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From the No More Page 3 campaign:

A Tale of two Titties

Boobs, tits, breasts, jugs; whatever you want to call them I love them. They are wondrous and amazing no matter what shape or size. I even like my own on a good day: they keep my hands warm and I can put tassels on them and entertain my friends. But for a long time I was deeply ashamed of them.

When I was growing up the only boobs I ever saw were in my dad’s newspaper. I couldn’t wait to get these full, rounded beauties with nipples like cherries on top of a cake. But I didn’t get these at all: my nipples were a funny shape and didn’t want to face upwards and rapid initial growth left me with angry red stretch marks. What had I done to receive these monstrosities?

Looking back now, twenty years later, with more mature concerns, I think why was it so important, why was I losing sleep over my tits? But teenagers do worry about their changing bodies. “Am I normal?” is the question you are constantly wanting an answer to. But I looked to the media, as many girls do, to tell me what normal tits were because I had no other source of information. But the media didn’t show me the diversity of breast shape and size, it didn’t tell me the fact that there is no such thing as normal. It showed me one type of boob: the media “ideal”- the big, rounded globes of apparent male desire.

Recently I discovered a web site (www.007b.com) containing a gallery of non-sexualised pictures of women’s breasts. Women from all around the world of all ages post photos of their breasts to help other women see the diversity of breast appearance and how they change with age and life events. Some of the stories are heart wrenching, women who have spent years hating and hiding their breasts. But the majority are positive, women who have accepted their breasts and want to show them in the hope that this “myth” of perfect boobs will be shattered. In mainstream media these breasts are invisible. These are the breasts which need help according to the media and the cosmetic surgery industry. The mainstream media create aspirations, the idea that by having what it defines as a beautiful body you will be a “beautiful” person: wanted, successful. The cosmetic surgery business is making billions out of women’s feelings of inadequacies, it tells women their breasts are abnormal and they can be “fixed” into the media ideal…at a cost, not only financially but often for your health too.

The power of the media can be used by women to challenge this capitalist and patriarchal propaganda. This is the power of the internet, that it allows women to set up something like the website discussed here to educate and help each other. Films and magazines may only show the “perfect” pair but with sites like this hopefully girls can realise how diverse breasts are and how unimportant it really is to have the media ideal. Your boobs are your own to love and cherish, to enjoy and give pleasure to who you wish and to nourish any offspring. But they do not define you and are not a measure of your worth: that comes from what you do.

Sadie L Jones
Check out this amazing web site:
www.007b.com
Solidarity is For Miley Cyrus: The Racial Implications of her VMA Performance

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.

The five worst arguments in defence of lads' mags

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
https://www.facebook.com/fckshaving?hc_location=stream
love it

from the “fuck shaving” facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/fckshaving?hc_location=stream

love it

Yale Officially Declares 'Nonconsensual Sex' Not That Big of a Deal

when people come together, when people unite over oppression, amazing things happen, revolution is in the air

More than 100 teens rescued in weekend sex-trafficking raids, FBI says
Twitter Rape Threats Just Show Us How Revelant and Important Feminism Remains

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…..

forgottensuffragettes:

Two suffragettes holding a poster. 
Left: Name unknown (but submit a name, and I will add it!)
Right: Christabel Pankhurst. 

I want to post all of these suffragette pics!! Go go ladies!!

forgottensuffragettes:

Two suffragettes holding a poster. 

Left: Name unknown (but submit a name, and I will add it!)

Right: Christabel Pankhurst. 

I want to post all of these suffragette pics!! Go go ladies!!

(Source: inspiration-in-a-nation)

saveflowers1:

Kellogg’s Toasted Corn Flakes magazine ad, 1915, “Votes For Women.”

saveflowers1:

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?