People today are terrified of the new f-word: feminism. They think we are man-haters, lesbians, and bra-burners. This is widely not the case.
This is not a man hating or demonizing zone. Here, we do not aim for women's superiority, but for equality for all.
To that end, I encourage you to join us, no matter where you fall on the sex and gender spectrum, to fight for equal rights.
Feel free to pass suggestions/submissions my way, or to ask ANY questions you may have. There are no stupid questions! I will answer to the best of my ability (from a persona POV, as I recognize that I cannot speak for all feminists), and will take any question as encouragement that people ARE interested in learning more and hopefully considering themselves feminists, too!
If I’m held accountable for murder on my period with the extra horomones then boys are held accountable for rape with their extra testosterone
I’m really sick of hearing the hormonal excuse
Diane Martel, the woman who directed the "Blurred Lines" video.
So, feminists… is this woman a "misogynistic rapist" too?
or do you now want to change your tune with pride that she’s a “kick ass woman”?
Which one is it?
I wouldn’t call her a mysoginistic rapist, per se. But then, nobody can accuse me of calling Robin Thicke a rapist, either. Promoting negative messages regarding consent is a huge issue, but it isn’t rape.
However, she is damn sure not a kick ass woman if she’s involved with and actively creating work that sends such a negative message, especially in a world that has far too many messages promoting “blurred lines” of consent, and far to little that promote active, enthusiastic consent as the ONLY acceptable precursor to sex.
I’ve been thinking about this question of “what’s so hard about calling a trans person by their preferred pronouns. The truth is, it isn’t hard. People go out of their way to misgender trans people. It takes effort to deliberatly call someone the wrong name. They do it because they’re assholes. It’s not a mistake. And rumors were swirling for at least a year regarding Manning’s identity as a trans woman (although I heard her name was Breanna). If I heard that but people whose job it is to keep up with and report the news didn’t know that, then they suck.
Cordelia Fine, Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference (via cockchomp)
THIS IS REALLY FUCKING IMPORTANT AND INCREDIBLE
Oh hey, just in case you think academia is a haven of progressivism and open-mindedness. Women also have a much harder time obtaining tenure if they are trying to raise a family, while men who have children are more likely to be awarded it.
When I was in graduate school, I attended a “Junior Women Scholars and the Profession’-type mini conference, at which one of the senior scholars told us that, if we wanted to have kids, it was better to do it while we were finishing our degrees. Because then you could prove you were able to handle a baby + research and it would be better to take a semester off as a grad student than a semester off as junior faculty.
All of this is despite the fact that, in the US, hiring committees are not legally allowed to take into account your family status. They aren’t even allowed to ask if you’re married, if you have kids, or what your plans are for kids in the future. It usually comes up somewhat awkwardly during campus visits, where they have to disclose benefits and how the tenure process works.
Like most of the rest of the US, universities and colleges tend to lag woefully behind the rest of the world in offering women choices other than “rock” or “hard place,” and also do not accord men time off for paternity leave, thus ensuring that academic women have to shoulder the weight of those choices. So yay, institutionalized sexism!