Posts tagged feminism

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I wish there was more of a celebration of getting older.

Winona Ryder [x]

P.S. The awesome Helen Mirren is her landlady!

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Don’t touch women and don’t talk to them.

emilygould:

Last night after the No Regrets event I took the F home and there were two incredibly drunk guys in my car, middle-aged white guys in button-down shirts, not young fratty bros.  They were hugging a pole in the middle of the crowded car, talking to each other loudly, moving unsteadily, slurring their words. I was worried, like I am 50% of the time on the subway at night, that vomit might happen on or near me. But they were only bothering each other, til they started talking to a woman who was sitting in the outer seat of a two-seat facing them, effectively underneath them, such that to talk to her one of them had to put his hand on the metal pole right behind her head so that he was sort of crouching over her. She had big, obvious neon green headphones on and I couldn’t see her face because of the direction her seat was facing. And she had a book open, but they were talking to her anyway. I couldn’t hear anything she said. She laughed at one point but to me it sounded like an uncomfortable laugh. Everyone else in the car was looking at these guys, looking at her, looking at each other, saying nothing. And then the louder of the two guys I guess wanted to get her attention because maybe she went back to her book and stopped nervously appeasing him so he reached over and touched her shoulder, not hard, just like “hey,”

DON’T TOUCH HER, I screamed.

"Whuh? Hey, I’m just … mind your business, we’re just talking," or whatever nonsense, he slurred.

DON’T TOUCH WOMEN AND DON’T TALK TO THEM. YOU’RE DRUNK. SHE DOESN’T WANT TO TALK TO YOU. DON’T TOUCH WOMEN AND DON’T TALK TO THEM, I screamed.

He protested, he called me “McSweeney’s” (!!) and he called me some other names, including, of course, “crazy,”  But other women in the car chimed in, telling him to lay off, back off, calm down. And I got off at the next stop, so I don’t know what else happened.

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elizabitchtaylor:

On December 6th, 1989, shortly before five ‘o’ clock and the end of classes before Christmas break, fourteen female engineering students were shot and killed at the École Polytechnique in Montreal, Quebec by a gunman who claimed he was “fighting feminism”. 
The massacre stands as one of the most tragic hate crimes in Canadian history. 
Today we remember:

Geneviève Bergeron, aged 21;Hélène Colgan, 23;Nathalie Croteau, 23;Barbara Daigneault, 22;Anne-Marie Edward, 21;Maud Haviernick, 29;Barbara Maria Klucznik, 31;Maryse Leclair, 23;Annie St.-Arneault, 23;Michèle Richard, 21;Maryse Laganière, 25;Anne-Marie Lemay, 22;Sonia Pelletier, 28; andAnnie Turcotte, aged 21.

(image credit: Sandy Kowalik)

Wow. Never knew about this. So horrid.

elizabitchtaylor:

On December 6th, 1989, shortly before five ‘o’ clock and the end of classes before Christmas break, fourteen female engineering students were shot and killed at the École Polytechnique in Montreal, Quebec by a gunman who claimed he was “fighting feminism”. 

The massacre stands as one of the most tragic hate crimes in Canadian history. 

Today we remember:

Geneviève Bergeron, aged 21;
Hélène Colgan, 23;
Nathalie Croteau, 23;
Barbara Daigneault, 22;
Anne-Marie Edward, 21;
Maud Haviernick, 29;
Barbara Maria Klucznik, 31;
Maryse Leclair, 23;
Annie St.-Arneault, 23;
Michèle Richard, 21;
Maryse Laganière, 25;
Anne-Marie Lemay, 22;
Sonia Pelletier, 28; and
Annie Turcotte, aged 21.
(image credit: Sandy Kowalik)

Wow. Never knew about this. So horrid.

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When I’m worried and cannot sleep
I count all the male peers I’ve already outstripped professionally and laugh a full-throated laugh

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He specifically wanted [writers] from small towns who would work for less than people based in SF or NY… he asked me to search for talented writers in Poughkeepsie or Pittsburgh or ‘other crappy cities that begin with P.’ In one of our meetings we went through some of the writers I picked…some from Jezebel, HelloGiggles, xoJane, etc. He had them up on the projector and we went to their sites and rated them on a 1-5 scale. There was a list of criteria — ‘good grammar,’ ‘frequently updates blog.’ Then there were qualities he didn’t want — i.e. ‘angry,’ ‘man-hating.’ And everyone was rated on this scale. He told me not to contact so many ‘smart’ writers (I think he meant something very specific by ‘smart’) and that many of the ones I liked seemed to have big chips on their shoulders. He’d never heard of Bitch or xoJane, and I don’t think he knew about Bust magazine before I told him about it…I told him about Bitch and he snarked on the name and said ‘advertisers must love that.’

