Posts tagged feminism.
“We should all be feminists” - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie at TEDxEuston
The stories of gender inequality that Adichie has experienced and shares in this TED talk are examples of discrimination that so many of us women have either experienced directly, or have found ourselves in situations where the underlying sentiments, fueled by patriarchy, that Adichie speaks of have resulted in the same belittling impact of gender-based prejudice that go beyond the borders of Nigeria.
African feminism needs to be taken seriously because there is much work to be done in the undoing of patriarchal conditioning that accommodates everything from the invisibility of women in various situations, to the prominence of rape culture in many of our societies.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton on why the black male vote does not matter (May 1867 at the meeting of the Equal Rights Association)
and for those of us who can’t aptly understand racist white feminist language the td;lr version is: “White women are the key to everything. White women are the most important. If white women vote, then we’ll support white supremacy and make the world a better place (for white men). Who cares about black people?”
Someone sent this to me. Gurls, I think we need to talk… You’re all perfect. All of our fans. Perfect.
It’s almost as if we’re a cult. <3
This gives me an idea
I get what’s going down but all I can think of is how I used to clean up stuff like this. My parents have cleaned restaurants all their lives and I helped them since I was 7. People do stuff like this, like wipe their damn period blood on walls about feminism and shit without any fucking care. Guess who had to clean this up usually? Me. I have seen things in the restrooms I have cleaned over the years that has made me hate humanity with a passion.
^^^^ if you think you are awesome for making workers (mostly woc) clean up your bodily fluids you are a fucking evil sack of shit
I cleaned buildings at night with my mother. this shit is white feminism
This hurts because there is so little thought given to who is cleaning up your period blood all over that wall.
While you walk out of that stall feeling so ~radical~ you are actually doing just the opposite and walking all over largely POC, poor folks, folks with disabilities who are janitors. Many of which are women.
Looking at this gets me mad because it makes me think of my daddy throughout my childhood coming home with bags under his eyes, sleeping for what seemed no more than 4 hours a day after a long shift many times double shifts cleaning stores and bathrooms.
white feminism strikes again. how in the hell could you not realize that someone has to clean this shit up? that that someone is likely a brown/black person and most likely a woman?
this is why feminism will always be a white women’s movement. white women go about doing self-empowerment crap that is really just about maintaining white female privilege, with no regard for anyone else. this is why “This Bridge Called my Back” was such a necessary work…and all these later and they still don’t get it.
i saw a movie this past summer (TW: sexual violence, CSA)
called Killer Joe, with Matthew McConaughey.
it’s billed as incredible, superb, one of the vest movies ever, etc, etc etc.
that shit was violent as hell, full of sexism, suggestions of incest and pedophilia fantasy, as well as a rape scene.
i started thinking about all of these other movies i’ve seen that are billed as these incredible, dark, deep comedies with “layers.”
and i had to wonder: why in the hell does our society uplift these misogynistic, incest, rape-loving, violent as shit movies?
then i was like oh yeah…these movies were all made by men and reviewed by men, with essentially all of them being white. (which is why these movies often contain rampant use of the word nigger and terrible stereotypes about non-black POC.)
abusive, misogynistic, racist crap filled film noir? this shit makes me nauseated.
this is when i throw my hands up and look for caves to move in to.
itsraenbutterflies: real talk
or rather, 52 fewer men who don’t respect a woman’s autonomy over her own body, or her ability to own and express her sexuality in any damn way that she pleases.
A government official has for the first time acknowledged the practice of injecting women of Ethiopian origin with the long-acting contraceptive Depo-Provera.
Health Ministry Director General Prof. Ron Gamzu has instructed the four health maintenance organizations to stop the practice as a matter of course. The ministry and other state agencies had previously denied knowledge or responsibility for the practice, which was first reported five years ago. Gamzu’s letter instructed “all gynecologists in the HMOs not to renew prescriptions for Depo-Provera for women of Ethiopian origin if for any reason there is concern that they might not understand the ramifications of the treatment.” Gamzu also instructed physicians to avail themselves of translators if need be.
