Why the abortion debate is rediculous.

  • You seem mad.
  • me: Yeah, that's because I am.
  • But why?
  • me: Because when a man of power can post the link to a clothes hangers website after an abortion-restricting bill was passed, it's called a joke. But when a woman mentions that over 80 000 women die per year from unsafe abortions such as those performed with wire hangers, she's called a feminazi or is told that she needs to shut up and take the joke.
  • me: Because there are young, pregnant girls who don't have the mental nor emotional capacity to understand their pregnancy. And those who want to keep the baby because they think it's 'like a doll', are paraded as courageous and mature while those who want access to a safe and legal abortion are told that they are murderous and childish.
  • me: Because there are governments who honestly think that the foetus who is missing the majority of its brain and cannot survive outside of the womb holds a higher right to life than its mother who is dying from pregnancy complications.
  • me: Because a woman had to die in Ireland from a septic pregnancy when her foetus died because aborting the already dead foetus was against the law.
  • me: Because it's two thousand fucking thirteen, and women are still being treated like birthing machines rather than human beings.

After Tweets like…

"Lena Dunham is the voice of a masturbatory, hyper-self & her pathological titty baring represents Generation Shit."

Author of this article, Nathan Walker, says…

For years now, my wife has insisted that I’m a feminist despite my arguments that I’m not. She says that since I believe a woman has the right to work for the same pay as any man that I’m inherently a feminist. My half-hearted response was that I couldn’t possibly be. I’ve never read any feminist literature, never participated in a rally, and I certainly can’t stand behind the idea that a woman can do everything a man can (or vice versa). To be clear though, I do believe in equal rights, equal pay for equal work and that, intellectually men and women are equals. I also totally love the way women look naked. So, I couldn’t possibly be a feminist, right?

Then he talks about Girls taking a humorous look at people transitioning from childhood into adulthood, being the only TV show that allows women to be naked, and privilege/money

He asks whats unique about Girls and the lightning rod of hate? Hate for her body, the lack of diversity, her fantasy scenarios having sex with men out of their league? The only truly unique thing is it’s written and directed by a young woman.

He points to another HBO show, Game Of Thrones, who’s only characters of ethnicity are bloodthirsty, shirtless primitives and main characters are overprivileged kings and queens. The Playboy worthy Daenerys showings her tits all the time. But there is no scrutiny for creating an imaginary realm where old, fat men fuck teenage women in every episode.

Nathan finishes…

If you can point me to one single thing that sets her apart from her numerous counterparts making television entertainment beyond the fact that she’s a young woman, I’m all ears.

So, Lena Dunham, you’ve managed to do a few things here: You’ve managed to make me laugh; you’ve managed to make me cringe at that Adam character too many times; but more importantly, you’ve proven my wife to be correct (as usual) and confirmed that I am indeed a feminist. The sheer volume of public outcry over your show has pulled off my blinders to the reality of how our culture deals with a successful woman. I apologize that I’ve not caught on sooner, but, thankfully, it’s never too late to change. Now, I’m going to settle in and watch a nation of internet police tweet, blog, Facebook, and, hell, maybe even pinterest the ways that I and you are completely wrong. But don’t worry, the number of people fighting for your right to have a job making television shows just increased by one.

The real way that I became a model is I won a genetic lottery, and I am the recipient of a legacy for the past few centuries we have defined beauty not just as health and youth and symmetry that we’re biologically programmed to admire, but also as tall, slender figures, and femininity and white skin. And … it’s a legacy that I’ve been cashing out on. … unfortunately … in 2007 … of the 677 models that were hired, only 27, or less than four percent, were non-white.

… when I was writing this talk, I found it very difficult to strike an honest balance … "Look I’ve received all these benefits from a deck stacked in my favor," and it also felt really uncomfortable to follow that up with, "and it doesn’t always make me happy." But mostly it was difficult to unpack a legacy of gender and racial oppression when I am one of the biggest beneficiaries…

demnewswire:

In 1994, Congress enacted the Violence Against Women Act with broad bi-partisan support. It has been renewed several times since then, except for 2012. If VAWA is NOT reauthorized, then important funding for battered women shelters and to aid in prosecution of domestic violence and sex-based crimes will be lost! Contact your representative ASAP to speak out. Go to www.4vawa.org for more info.

Please take a few minutes on that day to call your Senators and Representatives.

  • Use this number 888.269.5702 to connect to the Capitol switchboard.  Then ask to be connect to you U.S. Representative (www.house.gov) or Senator (www.senate.gov).
  • Tell them:  “I am your constituent.  Now that the elections are over, I urge you to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)!
  • @[INSERT YOUR REP’S TWITTER HANDLE] #PassVAWA2012


In case you wanted a dose of CRAZY check out these Ya-Ho’s. I guess the problem with making violence illegal is sometimes American men marry women from other countries and after the nuptials the woman objects to being abused. Now bing-bang-boom SHE’S unfairly American.

http://bellsouthpwp2.net/a/r/arietti/vawa_01.html

(via reagan-was-a-horrible-president)

whoneedsfeminism:

I need feminism because when I said no I felt the need to say sorry
We where at his place, one thing lead to the other, but I didn’t really wanted to, so I said no, and almost immediately I said sorry, I don’t know why I said it.
I shouldn’t felt the need to apologize for not wanting sex.
nobody should.

whoneedsfeminism:

I need feminism because when I said no I felt the need to say sorry

We where at his place, one thing lead to the other, but I didn’t really wanted to, so I said no, and almost immediately I said sorry, I don’t know why I said it.

