So today Angelina Jolie had double mastectomy, which is the removal of one’s breasts, to prevent Breast cancer. So instead of praising Angelina on her bravery, men on Twitter decided to ridicule her, even calling her stupid for removing her breasts. For those of you on Tumblr that are attacking Feminists about being delusional about sexism against women and misogyny here’s your fucking proof that sexism and misogyny exists.
Tell me again how men see us as whole and complete human beings?
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Fun fact: Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia have a higher percentage of women in the government than the US & the UK
Another fun fact: Some people in the West tend to get very angry when you point this out to them..
It’s like this…
You’re fourteen and you’re reading Larry Niven’s “The Protector” because it’s your father’s favorite book and you like your father and you think he has good taste and the creature on the cover of the book looks interesting and you want to know what it’s about. And in it the female character does something better than the male character - because she’s been doing it her whole life and he’s only just learned - and he gets mad that she’s better at it than him. And you don’t understand why he would be mad about that, because, logically, she’d be better at it than him. She’s done it more. And he’s got a picture of a woman painted on the inside of his spacesuit, like a pinup girl, and it bothers you.
But you’re fourteen and you don’t know how to put this into words.
And then you’re fifteen and you’re reading “Orphans of the Sky” because it’s by a famous sci-fi author and it’s about a lost generation ship and how cool is that?!? but the women on the ship aren’t given a name until they’re married and you spend more time wondering what people call those women up until their marriage than you do focusing on the rest of the story. Even though this tidbit of information has nothing to do with the plot line of the story and is only brought up once in passing.
But it’s a random thing to get worked up about in an otherwise all right book.
Then you’re sixteen and you read “Dune” because your brother gave it to you for Christmas and it’s one of those books you have to read to earn your geek card. You spend an entire afternoon arguing over who is the main character - Paul or Jessica. And the more you contend Jessica, the more he says Paul, and you can’t make him see how the real hero is her. And you love Chani cause she’s tough and good with a knife, but at the end of the day, her killing Paul’s challengers is just a way to degrade them because those weenies lost to a girl.
Then you’re seventeen and you don’t want to read “Stranger in a Strange Land” after the first seventy pages because something about it just leaves a bad taste in your mouth. All of this talk of water-brothers. You can’t even pin it down.
And then you’re eighteen and you’ve given up on classic sci-fi, but that doesn’t stop your brother or your father from trying to get you to read more.
Even when you bring them the books and bring them the passages and show them how the authors didn’t treat women like people.
Your brother says, “Well, that was because of the time it was written in.”
You get all worked up because these men couldn’t imagine a world in which women were equal, in which women were empowered and intelligent and literate and capable.
You tell him - this, this is science fiction. This is all about imagining the world that could be and they couldn’t stand back long enough and dare to imagine how, not only technology would grow in time, but society would grow.
But he blows you off because he can’t understand how it feels to be fourteen, fifteen, sixteen, seventeen and desperately wanting to like the books your father likes, because your father has good taste, and being unable to, because most of those books tell you that you’re not a full person in ways that are too subtle to put into words. It’s all cognitive dissonance: a little like a song played a bit out of tempo - enough that you recognize it’s off, but not enough to pin down what exactly is wrong.
And then one day you’re twenty-two and studying sociology and some kind teacher finally gives you the words to explain all those little feelings that built and penned around inside of you for years.
It’s like the world clicking into place.
And that’s something your brother never had to struggle with.
Dove hired a forensic artist to draw how women see themselves versus how others see them - the results are moving.
i really like this
I really like that this ad highlights how much harder we are on ourselves than most of those around us are, but I don’t like that the emphasis is still on beauty. These are, by and large, women who fulfill a lot of standard, mainstream qualifications for beauty. They are thin. Most of them are fairly young. They have, by and large, conventionally attractive features. They are well-groomed. The one woman emphasizes that she should appreciate her ‘natural beauty’ (which is, I’d argue, in more abundance than most women’s, by conventional standards), and talks about what a huge impact her ‘natural beauty’ has on the choices she makes, the way she interacts with others, and the opportunities she has. What this ad fails to do is to problematize the emphasis on physical appearance for women. The fact of the matter is, how you look — regardless of whether or not you appreciate how others see you — should not have such a hold on so many aspects of our lives. It’s an interesting exercise, but it’s still holding women’s appearances as the deciding and defining factor in their lives. Fail, Dove.
