Home Sweet Home

I haven’t written anything in a while. Truth is, I was too excited or nervous or stressed out or whatever you wanna call it for the past month already and I’ve been struggling to keep up with the blogging ever since. Now that my entire head has gone white and that the stress has been reduced to a certain degree, I can get back to business.

I have only one exam left, being the last university exam I’ll ever have. Probably ever in life. I also finally managed to find a place to stay in Jerusalem, so it turns out I won’t be left stranded outside frying in the Middle Eastern sun or freezing in the cold nights of the capital. So I can safely open up a bottle of champagne. But since I hate alcohol, bring out the bongs and the sticky greens! Hurray!

Sans transition, I’d like to tell you all a story of a young woman named Mia Zapata. For those of you who have never watched City Confidential on A&E, Mia Zapata lived in Seattle. She was the frontwoman of a band called The Sniveling Little Rat Faced Gits, but since that name was too long to fit on the band’s demotape, they shortened it to The Gits.

The Gits were pretty big in the Seattle music scene of the early 90s. As we all know, awesome kickass bands such as Nirvana, Soundgarden and Pearl Jam all emerged from that music scene. I bet the Gits would have emerged as well had Mia not been murdered. She was raped and killed on July 7th, 1993. Despite that, the remaining members of the Gits with the help of band members from other known bands managed to release albums, which I will buy sometime this week 😛

The irony of this story is obvious when you consider that The Gits also fall into the category of Riot Grrrl music style especially because of their collaboration with bands such as Seven Year Bitch and Bikini Kill. A movie was made about Mia Zapata and there is also an organization called Home Alive that teaches women about self defense and draws its inspiration from Mia Zapata’s story. It’s also ironic that Mia Zapata falls into the category of the artists whose life ended at 27 (Kurt Cobain, Janis Joplin, Jim Morisson, Jimi Hendrix).

Luckily, Jesus Mezquia, Zapata’s killer, was convicted and sent to jail. But that happened only last year. Late April 2004, he was sentenced to close to 37 years in prison. This does not mean that we can all rest quietly at night. There are many other Mezquias out there and all women should take the necessary precautions to protect themselves.

To find out more about Home Alive and self defense for women go to www.homealive.org
To find out more about Mia Zapata, the Gits and Mezquia’s trial go to www.thegits.com

It’s easy to say that girls kick ass, but we gotta learn how to do it effectively.

Peace, love, and the Shredder.

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