Rape Culture Taking Over Your Timeline? These Supportive Otter Memes Are The Self-Care Tool You Never Knew You Needed! - femifesto
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Rape Culture Taking Over Your Timeline? These Supportive Otter Memes Are The Self-Care Tool You Never Knew You Needed!

Rape Culture Taking Over Your Timeline? These Supportive Otter Memes Are The Self-Care Tool You Never Knew You Needed!

Ever had a day where a seemingly endless flood of rape culture saturates your timeline, leaving you in need of a serious self-care session and social media break? The flaming pile of garbage that was the year 2016 left us with many such days. (*ahem*, the 2016 American presidential election anyone?) In moments such as these, supportive otters have got your back!

The webpage http://www.femifesto.ca/supportive-otters allows you to “meet” various radically supportive otters that offer words of kindness, solidarity and self-care suggestions. The page displays randomized otter memes that appear at the click of a button, and serve as a comforting resource for survivors that are feeling frustrated, anxious or alone.

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Often when high-profile cases of sexual assault are covered by mainstream media, a slew of rape culture myths dominate the discourse, and can be very difficult to tune out. The Supportive Otters page provides a safe space for survivors to take a moment to breathe, without having to turn away from their phone or computer screen.

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Why otters, you ask? While self-care is important, it is also our responsibility as communities to create structures of support. Otters are a symbol of community care – they hold each others hands to get through rough waters. Similarly, we can create interconnected systems of healing, protection and care for survivors. Plus, they’re really, really fluffy.

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In addition to providing a survivor-centric self-care space online, the Supportive Otters page serves as a tool for allies to survivors. Being able to respond in a supportive way when someone discloses is key. However, sexual violence is in many ways still a taboo topic in our society, and as a result many struggle to find the right words to respond with when a survivor shares their story – or worse, they respond with shaming or blaming statements: “Why didn’t you report it to the police?” or “Why didn’t you tell anyone?” These otter memes are a helpful way to build a repertoire of supportive phrases.

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Check out http://www.femifesto.ca/supportive-otters to meet more consent culture creating otters. You “otter” feel soothed in no-time.

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