pornography has basically become the type of medium in which everything, everything that would otherwise be illegal, including rape, abuse, torture (ie waterboarding), pedophilia, blatant racism and misogyny, murder, fatphobia, homophobia, transphobia are OKAY, excused because it makes it easier for some people to have an orgasm
Very worth reading. “oppression is only sometimes about hate, but it is always about power” and so much more.
Minding our language
Once we had ‘isms’, now we have ‘phobias’: Debbie Cameron considers what’s in a name
Remember Betty Friedan’s ‘problem that has no name’? Or Gloria Steinem’s observation that in the 1960s no one talked about sexual harassment–not because it didn’t…
Yes those “comments” hit the nail on the head
Oh, there’s plenty men can do! Unfortunately (for men), none of that gets you the hero status and women fawning over you that most men seem to be after when they decide to engage in feminist causes. Some things that men can do to help are:
- Confront other men in male-dominated spaces when they display sexist behavior (even if there’s no woman looking).
- Do not watch porn or participate in the sex industry in any way. Tell your male friends to do the same.
- Donate money to institutions dedicated to helping women.
- Listen to women and believe them without questioning or playing devil’s advocate when they talk about their experiences.
- Use your privileged voice to create opportunities for women. For example, you can recommend a female coworker for a promotion to your boss, or make sure he pays attention to her work. Women are often invisible or ignored.
- Understand the importance of female-only spaces and protect those spaces. Do not try to invade them and do not let other men do the same.
- Do not let the women in your life do more than their share of housework. Clean your stuff, wash your dishes, change your kid’s diapers, cook your food, and do all of that without being asked to or expecting special praise.
- Respect women’s boundaries and spaces. Do not take more than your share of a seat on a bus or a train, for example, and do not push women around verbally. Women are socialized to be accomodating and will often not enforce their own boundaries for fear of male violence, even if they’re terribly uncomfortable, so you have to recognize this discomfort and back off.
- Do not judge a woman for her appearance. Avoid commenting on it, and never compare her to another woman. If you want to praise a woman, prefer to focus on her intelligence or skills.
- Work to dismantle male supremacy from the inside. Combat your own male socialization, your own entitlement and your own tendency to violence and aggression. Question everything that’s gendered. And do not become defensive or try to justify yourself when a woman calls you out on your male-dominant behavior. Do not use tired cliches like “not all men are like that!” or “but I’m a nice guy!”. Instead, examine your behavior and try to understand why you’re being called out.
- And more important of all, do all of the above without expecting any special reward! Your reward is to be participating in creating a better world that’s fair for everybody. You don’t get to be a “special” man, you don’t get free passes for anything, you don’t get to stand out for being decent. If you feel you deserve anything extra for being a decent human being, that’s your male entitlement at work. Afterall, if you’re helping women to make yourself look good, you are not helping at all.
Hope the info’s useful!
this is hilarious
god these dudes were probably from tampa? bye i’m hidin’
BOYS ARE DUMB.
the mental image of a bunch of dudebros standing around punching bags really hard to repair their fragile ego after being forced to ~*~braid hair~*~ is like, the funniest thing ever.
this WOULD be funny if women weren’t their punching bag of choice (via pumpkinpienix)
To me? They are meaningless. I cannot for the life of me fathom what they are and what they mean."Black women wake up in the morning, look in the mirror, and see black women. White women wake up in the morning, look in the mirror, and see women. White men wake up in the morning, look in the mirror, and see human beings."
— Michelle Haimoff
The meaninglessness of biology in a world where female biology is overwhelmingly the target of anti-choice legislation, slavery, the withholding of education, rape, murder, incest, paedophilia and mutilation, is a privilege that very few female human beings on this planet have access to.
If you are able to say to biology, “you are meaningless” then you have no idea what it is like to be oppressed on the axis of biology, and ignoring it is a violent slap in the face of the women and girls all over the world who are oppressed on the basis of being born female.
