""I love women," is not a get out of jail free card. Thicke pulled the same bullshit when he was accused of degrading women in "Blurred Lines": "When we made the song, we had nothing but the most respect for women," he said. How nice of you to say so, Mr. Thicke. Alas, your work shows the opposite to be true. I am fairly certain many of the men who buy sex and consume porn also think they do it because they really, really, love women. NOPE. You love women like I love wine — as something I consume selfishly for my personal benefit and as a product."
Meghan Murphy (No, “female-appreciation” is not the same thing as feminism)
Full article here
(Source: casocracy, via sorayachemaly)
"If men’s kindnesses toward women were really only kindnesses, a man would be pleased if another man or woman offered these kindnesses to him. He would be pleased if another man or woman lit his cigarette or pulled out his chair for him. He would be pleased to derive his income, prestige, power and even his identity from his partner. He would take pride in another man’s or woman’s offer to walk him to his car at night. But in fact, “one of the very nasty things that can happen to a man is his being treated or seen as a woman, or womanlike."
(Source: radfeminist, via hexgoddess)
"The majority of the productive work done by the human race is, in fact, unwaged labor performed under duress by women and children. Not only raising crops and providing cooking, laundry, cleaning and sexual services to men, but in maintaining a community and reproducing physically and socially the next generation of workers, women’s unwaged labor is such an absolute necessity to male society that it is considered part of Nature along with forests and oceans and rainfall. The rightful bounty of men to share and fight over. All waged labor rests upon the greater foundation of women’s unwaged labor."
Nightvision, Illuminating Race, Gender and Class on a Neocolonial Terrain (via whitedenial-ontrial)
(Source: harperisafairy, via agirlcalledchris)
"Girls learn to love and have sexual feelings in a position of low status, and the eroticization of powerlessness is a normal part of the construction of femininity."
Sheila Jeffreys, Unpacking Queer Politics (via hereticswords)
(Source: yoursocialconstructsareshowing, via brighteyedfemme)
"Women are told it is unfeminine and gross to have muscles and to cultivate strength, which in turn leads them to actively avoid doing things that will build muscles and strength, which then makes them even less capable of doing things that require strength, which the critics then use as proof of women’s inherent physical frailty. And so the cycle continues…"
Women’s difficulty with pull-ups is about more than biology | Fit and Feminist (via rememo)
<3 (via drunkelizabeth)
I mentioned this feeling to someone the other day and they told me they had no idea how to respond to me. This is a real thing and I’m so glad to see this (and mad that I fall victim to the same dumb stuff).
Oh—you wouldn’t date a girl who’s ever been a stripper?
In that case, I wouldn’t date a guy who’s ever been to a strip club.
Oh—you wouldn’t date a girl who’s ever done porn?
In that case, I wouldn’t date a guy who’s ever watched porn.
You’re the reason we exist.
You’re the demand to our supply.
If you disdain sex workers, don’t you dare consume our labor.
As they say in the industry, “People jack off with the left hand and point with the right.”
Lux ATL (via hachikuji)
Sex worker liberation!
(Source: stripperina, via africabumbada)
"I am a fat man. Once, I was perceived to be a fat woman. My transition has taught me a lot of things that I might not have otherwise engaged with if I had lived my life as a cis person. Transitioning really highlights male privilege and how society can treat you completely differently based on what gender it perceives a person to be. As soon as I started ‘passing’, I found I was treated with a respect that wasn’t often given to me as a woman. My personal space and boundaries were no longer violated, I was no longer talked down to, and people suddenly respected my right to privacy and my right to be left alone. I was no longer treated as if I simply existed for men’s pleasure."
— read more: Male Privilege and Transitioning From a Fat Woman to a Fat Man (via fat-grrrl-activism)