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Men, women, and media empire-building

annfriedman:

Narratives matter. When publishers who are not super keyed into the internet read inThe New York Times that there are these young men who are redefining media and building a dedicated online following, you can bet those young men become more attractive hires—and that they have more bargaining power. Theirs are the names that leap to mind. It’s like a sexist perpetual-motion machine. By the time we get to the advanced-empire stage of making demands and running spinoff sites, is it any wonder that women are conspicuously absent? [Ed. note: Well, not totally absent. They are often editing and assisting and doing the web producing for these men.]

Alla dis.

No seriously go read the whole thing.

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vocativ:

Male tech bloggers speculate women’s brains can’t handle coding —> http://voc.tv/14EsNKo
I’ve seen The Social Network enough times to know that computer programmers tend to be skinny, anti-social twerps, who occasionally get punked by the cool kids before getting rich by stealing great ideas from their taller, more socially adroit counterparts. Oh, and they’re all dudes.
The last part of this cartoonish stereotype is actually true, and in a Larry Summers moment yesterday, a well-known entrepreneur sparked a big angry interwebs debate when he posited that the reason this boy’s club exists is that women are genetically predisposed to suck at coding.
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Here we go again.

vocativ:

Male tech bloggers speculate women’s brains can’t handle coding —> http://voc.tv/14EsNKo

I’ve seen The Social Network enough times to know that computer programmers tend to be skinny, anti-social twerps, who occasionally get punked by the cool kids before getting rich by stealing great ideas from their taller, more socially adroit counterparts. Oh, and they’re all dudes.

The last part of this cartoonish stereotype is actually true, and in a Larry Summers moment yesterday, a well-known entrepreneur sparked a big angry interwebs debate when he posited that the reason this boy’s club exists is that women are genetically predisposed to suck at coding.

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Here we go again.

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Kelly Framel & Jamie Beck shot Danielle & Jodie Snyder of DANNIJO in Armani, inspired by the suffragettes of the 1910s. (via In Celebration { Of Sisterhood } | The Glamourai)

Kelly Framel & Jamie Beck shot Danielle & Jodie Snyder of DANNIJO in Armani, inspired by the suffragettes of the 1910s. (via In Celebration { Of Sisterhood } | The Glamourai)

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humansofnewyork:

“Even at this advanced age, I still don’t understand women. They remain a mystery.”“What specifically about women is most mysterious to you?”“The moods. Every woman is a special gift. But they all have the moods.”

And you, sir, are in all likelihood a bag of all the dicks.

humansofnewyork:

“Even at this advanced age, I still don’t understand women. They remain a mystery.”
“What specifically about women is most mysterious to you?”
“The moods. Every woman is a special gift. But they all have the moods.”

And you, sir, are in all likelihood a bag of all the dicks.

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Things that look like feminism but aren’t

Things that are not feminism:

1. Asking a question about why women do or want things and answering with why you do or want things, and calling it feminism. (Or, as Julia Wong put it, “My feminism demands that women be allowed to speak for themselves.”)

2. Assuming that a “vibrant young woman” (separate from a “soulfully beautiful and professionally accomplished one) suffers from false consciousness about her own sexuality, and that she needs your pity and implicit shaming, and calling it feminism.

3. Claiming that you are not judging women’s sexual behavior differently from men’s, and then judging women’s sexual behavior differently from men. And calling it feminism.

Read the rest, by Irin Carmon, here.

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The photograph is one of a series of approximately fifty ‘performalist’ self-portrait photographs collectively known as the S.O.S. Starification Object Series (1974-82). These feature the artist topless, satirising the poses of glamour models in women’s magazines using a range of props including sunglasses, a cowboy hat and toy guns, rollers, a silk turban and a plastic toy. In all the pictures, Wilke is dotted with the gum wounds which ‘starify’ her, transforming her into a star at the same time as emphasising her scarred or wounded state. The regular and symmetrical placement of the wounds recall the African ritual of scarification in which bodies are ritually scarred, usually as a means of marking a developmental rite of passage. Wilke’s ‘starification’ thus hints at a ritual scarring process necessary to become a female star. In her public performances of this work, documented indirectly by the photographs, Wilke would hand sticks of gum to visitors as they entered the gallery space, before removing her shirt. She would then request the chewed gum from her audience, twisting each piece into a vagina form and sticking it to her bare skin, thus marking herself with a sign. She commented: ‘I chose gum because it’s the perfect metaphor for the American woman – chew her up, get what you want out of her, throw her out and pop in a new piece.’ 

