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    The Dispute Between Radical Feminism and Transgenderism

    evilfeminist:


    Heath was interviewed for this piece. I was hoping for more but it was a little bit of a let down, at least it doesn’t misrepresent, but it doesn’t really help. I was hoping Women’s Liberation Front would be mentioned since Rad Fems Respond was run by us but it wasn’t.

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    When you say you’re a feminist…I hope you really know what that means. It means standing up for women of color.

    Standing by black women who must deal with being referred to as welfare queens or ratchet.

    Being a feminist is standing beside immigrant women who deal with wage theft, unsafe working conditions, and being referred to as leaving anchor babies in America.

    It means standing beside Native American women who face domestic violence and rape at unprecedented rates.

    It means standing beside Muslim women who choose to live out their faith and face Islamaphobia, sexism and ignorance constantly.

    It means standing beside Asian women who have been misrepresented in the media to be thought of as only submissive and quiet.

    Please recognize that feminism impacts the lives of every single one of these groups…but we are all women

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    (via lifeisallaboutbeauty)

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    Drop the Q-Slur

    puplife:

    I’ve reblogged posts about it before but it’s really important NOT to describe someone as queer or to describe the LGBT commmunity as the “queer community”. If someone self-identifies as queer and has stated that they are okay being identified w/ the word then it’s okay. That is the…

    (via genderheretic)

  4. adayinthelesbianlife:

    NYC Dyke March, Lesbian Avengers, 1992-1995

    (Source: lesbianavengers.com)

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    This reluctance to talk about men’s violence is widespread and seems to amount almost to a taboo. The news media report that “a woman was raped,” but never say “a man raped a woman.” Analyses of school violence talk about “kids killing kids,” ignoring the fact that it is almost exclusively boys committing the violence. Terms like “domestic violence” mask the fact that most of this violence is committed by men.



    Feminists and feminist organizations also fall into this pattern by using the term “violence against women.” This wording puts the focus on women as victims and hides who is perpetrating the violence. If we can’t even say who is doing most of the violence in the world, how can we hope to stop it?

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    Jennie Ruby, Male Pattern Violence [X] (via witchbornwitch)

    (via genderheretic)

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    At a lecture I was giving in a large West Coast university in the Spring of 2008, the female students talked extensively about how much they preferred to have a completely waxed pubic area as it made them feel “clean,” “hot” and “well groomed.” As they excitedly insisted that they themselves chose to have a Brazilian wax, one student let slip that her boyfriend had complained when she decided to give up on waxing. Then there was silence. I asked the student to say more about her boyfriend’s preferences and how she felt about his criticism. As she started to speak other students joined in, only now the conversation took a very different turn. The excitement in the room gave way to a subdued discussion on how some boyfriends had even refused to have sex with non-waxed girlfriends as they “looked gross.” One student told the group how her boyfriend bought her a waxing kit for Valentine’s Day, while yet another sent out an email to his friends joking about his girlfriend’s “hairy beaver.” No, she did not break up with him, she got waxed instead.

    Two weeks after the waxing discussion, I was at an East Coast Ivy League school where some female students became increasingly angry. They accused me of denying them free choice in their embracing of our hypersexualized porn culture, and being the next generation’s elite women, this idea was especially repugnant because they saw no limits or constraints on them as women. Literally two minutes later, one of the students made a joke about the “trick” that many of them employ as a way to avoid hookup sex. What is this trick? These women purposely don’t shave or wax as they are getting ready to go out that night so they will feel too embarrassed to participate in hookup sex. As she spoke, I watched as others nodded their heads in agreement. When I asked why they couldn’t just say no to sex, they informed me that once you have a few drinks in you, and are at a party or a bar, it is too hard to say no. I was speechless, not least because they had just been arguing that I had denied them agency in my discussion of porn culture, and yet they saw no contradiction in telling me that they didn’t have the agency to say no to sex. The next day I flew to Utah to give a lecture in a small college, which although not a religious college, had a good percentage of Mormons and Catholics. I told them about the lecture the previous night and asked them if they knew what the trick was. It turns out that trick is everywhere, including Utah.

