“Nation, this orgy of Christmas shopping proves once again, that America is back. We are once again spending money we don’t have, on things we don’t need, to give to people we don’t like. USA! USA! USA!”—Stephen Colbert (via cultureofresistance)
“Misogyny …. is a central part of sexist prejudice and ideology and, as such, is an important basis for the oppression of females in male-dominated societies. Misogyny is manifested in many different ways, from jokes to pornography to violence to the self-contempt women may be taught to feel toward their own bodies.”—Allan G. Johnson (via shandog)
This is a really excellent read. It’s long but worth it. PROMISE!
I will admit that he definitely glorifies the 50s from the point of view of a middle class white male, but I’ll let it slide since he acknowledged it, and because he’s specifically addressing another white male.
“This issue of pornography is complicated and I’m not comfortable taking a pro- or anti- stance. Even the term feminist porn is too broad and is contested in feminist circles. I prefer to take a more nuanced look at the industry. I support sex-positive films where workers are paid a fair wage, have safe environments, have health insurance and get routine testing, are not underage, not forced or coerced, not demeaned (I hate that freakin’ money shot), and I support sex-positive films that are queer-friendly and supportive of the wide spectrum of human sexuality and gender expression.”—AE Pierre-Louis (via cocothinkshefancy)
You know, in Western cultures, we give a lot of lip service to motherhood. We call motherhood special, we valorize our own mothers, we say it the most important job on earth, but in practice there’s very little out there that supports mothers as a class of people. As a culture, we can barely come to an agreement on whether children, the most vulnerable population among us, have the right to food, clean water, safe homes, and access to health care. As teenage parents, we are on the receiving end of some particularly nasty judgement because we happen to hit a lot of these buttons: we’re young, we tend to have less wealth, we tend to have less education. And because the system is set up against us, a lot of folks as satisfied just shaking their heads and telling us we should have kept our legs closed.
That’s not good enough. You do have rights. You have the right to work, to attend college, to live in safe neighborhoods, to access quality health care and nutrition for your children. Some jerk’s false perception of you as a promiscuous loser — whether this jerk be your parent, your uncle, your freshman English teacher, or some stranger — is not a valid reason to prevent you from accessing these resources. In cases like this, knowledge is power. Know what your rights are and how exactly to exercise them when someone is putting up roadblocks to keep you from reaching your goals. What someone else thinks about you is none of your business. Forget their judgement.
…needs to stop telling me I’m sexist, and stop being such a bitch about gender equality. Yeah, that’s right Word: I used a feminine term as an insult, suck it! Stop telling me to change “mankind” to “humanity,” “brotherhood” to “unity,” or any other bullshit like that. They’re words. Words that mean things. If women really have a problem with that, they can go fuck themselves because they’re being ignorant whores (fuck yeah, another gender-biased insult). If we let feminism alter our language, it’s only a matter of time before it becomes a garbled clusterfuck of politicized Newspeak. So please, for the sake of present and future freedom of thought, stop corrupting the English language.
Today’s award for Most Privileged and Arrogant Douchebag goes to THIS fucking asshole. CONGRATULATIONS, now pull your head out of your rectum.
because it was feminists, not “women”. there were a bunch of genders fighting for rights especially during the second wave. i mean during the first wave it was mostly women arguing for the right to vote, but here in Canada that was only so that they could vote in place of their husband who was off to war basically, so that right was a bit stunted at the time.
but seriously it’s like “women fought for this and that” and that’s simply untrue, many women were opposed to what feminists were fighting for in the second wave because it was such a break from traditional gender roles, eh?
and then, because people say “women fought for this and that”, feminists and their work gets left out of the equation, their name continues to be tainted with the concept of “man hating lesbians”, and they do not get credit for their very hard work the past few decades.
history books and history folk need to give credit where credit is due, eh?
The Occupy Movement continues to protest economic inequality. But it might be missing an important opportunity to create a lasting legacy that will resonate for generations to come: to push for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment.