(via 'Marxism and Art: Beware of Fascist Feminism', Hannah Wilke)

The photograph is one of a series of approximately fifty ‘performalist’ self-portrait photographs collectively known as the S.O.S. Starification Object Series (1974-82). These feature the artist topless, satirising the poses of glamour models in women’s magazines using a range of props including sunglasses, a cowboy hat and toy guns, rollers, a silk turban and a plastic toy. In all the pictures, Wilke is dotted with the gum wounds which ‘starify’ her, transforming her into a star at the same time as emphasising her scarred or wounded state. The regular and symmetrical placement of the wounds recall the African ritual of scarification in which bodies are ritually scarred, usually as a means of marking a developmental rite of passage. Wilke’s ‘starification’ thus hints at a ritual scarring process necessary to become a female star. In her public performances of this work, documented indirectly by the photographs, Wilke would hand sticks of gum to visitors as they entered the gallery space, before removing her shirt. She would then request the chewed gum from her audience, twisting each piece into a vagina form and sticking it to her bare skin, thus marking herself with a sign. She commented: ‘I chose gum because it’s the perfect metaphor for the American woman – chew her up, get what you want out of her, throw her out and pop in a new piece.’

(via 'Marxism and Art: Beware of Fascist Feminism', Hannah Wilke)

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The Admiration Society: I am sick and tired of saying I'm sorry.

theadmirationsociety:

Before I even get started, I’m making myself a promise. Whatever happens with this blog post, whomever it may upset or annoy, I WILL NOT BE SORRY.

Not being sorry is a major challenge for me. I am a woman, and I apologize for everything. I can’t seem to help it.

Awesome, awesome post from Tuesday Cain's first-grade teacher, who was also present for the protests at the Capitol in Texas.

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kirklarsen:

Yemeni 11 year old girl runs away from her family for trying to marry her off, gives this interview where she shows how much stronger and smarter than her parents she is.

This video’s sad, but this girl’s a badass.

Damn. Heartbreaking, but amazing. I truly hope this girl stays safe and is able to live her life the way she desires.

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More important than allowing women to prove they can hack it with the boys is for the industry to recognize what women have already accomplished: to put as much effort into developing female audiences, for there are many, as into wooing geeks at Comic-Con, and to realize that The Heat’s $40 million (and counting) box-office take is not a fluke but a window into a hunger that Hollywood is doing a lousy job of feeding.

—Sam Adams, new editor of Indiewire’s Criticwire blog (and soon-to-be Dissolve contributor), responding to Susan Wloszczyna’s provocative piece at RogerEbert.com about why Hollywood should be handing the reins of blockbuster franchises to female directors. (via thedissolve)

Yes please.

And: hooray! The Dissolve is launching today. Sometime.

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meredithbklyn:

natashavc:

HEY! OHIO JUST PASSED SOME INSANE ANTI-ABORTION LEGISLATION TONIGHT:
-Physicians providing abortions are not allowed admittance to public hospitals. 
-Fetal pain must be described to the woman at all stages of pregnancy. 
-Doctors must tell women how much money they make from performing abortions.
 -Ultrasounds include visual description if woman refuses to view image; no rape exemption 
-Mandatory wait-time doubled 
There’s more, equally horrifying. I wrote about it for you here. Gov. Kasich has until 11:59 pm on Sunday to line-item veto any or all of these restrictions. He probably won’t.
(image via this young lady)

this is all horrifying.

WHAT THE FUCK, HOME STATE?
THIS IS FUCKING DISGRACEFUL.
Really wish we could’ve seen the public social media outcry of support for Ohio women that we saw for Texas women.

meredithbklyn:

natashavc:

HEY! OHIO JUST PASSED SOME INSANE ANTI-ABORTION LEGISLATION TONIGHT:

-Physicians providing abortions are not allowed admittance to public hospitals.

-Fetal pain must be described to the woman at all stages of pregnancy.

-Doctors must tell women how much money they make from performing abortions.

-Ultrasounds include visual description if woman refuses to view image; no rape exemption

-Mandatory wait-time doubled

There’s more, equally horrifying. I wrote about it for you here. Gov. Kasich has until 11:59 pm on Sunday to line-item veto any or all of these restrictions. He probably won’t.

(image via this young lady)

this is all horrifying.

WHAT THE FUCK, HOME STATE?

THIS IS FUCKING DISGRACEFUL.

Really wish we could’ve seen the public social media outcry of support for Ohio women that we saw for Texas women.