21 7 / 2014

studgenius:

jessicaisgray:

"When I got into the music industry a majority of female artists I’d seen were trying to regurgitate an ideal of the female image. They were trying to be almost a replica of what was popular. I just found that to be very boring and dishonest. I just wanted to be in control of my clothes. I wanted that choice. That’s the only thing that I’m saying. Women should not be marginalized. We shouldn’t play into the sexism." - Janelle Monae [x[

Once again for the people who insist on using Jane as the mascot for their respectability politricks and bullshit. Just seen some clowns trying to use her to tear down Rihanna the other day. Cut that shit out.

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21 7 / 2014

Furthermore, Miss World Muslimah recreates the idea that there is one “perfect woman” who best resembles an imaginary ideal. But instead of having her body on display, this “perfect woman” covers herself and does not “flaunt” her beauty. Why then does the Miss World Muslimah contest even exist? Holding a pageant that judges a woman’s beauty by how well she has covered up is the same as judging a woman based on how much she is exposed. Both pageants tie a woman’s worth to how much she is willing to display herself while fulfilling a specific ideal. In both cases, the competitions lead women to be disconnected from their bodies, which are constantly on display, being changed or manipulated, until the women can no longer relate to their own physicality.

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21 7 / 2014

"If face-to-face social interaction isn’t your kind of deal, maybe you might feel more comfortable getting on your own soap box in your local daily newspaper. Lawmakers in your town, region, and state pay close attention to the Letter to the Editor sections to gauge exactly what their constituents think about certain issues so that they may best serve them or see if their actions are justified in any way through their constituents’ confirmation. Alternatively, if your representative does something particularly reprehensible, it certainly warrants being called out in a public platform such as this. And, really, what isn’t fun about a little public venting session? For maximum effect, invite a few of your angry — or pleased! — friends over to write a group letter, or have everyone submit an individual letter. Even though only one or two may get published, it still gets the message across that what you have to say is important."

21 7 / 2014

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. Even an assembly of two or three people can constitute as a rally, since they are merely a gathering of individuals united to bring attention to a cause in which they’re invested. However, for maximum attendance, it’s important to start planning your rally ahead of time — months if you really have time to work on advertisement, weeks if you’re in a bit of a time crunch, days or hours if something major comes up immediately, like a Supreme Court decision or a vigil. It might be in one’s best interest to utilize social media in order to garner interest in the rally itself; a Facebook event is often effective, as you can easily update attendees on important goings on. If you’re lucky, you might grab the attention of the news, especially if your signs are clever enough.

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21 7 / 2014

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"When I hear that women in the White House make 87 cents for every dollar that a man makes, or that Jesse Waters, in a lovely assembly of sexist and racist bigotry, called the Hobby Lobby decision a setback for “Beyonce voters,” who “depend on government because they’re not depending on their husbands”, I hear the word “petite.” When I hear Rick Santorum warn against the use of contraception as “counter to how things are supposed to be”, I hear men making decisions for women because they believe they have a right to. A woman’s mind is worthless to them. And her body? Well, she is as useful as any vessel is for a man’s wants and needs. To me, “petite” doesn’t just describe a body type. Its implications are as antediluvian as Adam’s rib."

21 7 / 2014

"We need to change the way that society views women as objects — namely, as objects for male enjoyment. It’s never even considered what the female wants when it comes to what they wear, what weight they want to stay at, and how many sexual partners we choose to have, because we have to constantly present ourselves in a way dictated as “appropriate” by our male dominated society. We have to dress at just the right balance between being a “prude” and a “slut” (this is in parenthesis because these are made up and I don’t believe that either actually exists, but that’s a whole other can of worms). We are supposed to be virginal, but when we get into a relationship, be a total freak in the sheets. We are photoshopped all to hell to meet unrealistic standards and plastered onto billboards to sell anything from cars to hamburgers. We are taught from grade school to be ashamed of showing totally normal body parts like our fucking shoulders and the skin above our knees. We are supposed to be either skinny or curvy, but only curvy as in the shape of a perfect hourglass (which doesn’t occur all too often in nature). Basically, we are dehumanized. And when you are dehumanized, it becomes easier for people to justify all sorts of horrendous things. Like, RAPE and SEXUAL ASSAULT with the only excuse being “you were asking for it because you were wearing a short dress” or some other fucked up reason used as justification to blame victims of these crimes every goddamn day."

Why Rihanna’s See-Through Dress is Liberating For Me, by Rae Guyse (via gratefulsoul)

21 7 / 2014

feminspire:

Feminspire.com is seeking new writers to join our staff.
We’re looking for passionate, smart, creative women who have a lot to say. No previous experience required. 
Feminspire is a volunteer-based publication with a staff of dozens of women from around the world. We have an awesome and supportive team, and we’re very excited to add more people to our community. If you’re interested in growing with us, there are a lot of opportunities to do so!
If interested, please send a brief email to info@feminspire.com with an article pitch and writing sample.  
OR just send us a link to your blog/tumblr! We’re open to cross-posting great content as well.

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feminspire:

Feminspire.com is seeking new writers to join our staff.

We’re looking for passionate, smart, creative women who have a lot to say. No previous experience required. 

Feminspire is a volunteer-based publication with a staff of dozens of women from around the world. We have an awesome and supportive team, and we’re very excited to add more people to our community. If you’re interested in growing with us, there are a lot of opportunities to do so!

If interested, please send a brief email to info@feminspire.com with an article pitch and writing sample.  

OR just send us a link to your blog/tumblr! We’re open to cross-posting great content as well.

Hit us up! :)

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21 7 / 2014

Here’s a FACT about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict – hundreds upon hundreds of people have died since 2000. Yes, the subject is a complicated one. BEYOND complicated, I would say. But articles like this don’t do anything to help (I mean, clearly). They aren’t funny (like, I still don’t get the point – was I supposed to laugh?). They are the definition of lazy, cold-hearted content production.

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21 7 / 2014

"Nice Woman is Rejected Multiple Times. Does Not Gain Homicidal Urges."

potential Onion headline  (via buttcardigans)

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21 7 / 2014

I believe there are a lot of useful things that can happen when women get together to discuss what being a women has meant for their lives, and possibilities for rethinking gendered experience. But I am suspicious of any movement that claims to be “revolutionary” when its language and goals echo the dominant culture–in this case, feminism claims to be revolutionary as it parrots the importance of sex already imposed on us from every social outlet. Sex Tape may be “feminist,” but only because “feminist” is a bankrupt term. It is certainly not subversive or revolutionary, and neither, I think, is “feminism” as it stands today

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