legitimate criticisms of feminism:
-transmisogyny and the lack of inclusion of transwomen
-the racist history behind it and the lack of inclusion of woc
-ignoring and invalidating women with disabilities
-pretty much anything that falls under lack of intersectionality
-internalized misogyny and girl hate
-promotion of political lesbianism
illegitimate criticisms of feminism:
-a feminist was really mean to me once
-they’re sexist against men
Cherríe Moraga, La Güera (x)
How have I internalized my own oppression? How have I oppressed?
We’ve all been in the position where someone we’re close to says something wildly offensive - this article looks at ways to mitigate those situations in a way that keeps your relationships intact while not letting racism, sexism, homophobia, and prejudice in general slide.
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This is really important for those of us who are fighting rape culture here in Brazil!
There is a description in the link, but here goes a more detailed explanation:
[Trigger warning: sexual abuse/physical violence]
There’s a very famous blog in Brazil called Testosterona. Its slogan is “The modern male’s blog” and all of its content is misogynistic, sexist, offensive and, sometimes, aggressive - towards women, of course. Until now, everything’s permitted for the sake of “humor”, but we’ve had ENOUGH! This blog’s posts have gone too far.
Some months ago, a “funny” video was posted, called “How to Get Your Girlfriend to Have Anal Sex”. This video consists of an acting, showing a young couple: Billy and his girlfriend (as far as I remember, the girlfriend doesn’t have a name). The narrator tells us that Billy wants to have anal sex with his girlfriend, but she doesn’t. Obviously, Billy does not respect her and tries to convince her in several ways.
At the end of the video, the narrator tells Billy to knock her up with a brick, take her - unconscious - to bed and rape her. Yes, you read correctly. The video shows it: Billy hitting her with a brick and both of them on bed after, the girl unconscious, and Billy very happy for finally having anal sex. Or better, let’s give it the right name: for RAPING his girlfriend.
As if it wasn’t disturbing enough already, the video ends with the narrator saying, with a laughing voice: “She’s not laughing now, is she?” and, finally, some sentences appear on the screen, telling us why anal sex is better. Two sexual/pleasure-related reasons are given and the last one is: “Because it is more degrading to women!” (this reason is stressed as the most important!)
I don’t think this needs further explanation. Anyone who thinks this is funny needs to consider becoming a decent human being for a change.
Testosterona’s owner has deleted this video from the blog. But he continues to degrade and offend women in unacceptable levels (as if any level of it were acceptable at all…) and MTV continues to sponsor it!
This shit needs to stop. We don’t deserve being so aggressively offended for the sake of “humor”. This is not humor, this is rape culture being openly supported.
RAPE IS NOT A FUCKING JOKE!
Help us pressure MTV President, Mr. Van Toffler, so MTV Brazil stops sponsoring and supporting this disgusting blog.
To my dad
I feel like I reblog this all the time.
Literally never stops being relevant. And sometimes when it happens I need to find this quote and ground myself in the knowledge that I’m not alone in this feeling. (via khaleesi)
I think my goal for today is to flood the feminism tag with quotes about black women, black feminism, and life as a black woman in America. That tag could use a little variety and intersectionality.
I support this
“As soon as teenage girls start to profess love for something, everyone else becomes totally dismissive of it. Teenage girls are open season for the cruelest bullying that our society can dream up. Everyone’s vicious to them. They’re vicious to each other. Hell, they’re even vicious to themselves. It’s terrible.
“So if teenage girls have something that they love, isn’t that a good thing? Isn’t it better for them to find some words they believe in, words like the ‘fire-proof and fearless’ lyrics that Jacqui wrote? Isn’t it better for them to put those words on their arm in a tattoo than for them to cut gashes in that same skin? Shouldn’t we be grateful when teenage girls love our work? Shouldn’t that be a fucking honor?
“It’s used as the cheapest, easiest test of crap, isn’t it? If teenage girls love a movie, a book, a band, then it’s immediately classified as mediocre shit. Well, I’m not going to stand for that. Someone needs to treat them like they’re precious, and if nobody else is ready to step up, I guess it’s up to us to put them on the path to recognizing that about themselves.”"
a character from The Devil’s Mixtape. (via valjeans)
Every now and then, something comes along on your dash that opens your eyes and makes you question assumptions you didn’t even realize you were making.
This former teenage girl fell in love with Rush, RPGs, Russian literature, ancient history, sci fi flicks, and Led Zeppelin. I’d say she had pretty good taste. So why have I always defaulted to marginalizing or dismissing the tastes of other teenage girls? Why have I always counted the large teenage female presence in fandom as a black mark against it, or at least something that needs to be explained or surmounted for older fans to participate or engage? Why have I assumed that teenage girls as a whole are incapable of critical analysis or meaningful engagement with the same media that I enjoy, when it was the critical analysis and meaningful engagement of a teenage girl that got me into much of the same media I enjoy now?
Wow. Talk about not even recognizing the patriarchy at work.
seriously, this just made me feel like a fucking asshole, which is always a sign that i’ve learned something important.
I think I like the commentary above more than even the quote itself. It’s cool when just a quote can make people really rethink their positions.
Another thing White Feminists™ shouldn’t do is reblog this quote and think that fills your intersectionality quota for the day/month/year. I hate to burst your little bubble but shit ain’t that simple. Also, if you see this and the first thing that pops into your head it “but Black men could vote before women,” you have a lot of work to do.