There needs to be a proper 101 course to teach people that not every single woman in the same political system that men work in, is a bastion of hope and empowerment for others. It is an indication of blind support for (neo)liberal feminism when we assume that if a woman has the same access to abusive power like her fellow men do, she has somehow ‘dismantled patriarchy.’ This is not true. It simply means her privilege allows her to operate in the same machinery against those who are not equal in power to her. People like Susan Rice, Margaret Thatcher, Hillary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, Bhutto are not true feminist icons because their ‘feminism’ is never inclusive of those with lesser power (re: War on terror, anti-working class policies, torture and more). Simply because they have managed to enter and work in the same capitalist, oppressive system does not mean they have destroyed that system. They benefit from it while others don’t. Critical thinking, God damn it.
I also want to indicate
that its generally upper class women and upper class white women (if you’re speaking in the context of a predominantly…
As a white woman my opinion doesn’t mean anything!?!?! So my color makes me irrelevant. If that’s not direct, not to mention aggressive racism I don’t know what is. Lovely. Thank you for that. I respect you and I respect your post and I think you are very articulate and make very valid arguments and points. I obviously read this post and commented on it therefore I think it was very intellectually challenging and an interesting topic. Feel free to just delete everything I said and re-circulate your original post and forget everything I wrote. It doesn’t matter.
now imagine if everything we deal with as white women was compounded by race as well. White feminism was willing to abandon WOC to get the vote in the US—check out all of white feminism’s favorite heroes. They were all racist. They were all willing to ignore WOC to further themselves.
White feminism is overflowing with sympathy for Madonna as a survivor of domestic abuse and sexual assault while married to Sean Penn—and white feminism throws Rihanna under the bus for not behaving in a way it deems proper. White feminism smiles indulgently when Lady Gaga appropriates and sexualizes the burqa and uses racial slurs in her songs and screams out in protest against Azealia Banks when she uses a heterosexist slur without bothering to rail against the man who was harassing her nonstop. White feminism pats Marina Diamandis and Lana Del Rey on the head for reclaiming the word “bitch” and trips over itself calling Beyonce ‘misogynist’ for saying “Bow down, bitches.” White feminism is up at arms against anyone calling Sandra Fluke, a white woman, a slut, and then bends over backwards to defend the Onion calling a 9-year-old Black girl a cunt.
Sit down and learn. Reverse racism is a myth and it’s shit like this—trying to take a WOC’s experience and insist that we have it just as bad as white women when we have designed our feminism to boost us up while putting WOC down—that proves just how little we know and just how much we need to shut up and listen for a change.
What this is talking about is not white feminists. Those are not feminists, they are bigots. And it disgusts me that people can be celebrated for being bigoted racists, but the true feminists are women who stand up for everyone, regardless of race, gender, or sexuality, and they should be recognized for that work regardless of their race. Because it is just as damaging to the feminist cause to sling mud at an entire group of people because several people who claim to support the same cause and have the same skin color are assholes. I don’t know when this whole “white women are terrible feminists” thing started on my dash, but its starting to bug me because it’s doing more harm than good in my opinion.
- yes: the point of this is that white feminists are really seriously fucking up, either by perpetuating white supremacy or by insisting on defending those who do
- white feminists need to recognize that if we don’t make an active effort to learn about and keep our white privilege in check we are fucking up even more
- nobody’s saying all white feminists are terrible; if you’re not terrible, it’s not directed at you
- when WOC are saying white feminists are perpetuating racist venom then said white feminists need to sit down and listen because this is not about us and we need to stop making it about us
- and if anyone honestly feels the need to defend white feminists who fuck up because “we’re not all that bad!” they’ve missed the point entirely.
- She supported the apartheid regime in South Africa and called Nelson Mandela a “terrorist”
- She was best pals with the Chilean dictator Pinochet
- She sent the SAS to Cambodia to train the Khmer Rouge, who had engaged in a genocide that killed A QUARTER OF THE POPULATION
- She introduced Section 28, which made it illegal to discuss homosexuality in British schools EVER
- She hated feminism and said ‘I owe nothing to women’s lib’
- She authorised state murders of Catholics in Northern Ireland
And that is not even STARTING on the enormous evil she did in Britain by systematically targetting the poor and marginalised and championing the rich. We are all still suffering today because of her.
Evil has left the world. Good riddance.
