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socialismartnature:




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

socialismartnature:

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

02:00 pm, reblogged from Rabble by padaviya86,738 notes

stfufauxminists:

wheretheoscarwildethingsare:

imagine if prostate cancer research was marketed like breast cancer

women in “i <3 pegging” bracelets

"save the anal!"

Let’s make this happen.


archiekennedy:

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

02:00 pm, reblogged from  by padaviya24,495 notes

stfufauxminists:

uncle-anwar:

thesherlockednerdfighter:

What the actual fuck

????????????

is this real life

this has to be a joke

please

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rhrealitycheck:

fuck-yeah-feminist:

Oh wait…

Harsh reality sets in.

rhrealitycheck:

fuck-yeah-feminist:

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
04:30 pm, by padaviya3 notes

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.

11:30 am, by padaviya2 notes

17% of cardiac surgeons are women, 17% of tenured professors are women. It just goes on and on. And isn’t that strange that that’s also the percentage of women in crowd scenes in movies? What if we’re actually training people to see that ratio as normal so that when you’re an adult, you don’t notice?

…We just heard a fascinating and disturbing study where they looked at the ratio of men and women in groups. And they found that if there’s 17% women, the men in the group think it’s 50-50. And if there’s 33% women, the men perceive that as there being more women in the room than men.

Source: NPR: Hollywood Needs More Women

Seriously, go listen to this.

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Again, Vatican Punishes Gender Equality More Swiftly Than Sexual Abuse

The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has removed Father Jerry Zawada, a well known Franciscan peace activist, from public life as a priest for celebrating mass with a woman.

The 76-year-old Zawada has been ordered to a “life of prayer and penance” within the Wisconsin friary of his order for saying mass with Janice Sevre-Duszynska in 2011. Sevre-Duszynska was ordained a priest in the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests, a dissent women’s ordination movement in the Catholic Church that has ordained some 180 women as priests since 2002, when seven women were ordained in a ceremony on the Danube River.

The Vatican moved aggressively to tamp down any enthusiasm for break-away women’s ordination movements after the Danube River ordination received widespread media coverage. It said that any woman who claims to be ordained is automatically excommunicated and in 2010 declared women’s ordination a grave offense on par with pedophilia.

The Vatican’s equivocation of women’s ordination and pedophilia, and the relative speed with which it has disciplined dissenters, is ironic given its less-than-rapid response to actual pedophiles and the bishops who covered up their actions.

In 2012 the CDF expelled Maryknoll Father Roy Bourgeois from the priesthood four years after he took part in the ordination of Sevre-Duszynska and stripped 92-year-old Jesuit Bill Brennan of his faculties as a priest three weeks after he said mass with Sevre-Duszynska at an annual protest at the School of the Americas. Bourgeois founded the School of the Americas Watch, which seeks the closure of the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation at Fort Benning, GA, formerly known as the School of the Americas, which trained notorious dictators such as Gen. Manuel Noriega and was implicated in a number of human rights abuses in Latin America, including the murder of six Jesuits.

In contrast to the relative alacrity with which the CDF moved against three elderly peace activists who celebrated mass with a woman, it took the Vatican 13 years to finally expel Michael Fugee from the priesthood in mid-March. Fugee admitted to fondling a 14-year-old boy in 2001 but his conviction was overturned on a technicality. Under an agreement with prosecutors, the archdiocese of Newark, NJ, agreed to supervise him and banned him from contact with children, but appointed him as chaplain of a hospital without informing the hospital of his history. Fugee continued to have contact with children, including traveling with them on retreats, until last year when a local newspaper brought his activities to light and a public outcry forced his ouster.

The bishop who was supposed to supervise Fugee, John Myers, remains as head of the diocese of Newark despite calls for his removal. A group of Catholics in Kansas City, MO, is pressing the Vatican to remove Bishop Robert Finn, who was convicted of a misdemeanor charge in 2011 of failing to report suspected abuse after he found pornographic images of a child on a priest’s computer. Monseigneur William Lynn, who was in charge of priests’ assignments and investigating abuse for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia from 1992 to 2004, was convicted of hiding reports of abuse and sentenced to three to six years in prison for enabling "monsters in clerical garb." He was freed on bail when a court ruled that the state’s child endangerment law didn’t apply to those who didn’t directly supervise children; the diocese paid his bail and he remains a priest in good standing.

Polls show consistent support for women’s ordination among Catholics. A recent Pew Poll found that 68 percent of Catholics support women priests and 42 percent think the church will probably allow them in the next few decades, which is wildly optimistic given the canonical obstacles that have been erected by the two previous popes to any change to the teaching.