A more effective and powerful approach to reaching the Occupy Movement’s goals could be to create a “sequential system” by building a unified voice (which many — even those who are ardent supporters — believe the Occupiers are lacking) and attack each injustice — one at a time — starting with the horrendous state of women’s rights in this country.
that I met Rosieda Shabodien, the wife of the South African Ambassador, last week? She came to VCU to lecture for anthropology students. She is a totally awesome woman who has done so much incredible activist and political work for the women of South Africa. It was amazing to hear her stories about fighting against apartheid and eventually overhauling the entire political system of South Africa. She is such an inspiration to me as a feminist. After her lecture when I was speaking with her, I was embarrassed to tell her that the US has not ratified CEDAW and that we have no equal rights amendment in our constitution. She seemed shocked. It was a good reminder of how far we still have to come as American feminists. When I asked her for advice she told me that all women have to work together and never stop fighting or questioning inequality. She made it sound so simple…
“[T]he National Defense Authorization Act bill, written by Senators John McCain and Carl Levin, declares American soil a battlefield and allows the President and all future Chief Executives to order the military to arrest and detain American citizens, innocent or not, without charge or trial.”
“This bill was written in secret and approved by committee without a single hearing.”
“If you’re gonna have pizza with someone else, what do you have to do? You gotta talk about what you want. Even if you’re going to have the same pizza you always have, you say, ‘We getting the usual?’ Just a check in. And square, round, thick, thin, stuffed crust, pepperoni, stromboli, pineapple — none of those are wrong; variety in the pizza model doesn’t come with judgment. So ideally when the pizza arrives, it smells good, looks good, it’s mouthwatering. Wouldn’t it be great if we had that kind of anticipation before sexual activity, if it stimulated all our senses, not just our genitals but this whole-body experience. And what’s the goal of eating pizza? To be full, to be satisfied. That might be different for different people; it might be different for you on different occasions. Nobody’s like ‘You failed, you didn’t eat the whole pizza.’”—
Do you think that granting corporations the rights of people in the Citizens United case is disturbing? Then contemplate the fact that corporations have been patenting human genes and tissues at alarming rates — in the last 30 years, more than 40,000 patents have been granted on genes alone.
“Fat people who love themselves scare the shit out of people who don’t love themselves. Even fat people who are TRYING to love themselves scare the shit out of people who can’t do the same. We force people to have to look at why they hate their bodies because we are “supposed” to hate ours and we don’t. And sometimes they have no idea what to do with that, so they act like assholes.”—Tigress Osborn (via boybitch)
“It’s not too much to ask men and boys to “look, but don’t touch.” A young woman who wants to be noticed, even desired, without being assaulted isn’t making an unreasonable request. She’s not defying the facts of biology. She’s asking to be watched, appreciated, and left unharmed. Saying that she’s asking to be raped is like saying that a talented actor who portrays an unsympathetic villain particularly well on screen is asking to be attacked by an outraged member of the movie-going public. There’s a difference between a performance and an invitation, and it’s not that hard—really, it’s not—to distinguish the two.”—Sexy Halloween Costumes for Girls Don’t Cause Rape — The Good Men Project (via sexisnottheenemy)
“Essentially, the idea of a “slut” is a myth told to women to keep them in their place. Just as Santa will not actually bring you coal on Christmas if you break a few of the house rules, you will not actually turn into an intrinsically tainted, unpalatable creature if you break one of society’s rules and have sex with one too many men. The word “slut” isn’t a criticism for having too much sex necessarily, but for being a woman: a real, living, breathing woman with quirks, foibles, normal sexual feelings, and personality; and failing to live up to the societal ideal for a woman: the passive, pliable, perpetually innocent, and sexually available Barbie doll.”—The Slut Myth (via seancing)
“My observations in some seventy countries in about fifty years of travel and work tell me that we are clearly already over the cliff. The momentum of population growth and resource consumption is so great that a collision course with disaster is inevitable. Large problems lie not very far ahead.”—Dr. Walter Youngquist, oil industry geologist (via cultureofresistance)
