Let me say, as I verily quiver with righteous anger, that I have fucking HAD IT with the cavalier attitude regarding violence against women in this goddamned country. Make no mistake — violence against women is the most commonly perpetrated act of civil terrorism committed here and all over the world and we need to treat it as such. Retribution needs to be SWIFT and HARSH. Men need to be taught from an early age that it is ABSOLUTELY UNACCEPTABLE to EVER lay a hand on a woman with the aim to bully, punish, control, or harm — and this is NON-FUCKING-NEGOTIABLE. I’m gettin’ REAL SICK of hearing new stories every day about women being threatened, attacked, beaten, raped, and murdered…because some WORTHLESS, SOULLESS, PIECE-OF-SHIT, WASTE-OF-SPACE WITH A MINISCULE DICK couldn’t control his own rage and twisted compulsions. 

I should not be afraid to walk ANYWHERE at ANYTIME for fear of being assaulted.

My two daughters should not be afraid.

My sisters, friends, and colleagues should not be afraid.

A 16 year old girl in Steubenville, Ohio should not have been afraid.

Mia Zapata should not have been afraid.

Lily Burk should not have been afraid.

Jyoti Singh, Daughter of India, should not have been afraid.

All the nameless, faceless, young women of color — who are apparently without value or worth in their own goddamned country — who disappear or are murdered every single day and whose names we never hear on the evening news because their tragic, anonymous deaths don’t matter to a fucking racist, classist, misogynist culture that certainly didn’t value them in their lives. They should not have been afraid.





About muffybolding

Muffy Bolding is a mother/writer/actor/knitter/feminist/withered debutante who likes the smell of asparagus pee, and remains obsessed with the bathroom hygiene of her three children -- despite the fact that they are 23, 19, and 16. She is blissfully married to a cute Jewish boy who looks like Willie Wonka, but remains tragically in love with the dead poet, Ted Hughes. She has the mouth of a Teamster, and her patron saint is Rocco (pestilence relief.) Ms. Bolding lives in Southern California, where she enjoys typing words, making movies, and plucking the rings from the fingers of the dead. She was the co-creator and Editor-in-Chief of the award winning satire zine, Fresno Lampoon, and in between writing screenplays, carnival barking, and savagely threatening her trio of darling larvae with a wooden spoon, she currently publishes the zine, "Withered Debutante." More of her work can also be found in the anthology, "Mamaphonic: Balancing Motherhood and Other Creative Acts", the compilation zine, "Mamaphiles III: Coming Home", as well as in The Cortland Review and hipmama.com. She is currently writing and producing for film and television, and working on a book of essays entitled, "Inside A Chinese Dragon." She has slept around, but not nearly as much as she would have liked.
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