I’m really bothered by all the blatantly false or out-of-context ‘facts and statistics’ that keep showing up on my dash trying to say that feminism is wrong and that actually men have it worse.
Feminism is working for the equality of all genders. It primarily is for the advancement of female-identifying folks, but that’s just because they’re lower down as far as the whole equality thing goes.
All the negative stuff that male-identifying folks have to deal with isn’t because of feminism, it’s because of the patriarchy.
Male-identifying folks can’t wear dresses or seem feminine? That’s the fault of the patriarchy and societies messed up gender roles
Male-identifying folks actually do worse in school? Again, not the fault of feminism or the advancement of female-identifying folks. Plus I can give you studies about how despite this, the education system is still biased toward male-identifying folks.
Yes, male-identifying folks face a lot of problems within our society, but so do female-identifying folks (And don’t even get me started on the shit faced by non-binary identifying folks), and while there is no hierarchy to oppression it can be argues that female-identifying folks face more problems and have been facing problems for far longer.
So if you want to argue that feminism is bad or that men are so much more oppressed you had better have some damn good, in-context, facts.
A racist woman is not a feminist; she doesn’t care about helping women, just the women who look like her and can buy the same things she can. A transphobic woman is not a feminist; she is overly concerned with policing the bodies and expressions of others. A woman against reproductive rights — to use bell hook’s own example, and an issue close to your heart — is not a feminist; she prioritizes her dogma or her disgust over the bodies of others. An ableist woman is not a feminist; she holds some Platonic ideal of what a physically or mentally “whole” person should be and tries to force the world to fit inside it.
It’s deplorable that sexually adventurous young women are constantly told they are “degrading themselves” by seeking out various experiences, that every bit of enjoyment eats away at some secret store of purity. This whole tradition–the idea that women need be preserved in glass so as not to “ruin” themselves, lest they diminish their sexual value by “giving it away”–restricts the lived autonomy of women in ways I can’t even begin to articulate. None of the slut-shaming makes sense unless you assume women live to give themselves to men in their purest possible form.
Kerry Howley (via thenewwomensmovement)
An older lady overheard my friends and I talking about my poly life. When we could feel eyes on us, we turned around and stared at her. She told me “well that sounds fun, honey, but you’re getting to the age where settling down will give you lifelong security. If you stay on this path, sweetie, you’ll regret it when you get to my age.”
I’m 26 and I regret all the years I wasted listening to that slut-shaming.
Feminism should, by default, include trans women. I’d go so far as to say that, as trans women are many, many times more likely to be raped, killed or discriminated against on the basis of their gender than cis women are, we cis feminists should not just be including them but making them central in our activism. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. We’ve long known that feminism as a movement is overwhelmingly white, able-bodied and middle class. It is also overwhelmingly cissexual.
THIS A THOUSAND TIMES THIS.
And here is where feminism often goes awry. Feminists see hijabs, burqas and niqabs as so oppressive, but they never take into consideration the thoughts of those who actually where them. It’s often a choice to wear them, and feminism is all about respecting women’s choices, and the fact that they can made said choices.
The average lifespan of a trans* woman of colour is mid-twenties.
The average lifespan of a cis woman is around 70.
No, you aren’t more fucking oppressed than trans* women, white cis women. Shut the fuck up.
Michigan Women Lawmakers To Perform ‘Vagina Monologues’ At State Capitol
Women legislators in Michigan will be joined by author Eve Ensler in a performance of Ensler’s 1996 play, “The Vagina Monologues,” on Monday, June 18, according to the Detroit Free Press.
The event is intended as a public response to Republican legislators, who, on Wednesday, indefinitely banned two Democratic women legislators from speaking in the Capitol. Their offense? Using the word “vagina.”
State Rep. Lisa Brown (D-West Bloomfield) took to the house floor to protest Michigan’s new, draconian anti-abortion law. “I have not asked you to adopt and adhere to my religious beliefs,” she said. “Why are you asking me to adopt yours? And finally, Mr. Speaker, I’m flattered that you’re all so interested in my vagina, but no means no.”
The uproar was immediate. The mostly male Republican caucus banned Brown and another Democratic legislator, Rep. Barb Byrum (D-Onondaga) from speaking on the house floor.
“What she said was offensive,” said state Rep. Mike Callton, R-Nashville, “It was so offensive, I don’t even want to say it in front of women. I would not say that in mixed company.”
The duration of the ban is unclear. When asked, Brown told the Detroit Free Press, “I have no idea. I have never even heard officially why I can’t speak.”
Now Michigan’s Democratic lawmakers are hitting back. At least nine female legislators, “Vagina Monologues” author Eve Ensler and actresses from across the state will be assembling to perform Ensler’s play on Monday, June 18, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the steps of the state capitol in Lansing.
According to its Facebook event page, “VAGINAS TAKE BACK THE CAPITAL,” the performance will feature “Vagina Monologues” author Eve Ensler and a host of Michigan lawmakers, including Sen. Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor), Sen. Gretchen Whitmer (D-East Lansing), Rep. Barb Byrum (D- Onondaga), Rep. Stacy Erwin Oakes (D-Saginaw), Rep. Dian Slavens (D- Canton Township), Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D- Detroit), Rep. Lisa Brown (D-West Bloomfield), Rep. Vicki Barnett (D-Farmington Hills) and Rep. Joan Bauer (D-Lansing) “with more announced soon!”
The play in considered a feminist manifesto and supporters hope that it will help to raise awareness of conservative encroachments on the rights of women.
“I am a transexual woman. I am woman. I’m a woman in my mind and in my soul. No one is the guarantor of womanhood. Those people who identify themselves as women are women to me- and I love my womanhood.”
For the most part, these are kind of wrong. Unless you’re going to an amusement park that is super close and not a “corporate” type such Six Flags, Dorney, or Hershey Park. A set of Salon Highlights usually run $70-100. I’m sorry where can I get two weeks of groceries for my family for $70-100? Breast Implants are like $4000-10,000 depending on where you live, which you get, etc. That $4000 pays for one an a half semesters at my community college. A year of college tuition? Are you kidding me? The cheapest piece of shit bras you can buy are $10 at Target, to rent a canoe costs $30.
If I want to buy lipstick, please tell me how I’m not loving my body? I look awesome with or without lipstick, but if I want lilac colored lips I still love my body. I already have rockin’ tits, but you know what? I really do want ass implants, I’ve considered it. That doesn’t mean I don’t love my body! I hate these specific types of “love your body” propaganda. I love the look of acrylic nails, there is a lot more space to put awesome designs on and I like the oval looks. Just because I don’t keep my body “natural” i.e. without hair dye, make up, nails, etc. does not mean I don’t love it. I DO LOVE IT, I LOVE MYSELF. I just like the way that these look MORE. I’m only enhancing my body.
This image is a piece of crap, femininity isn’t anti-feminist!
This might just be me, but can everyone stop policing what means I love myself and what doesn’t?
This image just sat wrong with me, the intent is to get people to love themselves but seriously…
I’ve reblogged this before, but another thing:
Dressing up and everything doesn’t mean you don’t love your body.
Some people do it as self-expression.
Other peoples’ ways of loving their bodies include decking it out with pretty expensive things.
Seems like patriarchy is the real terrorist here…
Amazing how that gets absolutely no coverage…..
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