When he was head of the CDF before he became Pope Benedict, Joseph Ratzinger proclaimed Pope John Paul II’s ban on women’s ordination essentially infallible, a characterization that was disputed by progressive theologians. Such a designation means that women’s ordination is considered a closed subject. Pope Francis confirmed in his first apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, that the “reservation of the priesthood to males…is not a question open to discussion.”

Writing in The Week, Damon Linker predicts a “mass exodus” from the Catholic Church if it doesn’t revise the “stunningly unpersuasive” ban on women’s ordination: 

American Catholics have become accustomed to worshipping in a state of cognitive dissonance, with a majority rejecting the church’s sexual teachings.…This is relatively easy to do, because these issues don’t come up very often in Mass. By contrast, the majority of Catholics who support women’s ordination are confronted on the altar with the all-male priesthood every time they go to church. At the moment, frustration about the issue is muted because Pope Francis has inspired so much good will among the faithful—and raised such high hopes for reform. That has given the church some breathing room. But it isn’t going to last….Sooner or later—and probably sooner—egalitarian-minded Catholics are going to lose their patience.

The Vatican is hoping it can delay that day of reckoning by removing the most visible signs of dissent on the issue. But as Linker says, sooner or later Catholics are going to figure out that the change they have been waiting for isn’t coming at all.

Correction: Thanks to Bridget Mary Meehan of the ARCWP for letting us know that rather than 160, as a previous version of this post specified, there are in fact over 180 in the International Roman Catholic Women Priests movement. 

By Patricia Miller

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11:30 am, by padaviya3 notes

Take up more space as a woman. Take up more time. Take your time. You are taught to hide, censor, move about without messing up decorum for a man’s comfort. Whether it’s said or not, you’re taught balance. Forget that. Displease. Disappoint. Destroy. Be loud, be righteous, be messy. Do not see yourself like glass. Like you could get dirty and clean. You are flesh. You are not constant. You change. Society teaches women to maintain balance and that robs us of our volatility. Our mercurial hearts. Calm and chaos. Love only when needed; preserve otherwise.
Mehreen Kasana, from A Woman of War
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Thin privilege is …

thisisthinprivilege:

[Mods, please correct my tags if they are wrong since I am unsure which to choose. Thank you]

[tw: medical establishment, medical neglect]

… not being send home from the emergency room after a bad fall and just a cursory examination.

My mother is morbidly obese. At the beginning of February she fell, hit her head and deeply bruised her entire left side. She was brought to the local hospital.

There she had to lie in the emergency room for eight hours (in the hallway) while the doctors discussed that they weren’t responsible that she couldn’t walk with her bruised knee and therefore she shouldn’t be there. The only reason she got to a room around midnight was because there wasn’t a transport available for people her size.

The next morning they took her bed away and she had to sit on a small stool for six hours. Without being able to put her leg up, which the doctors told her was necessary.

Fast forward seven weeks. She was feeling worse and worse, her breathing became troubled and she was so debilitated that she couldn’t go to the bathroom anymore.

I finally managed to get her to agree to go to another hospital.

There they diagnosed her with an antibiotica resident germ, mycosis and carbon monoxide poisoning due to a bruise in her midsection that caused a ring of water to develope around the torso and severly depressed the lymph channels and blood vessels.

They said, if I hadn’t managed to get her there she would have been dead within days.

Tl’dr - if you are morbidly obese be very, very careful where you go to the hospital. Best to have a list with hospitals that can take someone obese and actually treats them instead of doing a form of euthanasia.




tinyhouseamerica:

horny-grandma:

fistfightingthefuture:

shotstothestars:

milk-roses:

I am ashamed to say that this was taking place yesterday at Arizona State University. This man proclaimed all day to everyone who passed by that he believed if girls wore reveling clothing out or choose to drink alcohol, that they deserved to be raped.

My school attracts some sick people.

What is this shit? I can’t believe I missed this guy, if I would have seen him there’s no rhetoric that could’ve saved him.

Good ole brother dean, please come give it to him Heston

This happens at U of A as well.  Brother Dean and the pastor visit the college and the local high schools.  Students, teachers, staff, and visitors are all bombarded with a man telling us that we deserve rape and hell. It’s been going on for several years and nobody will stop them.  

tinyhouseamerica:

horny-grandma:

fistfightingthefuture:

shotstothestars:

milk-roses:

I am ashamed to say that this was taking place yesterday at Arizona State University. This man proclaimed all day to everyone who passed by that he believed if girls wore reveling clothing out or choose to drink alcohol, that they deserved to be raped.

My school attracts some sick people.

What is this shit? I can’t believe I missed this guy, if I would have seen him there’s no rhetoric that could’ve saved him.

Good ole brother dean, please come give it to him Heston

This happens at U of A as well.  Brother Dean and the pastor visit the college and the local high schools.  Students, teachers, staff, and visitors are all bombarded with a man telling us that we deserve rape and hell. It’s been going on for several years and nobody will stop them.