Scrolling through my twitter this morning I came across a hate page about myself. It was the usual slurs. Nothing to get excited about. Only one person wanted to give me the kind advice to make some sandwiches. I thought that was awfully nice since outside food is quite expensive. However, at this point my sandwiches were already done and I was ready to dash off to the library. Apparently these people aren’t aware that being savvy with money is an inherent part of anti-Feminism. After all I have to answer to myself if at the end of the money there is still too much month left. For me there is no patriarchy that I can blame for making take away food expensive or for paying me as a part time translator less than a full time consultant. Anti-Feminism is about being fully accountable for all your actions and decisions and dealing with the consequences like an adult instead of whining that the guy in front of you bought the last chocolate ice cream that you needed so badly. Have a good day everyone and don’t forget your sandwiches when you leave the house. :)
Excellent article on the #heforshe campaign that should have really been a #sheforhe campaign. My fingers were itching all day to write something similar but as I am held up with the critical last exam for my degree I will take the liberty to reblog this.
I’ll add a link to Rachel Edwards letter to Emma Watson. She criticises the campaign of the upper class starlet from the point of view of a common American woman.
Originally posted on Men's Psychology:
Dear Ms Watson,
I read with interest your formal invitation for men to join the effort for gender equality. I agree that we need full gender equality, and that this is important to men because, as you say, “I’ve seen my father’s role as a parent being valued less by society despite my needing his presence as a child as much as my mother’s. I’ve seen young men suffering from mental illness unable to ask for help for fear it would make them look less ‘macho’ — in fact in the UK suicide is the biggest killer of men between 20-49”.
And I agree with you that gender equality will go unrealized so long as only half of humanity is “invited or feel[s] welcome to participate in the conversation”.
I wish I could accept your invitation as presented, but rather than the sentiment “HeForShe”, I will only…
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She is damn right
Originally posted on judgybitch:
The fact that we can even have a conversation about whether human beings should have basic civil rights that other human beings have based on whom they love is pretty fucking depressing. There really is no place in a modern, secular society for homophobia. I think Morgan Freeman has it just right: “I hate the word homophobia. It’s not a phobia. You are not scared. You are an asshole”.
Just so. And you don’t mess with Morgan Freeman! Damn, that man is hot!
The whole idea that homosexuality is somehow “unnatural” pisses me off. Anyone with half a goddamn brain who stops to think for one bloody second ought to be able to perceive that there is a completely natural role for gay people in any society and that having gay relatives, historically, would have been a HUGE advantage.
Gay people are NATURAL ADOPTIVE PARENTS. In the event that mommy…
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Women against Feminism fighting for equality!
Originally posted on judgybitch:
Much of the research in this article was compiled by a Tumblr blogger you can find here. My thanks to that blogger for bringing the information together.
I am often accused of simply not understanding what feminism IS when I dare to criticize it, especially on Twitter. Get a dictionary, blah blah blah whatever. See, here’s the thing: I know exactly what feminism IS and the claim that feminists stand for gender equality is not only outright laughable, I’m beginning to see it as a calculated, deliberate, malicious lie. Feminists damn well know they are seeking superiority and the wholesale destruction of society as we know it to be replaced by a brutal matriarchy in which all women and the remaining men will be subject to totalitarian controls that would make Stalin green with envy.
Check out this article from Kate Millet’s sister, for example. I didn’t think anything…
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Fully aware of No 16. That’s why I have decided to speak out about injustice against men. Well, in a way I always have. But when I realised that men aren’t really allowed to do that I knew that I, as a woman, am in a privileged position to do so. I do not really understand the Feminist idea of ‘rights’. I have grown up with obligations, which in turn gave me privileges that others didn’t have. Whenever I realise that I am in a privileged position, with regard to a certain issue, I feel the duty to use my privilege. “16. Female privilege being able to have an opinion without someone tell you you’re just “a butthurt fedora-wearing neckbeard who can’t get any.” “
Originally posted on Thought Catalog:
1. Female privilege is being able to walk down the street at night without people crossing the street because they’re automatically afraid of you.
2. Female privilege is being able to approach someone and ask them out without being labeled “creepy.”
3. Female privilege is being able to get drunk and have sex without being considered a rapist. Female privilege is being able to engage in the same action as another person but be considered the innocent party by default.
4. Female privilege is being able to turn on the TV and see yourself represented in a positive way. Female privilege is shows like King of Queens and Everybody Loves Raymond where women are portrayed as attractive, competent people while men are shown as ugly, lazy slobs.
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5. Female privilege is the idea that women and children should be the first rescued from any…
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I like this because it illuminates that even the seemingly benign dictionary definition shows a disregard for men. Saying that Feminism’s goal is to achieve equalilty of women with men implies that in the past men were above women and now men need to come down. That is not only wrong but it takes away men’s humanity and makes them vulnerable in all the areas that men’s rights activists (and also many women on here) are highlighting. In the past men were not above women, but men had certain advantages and many challenges and likewise women had other advantages and challenges. We were all oppressed by nature. It was the industrial revolution that freed us from that oppression and made it possible for us to live more flexible roles. But Feminism has really only fought for more flexible roles for women and has actually made men’s roles even more rigid than they were before. I oppose Feminism because I want both men’s and women’s challenges and advantages to be recognised and both of them given greater scope for a more flexible lifestyle.
One keeps hearing again and again that Feminism freed women from housework and allowed them to fulfill their aspirations, as they hadn’t been able to do before. Considering that Feminism took off in ‘western’ countries in the 1960s when in the previous decade time saving household appliances had become widely available it is very much debatable whether it was this ideology or the fact that there was not much left to do in the house that allowed women to go out into the world. When I visited Pakistan I had a bit of a moral dilemma with the fact that people tended to employ poorer people as maids. In Germany some people have a cleaner come into their house once a week for a couple of hours. I always thought that if I make something dirty it’s my duty to clean it again and even if I can afford it I wouldn’t want another person to clean up my dirt. And also house work is a much better work out than going to a smelly and expensive gym. But even though I am certainly exhausted after the roughly three hours of housework a week that I do I am having a different attitude as to who really cleans my dirt. I pull a vacuum cleaner through the house that sucks up all the dirt from the ground as well as any spiderwebs on the walls and the ceilings. Every two weeks I chuck my clothes into the washing machine, 2 hours later I put them on the line. Dishes I love doing as a enjoy immersing my hands in the warm water, especially when it’s cold outside. Most people use a dishwasher though and many even a dryer for their clothes. My house is clean, despite me working and I can do without a maid. I cannot do without affordable appliances and electricity. Now imagine a country where most people cannot afford these appliances and where those who can afford them don’t acquire them as they are useless when there are many hour long electricity cuts every day. Now tell me again how Feminism freed ‘western’ women and how it will free women in Pakistan.
Originally posted on The Y Files:
Just to make it clear: I’m not a part of Women Against Feminism. I’m on the fence about whether the term “feminism” can be reclaimed, but that’s a question for another time. (In case you missed it: here’s my Time.com article on the subject.)
But some of the responses to WAF just make me roll my eyes.
Here’s an example:
— Miss Misanthropist (@TamedInsanity) August 2, 2014
First of all: a recurring theme on the Women Against Feminism site is that feminism fought important battles in the past, but those battles have been won and feminism has morphed into something counterproductive. Whether that view is right or wrong, to say that today’s fourth wave (or whichever wave it is) feminists are entitled to women’s allegiance because of the rights previous generation of feminists…
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