I rang the literary editors of a few ‘respected’ papers and asked them how much space they were giving to women writers in their ‘review’ sections. Perfectly predictable response. They all said the allocation was fair. One said it was equal, and one prominent editor went so far as to say women are dominating the reviews!
… What happened when I asked who was doing the talking in mixed sex conversations? Well, it was the women of course. And then when you get to measure it you find that women get to talk about 10-20% of the time in conversations with men. A woman who talks about a third of the time is seen to be dominating the talk.
And what happened when I asked teachers who got their attention in class? Well, it was all equal, wasn’t it? No preferences there. And you measure it and find that girls get about 10-20% of the teacher’s attention. Any more, and the boys think it unfair - and go into revolt.
So what do you think I found with the reviews?
I would have predicted about 10-20% of the space went to women’s books. Well, it is less than 6% of the column inches. And the reasonable editor who thinks that women are getting more than their share is one of the worst offenders. Poor boys! It really tells you something when they think only 94% of the review section is not enough, doesn’t it? When 6% for women is too much you get some idea how much men think they are entitled to - as a fair deal.
Cis* is not correct Trans*gender isn’t correct either. Same with trans*woman trans*man (because they’re specific identities).
I see cis allies fuck this up at least 3-4 times a day. Stop it, you’re making yourself look bad with the people you claim to care about (not questioning your ability to care or calling you a liar, but I am saying that the effort isn’t matching the words), and it confuses so many people that have never heard the terms before. The asterisk isn’t necessary every time you write the word trans. It’s only purpose is a shorthand to differentiate between trans, which usually is just short for transgender, and trans*, which is the umbrella term which contains specific identities like trans/bi/agender, transvestite, transsexual, gender queer, non-binary, all of that jazz. When you’re referring to a specific person or identity, don’t use it.
Seriously. Please. Stop. Using. The. Asterisk. For. Everything.
Love, a slightly annoyed trans woman ❤
I have never understood the logic of Pro-Choice people.
I will never understand the logic of Pro-Choice people.
“It’s not a baby until…” ….I’m sorry, the basic biological structure of that “tissue mass” can not be anything other than human. What other creature would that “tissue mass” grow into besides a human?!
And no, I’m not Pro-Life because I’m a Christian. Yes, I’m a Christian and yes, I am Pro-Life…the two do not always need to go hand in hand.
In biology, we use specific terminology to describe organisms at different stages of development. This clarity of language allows us to be precise in our research and communication.
“Baby” is a colloquialism for “infant,” which is defined as the stage of development between birth and one year. Prior to birth, an organism is neither a baby nor an infant, it is a fetus.
That organism is a fetus for most of pregnancy: from nine weeks gestation until birth, exactly. Before that, it is an embryo. Early embryonic stages include the blastocyst (75-100 cells), the morula (32 cells), and the zygote (1 cell).
Scientists and pro-choice individuals who understand science do not argue that a zygote, embryo, or fetus is not human. We know very well that these organisms came from human gametes and have the potential to grow into independent, sentient human beings. At no point does the species convert to moss, penguin, or nematode, and it is rather intellectually dishonest to imply that any pro-choice argument includes such an error.
The real issue at hand is “is a zygote/embryo/fetus a person with all the rights and responsibilities of personhood?” And the answer to that question is no, because zygotes/embryos/fetuses are not required to produce passports, be counted in the census, or perform any other action required of all citizens from birth.
The other major question is, “what rights do people have?” No born human has the right to use another’s tissues, organs, fluids, or entire body without the donor’s explicit consent. We do not force individuals to donate pieces of their body, even if a recipient will die without the donation. We don’t even allow nonconsensual donation from cadavers, meaning that if we outlaw abortion and force pregnant people to continuously donate their bodies without their consent, we are raising fetuses to a level of rights that born people do not have, and we are dropping pregnant people to a status lower than that of dead bodies.
That is the logic of the pro-choice argument.
And of course being anti-choice and Christian don’t go hand-in-hand. I’m a thoroughly pro-choice Christian, partially because I understand the respect and grace that Jesus had for all people, women* included. I know the person who went around feeding the poor, healing the sick, and nurturing the outcasts of society would not force people to be pregnant against their will, and certainly wouldn’t doom impoverished families to starve because they could not feed another child. I also know that the bible makes it clear that the Christian god does not consider fetuses to be people with full personhood rights.
I want nothing to do with a feminism that excludes trans* women. Go be a cisterhood without me.
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Feminism must be intersectional and inclusive or it is bullshit.
dismantle the patriarchy, don’t create a new one
This is realllllllllly weird lmao
This is really NORMAL.
Except we never see it-so it is terrifying and uncomfortable when it happens.
(Mostly because people would laugh or be unkind)
I own a sex shop. Once a woman bled on our chair during an interview. She was horrified and felt ashamed because it was in some way unprofessional. We weren’t bothered. We said ‘what better place to work on being ok with your body than at a feminist sex shop?’
Bleeding is normal and dealing with it is one of the most pervasive ways women are complicit in their silence.
Some men bleed too. How would you react to that? For many men who are Trans the act of bleeding is a security threat.
Fuck off with your lolz.
35 Rhums. 2008
If you are in Northern Jersey, please feel free to join us in this peaceful protest. If you are not in the area, start your own protests! This is not okay!
What are some of the legal considerations? Things people don’t really think about?
Being on Tumblr all the time gives me such a deluded view of the world. I start believing that everyone is pro-choice, open-minded, have moral compass, care about animals, care about sexism, racism, body shaming, etc, but then I walk out my front door and realise that everyone is still just as moronic as they were two years ago.
I can’t answer that for you. Go out and learn it.
Go into the city with a female friend. Walk 20 feet behind her and listen.
Make an account on a social site. Use a female name and photo. Post something, anything.
Go to a Take Back The Night march. Listen to the survivors speak out afterwards.Set a timer on your phone or watch for two minutes. When the alarm goes off, another woman in the United States has been sexually assaulted.
Make an account on a dating site as a woman. Check your messages.
Take a walk through a toy store. Look at which toys are “meant” for boys and which are “meant” for girls.
Hang out with six of your female friends. Statistically, one of them has been raped. The chance that her rapist served any jail time for it is 3%.
Watch a movie. Almost any movie will do. Who’s the hero? Who gets saved? Who speaks the most?
Listen to other guys insult each other when they REALLY want to put each other down. “Pussy.” “Bitch.” “Sissy.” The worst thing for a man to be is like a woman.
But most importantly, read. Read bell hooks, read Jessica Valenti, read Amanda Marcotte, read Gail Collins, read Julia Serano. Read blogs and essays. Read literature written by women. I bet they didn’t assign you much of that in high school English class.
If I had unlimited time and energy to debate with you and patiently explain Why You Should Care About Feminism and counter each of your points with all the books and articles I’ve read, believe me, I would. But I don’t.
So go out and learn.
Female privilege is getting to claim a headache to avoid sex.
Female oppression is having to claim physical illness to avoid sex because men won’t take a simple fucking “no” for an answer.
Female oppression is men being so entitled that they think being denied sex is oppressive.
- Having sex every day.
- Saving sex for your wedding night.
- Never having sex.
- Having sex with different people.
- Having sex with one person.
- Having sex with a person of your same gender.
- Loving sex.
- Hating sex.
- Being loud.
- Being quiet.
The only thing wrong with sex?
When it’s not consensual.
Because that’s not sex. That’s rape.
Reblogging again because this post is so important.