31 7 / 2014

leaveyourkeyinthemailb0x:

"im not a feminist"

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31 7 / 2014

But what if Mum wants – or needs – to do paid work? Well then. She finds childcare she can afford, and then she is bombarded with ‘studies’ showing how nurseries turn out damaged children and relentless implications that she loves her children less. She finds it hard to get promoted because she can’t stay late or take long business trips any more. She’s the one who’s expected to take time off when her kids are sick. Have a kid and the glass ceiling lowers dramatically.

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31 7 / 2014

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Ten rape prevention tips:

1. Don’t put drugs in women’s drinks.

2. When you see a woman walking by herself, leave her alone.

3. If you pull over to help a woman whose car has broken down, remember not to rape her.

4. If you are in an elevator and a woman gets in, don’t rape her.

5. When you encounter a woman who is asleep, the safest course of action is to not rape her.

6. Never creep into a woman’s home through an unlocked door or window, or spring out at her from between parked cars, or rape her.

7. Remember, people go to the laundry room to do their laundry. Do not attempt to molest someone who is alone in a laundry room.

8. Use the Buddy System! If it is inconvenient for you to stop yourself from raping women, ask a trusted friend to accompany you at all times.

9. Carry a rape whistle. If you find that you are about to rape someone, blow the whistle until someone comes to stop you.

10. Don’t forget: Honesty is the best policy. When asking a woman out on a date, don’t pretend that you are interested in her as a person; tell her straight up that you expect to be raping her later. If you don’t communicate your intentions, the woman may take it as a sign that you do not plan to rape her.

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Rape prevention tips

Posted by Leigh Hofheimer under Prevention

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30 7 / 2014

papershopprojects:

huffingtonpost:

HERE’S WHAT ‘YELLOW FEVER’ REALLY MEANS

"All my ex-girlfriends are Asian."

If you’ve ever come across this charming come-on, you’ve probably been exposed to yellow fever

For her full rant watch the video here.

YES, THERE IS NOW A MUCH NEEDED GIF SET FOR THIS!

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30 7 / 2014

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30 7 / 2014

30 7 / 2014

feminist-revolution:

feminspire:

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TRIGGER WARNING for detailed description of physical/sexual assault.

For the record, even by society’s standards, I am not petite. I am a five-foot-nine, 26-year old avid runner and hiker. My legs are long and muscular. If I were to subscribe to any beauty magazine’s arbitrary…

i was watching pretty little liars last night and one of the characters wanted to learn self-defense to protect herself from her stalker. she didn’t want to give that reason to her martial arts teacher, so she lied. but instead of having her say it’s because she’s a woman, the writers made her say “i want to learn because i’m…small.” they completely ignored that this is a violence specific to women, instead making it something that happens to “small” people.

30 7 / 2014

feminspire:

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Make Your Own Rally

While it may seem daunting to commit to throwing one after seeing the relative success of Occupy Wall Street in 2011 and the absolute success of 1963’s March on Washington, rallies can actually be fairly easy to assemble if you’re strategic enough….

30 7 / 2014

feminspire:

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Here’s the thing – people take birth control for a variety of reasons, not all of which are related to sex and pregnancy. And even if the sole reason someone chooses to take birth control is to have sex and prevent pregnancy, that doesn’t make them a bad person. And it’s…

30 7 / 2014

"A study on masculinity and aggression from the University of South Florida found that innocuous – yet feminine – tasks could produce profound anxiety in men. As part of the study, a group of men were asked to perform a stereotypically feminine act – braiding hair in this case - while a control group braided rope. Following the act, the men were given the option to either solve a puzzle or punch a heavy bag. Not surprisingly, the men who performed the task that threatened their masculinity were far more likely to punch the bag; again, violence serving as a way to reestablish their masculine identity. A follow-up had both groups punch the bag after braiding either hair or rope; the men who braided the hair punched the bag much harder. A third experiment, all the participants braided hair, but were split into two groups: those who got to punch the bag afterwards and those who didn’t. The men who were prevented from punching the bag started to show acute signs of anxiety and distress from not being able to reconfirm their masculinity."

Doctor Nerdlove, "When Masculinity Fails Men"  (via sociolab)

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30 7 / 2014

fauxcyborg:

funny that men mock women going everywhere in groups

but we’re not supposed to go out alone otherwise we might be blamed for our own rape, our own murder. 

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30 7 / 2014

Women from non-Western cultures do not need to be saved. When I go out wearing shalwar kameez, it is not a cry for help; it’s just as self-expressive as blue hair or a tongue piercing. It is a statement that I am proud of where I come from. I do not have to compromise my feminist identity with my cultural affiliations. If we could all just talk to and educate one another before assuming that different perspectives are automatically conflicting, I believe we would open a lot more doors for one another.

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30 7 / 2014

Excluding a feminist or denying her feminist identity on the basis of her cultural affiliations is akin to rejecting the idea that a man can be a feminist. It creates divides that shouldn’t exist because the key role feminism plays in our lives is one of intersectionality; no two people share exactly the same experiences, and it is these distinctions that allow us to identify problems within our social institutions. These very same distinctions also help us find solutions to those problems, so instead of arguing over whose view is best, we should instead be focusing on how various perspectives can be used to further our understanding of oppressive constructs in our different societies.

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30 7 / 2014

"I’m done hearing about yet another whitewashed film being made of our history, or white people purposely making culture or era-specific films so they can say “Hey, we’re not being racist, there just aren’t gonna be people of color who are dandies/English ladies-in-waiting/vikings/In Denmark/In Hobbit Land!” (though a quick perusing through blogs and pages run by historians, of color and others interested in facts, accuracy, and inclusion, like Medieval People of Color, will tell you very differently.) I’m just flat out tired. And that’s me being tired as an adult — the exclusion hurts kids and youth way more."