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OK so I agree that the “people Tumblr doesn’t think exist” comic is pretty stupid, but I have a quick question: there’s the one trans person who says they aren’t offended by people cross-dressing. Was cross-dressing ever supposed to be offensive to trans people? I mean if you’re doing it intentionally to hurt trans people, sure, but I thought it had sort of been established that “boy” and “girl” clothes don’t really exist in the first place and you can wear whatever you want?

singingtomysoul:

marialuisa-pr:

gynocraticgrrl:

Jessica Rey presents the history of the evolution of the swimsuit including the origins of its design, how it has changed overtime and the post-feminist association of the bikini symbolizing female empowerment. She refers to neuro-scientific studies revealing how male brains react to images of scantily clad women versus images of women deemed modest and what the implications of the results are for women in society.

(Note: As the OP, I disagree with Rey’s approach to putting the onus on women to alter ourselves rather than to alter the male perception of women – brain wiring has plenty to do with socialization and if we worked against the culture that fuels men’s objectification of women, women’s clothing choices would matter far less in terms of how men perceive us and determine how to interact with us).

Jessica Rey - The Evolution of the Swim Suit

bolding mine

I sometimes wonder if there isn’t something reductive about this. I’m curious how the same brain readings would show up for:

- straight women looking at images of scantily-clad men
- straight women looking at images of men in sexually submissive poses regardless of clothing
- straight men looking at images of women in sexually submissive poses regardless of clothing
- straight men looking at images of women in sexually dominant positions regardless of clothing
- all of that same stuff with people of gay and lesbian orientation
- men and women of any orientation looking at small/cute animals
- men and women of any orientation looking at babies

Because yes, objectification absolutely happens, but I’d argue what’s far more important is whether you’re able to separate objectification - which I think women do plenty as well, even though we’re not expected to - from how you behave after the fact. She looks fucking nice in a bikini, he looks good shirtless, you’re imagining what would happen in your fantasy and that involves acting-upon and not a discussion of feelings or core motivations. Because that is not how fantasies work.

But I’m also thinking in an acting-upon context when I really really want to cuddle a kitty. And then I’m able to assess the situation and say ‘the cat’s sleeping and might not appreciate that right now or, depending on the cat, ever’ and make a reasonable decision that respects the cat’s opinions. And that comes AFTER the original thing my brain does.

lejacquelope:

radicalqueerbrownboy:

anarcho-queer:

Women Prisoners Sterilized To Cut Welfare Cost In California
In California, prison doctors have sterilized at least 148 women, mainly Mexicans, from 2006 to 2010. Why? They don’t want to have to provide welfare funding for any children they may have in the future and to eliminate ‘defectives’ from the gene pool.
The sterilization procedures cost California taxpayers $147,460 between 1997 and 2010. The doctors at the prison argue it is money well-spent.
Dr. James Heinrich, an OB-GYN at Valley State Prison for Women, said, “Over a 10-year period, that isn’t a huge amount of money compared to what you save in welfare paying for these unwanted children – as they procreated more.”
In 1909, California passed the country’s third sterilization law, authorizing reproductive surgeries of patients committed to state institutions for the “feebleminded” and “insane” that were deemed suffering from a “mental disease which may have been inherited and is likely to be transmitted to descendants.” Based on this eugenic logic, 20,000 patients in more than ten institutions were sterilized in California from 1909 to 1979. Worried about charges of “cruel and unusual punishment,” legislators attached significant provisions to sterilization in state prisons. Despite these restrictions, about 600 men received vasectomies at San Quentin in the 1930s when the superintendent flaunted the law.
Moreover, there was a discernible racial bias in the state’s sterilization and eugenics programs. Preliminary research on a subset of 15,000 sterilization orders in institutions (conducted by Stern and Natalie Lira) suggests that Spanish-surnamed patients, predominantly of Mexican origin, were sterilized at rates ranging from 20 to 30 percent from 1922 to 1952, far surpassing their proportion of the general population.
In her recent book, Miroslava Chávez-García shows, through exhaustively researched stories of youth of color who were institutionalized in state reformatories, and sometimes subsequently sterilized, how eugenic racism harmed California’s youngest generation in patterns all too reminiscent of detention and incarceration today. California was the most zealous sterilizer, carrying out one-third of the approximately 60,000 operations performed in the 32 states that passed eugenic sterilization laws from 1907 to 1937.
Although such procedures may seem harsh, they are not illegal. The Supreme Court ruled in 1927 that women can be forcibly sterilized in jail in Buck vs Bell. Writing for the majority, Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. said, “Three generations of imbeciles are enough.”
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Fucking Christ! This.., I’m livid!

Fuck, it’s still going on. MRAs and feminists should be joining forces to stomp this shit into nonexistence.

lejacquelope:

radicalqueerbrownboy:

anarcho-queer:

Women Prisoners Sterilized To Cut Welfare Cost In California

In California, prison doctors have sterilized at least 148 women, mainly Mexicans, from 2006 to 2010. Why? They don’t want to have to provide welfare funding for any children they may have in the future and to eliminate ‘defectives’ from the gene pool.

The sterilization procedures cost California taxpayers $147,460 between 1997 and 2010. The doctors at the prison argue it is money well-spent.

