Feminism is having a wardrobe malfunction.
Does your brand of feminism remove barriers for women, or simply move them around? Does is expand options for women, or does it just shift them? You don’t liberate women by forcing them to choose option B instead of option A. What is comfortable for you might not be comfortable for someone else, and it’s entirely possible that what you see as oppressive, other women find comfortable or even downright liberating.
Before you think the girl in the middle is a strawman, let me tell you I used to be her, back in my misguided youth. I considered myself the standard to which other people should adhere. But that was stupid. It’s not up to me to tell people how to dress, and it’s much nicer to let everyone choose for themselves.
Some women would feel naked without a veil. Some women would find it restrictive. Some women would feel restricted by a bra. Some women would feel naked without one. Some women would feel restricted by a tight corset. Others love them. Some wear lots of clothes with a corset. Some only wear the corset and nothing else. What makes any article of clothing oppressive is someone forcing you to wear it. And it’s just as oppressive to force someone not to wear something that they want to wear.
A few snaps from bits of the Edmund Hillary Trail, and various tracks in the Waitakeres. Missing my sunday runs, as I’ve been working weekends all year so far.
Go Forth and Educate Yourselves!
I’d also highly recommend watching the Jane Elliot Brown-eye/Blue-eye experiments, which can be found here:
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pv8mCHbOrs (Part 1)
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=neEVoFODQOE (Part 2 - Has very important points on Reverse Racism and how it doesn’t exist, and it also dismantles the “We All Bleed Red” mentality.)
Not only should you educate yourself but use this for good. Look around you and help others who don’t have this privilege. Hiring, donating, community service, etc.
After this post went viral, the original artist had to delete their tumblr because they were inundated with death threats.
There were people more offended by this comic than offended by the existence of racial disparities—to the point where they threatened this artist’s life.
How To Tell If A Toy Is For Boys or Girls
Time to remind people…
(Need to remind people from http://scidoll.com/an-open-letter-to-tesco/)
One illustration of why: when I first became a feminist twenty years ago, I had an old-school feminist (wearing bright pink lipstick, mind you) ask, “What’s a feminist like you doing wearing a miniskirt?” I said to her, “I got out of the patriarchy because it was always telling me what to do. I’ll be damned if I let anyone else do it, either.” I told her that automatically rejecting everything the patriarchy demanded was allowing the patriarchy to control you just as much as if you did everything it ordered. As long as you were simply reacting, you were still granting the patriarchy all the power. Part of feminism, to me, was the freedom to choose for myself after carefully thinking out the issue, and I wasn’t going to cede that power to ANYONE, ever again. Besides, damn it, I had good legs, and I wasn’t above showing them off.
How to lie on a beanbag. Angel (on the left) is doing it correctly. Buffy (on the right) has it all wrong.
Hahaha! What IS this movie!?
Cabin in the Woods. It’s a pretty good movie but could use more unicorns. There’s sadly just one.
Many women are reluctant to advocate feminism because they are uncertain about the meaning of the term. Other women from exploited and oppressed ethnic groups dismiss the term because they do not wish to be perceived as supporting a racist movement; feminism is often equated with white women’s rights effort. Large numbers of women see feminism as synonymous with lesbianism; their homophobia leads them to reject association with any group identified as pro-lesbian. Some women fear the word “feminism” because they shun identification with any political movement, especially one perceived as radical. Of course there are women who do not wish to be associated with women’s rights movement in any form so they reject and oppose feminist movement. Most women are more familiar with negative perspectives on “women’s lib” than the positive significations of feminism. It is this term’s positive political significance and power that we must now struggle to recover and maintain.
isthatmycow asked: That's a cool site, thanks! I just friend requested you. (I'm Mary S.) It's too bad you don't live near me or we could be work out buddies! :p
Cool, added! There is a button on dailymile that lets you see other people in your area so you might be able to find a workout buddy where you live :)
I didn’t know which of these was best so I went with all of them. Background based on Mr. Gaiman’s fantastic jacket designed by Kambriel. Anyway, lovely bit of advice, really take it to heart.
I’m pretty sure I say this all the time. In between getting terrible reviews :P
Every time I get frustrated with my taxes I watch this episode. Because misery loves company.
In the background is Mt Manganui (big mountain) or as he’s more poetically know, Mauao (caught by the dawn). Theres a legend about this mountain. A sad story of unrequited love, and attempted mountain-suicide. He tried to kill himself by asking his Patupaiarehe (fairy people) friends to drag him into the ocean during the night. The sun comes up as this is happening, and the fairies flee, leaving him stranded forever in ankle-deep water.
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