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People have a problem with “hairy, man-hating lesbians” yet no one seems to have a problem with hairy, woman-hating straight guys, why is this

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02:00 pm, reblogged from  by padaviya2,818 notes


#maleproverbs is a hasthtag (started by @brownaandlovely, according to Topsy) that explored the impact of patriarchy and how men often use the same statements over and over; because of male privilege, such statements align with status quo thinking and are thereby “normalized.” 

Naturally the usual derailment came (i.e. "not ‘all’ men, "I don’t do that," "reverse sexism!", "you women are mean/bitter," etc.) instead of them realizing that if 19K+ tweets are sent on a topic in a couple of days by women who have better things to do than “make up stories” that coincidentally other women have experienced as well, maybe patriarchal oppression and sexism are institutional. Maybe misogyny, misogynoir and transmisogyny are real. But no, derailment and denial are always the expression of privilege. Many of the tweets I saw in the topic and shared described hetero men, but to be clear, gay men can also be misogynistic and can have male privilege.

Not a single word in my tweets above are exaggerated (not even the last one), and I have written essays on most of what is covered in the tweets. I WISH misogyny and misogynoir (some things that I tweeted are particular to the impact of White supremacy, racism and anti-Blackness on misogyny, thereby impacting Black women differently, and impacts how Black men target anti-Black misogyny or misogynoir towards Black women) were “made up.”

Sadly, some men of colour who know racism is real were angered by this trending topic on sexism and misogyny. Everything is okay to discuss until the specific privilege that someone has is in question. Oppression is not linear though. And of course a lot of trolling and attacks by White men occurred. But again, as I mentioned before, people with privilege aren’t used to being checked or disagreed with. Social media has upset the order. Knocked a few gems off their crowns. The silence that the privileged love so dearly is being upset by a large voice made up of smaller ones. (Must note that some men called misogyny out as well; not all trolled, which was great. Also, some people called out others being cissexist and specifically associating cis men’s bodies with all men; that’s not helpful in calling out male privilege and patriarchy.)

Just appearing as a woman online, it seems, can be enough to inspire abuse. In 2006, researchers from the University of Maryland set up a bunch of fake online accounts and then dispatched them into chat rooms. Accounts with feminine usernames incurred an average of 100 sexually explicit or threatening messages a day. Masculine names received 3.7.

The Next Civil Rights Issue: Why Women Aren’t Welcome on the Internet by Amanda Hess (via misandry-mermaid)

For men who claim that “it happens to men too, you don’t see us complaining!”

No, it does not.

- Mod D.

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I don’t like the framing of this as “the next civil rights issue” because that’s just weird like there are lots of them at one time?? but yeah this is still super important. 

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the worst kind of misogyny

is the kind that seeps out of your uncle’s mouth at christmas dinner

or from your favorite movie you’ve watched 500 times

or that snide comment your cousin makes on vacation

from the people you trust

and so quick

so slickly spoken

you barely catch it 

its the betrayal that gets ya
02:00 pm, reblogged from Rabble by padaviya79,683 notes

Some men get a sick pleasure out of stripping away the “illusion” that women are equal and violently showing them exactly how inferior they are. The online troll population has these kinds of characters in it, but the dominant class is men who don’t get the level of sexual attention they feel entitled to from women, and therefore have concocted elaborate, dogged theories about how women are broken, because they cannot ever allow that women have a right not to like them personally. (Or that if they started acting like decent people, maybe they would actually be more likeable.) All misogynists get upset when women are given attention for their talent or skills; it violates their core belief that women are here to serve. This is why writing on the internet while female means getting everything from laughably delusional men pretending to “critique” your writing while barely concealing their rage to rape and death threats. Particularly if your writing is not upholding the opinion that women are inferior servant class.


in which a teen movie from the 80s describes sexual misogyny in three sentences at the eighth grade reading level.


in which a teen movie from the 80s describes sexual misogyny in three sentences at the eighth grade reading level.

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04:30 pm, reblogged from  by padaviya692,808 notes





Leading Men Age, Leading Women Don’t | Vulture

There are more charts if you click through.

I’m so glad this info graphic is going around, because so many people don’t realize how ageism and misogyny play hand in hand and how the sexualization of young girls play into this.

Santoine: This is an important graph I felt you all should see and understand

I was *just* thinking about this.

12:20 pm, reblogged from Rabble by padaviya85,563 notes


Steubenville football players drug, kidnap, and gang rape unconscious girl, call themselves “Rape Crew”, tweet about it, take pictures of it, and video tape it. They are essentially sentenced to 1-2 years. The media bends over backwards to portray them sympathetically.

