"Once you start to speak, people will yell at you. They will interrupt you, put you down and suggest it’s personal. And the world won’t end. And the speaking will get easier and easier. And you will find you have fallen in love with your own vision, which you may never have realized you had. And you will lose some friends and lovers, and realize you don’t miss them. And new ones will find you and cherish you. And you will still flirt and paint your nails, dress up and party, because, as I think Emma Goldman said, “If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution.” And at last you’ll know with surpassing certainty that only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth. And that is not speaking."

Audre Lorde

Dangers Of Traveling While Female

"The great reformers of the world turn into the great misanthropists, if circumstances or organization do not permit them to act."

Florence Nightingale

"The mind will ever be unstable that has only prejudices to rest on, and the current will run with destructive fury when there are no barriers to break its force."

Mary Wollstonecraft

Don’t criminalise women - KL

"We must collude with our youth against the very powers that employ us."

Patricia Hill Collins at the “Thinking Intersectionality Symposium”  at Michigan State University

Can we talk about how I’m going to personally be meeting and discussing intersectionality with Kimberlé Crenshaw, Patricia Hill Collins, and Nira Yuval-Davis this weekend? 

Fuck yeah.

So I have to do a project for my course on feminist theory….

Basically, I have to analyze a media production (film, television show, song, commercial, newscast, etc) using feminist theories and whatnot.

What do you kids think would be an interesting media production to analyze?  Any and all suggestions are welcome.

And in order to enable answers I have to end this with a question?

"Woodsy eroticism" is actually an important and recognized part of feminist theory when discussing lesbianism.

"Just because you have privilege does not automatically make you a bad person, but denying it and actively harming others through your words and actions might. Being an intersectional feminist can be really easy once you consider that we are not all simply just social activists. We all come from different backgrounds. We come from all around the world, have had different experiences, and have different identities. Not everybody is concerned about contraceptives; some social activists are worried about that their sexual orientation or gender will become illegal and ultimately fatal; others that their race and ethnicity will automatically set them back in life statistically."

Race is a feminist issue; Shavon L. McKinstry 

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When I was a kid, I used to go over to friend’s houses and notice that their parents never seemed to bully them or hit them. I assumed this was just because they had a friend over, and that their parents terrorized them all the time when I wasn’t around. I didn’t identify my situation as abuse or reach out to a teacher or counselor because I thought everyone had to live through this. I was probably twenty by the time I realized that some families really don’t humiliate and belittle their kids, ever.

I wish someone had gotten that through to me. I wish instead of saying vaguely and uncomfortably “you can talk to the counselor if you have problems at home,” my teachers had said flat-out “it is not normal to be afraid of your parents, and not normal to be unhappy whenever you’re at home, and you can ask us if you’re not sure if something’s okay or not.” I wish someone could have taught me that wanting to be safe was human instead of selfish.

And I’m probably going to make a whole post about this so I won’t belabor the point right now, but this is why feminists care about media and memes that normalize rape. (Or that stigmatize the words “rape” and “rapist,” but enthusiastically normalize the act of forcing sex on people, as long as you don’t call it that.) Because it tells people that rape is normal, that it’s a popular and accepted way to express romance and/or dominance, and we can’t assume that everyone absorbing this culture knows “of course that’s not how it really works.”

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The Pervocracy, Everyone else is doing it… right?

(Source: slutwalksignideas)

"So fuck you, MRAs. Fuck you for showing up every time women speak, especially about rape and abuse, and trying to make it all about you. Fuck you for derailing threads about the victims of Marc Lépine, a man who screamed about his hatred for feminists as he murdered fourteen women and injured many others, because you also hate feminists and want a fucking cookie for not killing anyone. Fuck you for making rape and death threats against young women who dared to protest a speaking engagement by a man who thinks little girls would enjoy being raped by their fathers if it weren’t for society telling them it’s dirty. Fuck you for whining about how unfair it is that women might wonder if you’re a rapist when you approach them out of nowhere, while completely ignoring how unfair it is that women feel the need to be on guard all the time in public. Or that if we relax and behave normally — drinking, dancing, dressing however we want — you will be the first motherfuckers in line to blame us for getting ourselves raped."

Kate Harding on the MRA movement and how it’s not actually about the real issues men face, but about putting feminists in their place.

(Source: sodisarmingdarling)

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We are not asking for a right to the streets, we are taking them; we are not asking for advertisements that do not objectify women, we’re destroying the commercial mechanisms that objectify women; we are not appealing to male power for an end to rape, but threatening: ‘If you touch me, I will fucking kill you.’

For once, the mechanisms that create and maintain identities of womanhood were refused, and our desires were our own, our bodies were our own, and our violence was our own.

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We’ll Show You Crazy Bitches 

(Source: anotheriteration)

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Sexism is not being trusted to make decisions about your own body. It is being called a slut for having sex, using birth control, or even flirting. It’s being treated like a second-class citizen for getting pregnant out of wedlock. It’s being verbally assaulted by groups of people for walking into an abortion clinic. It’s being called a welfare queen for needing government assistance to feed, clothe, and send your child to day care.

Sexism is being approached by a stranger—on the street, at a bar, anywhere—and being cat-called, complimented, objectified, and expected to react positively. It’s being called ugly, a bitch, and a whore when these advances are met with rejection. It’s having to worry constantly about someone slipping a drug in your drink, or being attacked on the walk home.

Sexism is blaming people for their own abuse, assaults, and rapes. It’s telling someone their outfit was too revealing, they flirted and led their rapist on, and they were drinking too much. It is telling them they were asking for it. Sexism is implying that someone is lying about being raped. It is denying that rape within committed relationships exists. It is trying to define some rapes as legitimate, and others illegitimate.

Sexism is expecting everyone to reinforce the gender binary. It is calling a woman butch for cutting her hair short, working on cars, and playing sports. It’s telling a guy to ‘man up’ because he likes to bake. It’s using any insult that implies womanhood to degrade a man for not living up to society’s expectations of what a man looks like… a little bitch, a pussy, don’t let the door hit you in the vagina on the way out. It’s the notion that the worst thing you could possibly be is a woman. It’s the way custody battles are treated in court. It is the expectation that the woman will get custody, because women are caregivers and men go to work. Because any woman who puts her career before family is heartless, and any man who puts family before his career is whipped.

Sexism is the objectification of women. It is replacing a woman’s face with a picture of a car in an ad, while still showing her breasts. It’s expecting women to always appear attractive, with a full face of makeup, low-cut shirt, and tight pants… while also telling women that they don’t need makeup to be beautiful, that a plain tee and jeans is just as sexy. It’s calling women who appear the latter way ugly, frumpy, and boring… and those who appear the former, slutty. Sexism is the ridiculous double standard that exists in sexual freedom. It is labeling women who enjoy sex as sluts, while high-fiving men with multiple partners.

Sexism is the glass ceiling and the pay gap, both of which still exist. It’s a woman getting paid at least 30% less to do the same job as a man , with the same amount of experience. It’s a woman not even being considered for a promotion. It’s telling women that we are not assertive enough to get promotions.

Sexism is the dismissal of all of this as trivial. It’s being silenced by a patriarchy and told that none of this matters.

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Alisse Desrosiers