— Lamenting the Friendzone, or: The Nice Guy Approach to Perpetuating Sexist Bullshit (via waschbar)
— Alyssa Rosenberg (via thenewwomensmovement)
if your feminism does not actively advocate for and with women of color, your feminism is shit
if your feminism does not actively advocate for and with trans* women, your feminism is shit
if your feminism does not actively advocate for and with disabled women, your…
Female characters who behave badly can of course be used as sticks to beat other women — though so can female characters who behave well, witness the cult of the Virgin Mary, better than you’ll ever be, and the legends of the female saints and martyrs — just cut on the dotted line, and, minus one body part, there’s your saint, and the only really good woman is a dead woman, so if you’re so good why aren’t you dead?
But female bad characters can also act as keys to doors we need to open, and as mirrors in which we can see more than just a pretty face. They can be explorations of moral freedom — because everyone’s choices are limited, and women’s choices have been more limited than men’s, but that doesn’t mean women can’t make choices . Such characters can pose the question of responsibility, because if you want power you have to accept responsibility, and actions produce consequences.
So true. They have you coming and going: being ‘bad’ or ‘good’ is not a game you can win, so be your magnificent self.
Because people still think that Western feminism is the only kind of feminism.
I was literally just thinking this, I mean it’s just being a socially aware person in general. There are problems in so many things and it’s hard to un-see or not be critical of it once you become aware.
— Poem written by an 11 year old Afghan girl
This poem was recorded in a NYT magazine article about female underground poetry groups in Afghanistan. An amazing article about the ways in which women are using a traditional two line poetry form to express their resistance to male oppression, their feelings about love (considered blasphemous), and their doubts about religion.
One of the best articles I’ve read all year. Here’s the link
I think the reason I most dislike the DC reboot putting all the women in pants is that it seems like DC thinks that’s all it takes to eliminate sexism in comics. It seems they think the equation is “Women - pants = sexist, therefor women + pants = not sexist.” I don’t know if…