Gamzu’s letter came in response to a letter from Sharona Eliahu-Chai of the Association of Civil Rights in Israel, representing several women’s rights and Ethiopian immigrants’ groups. The letter demanded the injections cease immediately and that an investigation be launched into the practice.
About six weeks ago, on an Educational Television program journalist Gal Gabbay revealed the results of interviews with 35 Ethiopian immigrants. The women’s testimony could help explain the almost 50-percent decline over the past 10 years in the birth rate of Israel’s Ethiopian community. According to the program, while the women were still in transit camps in Ethiopia they were sometimes intimidated or threatened into taking the injection. “They told us they are inoculations,” said one of the women interviewed. “They told us people who frequently give birth suffer. We took it every three months. We said we didn’t want to.”
Las Adelitas - Women of the Mexican Revolution
additional thoughts about that connecticut supreme court ruling…
i was too horrified at what happened to this poor women to fully digest the headline…
but, women are presumed to be in a constant state of consent? misogyny & rape culture at it’s most grotesque.
the court is basically saying that women are presumed to be available to men for sex at any given time.
because obviously, our bodies do not belong to ourselves, right?
i feel like exploding right now.
Dark Shadows feminism...
my ramblings while watching a tv show about sex workers…(TW: violence against women, sexual assault)
…so glad this show isn’t totally biased. they are discussing high end escorts and “street” prostitutes. many of the high end escorts spoke of their “privileges,” i.e. they are middle class, highly educated, etc.
many of the “street” prostitutes speak of cohersion, and being introduced to prostitution as children. everyone interviewed was a survivor of CSA. they were also all from impoverished communities, and under educated, if you will.
one important statement made: “prostitution is not homogeneous.” i feel like every pro-sex work discussion i’ve ever read begins by focusing on sex-workers who have masters degrees, worked in corporate America, and had choices before engaging in sex work. it seems that sex-workers who do not have such privileges, who are forced into sex work as children or adults, who have abusive pimps, etc, are overlooked…they carry a double stigma. they are disenfranchised in general and they are sex workers.
luckily, a few organizations were highlighted, one being HIPS (shout out to DC!) who provides clean syringes, HIV education, safe sex materials, and also helps sex-workers transition out of sex work if they so choose. they also have awesome things like knitting clubs!
the show discussed disability too, and what it means to live as a differently abled person with obvious sexual desires: the social stigma of being disabled in general, and the reality of being “desexualized” if you will. did you know that in The Netherlands, a disabled person can get a government grant to purchase sex up to 12 times a year?
Time: 5:00PM - 7:00PM
Location: The Nave
~Book signing by program participants
~A petition signing for the closing of Attica
~Panel discussion on the anti-mass incarceration movement
The panel discussion will feature Angela Davis, Michelle Alexander, Marc Lamont Hill, Cornel West, Pam Africa, Asha Bandele, Suzanne Ross, Soffiyah Elijah, Juan E. Mendez and Jazz Hayden.
—International Concerned Family & Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal
—The Riverside Church Mission & Social Justice
The Riverside Church Prison Ministry
Correctional Association of New York
The Campaign to End the New Jim Crow
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Tickets: $10. To purchase tickets, visitwww.FreeMumia.com.
— Cecile Richards
The first woman ever admitted to Harvard Med School. Truly inspiring.
A Filipina woman named Fe del Mundo received an offer from the president of the Philippines for a full scholarship to attend any medical in the United States after graduating as valedictorian from the University of the Philippines in 1933. She decided to attend Harvard Medical School in 1936, even though HMS wasn’t admitting women at the time. Harvard only started officially accepting women to the medical school in 1945. Harvard was surprised to find that they admitted a woman to their all-male institution but they kept her because of her strong credentials. She even had to stay in a men’s dorm!
Fe del Mundo would later go on to found the Fe del Mundo Medical Center, the first children’s hospital in the Philippines. She passed away 2 weeks ago at the age of 99.
I’d say Girl Power all the way! Wootwoot!
More of her super-awesomeness here.