"I think the average guy thinks they’re pro-woman, just because they think they’re a nice guy and someone has told them that they’re awesome. But the truth is far from it. Unless you are actively, consciously working against the gravitational pull of the culture, you will predictably, thematically, create these sort of fucked-up representations."
— Junot Diaz (via luciaferr)
"The trend of labeling women “crazy” is part of the culture that socializes women to go along to get along. When women are told over and over again that they’re not allowed to feel the way they feel and that they’re being “unreasonable” or “oversensitive”, they’re conditioned to not trust their own emotions. Their behavior – being assertive, even demanding or standing up for how they feel – becomes an “inconvenience” to men and they’re taught not to give offense and to consider the feelings of others before their own."
— On Labeling Women “Crazy” | Paging Dr. NerdLove - Part 2 (via brutereason)
"The average prison sentence of men who kill their women partners is 2 to 6 years. Women who kill their male partners are sentenced on average to 15 years. This is despite the fact that 86% of female offenders kill in self-defense, while males are most likely to kill out of possessiveness (82%), abuse (75%) and during arguments (63%). Women are eight times more likely than men to be killed by an intimate partner."
— Fact Sheet on Battered Women in Prison (via femmephrodite)
(Source: misandry-mermaid, via alimarko)
"One motivation for doing This Bridge Called My Back was that when I was at UT I wanted to focus my dissertation on feminist studies and Chicana literature and soon realized that this seemed to be an impossible project. The advisor told me that Chicana literature was not a legitimate discipline, that it didn’t exist, and that women’s studies was not something that I should do."
Interview with Gloria Anzaldúa
(thanks again to tiaramerchgirl for posting this! <3 )
(Source: readnfight, via sorayachemaly)