Protest Fail


This morning, like most Melburnians still in denial of the fact that deep down, they really are a hipster, I was in a café waiting for my order of a strong latte to be made, when two purple-haired land whales entered. They were both wearing black t-shirts with white writing, and the barista, who appeared to recognise them, asked if they were going to a protest, and it appeared they were.

Something like this..

I didn’t want to talk to them, but I wanted to know what their t-shirts said, so on my way out I looked at one of their t-shirts. It said something along the lines of, “Would you oppose a world without violence and rape?” or something.

The thing is, as we all know, the feminist approach to “violence and rape” is to lump a whole lot of unrelated actions, such as buying little Tommy a toy truck, going to the football finals, and looking at women, all together into a system of oppression which perpetuates “violence and rape”.

What I forgot is that to read her t-shirt, I had to, well, you know. Normally when a young female wear a t-shirt with writing on it, that is the whole point.

The purple-haired land whale physically jolted. Guess I should have thought of that. But, so should she.

Photo by Elvert Barnes

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David Hiscox
David has studied history and political science at Melbourne University. His thesis was written on how the utilisation of Missile Defence can help to achieve nuclear disarmament. His interest in history was piqued by playing a flight simulator computer game about the Battle of Britain, and he hopes to one day siphon the earnings from his political writings into funding the greatest prog-rock concept album the world has ever seen.