Marissa Alexander fires a warning gunshot to defend herself against abusive husband. No one is hurt. She is sentenced to 20 years

“Misogyny doesn’t exist anymore”

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Two weeks after the unfortunate death of her child, Tatiana was interviewed again by police and was arrested after the detectives decided that this first-time mother, “should have known more or should have done something more.”

Statement of Facts & Law

again and again and again and again—mother’s arrested and imprisoned for “not doing more” about the violence their partners commit.

outside of how just plain old fucked up this is to charge mothers for something they absolutely did not do (how many fathers are arrested for “not doing more” when their mentally ill wives kill all the children?), I think it’s important to note that if a child is being abused—99% of the time the *mother* is being abused too. As such, the question is not why didn’t the mother do more, but when is society going to do more to empower and help women in abusive situations—and when is it going to do more to hold men accountable for the abuse they commit?

Is criminalization of abused mothers really the way to stop child abuse? Is constantly implying that women should’ve had more control over their abusive male partners holding men accountable?

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Did that commentary really need to conflate violence with mental illness?

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Yes it did. because a HUGE population of mothers who kill their children are dealing with untreated mental illness that have gone untreated because of misogyny or poverty and culminated in the murders of their children after society ignored or blatantly dismissed them with “I don’t care how “overwhelmed” you are, you walk away and take a deep breath rather than killing your children!”—a huge population of those women are sitting in low security prison hospitals to serve out their sentences—only getting the help they fucking needed after having lost their children and being criminalized by the nation/state. Which continues a pattern for other groups in US society as well—the only place they can get treatment is prison. 

no, not all mothers with mental illness are going to kill their children. but not treating mothers with mental illness because “taking deep breaths” should be enough or because their love for their children is supposed to be strong enough to guide them through actually physical and biological problems, or because their dick husbands want more kids and meds get in the way of that or because grandma is an old black woman who is probably looking for handouts rather than an a desperate woman who will face down the possible consequences of a violent system to get help for her family—that has consequences. 

Mothers are expected to be the ultimate virgin mary. When a mentally ill woman who has gone untreated *because she was expected to be the ultimate virgin mary* kills her children—the men in their lives who continuously knocked them up or denied them treatment (whether because of their desire to get them pregnant or because social services knows more about her well being than she/her family does, or because the corporation that elected them thinks that cutting off social services will be the best way to pay for their tax breaks) do NOT serve jail time. Mothers are expected to self diagnose and treat their manic depression or psychosis, stand up to their abusive male partners, keep their children safe at the cost of their own lives, die in child birth from preventable/treatable conditions, not being lying whores about their husbands abuse in an effort to keep the children away from them, etc etc etc etc….but when a man pressures his wife into not taking desperatly needed medical treatment so that he can impregnant her for the 6th time in 7 years—she goes to jail and we feel sorry for him. This happens repeatedly, has happened repeatedly for years, and me pointing to it has nothing to do with conflating mental illness with murder and everything to do with interrogating white supremacist heteropatriarchy that supports men denying woman treatment for mental health and then criminalizing them when they break. 

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The Girl With The Lots of Creepy Disturbing Torture That Pissed Me Off: On Stieg Larsson (via Tiger Beatdown)

Well! For me, this thriller was not so thrilling. There are some problems with Dragon Tattoo, and let’s talk about the main one: There are a lot of dead ladies in this book. Literally: hundreds.

09:04 am, by padaviya2 notes



Women get angry, too. And some women have access to Photoshop and Botticelli.



Women get angry, too. And some women have access to Photoshop and Botticelli.

Anti-Choice Woman-Hating Goes Mainstream (via RH Reality Check)

Do these examples of misogyny represent anything new?

03:12 pm, by padaviya1 note



“Feminism is hated because women are hated. Anti-feminism is a direct expression of misogyny; it is the political defense of women hating.” 

Andrea Dworkin



“Feminism is hated because women are hated. Anti-feminism is a direct expression of misogyny; it is the political defense of women hating.” 

Andrea Dworkin

09:05 am, by padaviya


The film Polytechnique has won nine Genie awards, including Best Picture.  It prompted me to watch the film, which I’ve avoided doing. 

It’s short, not quite a full-length movie, but I had to to pause it and walk away three times.  But, it’s well done, and deserved to win the awards. I appreciated that the audience was never told the killer’s name, and that it was filmed in black and white. 

A write up about the film is on Wikipedia here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polytechnique_%28film%29

The trailer is on youtube, but I don’t recommend it, because the user comments are infuriating and heart breaking (apparently, women deserve to be massacred). 

The film itself is easy to find online with a quick search, if you’re so inclined. 

10:51 am, by padaviya