    I tell this story because, on many levels, it neatly captures how the porn culture is affecting young women’s lives. The reality is that women don’t need to look at porn to be profoundly affected by it because images, representations, and messages of porn are now delivered to women via pop culture. Women today are still not major consumers of hard-core porn; they are, however, whether they know it or not, internalizing porn ideology, an ideology that often masquerades as advice on how to be hot, rebellious, and cool in order to attract (and hopefully keep) a man. An excellent example is genital waxing, which first became popular in porn (not least because it makes the women look pre-pubescent) and then filtered down into women’s media such as Cosmopolitan, a magazine that regularly features stories and tips on what “grooming” methods women should adopt to attract a man. Sex and the City, that hugely successful show with an almost cult following, also used waxing as a storyline. For instance, in the movie, Miranda is chastised by Samantha for “letting herself go” by having pubic hair.

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    Visible or Invisible: Growing up Female in a Porn Culture

    (via exgynocraticgrrl)

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    "In the rare cases where actual psychological differences exist, they cannot be attributed to innate neurology alone. Everything in the brain is a combination of nature and nurture. Culture comes into play, which affects behavior, which then affects the brain. From birth (and even in the womb), a baby is labeled as a girl or boy and treated a certain way as a result. For example, a 2005 study of 386 birth announcements in Canadian newspapers showed that parents tend to say they’re “proud” when it’s a boy and “happy” when it’s a girl. Anne Fausto-Sterling, a biologist at Brown University, has shown that mothers talk to infant girls more than infant boys. This could partly explain why girls tend to have better language skills later on. “Some differences end up fairly entrenched in adult human beings,” Fausto-Sterling says. “But that doesn’t mean that you were born that way or that you were born destined to be that way.”"

    Stop Looking For ‘Hardwired’ Differences In Male And Female Brains | Popular Science (via brutereason)

    (via w00fwomon-deactivated20140726)

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    "Women play a critical role in producing food...Our philosophy is to build on the strengths of women."

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    deepgreenresistance:

Since porn portrays women as nothing more than sex objects that need to be dominated, it’s not surprising that porn users often start seeing real women that way as well.
We will never dismantle misogyny as long as objectification and domination is eroticized. We will also never stop racism. Nor will we mount an effective resistance to fascism, since fascism’s root is ultimately the eroticization of domination and subordination.
Deep Green Resistance is fighting to protect what’s left of a living earth and healthy human communities. We are a radical feminist organization and we stand in solidarity with those working to stop the sex exploitation industry (pornography, adult entertainment, pornstitution, etc) that trafficks and abuses women and others for the benefit of men. We support the criminalization of those who trade in and profit from the degradation of human beings - and we support full-range social services for those wishing to leave the sex exploitation industry.
For more facts about the impact of pornography on human development and social health, and why we need to dismantle sex exploitation: http://ift.tt/1y80FQ2
http://ift.tt/15Dit6r http://ift.tt/1y80FQ5

    deepgreenresistance:

    Since porn portrays women as nothing more than sex objects that need to be dominated, it’s not surprising that porn users often start seeing real women that way as well.

    We will never dismantle misogyny as long as objectification and domination is eroticized. We will also never stop racism. Nor will we mount an effective resistance to fascism, since fascism’s root is ultimately the eroticization of domination and subordination.

    Deep Green Resistance is fighting to protect what’s left of a living earth and healthy human communities. We are a radical feminist organization and we stand in solidarity with those working to stop the sex exploitation industry (pornography, adult entertainment, pornstitution, etc) that trafficks and abuses women and others for the benefit of men. We support the criminalization of those who trade in and profit from the degradation of human beings - and we support full-range social services for those wishing to leave the sex exploitation industry.

    For more facts about the impact of pornography on human development and social health, and why we need to dismantle sex exploitation: http://ift.tt/1y80FQ2

    http://ift.tt/15Dit6r http://ift.tt/1y80FQ5

    (via w00fwomon-deactivated20140726)

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    "Transgender is someone who acts outside of the gender norm."

    Do you realize how stupid you sound? This is why people don’t take trans people seriously, this is why the idea of an umbrella does nothing but shoot u in the foot, this is why everyone, and I mean everyone, feels entitled to our spaces and our language. Because now Hillary Clinton is transgender by that definition. Every non-straight person is transgender by that definition. Every man who shaves his legs is transgender by that definition.

    Do genderspecial people seriously realize how much they are fucking over everyone (including themselves) by this super-inclusive, means-absolutely-nothing, redefinitions? You say you hate gender roles and they don’t matter and then base your entire “identity” on them. lol. ok.

    (via explosives-b)

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