“Students at Arizona State University have been noticing flyers for an organization called the Men’s Rights Movement Group. And the group’s website claims that ‘Women have NEVER been systematically oppressed.’ We talked to the MRMg’s president to find out what these collegiate men’s rights activists are all about.”
Women have NEVER been systematically oppressed? I’m laughing so hard I almost spat out my icecream.
Even the most misogynistic assholes I know IRL admit that women where at least abused/oppressed in the past even if they think it wasn’t mens fault and it’s all over now. How do people so stupid even exist?
VICTIMS who make official complaints about sexual assault would ”more often than not” fail to have their allegations further investigated if they were aged between 31 and 40, according to a groundbreaking study of Victoria Police case files.
Criminologists who were given rare access to 500 sexual assault files held by the police analysed 90 cases to understand why some moved to the next stage and others did not. The sample included 99 women and nine men who lodged complaints between 2004 and 2008, ranging from indecent assault to rape.
Apart from age, the failure of cases to proceed is also linked to victims being drunk or drug-impaired at the time when they claimed the offence happened. Dr Shane Muldoon said the study had found failure of complaints to proceed at the police stage was also linked to victims being intellectually impaired, having a mental illness and/or working in the sex industry. If there were multiple offenders involved in an alleged sexual assault and/or an offender was alcohol- or drug-affected themselves, it also had a bearing on cases failing to go forward.
In contrast, victims aged under 20 and those over 40 were ”more often than not” authorised by police to have their complaints proceed, Dr Muldoon said.
He said a breakdown of the cases identified adult victims who reported sexual offences occurring when they were aged under 16 as being among the most successful complainants. Those aged over 55 also tended to be successful in having their complaint taken further by police, he said. Carolyn Worth, from the Centres Against Sexual Assault Forum, said young and old victims were an ”easier issue” for police to deal with. ”I suspect what happens in the 31 to 40 age group is that they are seen as being out socialising, having a few drinks and maybe not regarded as ‘real victims’.”
Dr Antonia Quadara, from the Australian Centre for the Study of Sexual Assault, said national figures showed of sexual assault cases that reached courts only 59 per cent of defendants were found guilty. By comparison, 77 per cent of defendants accused of non-sexual assaults were found guilty.
“I’m also a feminist because I like to fuck, and I resent everything and everyone that would make that a secret shame. I fuck not to make marriages or babies but simply to fuck, and I am sick and fucking tired of the government and beer ads and my friends and fucking Cosmopolitan telling me there’s something wrong with that.”
“If your first instinct when you hear the word “feminist” is to say “those man-haters want equality, but they still want me to pay for everything, hurf durf!” then you currently have as accurate an understanding of feminism as a confectioner would have of a Titan II missile schematic. You know those congressmen who say that Grand Theft Auto IV is a “crime simulator” that is “training new felons?” That’s you, and feminism.”—Geordie Tait (via insomnius)
"How multiculturalism is betraying women" by Johann Hari
Do you believe in the rights of women, or do you believe in multiculturalism? A series of verdicts in the German courts in the past month, have shown with hot, hard logic that you can’t back both. You have to choose.
The crux case centres on a woman called Nishal, a 26-year-old Moroccan immigrant to Germany with two kids and a psychotic husband. Since their wedding night, this husband beat the hell out of her. She crawled to the police covered in wounds, and they ordered the husband to stay away from her. He refused. He terrorised her with death threats. So Nishal went to the courts to request an early divorce, hoping that once they were no longer married he would leave her alone. A judge who believed in the rights of women would find it very easy to make a judgement: you’re free from this man, case dismissed.
But Judge Christa Datz-Winter followed the logic of multiculturalism instead. She said she would not grant an early divorce because - despite the police documentation of extreme violence and continued threats - there was no “unreasonable hardship” here.
Why? Because the woman, as a Muslim, should have “expected” it, the judge explained. She read out passages from the Koran to show that Muslim husbands have the “right to use corporal punishment”. Look at Sura 4, verse 34, she said to Nishal, where the Koran says he can hammer you. That’s your culture. Goodbye, and enjoy your beatings.
A Lebanese-German who strangled his daughter Ibthahale and then beat her unconscious with a bludgeon because she didn’t want to marry the man he had picked out for her was sentenced to mere probation. His “cultural background” was cited by the judge as a mitigating factor.
