Posted by: PharaohKatt | 19-03-2011

What are we fighting for?

Hello everyone! How has your week been? I’ve been recovering from the flu, and from helping out with my sis-in-law’s wedding, so I’m a bit wrecked.

But that’s ok, because I have a foot spa with delicious Lush products, feminist-SF podcasts and a rant. Guess which one I’m sharing with you!

Today I went to an Equal Love rally, to march for me-sex marriage. The rally itself was fine, if a little disorganised. The speeches were eat and there were some pretty cool performances.

Unfortunately, there were some people who decided to co-opt the rally for their own purposes.
There were people with signs for all sorts of different causes not even remotely relating to QUILTBAG rights; signs like “Free Julian Assange” and “Clean up the planet” and “Socialist Alternative!”.

I get that people care about more than one issue. I myself was wearing my Greens t-shirt, thus supporting the Greens while at the rally. And if it was just people wearing different shirts, then whatever, I’m fine with that.

But that’s not all that was happening. People were actually using the rally to push their own agendas.

This was not a recruitment rally for the SA. This was not a rally about the environment. This was not a rally about Julian Assange and wikileaks. This was not a general social justice rally! It was a rally with a very specific purpose; to gather support for Marriage Equality in Australia.

Holding up signs for other issues just derails what the rally is really mention to be about.

It also creates the implicit idea that the people in the rally support what you are promoting. Yes, I support environmentalism. No, I don’t support Julian Assange (there, I said it). And actually, I kind of really hate the SA.

Support your causes. Recruit from the people at the rally. Go ahead, there’s nothing wrong with that. But during the march, support what we’re actually marching for!

– Pharaoh Signing Off

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Responses

  1. I agree with you entirely; the point of going to a specific rally is to support the issue (or the side you’re on) in question; not to raise awareness for other issues.

    Out of curiosity, could you explain why you don’t support Julian Assange or SA? I’m interested in hearing your opinions on them!

  2. Hi Jennifer, thanks for the comment!

    Personally, I don’t like Assange himself (nothing to do with wikileaks). I think he is an arse and a douche, he comes across as sexist and wanting to get in cheap shots. I just don’t like him.

    As for the SA; I find them creepy. The way they recruit is pushy at best. I joined once, and was called every single day, sometimes multiple times a day, by someone who wanted to “talk politics”. And any time I disagreed with anything, I was met with scorn and derision. They also have a tendency to make any rally about themselves (which they tried to do today). So yeah, I don’t like them.

  3. Oh, fair enough. I assumed it was an ideological thing (in regards to Wikileaks). I don’t know enough about the rape thing to really comment on it – I don’t think any member of the public really does – but I have certainly met enough people who think that it doesn’t matter if he did rape those women, which is pretty telling about certain factions of the left wing.

    I definitely agree with you on SA; I have just started uni, and I understand what you mean entirely.

    Didn’t mean to derail, by the way! Thank you for answering my questions.

  4. Not at all! I’m glad you liked the post, and hope you keep reading 🙂


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