mlb:

Words of wisdom? Probably. #WildCard

a-little-bi-furious:

socialistrealist:

ok nah the idea that terfs and stuff arent feminists is bad because youre pretending that feminists can do no wrong. it doesnt stop them from identifying as feminists. it doesnt stop them from being feminists when you tell them they arent. they are feminists. they are terrible people with a poisonous and disgusting type of feminism, but they are still feminists

It also erases important parts of feminist history in an effort to make the movement look benign and more attractive to new members. For example, feminists not only successfully shut down trans health care and Sandy Stone's involvement with Olivia Records, it is completely forgotten and rarely known outside of trans feminist circles, and with this trans women who were a central part of the feminist community are also erased.

Terfs had and still have a lot of power within feminist spaces, they are still viewed favourably by the media and accademia (shit, even Brennan got a ridiculously positive write up in Forbes just last year, and all she does is run hate sites to harrass trans women), they have that power because they became a huge part of the feminist movement and that’s one of the biggest problems the movement has. Because of the foundation they built in the 70s, to not acknowledge their disgusting campaign does a disservice to the trans women who had their lives threatened and destroyed by this vicious brand of feminism, with this erasure terfs can also pretend that it never happened and that they also fresh with no problematic history, and ultimately this stops it from being dissmantled today.

We can’t ignore that this happened because it is an uncomfortable truth, in order to be better feminists we have to accept that there were terrible people who made our history and not revise it to focus on just the good parts. Feminist history is erased enough as it is, we need to recognise all of it and recognise trans women’s involvement in it.

California has become the first state to require students on college campuses to receive active consent before all sexual activity.

Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday signed into law a bill that will impose this new standard for consent at all colleges that receive state funding, including all public universities and many private institutions where students receive state grants.

Consent can be conveyed by a verbal “yes,” or signaled in a nonverbal way, but lack of resistance or objection cannot constitute consent. …

The new law will also offer other protections: universities will be required to offer on-campus victims’ advocates; victims who come forward to report a sexual assault may not be punished for under-age drinking; and all institutions will be required to teach incoming freshmen about sexual assault and consent during orientation.

Active Consent Bill Signed in California | NYT (via yahighway)

Glory, hallelujah!

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stele3:

Gentle reminder that Bill Cosby has been accused of serial rape by at least 13 different women. His MO is apparently to drug women and then sexually assault their unconscious bodies.

So, just…if you’re going to include graphics of him in your posts for any reason, or make jokes about the Huxtables, or Pudding Pops or whatever, remember that you’re putting the image of a (very likely) serial rapist of women in your post.

HOLY FUCK

FUCKING PATRIARCHY

clickthefrog:

jean-luc-gohard:

parskis:

I honestly can’t believe this right now. I was complaining to my bf about some Kotex tampons I had used, going on a bit of a rant about how bad they were, and on a whim I decided to go to the website and leave a review so other people who might get them would know better.
I’ve never written a tampon review in my life (it’s not something I ever anticipated doing) so I had a little fun getting very passionate about my thoughts, and then went to submit…. Only to receive the words: ‘Your review text contains inappropriate language.’ I was confused at first, I mean I was pretty emphatic, but I didn’t cuss at all… and then I realized: I had typed the word ‘vagina.’ 

You can’t type the word ‘vagina’ on a TAMPON review because it’s considered inappropriate.

KOTEX, a company that makes OVER A BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR primarily selling products to people with vaginas, thinks that someone typing the word “VAGINA” in a review of a product that goes IN THEIR VAGINA is being inappropriate and needs to be censored.

I retyped “v*gina” with an asterisk like it was a swear word, submitted and it went to preview mode with no problem. But I’m still kind of in shock… Honestly, what is wrong with Kotex that they think they need to protect tampon users from the word ‘vagina’?

If you didn’t think our society’s fear of the vagina was absurd, here you go. It’s cartoonish.

I remember a Catholic issues website that used “v*****” like it was a curse word. Even more absurd on a tampon site.

Anonymous: honestly, i think you're missing the greater point. the daily show is satirizing picking random groups and starting wars off of them. its political comedy.

maarnayeri:

This message is a perfect example of what I hate about satire enthusiasts. It must be a misunderstanding, right? I’m too incompetent to laugh at remarks which exist at my community’s expense and need to “wise” up, because satire is a brilliant way to reach the “mass consciousness” and I should hop aboard, for fear of seeming grumpy and being counterproductive to the “cause”.

Well frankly, fuck your cause. You sound corny, I’m so embarrassed for all those like you.