A Turkish-German who stabbed his wife Zeynep to death in Frankfurt was given the lowest possible sentence, because, the judge said, the murdered woman had violated his “male honour, derived from his Anatolian moral concepts”. The bitch. A Lebanese-German who raped his wife Fatima while whipping her with a belt was sentenced to probation, with the judge citing his … you get the idea.
Indeed, in the name of this warm, welcoming multiculturalism, the German courts have explicitly compared Muslim women to the brain-damaged. The highest administrative court in North Rhine-Westphalia has agreed that Muslim parents have the “right” to forbid their daughter from going on a school trip unless she was accompanied by a male family member at all times. The judges said the girl was like “a partially mentally impaired person who, because of her disability, can only travel with a companion”.
Listen to Jasvinder Sanghera, who founded the best British charity helping Asian women after her sister was beaten and beaten and then burned herself to death. She says: “It’s a betrayal of these women to be PC about this. Look at the figures. Asian women in Britain are three times more likely to commit suicide than their white friends. That’s because of all this.”
As the Iranian author Azar Nafisi puts it: “I very much resent it when people - maybe with good intentions or from a progressive point of view - keep telling me, ‘It’s their culture’ … It’s like saying the culture of Massachusetts is burning witches." She is horrified by the moves in Canada to introduce shariah courts to enforce family law for Muslims.
Yes, it would be easy to keep our heads down, go with this multicultural drift, and congratulate ourselves on our tolerance of the fanatically intolerant. But I can give you a few good reasons not to. Their names are Nishal and Ibthahale and Zeynep and Fatima, and, yes, they were women.
The way many people react towards girl gamers annoys me. If a girl states she’s a gamer, people will scream “You’re not special! Shut the fuck up!” (or, depending on the situation, they’ll ask for nudes). If girls stay quiet about playing video games, people assume they’re a tiny minority. It strengthens the beliefs that the video game industry is (and should be) dominated by guys. It’s ridiculous.
“On Nights Like This is an anthology of comics by survivors of sexual abuse, domestic violence, assault, or related trauma. Our goal is to create a volume of high-quality art and writing and in the process, help to give survivors a voice. We also hope this book will be a source of comfort to others, serving as a reminder that they’re not alone.
We are accepting submissions in the form of fully realized comics, or as written pieces to be illustrated by one of our artists.”
Note that last line— you do not have to be an artist. If you have ideas, they could illustrate them for you.
“We understand DC are going ahead with this, that they believe it is the way forward for their company. And maybe a lot of the changes are. I’m actually pretty prepared to wait and see on that. But Harley’s costume? Nuh-uh. And I realise that seems really trivial and trite to a lot of people - they think “it’s just a costume!”. They’re not seeing it from the perspective of her female fans, who overwhelmingly declare a sense of relation to her. Harley has often been spoken of as one of the most accessible characters out there, even though she’s a villain - she’s easy to empathise with. A lot of us see ourselves in her. And in a very sexist world where women are objectified and depicted in impractical, revealing clothing for no point or purpose, Harley wore something cute, pretty and sexy without being uncomfortable - or alienating. And it’s so unique and distinctive. It’s part of her accessibility - that what she wears is easy for anyone to wear. Harley is a huge reason why a lot of women read comics (I would never have picked up a comic had it not been for her) - and we have been calling on The Big Two to recognise us as a significant readership who have a stake in what they produce. When they insult our favourite character by putting her in something ugly, generic, out of character and unimaginative that is purely based on objectification, they’re insulting us - they’re making the statement we don’t matter as readers. So it’s not “just a costume” - that’s just the superficial. In reality it’s about respecting her as a character with a great deal of capital and about respecting us as that audience who is hugely invested in her. ”—
This is a quote from an interview I did for expertcomics.com (I can’t find the article on their site right now, but will add link later) which is pretty much what I have to say to everyone who says “it’s JUST a costume!”
It’s NOT just a costume. Character designs are critically significant to their image, brand and iconic status - their very engagement with their audience.
For those feminists out there who enjoy pornography (feminist pornography or otherwise); what things if any do you want to know about your porn?
As an amateur feminist pornographer and performer (l hate that term, can we say professional lover? :p), it’s important for me to get the message across that I love my job. I LOVE it. I’ve never been pressured into my job via poverty, drug addiction, self esteem or body issues, abuse, social pressures (raunch culture) or a need for male attention. I know my boundaries and I stick too them. I am always in control of scenes, my business and it’s advertising. I know what I enjoy performing and that’s what I film- nothing more- ever. I never fake orgasm or pleasure and all people I film with always get to enjoy sex with me equally, the focus is never just on some dude getting off. It’s about mutual pleasure, love, laughter and lust. None of those things will change if I’m offered more money, fame or if times get tough. I am who I am. I love what I love and that’s what I do; because I love it and for no other reason. I work in a safe, sane and consensual environment and I couldn’t be happier about it.
