"These days, before we talk about misogyny, women are increasingly being asked to modify our language so we don’t hurt men’s feelings. Don’t say, “Men oppress women” – that’s sexism, as bad as any sexism women ever have to handle, possibly worse. Instead, say, “Some men oppress women.” Whatever you do, don’t generalise. That’s something men do. Not all men – just some men.

This type of semantic squabbling is a very effective way of getting women to shut up. After all, most of us grew up learning that being a good girl was all about putting other people’s feelings ahead of our own. We aren’t supposed to say what we think if there’s a chance it might upset somebody else or, worse, make them angry. So we stifle our speech with apologies, caveats and soothing sounds. We reassure our friends and loved ones that “you’re not one of those men who hate women”.

What we don’t say is: of course not all men hate women. But culture hates women, so men who grow up in a sexist culture have a tendency to do and say sexist things, often without meaning to. We aren’t judging you for who you are but that doesn’t mean we’re not asking you to change your behaviour. What you feel about women in your heart is of less immediate importance than how you treat them on a daily basis.

You can be the gentlest, sweetest man in the world yet still benefit from sexism. That’s how oppression works."

@10 months ago with 84169 notes
#feminism #sexism 

the dopest ethiopienne: But why can't I be a revolutionary who cooks, too? 

Please go read this whole thing. Because yes. 

ethiopienne:

Can we eradicate the notion that it’s impossible for feminists/womanists to enjoy doing things deemed stereotypically feminine?

Can we stop telling girls it’s not okay to enjoy cooking or make-up or fashion because femininity is to be avoided at all costs?

(Source: ethiopienne)

@2 years ago with 2567 notes
#feminism #beauty #strength #body-positive 

The beach towel: a metaphor for body negativity 

@2 years ago with 2 notes
#feminism #body positive #body confidence 
Bald Barbie is a pretty cool step—but I really wish Mattel would listen to consumers and roll out a body-positive one, next. Maybe it’s time to start a petition?

Bald Barbie is a pretty cool step—but I really wish Mattel would listen to consumers and roll out a body-positive one, next. Maybe it’s time to start a petition?

@2 years ago with 1 note
#barbie #feminism #body positive #cancer #self-esteem 

"Bikini Season" is stupid.

And I reject it. I refuse to allow the spring and summer months to be dominated by negative feelings about my body.

@2 years ago with 2 notes
#bikini season #feminism #body image #body positive #health 
It’s true—women really do have orgasms while working out.
@2 years ago with 4 notes
#feminism #sex #women #running #exercise #health #orgasm 
Basically

Basically

(Source: feministcatlady)

@2 years ago with 38278 notes
#feminism #sluts #birth control 

(Source: slutwalklittlerock)

@2 years ago with 733 notes
#feminism #sluts #being a slut #women 
picturesintheattic:

High school girls learning auto mechanics, 1922

Check out these cool fucking ladies.

picturesintheattic:

High school girls learning auto mechanics, 1922

Check out these cool fucking ladies.

@10 months ago with 3670 notes
#feminism #mechanics #vintage photos 

"This is my 'safety face.'" 

lightspeedsound:

aboutmaleprivilege:

Male Privilege is telling me to smile.

Yes, I know it’s a lovely day. Yes, I know the birds are singing. In fact, yes, I am happy. I’m not smiling because this is my safety face. You may not be aware that women have a safety face. 

(Source: all-about-male-privilege)

@2 years ago with 2314 notes
#feminism #safety #self-esteem #privilege 

Does loving cosmetics make me a bad feminist? 

I frequently struggle with being a “bad feminist,” because I’m into pretty things and like girly shit. Here’s an essay about that. 

@2 years ago with 1 note
#feminism #women #body-positive #self-esteem 

I have seen a lot of people stating that rape and sexual abuse aren’t normalized…

To which I would say:

Yes.

They.

Most.

Certainly.

Are.

To say that we live in a culture where everyone knows that rape and sexual abuse is wrong is patently incorrect. The fact that advertisers are constantly having to pull ads and apologize only after the point when they realize that it’s not cool to joke about rape is exactly indicative of this problem.

The fact that fraternities make “rape lists” is exactly indicative of this problem.

The fact that Facebook will censor images of same-sex couples kissing but not date-rate fan pages is exactly indicative of this problem.

And every. Single. Time. Someone comments to defend these kinds of ads and stories (‘they’re just jokes!’ or ‘lighten up!’), this fact is underscored. 

@2 years ago with 10 notes
#feminism #rape culture #idiots #examples 

(Source: bricabracpdx)

@2 years ago with 10 notes
#feminism #war on women 
lucilleandmitt:

(by way of anonymous)

lucilleandmitt:

(by way of anonymous)

@2 years ago with 233 notes
#planned parenthood #mitt romney #feminism #birth control 

Are you partying at SXSW this week?

