“I think that all women are witches, in the sense that a witch is a magical being. And a wizard, which is a male version of a witch, is kind of revered, and people respect wizards. But a witch, my god, we have to burn them. It’s the male chauvinistic society that we’re living in for the longest time, 3,000 years or whatever. And so I just wanted to point out the fact that men and women are magical beings. We are very blessed that way, so I’m just bringing that out. Don’t be scared of witches, because we are good witches, and you should appreciate our magical power.”—Yoko Ono (via tulletulle)
" ‘Rosie the Riveter’ is the image of an independent woman who is in control of her own destiny," said Gladys Beckwith, former director of the Michigan Women’s Historical Center and Hall of Fame. "Her death is the end of an era, and we need to take note of that."
Acting like a woman, in many ways, involves performing behaviors that are out of the ordinary: shaving your entire body, coloring your lips and cheeks, lengthening your eyelashes, extending your legs on high heels, “doing” your hair, dieting obsessively, waxing, plucking, padding your breasts, painting your nails, stuffing your tummy into tight spandex casings, wearing skirts and dresses and pantyhose and earrings. The behaviors associated with femininity occupy a strange space in our culture. While they are obsessively reinforced as “normal” behaviors for women, they simultaneously work to situate women as abnormal, different, “other.”
The combination of larger numbers of safe seats and increasingly expensive election campaigns is undermining the quality of American politics. There are now two categories of House races: the overwhelming majority, where the incumbent is a shoo-in and which national parties ignore, and a tiny number of competitive races into which the parties pour all their money and energy.
…we come to perceive the aim of banning ethnic studies as an attempt to single out the histories and cultures of certain people based expressly on race and class. While the Arizona legislature states its intention to prevent resentment and hatred of others, the new law fosters precisely that…
While I believe that issues of racism or sexism are always relavent, this article is particularly relavent to current events. The topic is Julian Assange and the media’s portrayal of the rape allegations brought against him (and the repercussions of such portrayals, of course). Definitely worth a read.
In classroom C-230, students and the professor turned to stare at Lépine when he entered. Listen up, he told them. Women to one side of the room, men get out. No one moved until Lépine fired into the ceiling. Then the men left the room. Alone with nine women, Lépine said, “I am here to fight against feminism. That is why I am here.”
My beat up composition notebook is the perfect place for private thoughts.
Facebook is overcrowded and, frankly, a little overwhelming.
Livejournal has left me jaded.
I still desire, however, to share certain information with the masses. Hopefully tumblr will provide that forum.
I am hoping to use this blog to raise awareness about issues that are of grave importance, both to me and to the rest of the world. I will resist the urge to upload a constant steam of LOLcats in lieu of more pressing matters. If only one person reads a single post that inspires them into action, this will have been an enormous success.