Personally I really struggle to watch ‘normal’ pornography because so often it is sexist as heck and in so many cases the performers aren’t as lucky as me by a large margin. Abuse, drug addiction, poverty, pressure, pimps and degradation are the lives of many who work in the industry. People are forced to have fake sex with people they aren’t attracted too. In many cases going completely against their own sexual orientation (Fake lesbian mainstream porn- ugh.) I just can’t watch the things I enjoy worrying if some poor person is faking a good time when truly they may be uncomfortable, degraded or pressured/forced into doing something they don’t wish to do; for any reason. That is not sexy, it’s horrid. In enough cases those things apply; so I simply can’t enjoy normal porn any more.
As such I can’t watch things I can’t confirm are from reputable companies that are renouned for treating people right and screening performers to be sure they are really the right people for the job. I can’t watch things where performers ‘grin and bear it’. I can’t watch fake horrid gonzo porn where the women smile and say “Oh yeah I love being fucked so hard my twat wants to fall out!” when that’s not the case for them and they feel they have to say those things or they will loose their job and reputation.
From my porn I want to know that all sex is safe, sane consensual, pleasurable for both parties and is real. That’s what I aim to create, and that’s what I’ll be advertising to the world. However, I worry that really people don’t give a shit. I’d like to think that’s not the case however. I hope that people would feel more comfortable viewing adult material if they knew that the people working in the film wanted to be there, and loved it.
(If pornography is your cup of tea):
-Would you enjoy seeing performers writing or speaking freely and consensually about their experiences, confirming that the job was consensual, fun, with a partner they attracted too and pleasurable?
-Would you like to see sites that are truly able to claim those things advertise it (so they are easier to identify and find)?
-Would you like companies, sites and performers to prove those things and if so, how?
-Would you feel more comfortable watching adult material knowing that it ticked those boxes?
-What else if anything would you want to know about the production of your erotica?
I stand accused, and sentenced. Without a trial. For life.
Because of my single action, millions of individuals have been born with ‘original sin’, have been guilty even before they acted, doomed before they started. I alone have been held responsible1 for this sad and pathetic fallen race. Therefore, let me begin by correcting this: if I were free not to fall in the first place, they were free not to fall after me; and if I were not free, then I can’t be held responsible–for my fall or theirs.
Now, let us further examine the charges, let us correctly define that action.
I have been condemned for choosing knowledge over ignorance: the fruit I ate came from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. In a society that praises pursuit of knowledge and honours men of wisdom, why have I been viewed with disfavour? Had Adam reached out first, would he have been so rebuked? Or is the state of ignorance requisite for women only? (Histories pass on Socrates, they pass over Aspasia.)
In the same vein, I chose experience over innocence. In a context of attitudes that value experience, the disapproval of my action can only imply the desire that women, like children, live in a state of innocence.
I have also been condemned for disobedience. If that were the issue, then why wasn’t the tree so named–‘the tree of obedience and disobedience’ or ‘the tree of temptation’. By naming it what it was not, God either deliberately tempted me or deliberately deceived me. And he should be judged, not I.
Perhaps though, the tree really was a tree of knowledge. In that case, one should wonder what insecurities led God to prefer obedience over knowledge. Indeed, one should wonder why he went so far as to forbid knowledge. The reason is evident in Genesis (3:22-23): he didn’t want us to equal him. He sent us out of Eden to prevent our eating from the tree of life, because already we were as wise for having eaten from the tree of knowledge, and if we had made it to the tree of life before he found us, we would’ve been immortal as well–we would’ve been as godly.
And that takes me onward, for counted among my sins is that of pride. Considering that later, through his son, God commands us to ‘follow in his footsteps’, I find the label of pride odd for the action that would do just that–make me like God. Furthermore, I find it odd to be condemned for being like God when, after all, he created us in his image (Gen 1:26-27). And God certainly is proud: to create us in his image can be called narcissistic, and to prefer us to spend our time admiring him rather than learning about him is equally evidence of pride. (As an aside, I would think that my knowledge would increase my admiration; that wasn’t why I ate the fruit, but if it was, would it have mattered? Did God ever ask my intent?)
