First things first:
Police told to move along as anti-bank protesters camp out at St Paul’s
I declare this to be flat-out awesome. The city of London might be too askeered (scared) to let the protesters to the Stock Exchange proper, but the Church offers succor. I am utterly charmed, and hope that the relationship continues to be pleasant between protesters and the Church and the police. Because the worst thing I’ve heard of the Police since the protest kicked off was the institution of 60AA, which concerns removal of disguises/masks. While I might roll my eyes at this, I guess I should be happy that preventing protesters from reaching their target and the mask thing are the only over-reactions thus far demonstrated in the wake of all that rioting in the summer.
All in all, I’m very pleased to see the movement becoming so entrenched. And I’ve even seen some of the nastiest in their ‘stupid hippies!’ opinion changing their opinions as more information and opinions continue to flood the air/particle/digital/lightwaves. And while there are still horror stories of police brutality rising here and there, it seems that most of the protests are still passionate about remaining peaceful and friendly, and that I think it works in their favours. After all, firm and polite has seen camps being left alone in spite of the desires of those being protested against, so… good stuff.
And completely unrelated, but making me smile:
Six Myths About Sex And Gender, Busted
Being a lifetime outsider (this isn’t a knock on myself; this is a simple statement of fact based on life circumstances that I am generally pleased with), I’ve never really concerned myself with what the ‘normal’ roles one is supposed to fulfill based on
gender sex. I’m a bit hyper-aware now because I feel that the UK is incredibly misogynistic and insisting of very specific roles that one should fill based on whether they are male or female. I have friends who try to dismiss my observations as outdated and from 15 years ago, but I ask them this – how am I picking up on what I see every.single.day if I’ve only been here four and a half years? The message is still there loud and clear, but you’ve been around long enough to tune it out. I’m a parent – I don’t get that option. I need to be aware of what is being shoved down young throats and minds so that I can… not hide or protect my child from, but rather, give her the information she needs to understand what is being forced upon her as ‘right’. So it’s nice to have science back up what everyone should know – we’re not two different species naturally. It’s all a social construct to sow dissension and dominance – what fun! Doesn’t make me like spiders any more, but that’s okay – my husband isn’t fond of them either. 😉
Anyhoos, have a lovely Monday, and I’ll try to as well.