"It is an interesting sidelight that our language - created and codified by men - does not have one unflattering term to describe men who vent their anger at women. even such epithets as ‘bastard’ and ‘son of a bitch’ do not condemn the man but place the blame on a woman - his Mother!" —Harrier Lerner (via dracofidus)
"Dress suitably in short skirts and strong boots, leave your jewels in the bank, and buy a revolver." —
Countess Markievicz, 19th-century Irish revolutionary, eternally relevant fashion advice.
"I want [female characters] to be allowed to be weak and strong and happy and sad – human, basically. The fallacy in Hollywood is that if you’re making a ‘feminist’ story, the woman kicks ass and wins. That’s not feminist, that’s macho. A movie about a weak, vulnerable woman can be feminist if it shows a real person that we can empathize with." —Natalie Portman, laying down a truth bomb about female characters (via albinwonderland)
"Because it doesn’t matter if a young girl is saying yes, it’s an adult man’s job to say no." —Emily McCombs, THE MYTH OF THE TEENAGE TEMPTRESS: OR WHY A YOUNG GIRL CAN NOT CONSENT TO SEX WITH AN ADULT MAN. (via yungryuzaki)
"It saddens me to see girls proudly declaring they’re not like other girls – especially when it’s 41,000 girls saying it in a chorus, never recognizing the contradiction. It’s taking a form of contempt for women – even a hatred for women – and internalizing it by saying, Yes, those girls are awful, but I’m special, I’m not like that, instead of stepping back and saying, This is a lie.
The real meaning of “I’m not like the other girls” is, I think, “I’m not the media’s image of what girls should be.” Well, very, very few of us are. Pop culture wants to tell us that we’re all shallow, backstabbing, appearance-obsessed shopaholics without a thought in our heads beyond cute boys and cuter handbags. It’s a lie – a flat-out lie – and we need to recognize it and say so instead of accepting that judgment as true for other girls, but not for you." —
“I’m not like the other girls”, Claudia Gray (via yasodhara)
"Fashion is one of the very few forms of expression in which women have more freedom than men. And I don’t think it’s an accident that it’s typically seen as shallow, trivial, and vain. It is the height of irony that women are valued for our looks, encouraged to make ourselves beautiful and ornamental… and are then derided as shallow and vain for doing so. And it’s a subtle but definite form of sexism to take one of the few forms of expression where women have more freedom, and treat it as a form of expression that’s inherently superficial and trivial. Like it or not, fashion and style are primarily a women’s art form. And I think it gets treated as trivial because women get treated as trivial." —Fashion is a Feminist Issue: Greta Christina (via poltergina)
women smh. they like different things and have different interests. why do some women like a thing and other women not like it? so difficult to understand. so confusing and hypocritical when one woman says one thing and another woman says another thing that disagrees. almost as if women are not a hivemind but are human beings just like men. ugh
"She hated the namelessness of women in stories, as if they lived and died so that men could have metaphysical insights." —Chad Harbach, The Art of Fielding (via jaimelannister)
What men mean when they talk about their “crazy” ex-girlfriend is often that she was someone who cried a lot, or texted too often, or had an eating disorder, or wanted too much/too little sex, or generally felt anything beyond the realm of emotionally undemanding agreement. That does not make these women crazy. That makes those women human beings, who have flaws, and emotional weak spots. However, deciding that any behavior that he does not like must be insane– well, that does make a man a jerk.
And when men do this on a regular basis, remember that, if you are a woman, you are not the exception. You are not so cool and fabulous and levelheaded that they will totally get where you are coming from when you show emotions other than “pleasant agreement.”
When men say “most women are crazy, but not you, you’re so cool” the subtext is not, “I love you, be the mother to my children.” The subtext is “do not step out of line, here.” If you get close enough to the men who say things like this, eventually, you will do something that they do not find pleasant. They will decide you are crazy, because this is something they have already decided about women in general.
Lady, You Really Aren’t “Crazy”
This. Forever. Thank you.
reblogging because it’s always relevant
"Two thousand years ago, we lived in a world of gods and goddesses. Today, we live in a world solely of gods. Women in most cultures have been stripped of their spiritual powers." — Dan Brown (via blackfyrre)
"but why can’t I hit a woman" —man critiques feminism
The reason a fetus has more rights than a woman in America is because a fetus still has a chance of being a man.
- Feminism: Why are women paid less than men for doing the same jobs?
- MRAs: Why can't we hit women? They say they want to be equal.
- Feminism: Why do rape victims get blamed and shamed for not avoiding rape, instead of rapists getting punished?
- MRAs: Seriously, if women want to be equal, we should be allowed to hit them.
- Feminism: Why are young girls socialized to believe their value is linked to their appearance and discouraged from pursuing certain fields like math/science?
- MRAs: No, but you haven't addressed my question. Why are you all such hypocrites? You say you want equality, I should be able to hit you then.
- Feminism: Why are gender roles so restrictively defined so as to cause harmful stereotypes about people of all genders?
- MRAs: It's not fair - as a man, people can hit me, but women are so special, we can't hit them. I don't see you asking for equality there.
- Feminism: Why are female-gendered insults so common, as if the worst thing you can do is be a woman? Why are positive traits in men (eg, assertiveness) viewed as negative traits in women?
- MRAs: SHUT UP, YOU BITCH, AND ANSWER MY QUESTION. WHY CAN'T I HIT WOMEN?