I have also been charged with a lack of faith. Yet I took it on faith in the first place that God told us not to eat from the tree: remember, he gave the command to Adam before I even existed (Gen 2:16-17).2 Further, I had faith in the serpent, I trusted the serpent to be telling the truth. Is it dishonourable to trust?
And is it reprehensible to act on that trust, as I did then in offering the fruit to another, to Adam? God commanded innocence, then held me responsible for an act of innocent intent. For how could I know my faith was misplaced? How could I know the serpent was evil until I had knowledge of good and evil? By telling us not to eat of the tree, he insisted on ignorance–but then held us responsible, for an act of ignorance.
Lastly, I have been condemned for using my reason, for it is through the exercise of reason that I decided to eat the fruit. The serpent’s explanation of God’s motives, that the knowledge of good and evil would make us godly and he didn’t want us to equal him (Gen 3:5), seemed very reasonable to me. God’s command on the other hand, not even to touch the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil because then I’d die, seemed so very unreasonable. Where is the fault in using that faculty given to me by God? The fault is not mine, but God’s: he made reason guide our will and left our reason prey to deceit.
Or did he? History has it that the serpent’s words were false, that I was deceived. But God’s words after the fact (Gen 3:22 “Behold, the man is become as one of us”) verify the serpent’s prediction (Gen 3:5 “Ye shall be as gods”): the serpent was telling the truth.3 And so I stand condemned, for listening to truth. And for offering that truth to others.
1 Even though Adam was beside me through it all (Gen 3:6) and made not one objection. And, of course, also ate the fruit.
2 I don’t rule out the possibility that the command therefore was meant only for Adam–God knew that knowledge in the hands of men is a dangerous thing.
3 And in fact God lied: he said we would die (Gen 3:3) if we touched the fruit of that tree, and we didn’t–at least not for several hundred years.
I haven’t played it in a very long time, but I do remember absolutely loving it.
For one, the game is named after a female character, who is not considered the “hero” of the game, and quoting Wikipedia “while most titles require Link to save Zelda from Ganon, she is sometimes shown to be quite…
Opinions dear readers?
One point I would like to make on this topic is main characters do not have to be female for a show to be feminist; or have good feminist values, ideas and characters.
seeing as it’s mainly young females sending ‘sexts’, these laws essentially punish female sexuality and reward male perversion and deviancy - by giving adult males…
Australia is known as the western world’s “pedophile paradise” for a reason, although it does extend to all sex offenders. Australia has some of the lowest sentences for rape and sexual abuse than any other country where rape is a crime.
“[tw: sexual abuse] The girl or woman who is sexually abused and experiences orgasm does not want to be abused. The fact that she responds sexually is not a statement that sexual pleasure is bad. And - very important - it is not a betrayal of her body. her body did what bodies are supposed to do. You were betrayed not by your body, but by the adults who abused you.”
“Some sociologists argue that in U.S. culture, girls and women experience a “symbolic clitoridectomy.” In other words, even though women have clitorises in the physical sense, conversations about the clitoris are absent from discussions about sex. This is ironic given the hypersexualization of women’s bodies in mainstream media. When the clitoris is symbolically removed its importance is wildly understated, and presumed insignificant in sexual play.”—The Clitoris: Most. Awkward. Discussion. Ever! | SociologyFocus (via linzyxxxxx)
In fact, although FGM is illegal in Australia, Melbourne Royal Women’s Hospital see 600-700 young girls and women EVERY SINGLE YEAR due to serious complications from FGM. 600-700 girls who will have experience pain every time they urinate. 600-700 girls who will have complications every time they menstruate and be prone to infections and infertility. 600-700 girls who will not only never enjoy intimacy with their partners/husbands but will associate it with severe, humiliating pain. 600-700girls who will experience severe pain and danger for mother and child with each and every pregnancy. 600-700 girls who will have to live with the complications of FGM for the rest of their lives. 600-700 girls who actually get admitted to hospital, not including the girls who aren’t. 600-700 girls at one hospital in one city in one country. There are over 1,300 hospitals in Australia alone. Please girls (and boys) - …
Female Genital Mutilation is a horrific, cruel and painful event that happens in parts of the world where women and girls are oppressed. In Mali, the place where I was circumcised in order to be accepted as a member of my tribe, the society mindset is that circumcising girls in childhood…
In my own situation, I was not given any explanation for the genital mutilation. I was just told that it was good for me. Nothing more. Nothing less. But as I grew older, I realized that the only reason for the female circumcision was to please girls’ future husbands within the society.
