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30 11 / 2013

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29 11 / 2013

terribaeddel-magpie:

salixj:

A friend posted this on her facebook page.

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28 11 / 2013

Today I am thankful for all the activists who came before me. They built the groundwork on which I, as an activist, stand.

I am thankful for all the other activists out there today, fighting for causes they believe in.

I am thankful for all the activists yet to come, who will continue to make our world a more equal, safe, peaceful, and beautiful place.

27 11 / 2013

splitopentheworld:

  1. The right to develop healthy attitudes about sex
  2. The right to sexual privacy
  3. The right to protection from bodily invasion and harm
  4. The right to say no to sexual behavior
  5. The right to control touch and sexual contact
  6. The right to stop sexual arousal that feels inappropriate or uncomfortable 
  7. The right to develop our sexuality according to our sexual preferences and orientation
  8. The right to enjoy healthy sexual pleasure and satisfaction

From The Sexual  Healing Journey by Wendy Maltz. 3rd edition. Pg 34. 

26 11 / 2013

On Monday, Mother Jones reported that a European emergency contraceptive, which is chemically identical to the popular Plan B or morning after pill, is less effective in women who weigh more than 165 pounds. Data from the CDC causes concerns that the average American woman, at 166 pounds, may be too heavy to use the drug effectively. The French manufacturer of the pill, Norlevo, is changing their packaging to warn women of this new information.

While the change does not immediately affect American-manufactured drugs, the FDA announced today that they will review the evidence. They will then determine what, if any, changes need to be made to the packaging of emergency contraceptives.

In the meantime, if you are concerned about the efficacy of the morning-after pill for you, please contact your gynecologist or Planned Parenthood. They can best advise you what contraception is best for your health.

25 11 / 2013

plannedparenthood:

"As an out transgender woman of color, I don’t take the enormity of me being able to live my dreams lightly. This is not the case for so many of my transgender brothers and sisters. Everyone should have the same chance to get ahead, to support themselves and their families and to live their dreams." -Laverne Cox
via the National Center for Transgender Equality

plannedparenthood:

"As an out transgender woman of color, I don’t take the enormity of me being able to live my dreams lightly. This is not the case for so many of my transgender brothers and sisters. Everyone should have the same chance to get ahead, to support themselves and their families and to live their dreams." -Laverne Cox

via the National Center for Transgender Equality

24 11 / 2013

23 11 / 2013

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Feminists do not want you to lose custody of your children. The assumption that women are naturally better caregivers is part of patriarchy.
Feminists do not like commercials in which bumbling dads mess up the laundry and competent wives have to bustle in and fix it. The assumption that women are naturally better housekeepers is part of patriarchy.

Feminists do not want you to have to make alimony payments. Alimony is set up to combat the fact that women have been historically expected to prioritize domestic duties over professional goals, thus minimizing their earning potential if their “traditional” marriages end. The assumption that wives should make babies instead of money is part of patriarchy.

Feminists do not want anyone to get raped in prison. Permissiveness and jokes about prison rape are part of rape culture, which is part of patriarchy.

Feminists do not want anyone to be falsely accused of rape. False rape accusations discredit rape victims, which reinforces rape culture, which is part of patriarchy.

Feminists do not want you to be lonely and we do not hate “nice guys.” The idea that certain people are inherently more valuable than other people because of superficial physical attributes is part of patriarchy.

Feminists do not want you to have to pay for dinner. We want the opportunity to achieve financial success on par with men in any field we choose (and are qualified for), and the fact that we currently don’t is part of patriarchy. The idea that men should coddle and provide for women, and/or purchase their affections in romantic contexts, is condescending and damaging and part of patriarchy.

Feminists do not want you to be maimed or killed in industrial accidents, or toil in coal mines while we do cushy secretarial work and various yarn-themed activities. The fact that women have long been shut out of dangerous industrial jobs (by men, by the way) is part of patriarchy.

Feminists do not want you to commit suicide. Any pressures and expectations that lower the quality of life of either gender are part of patriarchy. The fact that depression is characterized as an effeminate weakness, making men less likely to seek treatment, is part of patriarchy.

Feminists do not want you to be viewed with suspicion when you take your child to the park (men frequently insist that this is a serious issue, so I will take them at their word). The assumption that men are insatiable sexual animals, combined with the idea that it’s unnatural for men to care for children, is part of patriarchy.

Feminists do not want you to be drafted and then die in a war while we stay home and iron stuff. The idea that women are too weak to fight or too delicate to function in a military setting is part of patriarchy.

Feminists do not want women to escape prosecution on legitimate domestic violence charges, nor do we want men to be ridiculed for being raped or abused. The idea that women are naturally gentle and compliant and that victimhood is inherently feminine is part of patriarchy.

Feminists hate patriarchy. We do not hate you.

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Lindy West for Jezebel: “If I Admit That ‘Hating Men’ Is a Thing, Will You Stop Turning It Into a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy? (via slutwalkcharlotte)

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22 11 / 2013

femsphere:

taken from TRAP (The Real Art of Protest)

femsphere:

taken from TRAP (The Real Art of Protest)

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