Posts tagged women
Posts tagged women
I must steal her eyeliner secrets
This 1908 image of women smoking and drinking was intended to be a horrifying glimpse of a post-suffrage future. Now it just looks like an awesome bar.
yet another exception to my dislike for slam poetry
cambridge university students were asked on campus why they needed feminism. here are 60 answers. click the link for over 600 more.
I’m bringing this back because this morning it was announced that Malala Yousafzai has been officially nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.
This is actually so legit.
It’s so stupid how people actually think that a woman’s period would make her completely irrational so that she cannot be in a position of power.
Seriously. Let’s put this shit to bed right now. Women do not lose their goddamn minds when they menstruate. We might be a little less patient and a little less willing to deal with your bullshit, but we don’t take leave of our senses.
An excellent, chilling, sickening piece by Rebecca Solnit on violence against women and its pervasiveness in our world.
"A woman is beaten every nine seconds in this country. Just to be clear: not nine minutes, but nine seconds. It’s the number-one cause of injury to American women; of the two million injured annually, more than half a million of those injuries require medical attention while about 145,000 require overnight hospitalizations, according to the Center for Disease Control, and you don’t want to know about the dentistry needed afterwards. Spouses are also the leading cause of death for pregnant women in the U.S.
“Women worldwide ages 15 through 44 are more likely to die or be maimed because of male violence than because of cancer, malaria, war and traffic accidents combined,” writes Nicholas D. Kristof, one of the few prominent figures to address the issue regularly.”
You don’t want to know about the dentistry needed afterwards.
Save Me Not Second Base
As Breast Cancer Awareness Month draws to a close I’ve been doing a lot of thinking, and a lot of waffling over whether I should get involved with a debatable issue. But one of the things you learn in the School of Humanities is that rhetoric is open for critique.
Go on. Save the boobies. Save the tatas. Save second base. Raise money. Sell wristbands. Base entire campaigns around a secondary, sexualized sex characteristic used pars pro toto for womanhood. You’ll get away with it.
But first save the people they’re attached to.
So, the Save Second Base/Save the Boobies thing INFURIATES me on a really personal level.
Breast cancer runs in my family really, really prevalently. My mom basically intimated recently, “Yeah, well, it’s probably an inevitability for women in the family at this point.”
One of the women in my family, who is INCREDIBLY important to me and whom I love very dearly, was diagnosed with breast cancer, and the only option was a double mastectomy. So she did it. Only no one told her until after the surgery that because of her age and health factors, she wouldn’t ever be approved for reconstructive surgery.
Which was a pretty huge and traumatic blow to experience in the recovery room after massive surgery.
(And hugely irresponsible of the doctors involved, but that’s a whole other mess of feelings.)
And every time breast cancer awareness month rolls around, I just want to punch everything in sight, because this campaign that’s supposed to be about her, about women like her, keeps focusing on the thing that was taken away from her. Instead of celebrating her and how amazing and strong she is in the face of what she had to go through.
Fuck that fucking campaign, seriously.
amen. runs in my family, too. my mom’s words: ”it’s coming for me, I just don’t know when.” save my mom, don’t save her breasts. save her life.
how every woman in America should look at the Republican Party