Consider donating to Planned Parenthood or another women’s health advocacy group, too—because every dollar you spend at businesses in Austin is a teeny vote for a state that has, as a result of misguided anti-woman legislature, lost its funding for critical women’s health care

@2 years ago with 1 note
#south by southwest #sxsw #women's health #feminism #birth control #texas 
"These days, before we talk about misogyny, women are increasingly being asked to modify our language so we don’t hurt men’s feelings. Don’t say, “Men oppress women” – that’s sexism, as bad as any sexism women ever have to handle, possibly worse. Instead, say, “Some men oppress women.” Whatever you do, don’t generalise. That’s something men do. Not all men – just some men.

This type of semantic squabbling is a very effective way of getting women to shut up. After all, most of us grew up learning that being a good girl was all about putting other people’s feelings ahead of our own. We aren’t supposed to say what we think if there’s a chance it might upset somebody else or, worse, make them angry. So we stifle our speech with apologies, caveats and soothing sounds. We reassure our friends and loved ones that “you’re not one of those men who hate women”.

What we don’t say is: of course not all men hate women. But culture hates women, so men who grow up in a sexist culture have a tendency to do and say sexist things, often without meaning to. We aren’t judging you for who you are but that doesn’t mean we’re not asking you to change your behaviour. What you feel about women in your heart is of less immediate importance than how you treat them on a daily basis.

You can be the gentlest, sweetest man in the world yet still benefit from sexism. That’s how oppression works."
10 months ago
#feminism #sexism 
picturesintheattic:

High school girls learning auto mechanics, 1922

Check out these cool fucking ladies.
10 months ago
#feminism #mechanics #vintage photos 
the dopest ethiopienne: But why can't I be a revolutionary who cooks, too?→

Please go read this whole thing. Because yes. 

ethiopienne:

Can we eradicate the notion that it’s impossible for feminists/womanists to enjoy doing things deemed stereotypically feminine?

Can we stop telling girls it’s not okay to enjoy cooking or make-up or fashion because femininity is to be avoided at all costs?

(Source: ethiopienne)

2 years ago
#feminism #beauty #strength #body-positive 
"This is my 'safety face.'"→

lightspeedsound:

aboutmaleprivilege:

Male Privilege is telling me to smile.

Yes, I know it’s a lovely day. Yes, I know the birds are singing. In fact, yes, I am happy. I’m not smiling because this is my safety face. You may not be aware that women have a safety face. 

(Source: all-about-male-privilege)

2 years ago
#feminism #safety #self-esteem #privilege 
The beach towel: a metaphor for body negativity→
2 years ago
#feminism #body positive #body confidence 
Does loving cosmetics make me a bad feminist?→

I frequently struggle with being a “bad feminist,” because I’m into pretty things and like girly shit. Here’s an essay about that. 

2 years ago
#feminism #women #body-positive #self-esteem 
Bald Barbie is a pretty cool step—but I really wish Mattel would listen to consumers and roll out a body-positive one, next. Maybe it’s time to start a petition?
2 years ago
#barbie #feminism #body positive #cancer #self-esteem 
I have seen a lot of people stating that rape and sexual abuse aren’t normalized…

To which I would say:

Yes.

They.

Most.

Certainly.

Are.

To say that we live in a culture where everyone knows that rape and sexual abuse is wrong is patently incorrect. The fact that advertisers are constantly having to pull ads and apologize only after the point when they realize that it’s not cool to joke about rape is exactly indicative of this problem.

The fact that fraternities make “rape lists” is exactly indicative of this problem.

The fact that Facebook will censor images of same-sex couples kissing but not date-rate fan pages is exactly indicative of this problem.

And every. Single. Time. Someone comments to defend these kinds of ads and stories (‘they’re just jokes!’ or ‘lighten up!’), this fact is underscored. 

2 years ago
#feminism #rape culture #idiots #examples 
"Bikini Season" is stupid.

And I reject it. I refuse to allow the spring and summer months to be dominated by negative feelings about my body.

2 years ago
#bikini season #feminism #body image #body positive #health 
2 years ago
#feminism #war on women 
It’s true—women really do have orgasms while working out.
2 years ago
#feminism #sex #women #running #exercise #health #orgasm 
lucilleandmitt:

(by way of anonymous)
2 years ago
#planned parenthood #mitt romney #feminism #birth control 
Basically
2 years ago
#feminism #sluts #birth control 
Are you partying at SXSW this week?

Consider donating to Planned Parenthood or another women’s health advocacy group, too—because every dollar you spend at businesses in Austin is a teeny vote for a state that has, as a result of misguided anti-woman legislature, lost its funding for critical women’s health care

2 years ago
#south by southwest #sxsw #women's health #feminism #birth control #texas 
2 years ago
#feminism #sluts #being a slut #women