Simply by virtue of being born female, millions of children across the world are denied their right to an education. In fact, according to the charity Childline, in South Africa a girl actually has a higher chance of being raped than of learning to read."

The Equality Illusion, Kat Banyard (via petitefeministe)

In South Africa a girl actually has a higher chance of being raped than of learning to read.

In South Africa a girl actually has a higher chance of being raped than of learning to read.

Now bleat that feminism is no longer relevant. Go on. I fucking dare you.

(via cunthorse)

posted: 3 years ago
with: 2775 notes
It is…unfair to ask a woman to leave aside her personal experience and discuss feminist issues in the abstract. You are discussing the stuff of her life. Asking her to “not make it personal” is to ask her to wrench her womanhood from her personhood. [Similarly,] you are not objective on women’s issues because you’re not a woman. Your perception is just as subjective as hers is, but for a different reason. Either we stand to be marginalized by privilege or stand to benefit from it. That’s the reality of institutional bias; it compromises us all."
Shakesville: Helpful Hints for Dudes (via reelaroundthefountain)

(Source: gerutha)

posted: 3 years ago
with: 967 notes
Walking alone in a park is a high-risk activity? Stopping your car? MOTHER OF GOD. I’m a fucking extreme adventurer and I didn’t even know it."
— Holly @The Pervocracy, Evolution, Rape, Ovulation, and How to Get Your Opinions Labeled “Science.” (via theautumnal)

posted: 3 years ago
with: 53 notes
Attacking femaleness, deriding ‘girly stuff’ and rolling your eyes at ‘women’s issues,’ declaring yourself a ‘tomboy’ who gets along better with men because women are silly or pretty or whatever - these are expressions of internalised sexism. If that’s the way you feel about your own sex you’ll be doomed to feel inferior no matter what you achieve in life."
— Emily Maguire, Introduction to “Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture 2010 Edition.” (via starsgowaltzing)

posted: 3 years ago
with: 3623 notes
Stop apologizing and saying, “I’m sorry” so much. Women have a terrible habit of apologizing for everything (even their own existence). One time, I bumped into a woman—hard—and she said automatically, “I’m sorry.” I had bumped into her! Sorry in the dictionary says this: wretched, miserable, inferior in worth or quality. We are NOT this.
We have a right to live wild succulent lives. Right now. Open your window and yell at the top you four lungs:
“I’m here! I’m wild! I will live a daring and remarkable life!”"

Sark

Succulent Wild Woman

(via tulletulle)

I need to print this out and put in a prominent place, because I am really, really bad at this.  I apologize for everything.

(via chonklatime)

I apologized when I was confronting my brother about abusing me. This entire thing is so toxic and I’m not even sure where to begin to stop this. Because when I don’t apologize I feel guilty!

(via awhiterain)

I support what I assume is the sentiment here, but I find its framing extremely problematic. It should not be ‘women need to stop their ~terrible habit~ of apologizing and saying I’m sorry’ - my instinctive response to that being, oh, FUCK YOU - it should be ‘the world needs to stop creating an environment in which for a woman to not be apologetic for practically her existence results in punishment, derision and being reviled, for a woman to NOT be ashamed gets her vilified and castigated.’

Turning around and reviling a woman for being ashamed and apologetic, as she is taught and forced to be by mass cultural pressures, is just as fucking awful. It doesn’t make us wretched or miserable, it’s called a fucking survival tactic.

Feminism: about supporting women in all their forms, weaknesses, strengths and vulnerabilities. And again, positioning your argument as though the responsibility is on the women to change is problematic at the least.

(via favoritezipper)

(Source: iwillnotshavemyvagina)

posted: 3 years ago
with: 718 notes

I’m not like other girls.

ailanthusaltissima:

I have so fully internalized the misogyny that I see around me that I define myself by my lack of “feminine” traits and pride myself on being so rigidly in line with a bullshit status quo.

Also I really love eating pizza and watching sports. 

(Source: aaniaa)

posted: 3 years ago
with: 174 notes
Boys are told from a young age that whatever they do will be excused under the “boys will be boys” mantra, and that “boys will be boys” mentality leads to what I call the “boiling frog” problem of women’s sexual boundaries. I call it that because if you put a frog into a pot of boiling water, it will jump right out, but if you put a frog into a pot of room-temperature water and slowly heat it to a boil, the frog will acclimate as it heats and never jump out, eventually boiling to death. Similarly, when we learn as young girls to tolerate “low-level” boundary violations like the ones we often are forced to suffer in silence at school, at home and on the street – bra-snapping, boob-grabbing, ass pinching, catcalling, dick flashing “all in good fun” relentless violations that adults and authorities routinely ignore – it makes it harder for us to notice when even greater boundaries are being violated, eventually leading to the reality that many women who are raped just freeze and fall silent, because that’s what they’ve been taught to do over and over since day one. You tell me what’s more infantilizing: repeatedly letting boys (and grown men) off the hook for their behavior because “boys will be boys” and we can’t ever expect any differently, or creating a consent standard in which all partners take active responsibility for their partner’s safety, and which acknowledges the truly diseased sexual culture we’re soaking in every day."
http://yesmeansyesblog.wordpress.com/2011/01/03/the-nonexistent-terrible-horrible-no-good-very-bad-consequences-of-enthusiastic-consent/ (via zoemelisa)

posted: 3 years ago
with: 13646 notes
I know older men in comedy who can barely feed and clean themselves, and they still work. The women, though, they’re all ‘crazy.’ I have a suspicion — and hear me out, because this is a rough one — that the definition of “crazy” in show business is a woman who keeps talking even after no one want to fuck her anymore."

Tina Fey (via servedwithasideofsarcasm)

I LOVE TINA FEY.  

(via djsparklemotion)

Speaking as a woman men don’t want to fuck, this does not exclusively apply to show business.

(via rodmanstreet)

(Source: newyorker.com)

posted: 3 years ago
with: 29 notes
Since her death in 1979, the woman who discovered what the universe is made of has not so much as received a memorial plaque. Her newspaper obituaries do not mention her greatest discovery. […] Every high school student knows that Isaac Newton discovered gravity, that Charles Darwin discovered evolution, and that Albert Einstein discovered the relativity of time. But when it comes to the composition of our universe, the textbooks simply say that the most abundant atom in the universe is hydrogen. And no one ever wonders how we know."
— Jeremy Knowles, discussing the complete lack of recognition Cecilia Payne gets, even today, for her revolutionary discovery. (via alliterate)

posted: 3 years ago
with: 130802 notes
theme by lovegoods powered by tumblr