This cavalier attitude towards human biology and the behaviours that exist in response to it is dishonest, it is in denial, it is oppressive, and it is above all, misogynistic. It is also anti-intersectional, as it completely ignores how women of colour are further violated on the grounds of their biology.
Saying that sexual biology is meaningless is on the same level of delusion as, “skin colour is meaningless” or “disability is meaningless” or “race is meaningless, I cannot for the life of me fathom it or what it means.”
It is not meaningless. It is a biological reality, it is a group that people are born into and on this basis are subjected to horrific treatment that is specific to that particular group.
Funny how words are ‘meaningless’ to those people until they want something from the oppressed.
I was totally with this up until the word ‘claim’, which totally denies people’s experience that goes to the core of their being* and for which they are discriminated against/punished like many others who go against the gender roles dictated by ‘the system’. *i can’t understand how a clear (and correct in my view) philosophy that we build ourselves from birth under extreme coercive pressures in virtually every interaction we have that THIS AND THAT AND THAT AND THAT ALSO AND THIS equals being a girl or being a boy, that this philosophy does not understand that many will internalise the contradictions of this for themselves and some of these individuals will naturally build/grow into themselves by at some point resolving the contradictions through concluding or perhaps more accurately realising that it’s the physical/biological aspects of themselves with the messages/labels attached to these which are out of step. Actually I think I do understand why - because a very small minority of trans women and some trans-appropriating hangers on act in ways to undermine the very bloody obvious need in a range of circumstances for female-only spaces, including finding it ‘surprisingly easy’ to get elements of this undermining approach enshrined in policy and law, and the way this is portrayed in the media. Note - it’s the portrayal of this small minority and the erasing of all others, not the small minority themselves that leads to others having this mental block. Is this really a million miles from what we’ve had for hundreds of years with ‘did you hear what that (PoC) did?’ Some PoC who happen to do wrong things are not to blame for racism, in case the point is not totally clear! I know I’m at risk of pleasing nobody with this post, but isn’t this how it is?
OKay honestly what we just want is a world in which men and women do not have specific “innate” roles and personalities attached to them from birth. We want it to be RECOGNIZED that biological sex exists and understand that women have long had a history of sex-based oppression - that’s really it. 1) Remember how men have treated women and 2) realize how your sex affects your health - NOT your personality/identity.
Like, there would be no such thing as “masculine” and “feminine” things. Just do you. There’d be no such thing as boys toys and girls toys and “unisex” toys. Just toys. Wearing dresses wouldn’t be “girly” it’d be something that people wear. It wouldn’t be embarrassing and an insult for a boy to be called a girl anymore. Sex and personality would not be intertwined anymore - they’d be completely separate. There would be absolutely no need to claim to be a woman when you’re a man because there’d be no gender identity to claim and because “being a man” wouldn’t be limited to rough&tough&hairy, there’d be no limit because literally being a man is just having male genitals. You get to be you without your penis or vagina encompassing your entire identity. Everyone would just be people who all like stuff and wear clothes.
Do you get it now?
Trying to resist the temptation to go back on tumblr to see whether anyone has yet commented/liked that post I just spent a bit of time over.
"why did she win the nobel peace prize???"
"she didn’t do anything to deserve the nobel peace prize"
fuck anybody who wasn’t overjoyed when she won, this girl is providing a voice for uneducated and oppressed young people across the world whilst still advocating and campaigning for peace and anti-violence. after she was shot in the head.
women did not shave their armpits until 1920s and their legs until 1943 and both were the direct result of razor companies producing pictures of hairless women to sell razors.
please stop putting hairless women in historic movies just bc OH NO MEN MIGHT NOT GET A BONER WATCHING OUR MOVIE WE CANT HAVE THAT
Daily chart: There are approximately 35 million millionaires in the world. That’s just 0.7% of the adult population. But collectively, they hold 44% of the world’s total wealth.
