Mar. 16th, 2009

calvin and hobbes | selective reality

Just me, then?

I hate people sometimes. En masse.

are you kidding me

pretty devil child


Not that I was going to vote for you, you douchebag, but now I'm fairly certain whatever teeny tiny shred of respect I had for you went bye bye.

Which actually brings me to something else I've been wanting to talk about.

I recently saw a woman who I greatly admire claim that she had no place for feminism in her life – that she thought it was nonsense, that she just didn't get it, and I – well, I was sort of blown away, I guess. First: because I identify most as a feminist and human rights advocate. Contrary to what many claim, we don't live in a post-feminist world. Feminism is not obsolete, it is not nonsense, it is not something of the past.

Feminism is still so important for one reason: because women are still not equal. Do I need to repeat that? Women are still not equal. Because we live in a society where the patriarchy is so prevalent as to be invisible, and because if people – women and men – don't stand up for equal rights of all, there will never be equality.

This is actually one of the things that often frustrates me about many of the online communities I take part in, where otherwise intelligent, compassionate women have no problem telling another female to sit down and shut up, because they dare to speak out about such injustices. I have to tell you, it hurts my feelings when I see members of my flist say things like "I can't wait to see fandom wank over [insert something that may be perceived as misogyny in pop-culture]" or "*waits for fandom to twist this into something misogynistic*" because it feels like I am being mocked – preemptively sometimes – for merely talking about something that's terrifically important to me. Sometimes this makes me not want to speak out, but lately I've been thinking fuck it, because if people don't speak out, then nothing changes.

And if I'm honest, I don't fully understand how any woman cannot look at the society we live in and be content with it, but I'd never tell any of you to not talk about why you think it's okay.

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so. true.

buffy | have a little faith
"If Men Could Menstruate"

Thus, menstruation, something even self-respecting and otherwise body-proud women are often made to feel ashamed of, would suddenly become terrific - providing only men had it.
Think about it:
There would be ceremonies to mark the onset of this envied beginning of manhood.
Men would brag about how long and how much.
A National Institute of Dysmenorrhea would spend millions on researching monthly discomforts.
Sanitary supplies would be federally funded and free.
Men would claim greater sexual powers, heightened intellectual skills, and improved athletic abilities at their "time of the month."

- Gloria Steinman in "What if Freud Were Phyllis: or The Watergate the Western World" on gender reversals.


Talk about self hate

pretty devil child
I read this article over at Time: "Why Some Women Hate Sarah Palin", and nearly popped a gasket. There was nowhere to leave comments, so I sent them a letter. If you have time, you should consider doing the same.

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and so it begins

pretty devil child
Alright. I don't agree with Palin's stances on pretty much any of the issues (that she has a stance on - of which there aren't many); she's staunchly anti-choice, she seems to be sadly under-concerned about the environment, she's anti-gay marriage, and she's a member of the NRA; she's also - from what little I've read and watched - very "Republican" when it comes to economics. HOWEVER. God, just because she was a beauty pageant contestant does not mean she's not fit to be VP.

She's not fit because of her bad policies. Full stop.

Also, I'm sort of... distraught by the implication that she's a mother of five, so therefor unable to serve the country well. If a MAN was chosen for this position, and a father of five, I think the implication would be that his wife would take care of the kids, and no one would bat an eye. Please, can we give the same respect to this woman?

This certainly isn't an endorsement of her, but let's TRY to keep the sexism far away, yeah?

I'm very spammy about politics tonight. TOO MUCH SUGAR.


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