I just submitted this to a feminist, riot grrl type blog, but it isn’t specific to them. Its directed at workshop participants and facilitators. Its directed at diy clothing makers. Its directed at facebook users, and protesters and….its directed at anybody who participates in feminist groups, or feminist thoughts or…. its directed at lots of people, basically.
The lyrics to Menocide are clearly feminist but how do you feel about Otep making a play on words, turning “genocide” into “menocide”, basically calling for a mass extinction of men? Do you think that is going too far? Do you think we aren’t supposed to take the lyrics literally?
I want to hold back on my opinion and see what you lovely followers have to say.
What do you think followers? I’ve never heard this song but this was linked in my ask box. I’m not liking the implications of the song so far.
I was recently disturbed and disappointed that a local plus size feminist sex worker I admired decided to tweet about how she wanted to lose some weight. That part is not what disturbs or offends me. She has had many health issues relating to her weight, so I’m happy for her that she is making the changes she feels are necessary to improve her own health.
However, her posts quickly changed to a rhetoric we all see too often: fat shaming and body policing. Here are some of the posts:
After I pointed out that the above comments were offensive, the back peddling started quickly. She posted new comments defensively explaining the previous ones where regarding ‘health concerns’ and that I shouldn’t tell her she shouldn’t lose weight or do what she wanted with her own body. (Which is of course something I never said, and never would.) After personally attacking me she then went on to say that the things she was posting were about her and her choices only, which as you can see from the above quotes is clearly not the case.
Those posts are not about personal choices. Nor are they facts: they are sweeping generalizations and offensive ones at that. They are not about her personal health concerns, or her life decisions. These comments are straight up insulting, degrading and ignorant.
The posts blatantly insult people who follow a HAES (Health at every size) lifestyle which is about self-acceptance, physical activity, normalized eating and realistic goals for those wishing to improve their health or happiness, instead of those who choose weight loss dieting. (You can read about HAES here.) Not only that, but she accuses people who live a HAES lifestyle of being deluded and lying to themselves. I’d just like to say: your personal views simply don’t apply to everyone else.
You do not know about everyone else’s health based on their appearance. You aren’t the standing expert in the field of dieting, health or obesity. In fact, current research is challenging the supposed consensus that merely being obese, in and of itself, has any significant health implications. (link) And yet other scientific studies show that the HAES approach is superior to intentional weight loss when it comes to improving cholesterol, blood pressure and other health metrics (link(link)
Clearly, your experiences are not everyone else’s experiences, and being a fat person yourself doesn’t mean you get a free pass to judge others who are overweight. Even if the conversation was about health instead of judgement (which is clearly not how the comments read); other people’s health has still got nothing to do with you. These comments are still fat shaming and body policing.
“People who go off on fat shaming will always claim that it’s about health. The medical community is finding that weight is not an indication of health. Doctor after doctor report that fitness exists independent of weight.Articles are being written about the findings that an active lifestyle is more important than how much you weigh. Weight is not fitness. One has nothing to do with the other. A “fat” person who exercises does not have a statistically significant increase in mortality than an active person of any other weight.
Fat shaming is about aesthetics, not health. It’s about someone finding fat disgusting, and wanting to make it clear to fat people that they’re gross. There are tons of things we do every day that are dangerous to our health, but fat shamers won’t target those things. They don’t tell people who drink regularly that they’re gross and disgusting. They don’t tell people who smoke that they’re awful people and could change if they wanted to. They don’t tell people who go out tanning- which is much more dangerous than being fat- that they’re disgusting and nasty.” –Roy (Nocookiesforme)
If you feel that you have a ‘disease’ because you are fat, if you think that you’ve been deluding yourself by living normally as a fat person, if you think that starving yourself or dieting will make you ‘prettier’, and if you blame all your problems - health or otherwise - on your weight: that is your choice. You know yourself better than I do inside and out and you can do whatever you choose with your own body and mind.
But you must extend this same courtesy to others. Even if being overweight were proven to be a health hazard (like suntanning and boxing) it doesn’t give you a free pass to heap shame and mockery on others for the way their bodies appear to you and the way they report their lived experiences. Your comments hurt real people and benefit nobody. Maybe you can’t get on board with health at every size for yourself, but you should still show respect for everyone else, regardless of size.
Earlier tonight, I posted that I liked how in some fanfics, Damon calls Elena ‘kitten.’ It’s intriguing me that that post has received both positive and negative reblogs, particularly with regards to feminism. And as I myself identify as a feminist - and I’m not only talking male-female equality,…