You might find it bewildering, but I get the point just fine. I understand the purpose of satire. I understand the ultimate objective in the skit was attempting to portray the inconsistent nature of imperial figures to perpetuate hegemonic control and exploitation of less powerful regions. To your apparent offense, I don’t care for what I see. I don’t like the entire brand of making light and producing humor out of impactful political issues for the purpose of ‘enlightening the populace’. If it takes having to find comedic relief in the issues others face for your attention, perhaps its not real solidarity to begin with. And without genuine solidarity, what political upheaval can transpire? Call me pessimistic if you will, but I’m unwilling to bet that a skit which Jon Stewart and Jessica Williams smugly utilize Islamophobia and attempt to create humor of murderous entities like ISIS to “educate” about foreign and domestic policies which disproportionately and adversely impacts Muslims will translate into real action to challenge such a state of affairs. The Daily Show viewers will go “HAHA, truu, I guess we shouldn’t be bombing these weird foreign folx~~” and continue with their days. Pardon me for thinking that Muslims deserve better “allies” than that.

I can assure you this. Muslims don’t need lazy humor from a lazy white man who will never understand the sociopolitical calamities we face day in and out to be a beacon of hope for our perspectives. Muslim scholars, academic figures, poets and visual artists have been detailing these very same hypocrisies since the ‘global war on terror’ has begun. Not only are Muslims readily ignored and undermined, but are labelled apologists for terrorism and domestic threats if we don’t support drone strikes and Guantanamo Bay. Muslims are pigeonholed into lose-lose situations where we can only be existential dangers worthy of surveillance or a direct agent of power against our regions and those of our faith. Look at the most recent White House Iftar as an example. Obama exploited that particular moment, of all moments to sanction Palestinian death. Those who attended had no recourse but to sit and engage with those who appoint genocide and their mere presence was a PR victory for the American empire and Israeli regime.

I get it, that’s not Jon Stewart’s fault. None of the above is Jon Stewart’s fault. I can accept that. But the alternative should never be to expect Muslims to endorse a cheap brand of entertainment that accrues profits for laughter, as it directly undercuts the dignity of Muslims.

Sorry if it ruins your fun time, but I’m not laughing.

women-in-music:

Lionface - ‘Girl’ [Official Music Video]

Kat Marsh AKA Lionface (former bass-player and backing vocalist for The King Blues) has unleashed the video for her new solo single 'Girl' which you can watch above.

The double A side single ‘Girl/Stronger’ is out on October 10. Catch Lionface at Hoxton Bar and Kitchen on the same date.

Dude, this is fascinating. Gaming and feminism mash up for some cool shit.

maarnayeri:

The Daily Show comes out with a skit about choosing one member from Hamas, Al Nusra, ISIS, Al Qaeda and One Direction and creating a new terrorist group and rightfully, there has been an onslaught of backlash at the racist implications, given that Zayn Malik (clearly the person they’re targeting, there is absolutely no way to get around that) is not only a Pakistani Muslim, but he’s also been vocal about the heinous Islamophobia he’s been subjected to.

First and foremost, even with One Direction taken out of the element, its immensely harmful and racist to list the four groups alongside one another by the virtue of them being Muslim and employing physical action, particularly Hamas. Hamas can never be comparable with the likes of ISIS and Al Qaeda. Hamas is a chosen parliament who has actually rallied for the Palestinian cause. Hamas isn’t perfect, there’s no getting around their flaws, but to suggest that they wreak havoc on Palestinians (or even Israeli settlers) in any realm that ISIS do in Syria or Iraq and to erase the component of Israel’s prolonged occupation and apartheid policies against Palestine is disingenuous and a dismissal of resistance as a concept.

Its interesting to see how big name liberal publications have phrased and presented this story; irrational teeny boppers who have let their unyielding love for Malik clout their perspective, and even worse, their ability to laugh and make light of legitimate forms of prejudice.

Aside from the pervading misogyny and infantilization of young women (who apparently can’t make decisions that aren’t spurred by kneejerk emotional reactions), the insinuation does not present the political perils of being Muslim (or perceived as such) post 9/11, particularly in light of the hysteria surrounding ISIS. I suppose for clarity, it should be made known that I’m no particular fan of One Direction, but I am a Muslim, so I empathize with Zayn Malik on his experiences, this being one of them.

To suggest that Zayn Malik, due to his Pakistani heritage and faith as a Muslim, is a terrorist is not a laughing matter or comedic gesture to shrug off. These presumptions have escalated social exclusion, hardships in the job market and even physical violence against Muslims. Its allowed imperial powers to instill fear prompted propaganda and wage illegitimate wars, resulting in mass deaths and economical damage against Muslim majority regions. Its paved the way for government profiling, tapping of phones and installation of informants and spies in religious spaces (all of which are violations of human rights) against Muslims.

Liberals, such as Jon Stewart, his cohorts and fanbase want to get away with this sort of humor. In fact, that’s what satirizing means to them, to be able to take the role of racist and contort it in a way that it no longer proves damaging. But with Islamophobia, we don’t live in a society in which that doesn’t come with grave impacts, so racism of any kind is nullified as progress and serves only as a normalization and preservation of the status quo in which Muslim identity is maligned and degraded.

Co-signed all over.

Men who want to be feminists do not need to be given a space in feminism. They need to take the space they have in society & make it feminist. —Kelley Temple, National Union of Students UK Women’s Officer (via funeral)

I’ve reblogged this so many times, it is always relevant.

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