"I reject the notion that my virtue is located in my vagina, just as I reject the notion that men’s brains are in their genitals."-Sohaila Abdulali (via arainbowbrightly)
(Source: The New York Times)
petition to make young adult authors stop writing about girls whose lives change when they meet a boy
What a great birthday present for me! The New Feminist Frequency video is out!
In this episode we examine the Ms. Male Character trope and briefly discuss a related pattern called the Smurfette Principle. We’ve defined the Ms. Male Character Trope as: The female version of an already established or default male character. Ms. Male Characters are defined primarily by their relationship to their male counterparts via visual properties, narrative connection or occasionally through promotional materials.
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Amazon.com: Olive Grrrls: Italian North American Women & The Search For Identity eBook: Lachrista Greco: Kindle Store
Olive Grrrls: Italian North American Women & The Search For Identity - Kindle edition by Lachrista Greco. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Olive Grrrls: Italian North American Women & The Search For Identity.
Hi all you lovely followers! My poem, “Gay Marriage,” has been published in this Kindle anthology! I am so proud to have my work appear with the work of other Italian-American authors; the anthology is truly stellar!
No Bail Granted To Marissa Alexander - What Now?
What’s next for Marissa? We will have to wait until January to see what the courts say, but it is up to all who care about social justice and equality to have our say in the streets until then. Let’s get out there, organize protests, rallies in solidarity for Marissa and to educate the public on this injustice. SPREAD THE WORD and GET INVOLVED!
What now? We carry on! We’ve got a lot to do to free Marissa Alexander. She has a re-trial coming up in March that will cost $250,000! The Freedom Fundraiser for the Marissa Alexander Legal Defense Fund got a big push and some new donors over the weekend! We want to see this fundraiser reach $20,000 by the end of the year. We can do this! We need individual donations and organized community fundraisers. DONATE NOW!
i am going to regret this
This is beautiful
i wonder how he got his lungs so strong
maybe opera singing
Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson, the first black woman to earn a doctorate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in nuclear physics.
"Of all the problems with White Feminism, one of its biggest is that, like other forms of whiteness, white feminism just sees itself as ‘feminism’ without realizing that it’s falling into the old pitfall of viewing whiteness as the default standpoint and point of view. It assumes that white feminism speaks for all womanhood and all people, and that it is the paradigm that will eliminate oppression. White Feminism attacks what it perceives to be misogyny against its own definition of femininity and womanhood, not realizing that it often supports colonization, racism, cultural appropriation, and reinforces white supremacy by discounting and dismissing the experiences and perspectives of women of color."-Why ‘White Feminism’ isn’t effective Feminism (via mscoolcat)
Senate Faces Historic Vote on Handling Military Sexually Assault Epidemic Outside Chain of Command
Published on Nov 14, 2013
http://www.democracynow.org - The Senate is poised to vote soon to make sweeping changes in the way the military handles complaints of sexual assault. Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York has said 46 senators — 38 Democrats and eight Republicans — support her proposal to remove the power to decide whether to try sexual assault cases from the military chain of command and put it in the hands of an independent military prosecutor. Last week, the Pentagon revealed that sexual assault in the military increased by 46 percent in the past fiscal year. In total, more than 3,500 sexual assaults were reported from last October through June, compared to roughly 2,400 over the same period the previous year. Pentagon officials claim the spike shows more victims are coming forward. But sexual assaults are still dramatically underreported in military ranks; a recent survey estimated 26,000 people were sexually assaulted in 2011 alone. We are joined by Amy Ziering, producer of the Oscar-nominated film, “The Invisible War,” which interviews veterans from multiple branches of the U.S. military about their experience of being assaulted.
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"I said this a long time ago, and I’m saying it again – not only is rape about a rapist having control, but victim blaming is about controlling the female population: what better way to cajole women into standards of purity, decency, “learning how to behave” and sobriety than dangle the threat of “Well, if you don’t, you’ll surely invite rape upon yourselves?” What better way to get “these hoes” and “these broads” to understand that they don’t “know how to behave” than to help drive home the point that rape happens because women do bad things? Better yet, bad things happen to women who aren’t perfect, or at least striving to be. And who defines that “perfect?” Certainly not women."-Excerpted from What A Victim-Blaming World Looks Like To A Victim — an absolute must read in its entirety. Thanks to @brokeymcpoverty for bringing this to my attention. Trigger warning for references to sexual assault (both male and female)
"Discussing her “scary” image today, Jones says: “When I perform on stage I become those male bullies, those dominators from my childhood. That’s probably why it’s so scary, because they scared me. I enjoy being feminine, but I like role swapping.”
She leans confidentially toward me. “It’s nice to have your boyfriend cook, don’t you think?” she asks. “And to put some heels on him once in a while, hmm?” She cocks an eyebrow at me. “You should say ‘let me see you walk in these and feel what I feel a little bit’. It’s important that the sexes understand each other. And actually if a guy has really nice legs, a beautiful muscle that can look really good, really interesting. Mmm…” When I ask Jones what she would do if she were a man for a week, she picks a fishbone delicately from between her teeth and tells me she’d run for President. And laughs."
"If you are a white woman and you want to call yourself a feminist, you must acknowledge that your whiteness affords you a privilege that shields you from a lot. You must also acknowledge that you are afforded privileges that some men in this country do not have. Racism and sexism are tightly intertwined. You cannot fight one while ignoring the other."-ladyatheist (via mamaatheist)
YES (via angrybabysitter)
"If you think pubic hair on a woman is unnatural or weird, you aren’t mature enough to be touching them."-
Tangentially related historical note: John Ruskin, the 19th century british painter, had never seen a woman naked before he married, only classical nude statues, so he assumed real women were just as smooth and hairless as the statues showed. He refused to touch his wife when she disrobed on their wedding night, saying she was revolting. She was understandably like ‘wtf is wrong with you brb filing for annulment’ and went on to marry his (former) bff and have a long happy marriage with 8 kids. Ruskin died alone and probably still never having gotten over the whole ‘women have hAIR’ thing.
THE MORAL HERE is that you shouldn’t be like John Ruskin b/c he was a tool and also that media has been delivering unrealistic images of female body hair for a depressingly long time. And that Stoya is absolutely right.
"I want to see more girl monsters. Girl giants, girl dragons, hulks & trolls. Scylla and hydra. Girl monsters who are huge and whole. Teeth and plush fur and long muscled tails. Heads enough to see you anywhere. Gleaming green or brown. But girl monsters are usually zombies or vampires. Pale and thin, bleeding or dead. Not Lady Lazarus, not a phoenix from the ash. I want to see how you get strong without being broken first. Get strong and stay strong. Get big and bigger."-
#’getting strong without being broken first’ is like all i want from anything but especially girl monster stories #stop making women small before you let them be big #i am tired of revenge stories #i am tired of all my heroines hurting
"I want to see how you get strong without being broken first."
Base By: Jahrenesis