Dr. James Heinrich, an OB-GYN at Valley State Prison for Women, said, “Over a 10-year period, that isn’t a huge amount of money compared to what you save in welfare paying for these unwanted children – as they procreated more.

In 1909, California passed the country’s third sterilization law, authorizing reproductive surgeries of patients committed to state institutions for the “feebleminded” and “insane” that were deemed suffering from a “mental disease which may have been inherited and is likely to be transmitted to descendants.” Based on this eugenic logic, 20,000 patients in more than ten institutions were sterilized in California from 1909 to 1979. Worried about charges of “cruel and unusual punishment,” legislators attached significant provisions to sterilization in state prisons. Despite these restrictions, about 600 men received vasectomies at San Quentin in the 1930s when the superintendent flaunted the law.

Moreover, there was a discernible racial bias in the state’s sterilization and eugenics programs. Preliminary research on a subset of 15,000 sterilization orders in institutions (conducted by Stern and Natalie Lira) suggests that Spanish-surnamed patients, predominantly of Mexican origin, were sterilized at rates ranging from 20 to 30 percent from 1922 to 1952, far surpassing their proportion of the general population.

In her recent book, Miroslava Chávez-García shows, through exhaustively researched stories of youth of color who were institutionalized in state reformatories, and sometimes subsequently sterilized, how eugenic racism harmed California’s youngest generation in patterns all too reminiscent of detention and incarceration today.

California was the most zealous sterilizer, carrying out one-third of the approximately 60,000 operations performed in the 32 states that passed eugenic sterilization laws from 1907 to 1937.

Although such procedures may seem harsh, they are not illegal. The Supreme Court ruled in 1927 that women can be forcibly sterilized in jail in Buck vs Bell. Writing for the majority, Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. said, “Three generations of imbeciles are enough.

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Fucking Christ! This.., I’m livid!

Fuck, it’s still going on. MRAs and feminists should be joining forces to stomp this shit into nonexistence.

stupidswampwitch:

masooood:

safeidgul:

Why can’t there be a male hooter’s equivalent where male servers are shirtless and highly sexualized for their bodies and looks

Male Strip clubs. You’re thinking of male strip clubs.

No. Not a male strip club. A strip club is a strip club. I want a place called Cahones where waiters wear Speedos and are forced to stuff if they don’t fill out their uniform well enough. I want them to giggle for my tips. I want it to be so normalised and engrained in our culture that women bring their daughters there for lunch (because whaaaaaat the wings are good! Geeze sensitive much?) where they’ll give playful little nudges like, “Wouldn’t mind if you dad had those. Heh heh heh.” that their daughters don’t even understand but will absorb and start to assume is just the normal way grown up women talk about grown up men. I want to playfully ask my waiter if I can have extra nuts on my salad and for him to swat my arm with an Oh, you because he knows if he doesn’t his manager will yell at him. I want other men to pretend to like going there so I think they’re cool. I want to go to Cahones during my lunch break at work and when I come back and tell the other women in the office where I went they chuckle slightly and the men around us suddenly feel self conscious and they don’t know why.

tbh a few of the white girl jokes I’ve seen lately have come across as “I’d like to be sexist but I want people to think I’m actually fighting for social justice”

I take pro-life women a lot more seriously than pro-life men. A pro-life man just comes across as a misogynist trying to control women; a pro-life woman might have good (but a little misplaced) intentions.

(Source: kushaholic)

Quick question about veganism:

When buying food, do you have to find out how it was grown and if it involved animals? For example, are you allowed to consume plant material that was grown in a traditional farm that used horse- or ox-drawn plows? Do you need to find crops that weren’t grown with manure-based fertilizer?

luneprism:

When white western men condemn muslim men for misogyny, they’re not doing it because they give a fuck about women, because if they did they’d start by addressing the sexism they perpetuate personally. They don’t give a fuck about women, they want an excuse to be racist. 

Here’s the thing, if a guy doesn’t want to go down on you, that’s his thing. Nobody should be expected to perform a sexual task they are not comfortable with. if you still wanna go down on him, great, if not, fine. But if he thinks you should suck him because that’s OK but eating you isn’t, that’s a bunch of misogynistic bullshit and don’t have any of it.

foxyshy:

so let me get this straight. anti-choicers took $500,000 dollars worth of pennies and sealed them in a glass case as a “memorial” to “victims” of abortion. i’m going to say that again. these people have locked away $500,000 dollars as a “tribute” to dead blobs of cells instead of donating that money to actual living breathing children who don’t have basic necessities or homes.

anti-choicers are incredible

marveloki:

You know those gifs you see of elephants painting and everyones like “oh wow that’s so amazing and intelligent I love elephants”?

If you really love those elephants, read this and stop reblogging those gifs.

OK so I always get a little bit frustrated when people refer to a dark-skinned anime character as “POC” and talk it up as if it’s so progressive. Because most anime takes place in Japan starring ethnic Japanese people, so most anime characters are then POC.

I mean yes it’s great that an anime character has dark skin or is otherwise identifiable as someone who is not white or eastern Asian, and if you want to talk about that that’s fine, it’s OK to call an animated character “dark-skinned” or “black” or “Latina” or whatever it is you want to say. But don’t erase Asian people as POC?

(Source: twopercentmelk)