As a black woman, I feel like I owe a debt of gratitude to Mikki Kendall, of Solidarity Is For White Women fame for managing to so perfectly encapsulate years of subjugation of black women by white women. With those five words, she was able to instantly zero in on why Intersectional Feminism is so necessary if the feminist movement is to progress.
This is a fantastic article explaining why Miley Cyrus’ performance was racist as well as sexually objectifying and dehumanising towards women. It highlights the theme of inter-sectional feminism, something that I’m still learning about, something paramount for white feminists to be aware of and fluent in during feminist discussion.
The article also touches on slut-shaming- I think whilst we should criticise Miley on her performance from a variety of angles, slut-shaming is not the correct, moral, progressive or feminist way of doing it. No woman deserves to be slut-shamed, and I believe it’s irrelevant and corrosive. I’ve read articles that have said lines such as “racist slut”…? Contradictory and unhelpful. Women are some of the worst perpetrators of slut-shaming culture and it must stop, we must fight patriarchy together.
However, I do disagree with this article claiming Miley not be a feminist. That is not for us to say or judge, and as we have criticised her for treating a black woman’s body as public property, we should not treat her as such.
People say the world is a bad, dark place full of war and dying. I disagree, love is all around us and always has been. It’s just not newsworthy. We don’t need love to prevail or revolt, it always has done, it’s been surrounding us since our evolution from the stars above us.
How can we bring democracy with a military hand?
America and Europe need to stop intervening in a way which WE think is helpful. Western democracy is weak on its knees, democracy is not part of the discourse in Syria and Egypt at the moment. We must grasp the hand of simple humanitarianism, we must focus on the innocent, not the politics, not on how we can bring down the power of rich men. Where is the logic, where are the principles, where is the baseline commonality between human to human?
Those in power in the West have no empathy in their privileged lives to understand and analyse these situations. We must lobby them to offer open arms to the refugees, deliver food, aid, medication, doctors, and stand by ready for them to come when they need us, instead of intervening the only way they believe they can- with bombs and guns. This will be another bloody political and social mess like Iraq- have we not learnt? We took to the streets to urge it’s prevention, but our politicians went against us when they intervened. And they have again, against everybody’s interests, but their own.
I am awaiting the rapid rise of the death toll following this intervention. We can only hope, protest, spread the word and keep solidarity strong with all of the victims of war, power struggles, dictatorship and weapons.
When will the penny drop? When will people understand that weapons do not equate peace in any form? To me, this is a very simplistic concept.
"This is a matter of freedom!" No. No, it’s not.
Fantastic article outlining the most common, pathetic and poorly justified arguments supporting Page 3 from the old men/”men’s rights” lobbyists
from the “fuck shaving” facebook page
The word “rape” does not factor into Yale’s new report on how the university is handling sexual misconduct; instead, the act is described as “nonconsensual sex,” and it’s usually punishable by “written reprimand.” (Sometimes rapists have to spend some time thinking about respect!) According to the report, five of the six people Yale identified as nonconsensual sex-havers over the past six months either graduated without much stress or will be returning to campus in the fall.
when people come together, when people unite over oppression, amazing things happen, revolution is in the air
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I think the recent rape threats on Twitter just shows how much we still NEED feminism.
It’s more than a fight for justice and liberation- it’s a coping mechanism for women, a community they can turn to from misogyny, sexual violence, and abuse of their physical and mental worth by men who commonly have serious power issues.
By telling a woman feminism has fought it’s fight already, or that it’s full of raving hairy lesbians, you are degrading her opinions, her place in society and her chance of achieving equality. You are telling her that her vote doesn’t matter, her mind doesn’t matter, her body doesn’t matter. By condemning feminism, you are telling her that things should stay as they are.
Stay as they are?
Is it not right and just to fight for the millions of women raped, sexually abused, street harassed, discriminated against, enslaved, trafficked, domestically abused, objectified, reduced to a sex object? This has been occurring for thousands of years, and since the beginning of human civilisation, men have implemented sexual violence to control, manipulate, threaten and tread down women, preserve them as second class citizens, frighten them to never step up and be equal, and as commodities to upset their rivals- this is why war rape, rape by rival gangs (and other social complexes concerning alpha male power and domination) is rife and always has been.
Feminism spreads the idea that women are human beings, and they deserve to treated as such.
If the feminist fight is over, irrelevant, or crazy then please tell me why these atrocities still take place on a day to day basis; why the news is still filled with stories of women suffering at the hands of men and why this is never taken seriously; why millions of women still lack basic human rights; why women are still painted as sex objects; why rape is a universal fear women have; why people make sexist comments; why some women can’t even step out of their homes without male supervision; why some can’t speak without being spoken to first.
This is not equality- we are far from equality. Men try to tarnish feminism with degrading words, correlating feminists with lesbianism, unattractiveness, mental instability and so on. This is because women are not conforming to being second class citizens anymore, social dynamics are changing, they have said enough, and the male power complex has been challenged, which is incredibly unsettling and frightening to men, who have had their social privilege unchallenged for a very long time.
Women are saying no more to sexual violence as a tool of control. Feminism demands that women are treated as humans.
In their desperate attempts to stamp out feminism, create negative connotations around it, and regain universal authority, feminism grows stronger and our fight has only just started. Watch out, the hairy lesbo “femi-Nazis” are coming…..
Kellogg’s Toasted Corn Flakes magazine ad, 1915, “Votes For Women.”
Anonymous said: The lad bible is hilarious
ah ok if that’s what you think, you’re entitled to your own opinion. What makes you think that?