14 9 / 2014
how can you not see ableism as a feminist issue
autistic girls, especially black autistic girls, are misdiagnosed and underdiagnosed because of the focus on white cis boys and how they present as autistic
disabled girls and women often have their consent violated, both in medical procedures and otherwise, our bodies and minds are often not considered are own and we are dismissed as not having the capacity to make our own decisions
on top of that many disabled girls are seen as delusional and their speaking out about the abuse they have face, by whatever communication method, is often seen as them making things up and over reacting
many disabled women are fetishised and seen as an outrageous ‘thing’ to fuck, but are not seen as human
disabled girls, especially physically disabled girls, do not live up to ideas of beauty in our society and often have extreme self esteem issues
disabled women and girls face more shit than you could ever know and I need you to understand
Ableism. Is. A. Feminist. Issue.
12 9 / 2014
I am tired of talking about feminism to men.
I know that I’m not supposed to say this. I know that as a good little third-wave feminist I’m supposed to sweetly explain to you how much I love and value men. I’m supposed to trot out my husband of nearly five years, my son, all of my male friends and relatives and display them as a sort of badge of honour, proof that I am not a man-hater. I’m supposed to hold out my own open palms, prove to you how harmless I am, how nice I am. Above all, I’m supposed to butter you up, you men, stroke your egos, tell you how very important you are in the fight for equality. This is the right way to go about it, or so I’ve been told. As my mother would say, you catch more flies with honey.
But still. I’m tired of talking about feminism to men.
02 9 / 2014
"why dont you just give him a chance"
idk because im not physically or mentally attracted to him and ‘but he likes you’ or ‘but hes really nice’ isnt going to change the fact that im not interested
Damn, I don’t think women know how much that really hurts
01 9 / 2014
If we let patriarchal thinking be in charge of addressing our problem it will frame it differently to our experiences. The problem will cease to be that our transit systems are failing to meet the complex needs of women, rather, it will become women are failing to cope with the public sphere. That’s right, we’ll come full circle – back to one of patriarchy/ rape culture’s favourite games: victim blaming.
Victim blaming is already an issue. Women are continuously framed as perpetual victims in the gender essentialist rhetoric of patriarchal societies. We not only require protection, but we need to learn to protect ourselves because that’s just the way it is (goes the reasoning). Coming back to public transportation, the onus is thus imposed on women to not be harmed when travelling. We have to impose a sort of unofficial curfew on ourselves in order to be protected from “bad men”.
01 9 / 2014
"When nude photos are shared without permission, that woman is a victim of sexual harassment. She does not deserve to have her privacy invaded, and she is no less worthy of respect.
Never share leaked photos; your participation in this crime will only increase the suffering of the victim. If you know the perpetrator of such a crime, notify the police immediately; although there may be little than can be accomplished legally, the more that we discuss the need for regulation, the more likely it will be created.
Above all, never condemn them for taking nude or sexually explicit photos, as if that’s the biggest issue. Support her right to share photos of her body with whomever she wishes, without fear of mass publication of her private life.”
31 8 / 2014
What country music does at its finest is to tell a personal narrative. Too often, the history of rural small town America is either erased or falsified into an overtly nostalgic value set in pop culture. It is important to share these stories, and to open up this genre to voices we might not expect.
And some of today’s most talented female artists are keeping country doing what it does best—telling the story of an individual experience.
While country has a rich legacy of women like Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris singing to the plight of the working class woman, Parton is remembered as an appearance-consumed bimbo (or Miley Cyrus’s godmother, depending on your generation).
Should we really be surprised? Today’s country icons sing more out of the legacy of the Dixie Chicks and Miranda Lambert than Taylor Swift, a tone of straight-talk feminist lyrics that shows no sign of stopping.
30 8 / 2014
At this point in time I was a young Indian-American girl in high school who was angry at a world that I didn’t fit in. For the first time in my life, the books I read couldn’t help me because none of the characters went through what I did. None of them looked like an outsider. How could they? They were mostly white characters living among other white characters.
It was at this time in my life that I realized that diversity was not (and never going to be) a choice to be made but a change that had to be made. It was more than a simple cry for change; it was a plea for change.
29 8 / 2014
This week’s FPR begins by bringing you up to date with some of what’s happening with women from all over the globe:
- California’s Department of Managed Health Care has decreed that insurance companies must cover legal abortions.
- Characters Madame Vastra and Jenny Flint kissed in the season premier of Doctor Who, and only six people complained.
- Mallika Sherawat has been invited to participate as a women’s right advocate in the UN’s 65th Annual Department of Public Information (DPI)/Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) Conference. Sherawat has spoken out against anti-female violence in India, and played thelead role in several controversial films based on true events of violence against women.
29 8 / 2014
in general Calling Out Girls On Being Bad Feminists is not a job for men to do