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I went into my adoption work as a strong advocate of a woman’s right to choose, and I retire this year as an even stronger one. In fact, I wish abortion had been more readily available to many of the clients I worked with.

- Randie Bencanann, former co-director of an adoption agency, in her RH Reality Check article Adoption Is Not a Universal Alternative to Abortion, No Matter What Anti-Choicers Say (via rhrealitycheck)

afscme:

Get out and vote, Wisconsin - and this time bring a friend! #TurnOutForWhat

afscme:

Get out and vote, Wisconsin - and this time bring a friend! #TurnOutForWhat

bustysaintclair:

meowdypurrtner:

its really important for men to stand up to other men who say terrible and sexist shit

because sexist men dont listen to what women have to say

literally the most important thing men can do if they want to call themselves feminist allies 

DEAR WHITE AND NON-BLACK FEMINISTS,

clitriarchy:

africanaquarian:

blackmagicalgirlmisandry:

this symbol does not represent mainstream feminism

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this is the symbol for black feminism, that black feminists have created and been using for decades to represent our struggle against anti-black misogyny, hence…

Good to know. Missed that lesson. Also, I just Googled “feminist symbol” and pretty much the entire first page has this symbol with no explanation that it’s a black feminist symbol. Wtf?

phooka-14:

meganfoxrocksmyworld:

Reasons I love Megan Denise Fox.

Because if I don’t stand up for her, who will? Okay, I can name about 6 people that will, but we’re small voices that can’t do anything. But I’m not gonna stop standing up for her. Even if the media refuses to NOT take Michael’s side.
You don’t have to be a fan of Megan Fox to acknowledge the injustice Megan suffered on the set of Transformers from Michael Bay and his “loyal” crew. When Megan’s comment on Michael Bay came out, everyone sided with Michael Bay, calling Megan a “brat” or “ungrateful” and saying she should have kept her mouth shut. These are grown ass men and they couldn’t shrug off a comment from a 23 year old woman. This Behind the Scene clip is just a glimpse and I cannot even imagine what ended up on the cutting room floor. Detailed bullet point of their relationship throughout the years. (stops after Jonah Hex) [x]
Michael made Megan model wardrobe options (short shorts and belly tops) in front of a room full of men, made her audition by washing his car in a bikini while he filmed it (of which Michael Bay hasn’t denied) And while the disgusting 3 quarters of the planet will side with Michael saying Megan’s a “whore” and “agreed to it anyways” or “asked for it”, do not know her side of the story. Megan’s wanted to act for her entire life stemming from Judy Garland and Marilyn Monroe.Day in and day out for both Transformers movies, Megan had this tyrant barking orders at her about bending over the car, arch her back and dictating what she wore and even naming her character after himself. Michael Bay is disgusting. I don’t care what Megan says about him now, it doesn’t excuse how he treated her and dragged her name through the mud. Megan’s been on 12 movies so far and has only had ONE crew complain about her. But to this day, people BELIEVE she’s the bad one to work with. That’s the power of this piece of shit, Michael Bay.

bring awareness to this

Look at how uncomfortable she looks in the third gif though because she can’t say too much more because a big blockbuster movie means huge name recognition which means job security.  And, it’s not just in Hollywood.  How often do people stay silent on injustices because they need the job?  

stem-cell:

rosalarian:

pourquoi-nutmeg:

nortonism:

The thing about this is that sculptures like these in art history were for the male gaze. Photoshop a phone to it and suddenly she’s seen as vain and conceited. That’s why I’m 100% for selfie culture because apparently men can gawk at women but when we realize how beautiful we are we’re suddenly full of ourselves…

YES.

Girls don’t let anyone tell you loving yourself is vanity.

“You painted a naked woman because you enjoyed looking at her, put a mirror in her hand and you called the painting “Vanity,” thus morally condemning the woman whose nakedness you had depicted for you own pleasure.” ― John Berger, Ways of Seeing

stem-cell:

rosalarian:

pourquoi-nutmeg:

nortonism:

The thing about this is that sculptures like these in art history were for the male gaze. Photoshop a phone to it and suddenly she’s seen as vain and conceited. That’s why I’m 100% for selfie culture because apparently men can gawk at women but when we realize how beautiful we are we’re suddenly full of ourselves…

YES.

Girls don’t let anyone tell you loving yourself is vanity.

“You painted a naked woman because you enjoyed looking at her, put a mirror in her hand and you called the painting “Vanity,” thus morally condemning the woman whose nakedness you had depicted for you own pleasure.” ― John Berger, Ways of Seeing

(Source: nevver)

22 Asian Actors Who Deserve To Be Romantic Leading Men

badassladyknight:

This Buzzfeed list reminds me of two courses I took my first year at Wellesley called the Asian American Experience and Defining Asian American Literature.  In them, we discussed various Asian stereotypes and the harmful ways society depicts Asians.

The author points out “John Cho can not be our only, and last, dreamy Asian lead on network TV” and I think we can blame the patriarchy and racism for the astounding lack of Asian men as romantic leads. 

