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Genuine equality means not treating everyone the same, but attending equally to everyone’s different needs.

Eagleton, Terry, Why Marx Was Right (Yale University Press, 2011) p.5 (via fuckyeahdialectics)

And this is why I get pissed off when.. I talk about equality, and someone says “YOU WANT EVERYONE TO BE THE SAME”.  No, that’s not how it works, and I’m sick of explaining it.

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When you grow up as a girl, the world tells you the things that you are supposed to be: emotional, loving, beautiful, wanted. And then when you are those things, the world tells you they are inferior: illogical, weak, vain, empty.
Stevie Nicks (via colestclair)

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good news for trans/transgender people in ontario!


the ontario human rights commission has finally decided to legally recognize that no one should be discriminated against because of their gender identity or expression. the new policy is designed to protect everyone who falls under the transgender umbrella, including transsexual people, transvestites, genderqueer people, et al.

more information is available here

the policy is too long coming and, as we know, legal protection does not necessarily create actual protection. but it still seems like a positive step and i for one am very glad to see that it’s in place.

Lifestyle feminism ushered in the notion that there could be as many versions of feminism as there were women. Suddenly the politics was being slowly removed from feminism. And the assumption prevailed that no matter what a woman’s politics, be she conservative or liberal, she too could fit feminism into her existing lifestyle. Obviously this way of thinking has made feminism more acceptable because its underlying assumption is that women can be feminists without fundamentally challenging and changing themselves or the culture.

I left liberal feminism, because it doesn’t tell the “male gaze” to fuck off, it FUCKS it. I left liberal feminism, because it told me that I was only powerful if my power satisfied men’s needs, if my power meant being on my knees taking a “Money Shot” while a man, conditioned from the very system that oppresses me, jerks off to my subordination. I left liberal feminism, because it argues in a POST-patriarchal context, telling me that my sexuality is my own, while in fact, males will always own it as long as male dominance is a political, economic, social and cultural reality. Which it presently is.

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sex negative for life. 

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I left liberal feminism, because it told me that I was only powerful if my power satisfied men’s needs

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not to mention the call for more female CEOs without any criticism of the capitalist oppression that all CEOs perpetuate, and the women who are thrown underfoot for women to rise to the top of the corporate ladder

not to mention “it’s the CHOICE that’s important”

not to mention “feminism is the radical notion that women are people”

not to mention the white savior mentality and anyone who tells hijabis that they are anti-feminist

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When Ripa says “Everybody does it,” she proves her own point. In attempting to explain away Franco’s behaviour, she reminds us all that this situation (and worse, much worse) is all too common, that it happens around us, to our family and friends and to strangers on the subway all the time. And that that’s fine with us. Because James Franco is a “victim” of social media, here. Because when a teenage girl is drugged and raped, CNN bemoans the “ruined” “promising futures” of her rapists. Because when Daisy Coleman tried to speak out against her attacker, her entire family faced further harassment online and in their daily lives. Franco’s clumsy propositioning of a teenage fan is not the same thing as the Steubenville rapes or Woody Allen’s child molestation or David Letterman’s alleged longstanding affairs with female staff members, but all of it intersects to form a narrative telling young women that society doesn’t care about their side of things. That this is nothing, it happens to everybody, “dont tell.”


This sculpture by Issac Cordal in Berlin is called “Politicians discussing global warming.”


This sculpture by Issac Cordal in Berlin is called “Politicians discussing global warming.”

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imagine if prostate cancer research was marketed like breast cancer

women in “i <3 pegging” bracelets

"save the anal!"

Let’s make this happen.


it’s officially illegal to kill off female characters just to generate manpain and motivate the hero sorry i don’t make the rules

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What the actual fuck


is this real life

this has to be a joke


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Oh wait…

Harsh reality sets in.



Oh wait…

Harsh reality sets in.

Queen’s student assaulted after receiving threats
Danielle d’Entremont was punched repeatedly in the face by a stranger on Wednesday, March 26, after receiving multiple threatening emails regarding her public support for feminist activities on campus.

D’Entremont, a student at Queen’s University, had been actively involved in opposition of a talk by the Queen’s Men’s Issues Awareness Society (MIAS) scheduled for the next day. It is unclear whether the attack was related to these activities. D’Entremont reported that her assailant knew her name.