“It pains me to think that girls are being taught to hate other girls. Society has us pitted against each other and seems to want to keep us from being whole and healthy as individuals and as a group. We should be and need to be celebrated by each other so that we can stand united and fight against injustice toward our gender.” - Sarah McDonald, Why Women Should Hate the Patriarchy Instead of Each Other
Tomb Raider (2013) and Tomb Raider (1996).
look at this. technology is so amazin. we have eveolved from triangle titties to round titties. 2013 we did it
John Berger Ways of Seeing (via spartanbitch)
This is super fucking relevant.
And why self portraits (selfies) are often such an act of self preservation and resistance.
selfies as politics, hell yeah.
#it’s okay to follow creepshots but when a celebrity’s nudes are leaked she’s a slut #it’s perfectly normal to watch objectifying porn but when a woman decides to film herself having sex she’s a whore #it’s alright for you to harass women on the street but when they approach you first it’s arrogance #it’s cool for you to fantasize about a woman who’s out of your league but when a woman you deem unattractive likes you you’re disgusted #no don’t worry you can make female bodies public property but when they discuss your masturbation habits you can be offended #society ^_^ i ^_^ hate ^_^ you
Remind me again why we need feminism? Oh, yeah.
“And the second reason was — during the years that I spent running Walt Disney Studios — I learned about how hard it was to find a fairy tale with a good strong male protagonist. You’ve got your Sleeping Beauties, your Cinderellas and your Alices. But a fairy tale with a male protagonist is very hard to come by. But with the origin story of the Wizard of Oz, here was a fairy tale story with a natural male protagonist. Which is why I knew that this was an idea for a movie that was genuinely worth pursuing.”
TEN MILLION YEARS DUNGEON NO TRIAL
I AM SO ANGRY I COULD SPIT FIRE OUT OF EVERY ORIFICE WHY DOES SHE HAVE BOOBS
ALSO, LION KING, HERCULES, ALADDIN, TREASURE PLANET, EL DORADO, EMPERORS NEW GROOVE, JUNGLE BOOK, PETER PAN, 101 DALMATIANS, THE FOX AND THE HOUND, BAMBI, RESCUERS DOWN UNDER, ROBIN HOOD, AN AMERICAN TALE, OLIVER AND COMPANY, ARISTOCATS, THREE AMIGOS OMG THERE ARE SO MANY WITH MALE PROTAGONISTS HOLY SHIT
ALSO, those with female protagonists WIND UP HAVING TO BE SAVED BY MALES. OKAY.
RECONDITIONIIIIIIIIIIIIING EVERYONE NEEDS RECONDITIONIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINGNGGGGGNGJFNJLKJKJKS
BAUM NEEDS TO BE BROUGHT BACK TO LIFE SO HE CAN STAB EVERYONE INVOLVED IN THIS MOVIE. He was a feminist and surrounded by women’s sufferage movement supporters (he was active in it himself!) and wrote the story with A STRONG FEMALE PROTAGONIST.
Agreed, this is ridiculous, but I do have to point out that not all female protagonists need to be saved by males. IE: Merida.
Also, she has boobs because she’s a lady.
Merida is only one of a small few, though. And I think what they meant with the boob comment was why is she being sexualized?
Exactly, and exactly. “She has boobs because she’s a lady” is not what we’re talking about here. Using that logic, Psylocke’s ass-bearing costume is cool then too, because she has an ass, because she’s a lady, right? It’s all about context. Unnecessary sexualization is gross, and continues to happen disproportionately to female characters. As if the Wicked Witch of the West needed visible cleavage to be interesting!
While some more recent Disney movies have featured strong heroines, the thing that makes us all roll our eyes is that two of the three movies that the producer mentioned in his original comment do NOT, and he held them out as an example. The real hero of Sleeping Beauty is Prince Philip; the real heroes of Cinderella are anyone but Cinderella (it does have the fairy godmother, but she’s more of a fairy deus ex machina than anything).
It’s ignorant to suggest that a tradition of passive female characters in cinematic roles is somehow over just because Merida knows how to shoot a bow and arrow. Case in point: this new movie, which features the witches falling all over themselves at the return of the prophecy-fulfilling Oz.
Baum’s books featured one strong female character after another—this was a man who married a feminist (the Cornell-educated Maud Gage Baum), who was the daughter of a the famous activist Matilda Joslyn Gage. He hung out with Susan B. Anthony, for chrissakes. It isn’t too much to ask that maybe, just maybe, adaptations of his work feature some of the things that make it so engaging in the first place.
And to the commenter who used Wicked as a justification for sexualized boob-witch: no. You are miles wide of the point on this one.