As a part of the model minority myth, Asians are hard workers, yet subservient to the white masters in society so as not to completely overthrow the white hegemony.  We’re not supposed to rock the boat; we’re supposed to play nice in the sand box with the white bullies. In a patriarchal society, classifying an entire race as subservient removes that race’s men from the hegemonic masculine ideal.  Thus putting Asians between Scylla and Charybdis because the only way to break this mold is for cis Asian men to act like the American stereotype of the Alpha hypermasculine male or to be mocked by society as “too feminine” and not “manly” enough.  To break that subservient stereotype only harms non-cis male Asians since the hegemonic masculinity in American culture is one of making non-cismen inferior, and often, abusing them into a subservient role. 

With this emasculation, Asian men are all too frequently left out of the picture when it comes to the ultimate sexy man.  Yes, white men still reign supreme on the definitive lists, but I think we’re much more likely to see Black and Latino men on these lists because we associate Black and Latino cultures with machismo and masculine men (especially when you consider the stereotype of Asian men and their lack of genital endowment).  This leads to a serious dearth in Asian men in leading roles because, much like Ancient Greek heroes, we expect our leading roles to go to the sexiest of the sexy, and Asian men do not fit that mold in American society. 

This lack of Asian men as sexy hunky romantic leads is also directly related to the racists exotic depictions of Asian women as subservient geishas (which white people use as a blanket term for Asian prostitute even though it is not correct).  Asian women’s subservience is sexy and desirable; Asian men’s subservience prevents them from completely removing the white man from power.

Asia is a HUGE continent with great diversity. Asians make up a significant chunk of the global population.  We ought to be better represented as romantic leads with real personalities and complex emotions instead of goofy men there for racist laughs and personality-deprived subservient “exotic geishas” designed to be sex goddesses for white men.

ponnukaka:

shinycroissants:

“I remember when I was doing “Rent” and I was too thin, and I was doing that on purpose because I’m dying, I’m a HIV+ drug addict. I remember having to eat raw food and doing all this work to make sure I could stay thin… And I remember everyone asking me when I was doing press for the movie, “what did you do to get so thin? You looked great!” and I’m like, “I looked emaciated.” It’s a form of violence in the way that we look at women and how we expect them to look and be, for… what’s sake? No…

I love her so much, you guys.

ponnukaka:

shinycroissants:

“I remember when I was doing “Rent” and I was too thin, and I was doing that on purpose because I’m dying, I’m a HIV+ drug addict. I remember having to eat raw food and doing all this work to make sure I could stay thin… And I remember everyone asking me when I was doing press for the movie, “what did you do to get so thin? You looked great!” and I’m like, “I looked emaciated.” It’s a form of violence in the way that we look at women and how we expect them to look and be, for… what’s sake? No…

I love her so much, you guys.

theblacksmithsdaughter:

superhappy:

cognitivedissonance:

After threats against her life, Anita Sarkeesian canceled an upcoming talk at Utah State University. Gamergate trolls are celebrating on Twitter while simultaneously dismissing the threats as nothing. Does this read like nothing to you?

“I will write my manifesto in her spilled blood, and you will all bear witness to what feminist lies and poison have done to the men of America.”

The email’s author threatened to murder feminist women indiscriminately in a mass shooting. And because carrying guns on campus outweigh the right of students and guests to be safe, Anita Sarkeesian canceled her talk.

BUT WE SHOULDN’T FEEL THREATENED, RIGHT?

BECAUSE IT’S JUST THE INTERNET, RIGHT?

The bullies won this time. And if you think this shit isn’t dangerous, I’m fresh out of fucks to give and I’m not restocking any time soon. It’s goddamn wrong to to dismiss this by claiming the author isn’t serious. Elliot Rodger’s rantings were dismissed until it was too late.

This. Is. Not. OK.

guns… literally more important than the lives of women in the state of loveable mormons

but did this guy get aarrested for making the threat even? like this dude sounds like he could pop-off at any minute for anything.

peonymoonflower:

supercargautier:

manifestingwomanist:

bushtitfeminist:

jadelyn:

enterprisingly:

This is the same man.

This works quite nicely at debunking the “beefcake guys in comics are objectified for women just like women in comics are for men!” imo.  On the left: a magazine tailored for a male audience, showing him in full beefcake-type mode with headlines about how you, too, can look like this.  On the right: a magazine tailored for a female audience, which has a headline about romance and shows him looking more or less like a normal dude.

Tell me again how comic book guys are designed for female sexual enjoyment, completely equivalent to anatomically-improbable spines and giant tits with their own individual centers of gravity, and totes aren’t just male power fantasies.

COMMENTARY

Women don’t treat men the way men treat women.

it’s also worth noting that despite all the geeks complaining about women’s impossible standards, the fantasy on the right sets a really really easy low bar to meet:

"cool clean friendly non-aggressive man who will cook a food for u"

yep what an unfair standard to be subjected to

that last comment was beautiful

(Source: commandercait)