“Eight percent of college men have either attempted or successfully raped. Thirty percent say they would rape if they could get away with it. When the wording was changed to “force a woman to have sex,” the number jumped to 58%. Worse still, 83.5% argue that “some women look like they are just asking to be raped.”—Margo Paine, Ph.D. (Body Wars)
“Nationalism of one kind or another was the cause of most of the genocide of the 20th century. Flags are bits of colored cloth that governments use first to shrink-wrap peoples brains, and then as ceremonial shrouds to bury the dead.”—Arundhati Roy
“When I was a student at Cambridge I remember an anthropology professor holding up a picture of a bone with 28 incisions carved in it. ‘This is often considered to be man’s first attempt at a calendar,’ she explained. She paused as we dutifully wrote this down. ‘My question to you is this–what man needs to mark 28 days? I would suggest to you that this is woman’s first attempt at a calendar.’ It was a moment that changed my life. In that second I stopped to question almost everything I had been taught about the past. How often had I overlooked women’s contributions?”—Sandi Toksvig (via thatswhatshesaidquotes)
“Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed. If I fail, no one will say, ‘She doesn’t have what it takes.’ They will say, ‘Women don’t have what it takes.’”—Clare Boothe Luce in a speech to the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. (via thatswhatshesaidquotes)
In a few weeks, Rep. Peter King (R-NY) will hold controversial Congressional hearings to investigate alleged extremism in American Muslim communities. Our recent PRRI/RNS Religion News Poll, conducted by Public Religion Research Institute in partnership with Religion News Service, reveals three powerful forces shaping how the public thinks about these hearings and American Muslims: fear, fairness and Fox News…
Finally, the survey revealed a remarkable Fox News effect on attitudes about the upcoming hearings and American Muslims. Holding other characteristics constant (e.g., party affiliation, age, education, gender, etc), those who most trust Fox News to give accurate information on current events and politics are four times as likely as those who most trust other TV news sources to say the upcoming hearings are a good idea. Trust in Fox News was the strongest single independent predictor of views on this issue—stronger than party affiliation, religious affiliation, education, or a range of other demographic factors.
The Fox News effect was evident even among generally conservative subgroups. Take for example the question of whether American Muslims want to establish Islamic or Shari’a law as the law of the land in U.S., an accusation that has been made by some conservative commentators, such as Sean Hannity on Fox News and the fear behind a successful 2010 ballot initiative in Oklahoma.
Only 23 percent of Americans hold this concern. But this question reveals a chasm between Fox News trusting Republicans and Fox News trusting evangelicals on the one hand, and their peers who trust other television news sources on the other. More than 4-in-10 (41 percent) Fox News trusting Republicans and nearly half (49 percent) of Fox News trusting white evangelical Protestants believe American Muslims want to establish Shari’a law in the U.S. In contrast, the attitudes of Republicans and white evangelical Protestants who trust other news sources are roughly comparable to the general population.
“Men’s lives are being damaged by sexism - we can’t separate it out from how sexism affects women. Because every time someone calls a guy a “pussy” or a “mangina,” every time someone tells a little boy not to “throw like a girl,” the not-so-subtle message is that there is something inherently wrong with being a woman. And that’s a message I think we could all live without.”—Jessica Valenti, Full Frontal Feminism: A Young Woman’s Guide To Why Feminism Matters (via cupkacie)
“Eye me up for I am fucka|lova|amiable. I am pretty and chunky and young, I am godless and demanding, neurotic and gutsy. I am sexual and dreamy and painfully extra intraverted. I am full of fantasy and lies astonishment and a greed to have and a greed to love and a greed to taste impossibilty, and a greed to fuck.”—Courtney Love age 19, Dirty Blonde: The Diaries of Courtney Love (via dirtyblondedoll)
“Recognize that you are not the center of the universe.
Figure out how the idea of winning and losing fits into your relationships.
Be as vulnerable as you possibly can.
Recognize vulnerability and empathy as strengths.
Don’t allow the fact that other people have been assholes to you make you into a bitter and abusive person.
Commit to the revolution as a method of psychological and physical survival.”—kathleen hanna, bikini kill zine (via y-all)
“In 1784, five years before he became president of the United States, George Washington, 52, was nearly toothless. So he hired a dentist to transplant nine teeth into his jaw—having extracted them from the mouths of his slaves.”—The sorry legacy of the founders
“A law under consideration in South Dakota would expand the definition of “justifiable homicide” to include killings that are intended to prevent harm to a fetus—a move that could make it legal to kill doctors who perform abortions. The Republican-backed legislation, House Bill 1171, has passed out of committee on a nine-to-three party-line vote, and is expected to face a floor vote in the state’s GOP-dominated House of Representatives soon.”—
This is one of my favorite (short) pieces of feminist literature, written by Pat Mainard in 1970. Personally I think everyone who co-habitates in any form should read this. This piece seems particularly relevant to me lately as I live with a male roommate who seems to think that housework is an unnecessary part of his life (oh, the privilege of being taken care of your entire life…).
Housework as a woman’s responsibility stems from when females and males were kept in totally separate spheres. Men were the providers and the protectors; women were the housekeepers and the child-raisers. Well guess what? I don’t need a protector OR a provider, and my roommate doesn’t need a maid. We are all completely capable people. I strive to be a fully functioning human being- this includes having a job AND cleaning up after myself. What an insane concept!