“I don’t like this expression “First World problems.” It is false and it is condescending. Yes, Nigerians struggle with floods or infant mortality. But these same Nigerians also deal with mundane and seemingly luxurious hassles. Connectivity issues on your BlackBerry, cost of car repair, how to sync your iPad, what brand of noodles to buy: Third World problems. All the silly stuff of life doesn’t disappear just because you’re black and live in a poorer country. People in the richer nations need a more robust sense of the lives being lived in the darker nations. Here’s a First World problem: the inability to see that others are as fully complex and as keen on technology and pleasure as you are.”—
“If the anti-abortion movement took a tenth of the energy they put into noisy theatrics and devoted it to improving the lives of children who have been born into lives of poverty, violence, and neglect, they could make a world shine.”—Michael Jay Tucker (via fox-power)
“Modern schools and universities push students into habits of depersonalized learning, alienation from nature and sexuality, obedience to hierarchy, fear of authority, self-objectification, and chilling competitiveness. These character traits are the essence of the twisted personality-type of modern industrialism. They are precisely the character traits needed to maintain a social system that is utterly out of touch with nature, sexuality, and real human needs.”—Arthur Evans, quoted by Derrick Jensen in Walking on Water, p. 85 (via cultureofresistance)
“People have asked, so what are the demands? What are the demands all of these people are making? Either they say there are no demands and that leaves your critics confused, or they say that the demands for social equality and economic justice are impossible demands. And the impossible demands, they say, are just not practical. If hope is an impossible demand, then we demand the impossible — that the right to shelter, food and employment are impossible demands, then we demand the impossible. If it is impossible to demand that those who profit from the recession redistribute their wealth and cease their greed, then yes, we demand the impossible.”—Judith Butler on Occupy Wall Street. (via golden-notebook)
If we teach women that there are only certain ways they may acceptably behave, we should not be surprised when they behave in those ways.
And we should not be surprised when they behave these ways during attempted or completed rapes.
Women who are taught not to speak up too loudly or too forcefully or too adamantly or too demandingly are not going to shout “NO” at the top of their goddamn lungs just because some guy is getting uncomfortably close.
Women who are taught not to keep arguing are not going to keep saying “NO.”
Women who are taught that their needs and desires are not to be trusted, are fickle and wrong and are not to be interpreted by the woman herself, are not going to know how to argue with “but you liked kissing, I just thought…”
Women who are taught that physical confrontations make them look crazy will not start hitting, kicking, and screaming until it’s too late, if they do at all.
Women who are taught that a display of their emotional state will have them labeled hysterical and crazy (which is how their perception of events will be discounted) will not be willing to run from a room disheveled and screaming and crying.
Women who are taught that certain established boundaries are frowned upon as too rigid and unnecessary are going to find themselves in situations that move further faster before they realize that their first impression was right, and they are in a dangerous room with a dangerous person.
Women who are taught that refusing to flirt back results in an immediately hostile environment will continue to unwillingly and unhappily flirt with somebody who is invading their space and giving them creep alerts.
People wonder why women don’t “fight back,” but they don’t wonder about it when women back down in arguments, are interrupted, purposefully lower and modulate their voices to express less emotion, make obvious signals that they are uninterested in conversation or being in closer physical proximity and are ignored. They don’t wonder about all those daily social interactions in which women are quieter, ignored, or invisible, because those social interactions seem normal. They seem normal to women, and they seem normal to men, because we were all raised in the same cultural pond, drinking the same Kool-Aid.
And then, all of a sudden, when women are raped, all these natural and invisible social interactions become evidence that the woman wasn’t truly raped. Because she didn’t fight back, or yell loudly, or run, or kick, or punch. She let him into her room when it was obvious what he wanted. She flirted with him, she kissed him. She stopped saying no, after a while.
The Washington Post reported on Sunday that the District of Columbia is engaging in widespread tracking of citizen’s movements using automated license plate readers (ALPRs). According to the Post, the D.C. police:
Are running more than one ALPR per square mile;
Are planning on sharply increasing the density of these devices until they form a “comprehensive dragnet;”
Retain the time/date/location/tag number even of innocent people for whom nothing is found to be wrong;
Store that data in a database for three years.
It has now become clear that this technology, if we do not limit its use, will represent a significant step toward the creation of a surveillance society in the United States.