I shouldn’t felt the need to apologize for not wanting sex.

nobody should.

(via sexualveganintellectual-deactiv)

This is the three members of Pussy Riot that are hiding from authorities.

I think we do need some female superheroes to stand up to the patriarchy!

thatisnotfeminism:

thisissrsbiznes:

Depending on who you’ve talked to, the last bit of text can either be described as a parody of what these guys usually say… or an accurate representation. I don’t know, that’s up to you. (Either way, the fact that these MRAs often call feminists “humorless” and “dramatic” is pretty hilarious considering their reaction to every perceived slight out there.) 

a very useful info graphic. 

(Source: , via livealifethatscompletelyfree)

I love this.

I love this.

(Source: arztriper, via meetagatha)

More screenshots from the hack job (*Trigger warning* and *NSFW)

—-> ME —> When are boys going to stop defending a rich man that APOLOGIZED for his own actions?

1 ……………………………………………………………………………. Mulan, Mulan
2 ……………………………………………………………… Pocahontas, Pocahontas 
3 …………………………………………………….. Tiana, The Princess and the Frog
4 ………………………………………………………………………. Rapunzel, Tangled
5 ………………………………………………………………………… Jasmine, Aladdin
6 …………………………………………………………… Belle, Beauty and the Beast
7 ……………………………………………………………….. Ariel, The Little Mermaid
8 …………………………………………………………………… Cinderella, Cinderella
9 ……………………………………………………………… Snow White, Snow White
10 ……………………………………………………………… Aurora, Sleeping Beauty

stfusexists:

redefiningbodyimage:

I have no idea who this woman is, but I love her.

Correction: This fine dame is called Sarah Millican

“The rest of this better be a f***ing equation”. Amazing.

(Starting everyone off with something lighthearted on this rainy Monday - hope you had a great weekend!)

(via otherkin-taco)

Anna Sterling: Tell me about your journey into hip-hop.

Miss Haze: I’ve always been super drawn to crazy, lyrical, melodic people like Joni Mitchell when I was little. In middle school, I got involved with Youth Speaks. It was the first place I really felt that was a beloved community for me. That was my family. I was able to go to a bunch of the Brave New Voices poetry slams. I went to one in Los Angeles, New York and D.C where we protested in front of the White House. It’s this crazy energy. There’s a cipher everywhere– that’s where I learned to cipher, downstairs of a New York laundromat, banging on the laundry machines. It was beautiful.

I started rapping in high school. It started off as drunken nights with my homegirls. We had this little crew called Galaxy. We’d freestyle all night with 40s at Dolores Park doing crazy off the wall songs.

—> I’ve edited this down and included links to things I thought might benefit from sources, feel free to click through for the full post. 

oforganon:

(via)

This post, in particular, is addressed to men. By nature of gender disparity, men are in a unique position to be taken seriously when they raise objections to casual language and humor regarding rape. Men are in a unique position to prove to rapists that not all men take rape lightly.

I get it—you’re a decent guy. You would NEVER rape anybody. Rape jokes have never made YOU go out and rape someone. They never would; they never could. You just don’t see how it matters.

Here is why I refuse to take rape jokes sitting down…

Because 6% of college-aged men, slightly over 1 in 20, will admit to raping someone in anonymous surveys, as long as the word “rape” isn’t used in the description of the act—and that’s the conservative estimate. Other sources double that number (pdf). 

People accuse feminists of thinking that all men are rapists. That’s not true. But do you know who think all men are rapists?

Rapists do. Virtually all rapists genuinely believe that all men rape, and other men just keep it hushed up better. And more, these people who really are rapists are constantly reaffirmed in their belief about the rest of mankind being rapists like them by things like rape jokes, that dismiss and normalize the idea of rape.

If 1 one in 20 guys is a rapist, and you have any amount of social activity with other guys like yourself, then it is almost a statistical certainty that you’ve hung out with a rapist. It’s not like they announce themselves. But, it’s very likely that in some of these interactions someone told a rape joke. You, decent guy that you are, understood that it was just a joke. And so you laughed. 

Or maybe you didn’t laugh… it wasn’t a very funny joke… so you didn’t say anything at all. 

And, decent guy who would never condone rape… when you laughed, or, when you were silent… That rapist was in the group with you, and thought that you were on his side. That rapist knew that you were a rapist like him. He felt validated, and he felt he was among his comrades. 

And if that doesn’t make you feel sick to your stomach, or want to throw up, or disturb you, or bother you, or make you feel like maybe you should not participate in that kind of humor anymore, not abiding it in your presence, not greeting it with silence…

Well, you aren’t as opposed to rapists as you claim. 

And, the funniest rape joke I could find by stand up comic Ever Mainard.

(Source: juniperjelly)

"Voting is not an act of political freedom. It is an act of political conformity. Those who refuse to vote are not expressing silence. They are screaming in the politician’s ear: ‘You do not represent me. This is not a process in which my voice matters. I do not believe you.’"

Wendy McElroy (via thinksquad)

(Source: thinksquad, via starmichael)