“We’re aware of the situation and, because of the context, the detective will be looking at the angle, but we won’t be assuming there’s a direct link at this time,” said Steven Koopman, media relations officer for Kingston Police.

“Regardless of a person’s opinion on feminism or equality for all is the fact that no one deserves to be assaulted,” he added. “Criminal repercussions will occur regardless if this is coming from this type of debate or if it’s independent of that.”

D’Entremont posted a photo of her face on Facebook following the attack, showing her bruised face and chipped front tooth. “I was punched in the face multiple times and lost half my tooth. This was after a few threatening emails regarding my support for feminist activities on campus. Take care of yourselves and try not to go out alone,” read her post.

“There have been various comments associating MIAS with this attack,” said Mohammad Albaghdadi, MIAS president. “Please know that these claims are unfounded and untrue. Our sincerest thoughts go out to the student who was attacked.”

Clashes between feminist and men’s rights groups have led to violence in the past. At U of T, in November 2012, a lecture organized by the Canadian Association for Equality, a men’s rights activist group, was disturbed by a protest involving around 100 people. The protest allegedly included physical altercations between anti-men’s rights activists and the police outside MacLeod Auditorium, the venue for the event.

Several U of T students who spoke out against the men’s rights group at U of T received aggressive emails from anonymous people threatening to harm, and in some cases kill or rape them. A reporter for The Varsity who was covering the events also received threatening emails.

D’Entremont has deleted her Facebook profile and reports fears of being stalked by a number of individuals both on and offline.

With files from The Queen’s Journal

11:30 am, by padaviya

Men's rights activist launch another offensive poster campaign
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Pain is an essential part of the grooming process, and that is not accidental. Plucking the eyebrows, shaving under the arms, wearing a girdle, learning to walk in high-heeled shoes, having one’s nose fixed, straightening or curling one’s hair —these things hurt. The pain, of course, teaches an important lesson: no price is too great, no process too repulsive, no operation too painful for the woman who would be beautiful. The tolerance of pain and the romanticization of that tolerance begins here, in preadolescence, in socialization, and serves to prepare women for lives of childbearing, self-abnegation, and husband-pleasing. The adolescent experience of the “pain of being a woman” casts the feminine psyche into a masochistic mold and forces the adolescent to conform to a self-image which bases itself on mutilation of the body, pain happily suffered, and restricted physical mobility. It creates the masochistic personalities generally found in adult women: subservient, materialistic (since all value is placed on the body and its ornamentation), intellectually restricted, creatively impoverished. It forces women to be a sex of lesser accomplishment, weaker, as underdeveloped as any backward nation. Indeed, the effects of that prescribed relationship between women and their bodies are so extreme, so deep, so extensive, that scarcely any area of human possibility is left untouched by it.
Andrea Dworkin, Woman Hating (via seebster)

Age Is A Feminist Issue

One of the challenges for next-wave feminism is now to consider how gender politics impacts on older women, especially around issues such as care, health and end-of-life matters. This is not necessarily an eye-catching issue in the way that, say, banning Page 3 is, but it is a central one for feminism to address. We have an ageing population (around 22-25% of the world’s population will be over 60 by 2050), and women still tend to live longer than men – on average by around 5 years. The needs of this growing older community will impact on all aspects of our economy – from financial planning, to the design of homes, buildings and public space, to the increasingly blurred lines between health and social care.

And as sociologist Tony Walter points out in his book The Revival of Death, increasing numbers of the old – sometimes very old – will be women. Many of those women, as Walter underlines, will have lived lives that have organized around caring for others – whether that be children, partners or their own ageing parents. The issue of care is still a gendered one, and tends to fall on women disproportionately.

In addition, the care professions are dominated by women – part of the reason, arguably, that in our structurally sexist societies, the work has tended to be poorly-paid and low-status. One of the major, and as yet insufficiently addressed, fault-lines of feminism has been that the careers of successful women have often been predicated on the hard work and low pay of their fellow women, who have filled the need for cleaners, child care and elder care. The benefits of aspects of increasing gender equalities have not been equitably shared.

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