These 2 tattoos are both on my right arm. I got the first (pictured left) in 2014 from my ex who was a tattoo artist. I had wanted the tattoo (of Joan of Arc) for a year prior to meeting him. It's based off of a design by Angelique Houtkamp.
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I was broken up with this past May. Little did I know, my ex had been cheating on me with another woman for over a month.
I went through a breakup last weekend. Now, I'm not going to blog about the intricacies of the breakup, because I'm sure it would please my ex-partner far too much. What I'd like to bring up is this brilliant article I read yesterday, titled, "Dating Tips For The Feminist Man" by Nora Samaran. This article is an amazing read, and helped me to feel even more grounded and empowered as a newly single woman.
Just like that Patsy Cline song, I sometimes find myself "walkin' after midnight"--alone. If you're a woman, this is something you are not supposed to do. Ever. Rape is supposed to get you at night, right? Rape is supposed to come in the form of a stranger leering at you from the bushes. What about rape that doesn't happen that way?
Sometime last week, I was walking with my boyfriend around town on a warm, sunny day. A large truck passed by us, and I glanced at it for a second, and turned back. I did a double-take, because I noticed that this truck happened to have my rapist's last name on it.