments, which I think can be a good thing, but for the attention of men. We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings in the way that boys are.”
― Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, We Should All Be Feminists

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“I am a Woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal Woman,
that’s me.”
― Maya Angelou

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“Any woman who chooses to behave like a full human being should be warned that the armies of the status quo will treat her as something of a dirty joke . . . She will need her sisterhood.”
― Gloria Steinem

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“Our love of lockstep is our greatest curse, the source of all that bedevils us. It is the source of homophobia, xenophobia, racism, sexism, terrorism, bigotry of every variety and hue, because it tells us there is one right way to do things, to look, to behave, to feel, when the only right way is to feel your heart hammering inside you and to listen to what its timpani is saying.”
― Anna Quindlen

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