Uganda gay pride party after anti-homosexual law is overturned
Entebbe (Uganda) (AFP) - Dancing and waving rainbow-coloured flags, Ugandan activists held their first gay pride rally Saturday since the overturning of a tough anti-homosexuality law, which authorities have appealed. ”This event is to bring us together. Everyone was in hiding before because of the anti-homosexuality law,” organiser Sandra Ntebi told AFP. "It is a happy day for all of us, getting together,” Ntebi said, noting that police had granted permission for the invitation-only “Uganda Pride” rally. The overturned law, condemned as “abominable” by rights groups but popular among many Ugandans, called for proven homosexuals to be jailed for life.
The constitutional court threw it out on a technicality on August 1, six months after it took effect, and the government swiftly filed an appeal, while lawmakers have signed a petition for a new vote on the bill.
Homosexuality remains illegal in Uganda, punishable by a jail sentence. But it is no longer illegal to promote homosexuality, and Ugandans are no longer obliged to denounce gays to the authorities
Amid music and laughter, activists gathered at botanical gardens on the shores of Lake Victoria, barely a kilometre (half a mile) from the presidential palace at Entebbe, a key town some 35 kilometres from the capital Kampala. ”Some Ugandans are gay. Get over it,” read one sticker a man had pasted onto his face. - ‘Now I have the courage’ -
Ugandan Deputy Attorney General Fred Ruhinda said Saturday that state lawyers had lodged an appeal against the ruling at the Supreme Court, the country’s highest court.
"We are unsatisfied with the court ruling," Ruhinda told AFP. "The law was not intended to victimise gay people, it was for the common good." In their surprise ruling last week, judges said it had been passed without the necessary quorum of lawmakers in parliament. Rights groups said the law triggered a sharp increase in arrests and assaults on members of the country’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
Homophobia is widespread in Uganda, where American-style evangelical Christianity is on the rise. Gay men and women face frequent harassment and threats of violence. On Saturday, however, activists celebrated openly.
"Since I discovered I was gay I feared coming out, but now I have the courage after the law was thrown out," Alex Musoke told AFP, one of more than 100 people at the event. One pair of activists waved a rainbow flag with a slogan appealing for people to “join hands” to end the “genocide” of homosexuals. Some wore masks for fear of being identified — Uganda’s tabloid newspapers have previously printed photographs of prominent activists — while others showed their faces openly and wore colourful fancy dress. But activist Pepe Onziema said he and his colleagues would not rest until they were sure the law was gone for good. ”Uganda is giving a bad example, not only to the region but to the world, by insisting on this law,” he said.
"We are Africans, we want to show an African struggle by civil society."
There was little police presence, and no one came to protest the celebration, even if many in the town said they did not approve."This is unbelievable, I can’t imagine being a gay," said motorbike taxi driver William Kamurasi in disgust."It’s a shame to Uganda. Police must stop these activities of the gays."
- Lawmakers demand new vote -
Critics said President Yoweri Museveni signed the law to win domestic support ahead of a presidential election set for 2016, which will be his 30th year in power. But it lost him friends abroad, with several international donors freezing or redirecting millions of dollars of government aid, saying the country had violated human rights and democratic principles.
US Secretary of State John Kerry likened the law to anti-Semitic legislation in Nazi Germany.
Analysts suggest that Museveni secretly encouraged last week’s court ruling as it provided a way to avoid the appearance of caving in to foreign pressure. But gay rights activists warn the battle is not over.
Lawmakers signed a petition calling for a new vote on the bill, and to bypass parliamentary rules that require it be formally reintroduced from scratch — a process that could take years.
I know it’s trendy to fight the system and cry that we are all becoming slaves of technology, but this attitude overlooks that computers and phones are tools for communicating. When someone thinks I’m an idiot smiling at a machine, I’m actually smiling at my girlfriend who is 10000 miles away and whom I would have never met if not for these newfangled electronics. As they say: when the wise man points to the moon, the fool looks at the finger.
This is a topic that I’ve been wanting to tackle for a while now; much credit to this excellent post for bringing it to the front of my brain.