”I don’t mind sharing the housework, but I don’t do it very well. We should each do the things we’re best at.”
MEANING: Unfortunately I’m no good at things like washing dishes or cooking. What I do best is a little light carpentry, changing light bulbs, moving furniture (how often do you move furniture?).
ALSO MEANING: Historically the lower classes (black men and us) have had hundreds of years experience doing menial jobs. It would be a waste of manpower to train someone else to do them now.
ALSO MEANING: I don’t like the dull, stupid, boring jobs, so you should do them.
Anthropologist Jason De Leon uses archaeology and ethnographic methods to better understand the reasons behind the current mass migration (specifically illegal immigration) into the United States.
"One of my goals for this project is to help everyone understand what is going on at the individual level during this border-crossing experience," De Leon says. "There is so much myth, even among migrants themselves, about what happens when crossing the border and then walking through the desert that I think it takes someone from the outside to take a fresh look at the big picture." Such work has won De Leon praise from his colleagues who share his interest in Latin American Studies at the University of Washington. "When you see a pair of baby shoes left in the desert, it changes your perspective about who these people are and what crossing through the desert must have been like," says Dr. José Antonio Lucero, a professor of political science at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies. "The power of these objects makes this issue more human and real."
“This is no simple reform. It really is a revolution. Sex and race because they are easy and visible differences have been the primary ways of organizing human beings into superior and inferior groups and into the cheap labor on which this system still depends. We are talking about a society in which there will be no roles other than those chosen or those earned. We are really talking about humanism.”—Gloria Steinem (via dreamofwhatcanbe)
“At least one in three American Indian women will be raped (PDF) in their lifetimes. Yet just 3,000 tribal and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) officers—the only kinds of cops with jurisdiction on Indian land—patrol 56 million acres. In 2008, the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in the Dakotas had nine officers for 9,000 people in an area twice the size of Delaware. (A typical town with the same population has three times that number.) Tribal courts can only prosecute misdemeanors such as petty theft and public intoxication. They can’t issue sentences longer than one year without meeting special criteria, and even then, three years is the maximum. More serious crimes must be handled by federal prosecutors, who turn down 65 percent (PDF) of the reservation cases referred to them. Non-Indians commit two-thirds of violent crimes against Indians, including 86 percent of rapes and sexual assaults. Yet thanks to a 1978 Supreme Court ruling, tribes can not prosecute outsiders who commit crimes on their land.”—
I wrote a lengthy paper on this subject last semester. The way the laws are designed leave American Indian women as little more than prey. Feel like raping someone? Head on over to your local reservation! NO CONSEQUENCE RAPE! ‘EXOTIC’ (read: “other”) WOMEN RIPE FOR THE PICKING (read: “raping”)!
“I think the importance of doing activist work is it allows you to give back and to consider yourself not as a single individual who may have achieved whatever but to be a part of an ongoing historical movement.”—Angela Davis (via fywomenshistory)
“For the record, I believe Sarah Palin is a true statesman whose experience as a failed Vice Presidential candidate, half-term Governor, and eight-episode Reality Show Star has fully prepared her to take control of our nuclear arsenal.”—Stephen Colbert, The Colbert Report (via leftish)
“Pay equity laws won’t be archaic until pay discrimination ends,” Drury said, noting the Minnesota Chamber’s assertion that the law is outdated. “As long as discrimination exists, these measures will remain necessary to ensure compliance. Repealing this law takes money out of women’s wallets. It’s that simple.”
Fair pay laws are OUTDATED huh? You know what I think is outdated? The idea that a man’s work is worth more than a woman’s.
If Jesus came back and supported abortion, would Sarah Palin's brain explode? Please answer under the assumption Sarah Palin has a brain.
Ryan, I can’t believe you tainted my inbox with Sarah Palin’s name before I got one decent question/comment. Also, that assumption that she has a brain is so unfathomable that I’m not even sure. Jesus would probably smite her. She’s a pretty greedy, deceitful, and hateful person and from what I’ve read of the bible, Jesus wasn’t too into that. However we’re also operating under the assumption that Jesus “returning to earth” is a plausible scenario…that might be the first problem.
More than one of my followers have gone out of their way to contact me in the last week (THANK YOU GUYS SO MUCH!) so I enabled comments and questions. Click the link at the top of my tumblr and ask away! Or argue away! Or send me hilarious jokes! DO IT!
“Because women’s work is never done and is underpaid or unpaid or boring or repetitious and we’re the first to get fired and what we look like is more important than what we do and if we get raped it’s our fault and if we get beaten we must have provoked it and if we raise our voices we’re nagging bitches and if we enjoy sex we’re nymphos and if we don’t we’re frigid and if we love women it’s because we can’t get a “real” man and if we ask our doctor too many questions we’re neurotic and/or pushy and if we expect childcare we’re selfish and if we stand up for our rights we’re aggressive and “unfeminine” and if we don’t we’re typical weak females and if we want to get married we’re out to trap a man and if we don’t we’re unnatural and because we still can’t get an adequate safe contraceptive but men can walk on the moon and if we can’t cope or don’t want a pregnancy we’re made to feel guilty about abortion and…for lots of other reasons we are part of the women’s liberation movement.”—Author unknown, quoted in The Torch, 14 September 1987 (via femininehatter)