“What radical feminism has done for me is it has released me from the hamster wheel that is “looking for Mr. Right”; getting smacked around, raped and otherwise obligated into PIV in an endless loop. We may or may not be able to save the whole planet, but I would say it’s a pretty major accomplishment to be able to save any women the trouble of thinking the mainstream ideology is all they can hope for.”—mechantechatonne in a comment on Ongoing, To Far by FCM
“Every day women are killed and left on the side of the road, in forests, in parks, in bodies of water, in parking lots. Every day they are sexually tortured and murdered. There isn’t a day that passes where women aren’t killed for being women. There isn’t a day that passes where the femicide stops. This could be you or me next time and we wouldn’t even make the fucking news because its so common.”—It could be you or me by Bolshevik Chick
“Radical/lesbian feminist approaches to gender could not be more different [than queer theorists]. Rather than seeing the political task as the creation of more and equal opportunities to act out masculinity and femininity in various varieties, radical/lesbian feminists seek to abolish what has been called ‘gender’, altogether. I am no fan of the word ‘gender’, and would prefer to abolish it in favour of expressions which refer directly to the political foundation of male domination. Thus I prefer to describe masculinity as ‘male-dominant behaviour’ and femininity as ‘female-subordinate behaviour’. No multiplicity of genders can emerge from this perspective.”—Sheila Jeffreys “Queer Theory and Lesbian Feminist Critique” from Unpacking Queer Politics 2003 (via anarchistsoup)
Rosie Albrann and Ramona Fonseca are part of a long women’s labor and fashion history that extends back to the turn of the 20th century. These garment workers are from the Barenveld Shirt Factory in San Fernando, California (ca. 1943). Their placards read: “We want a union.” and “We want a free country too.”
It’s such a load of bullshit that the general public even cares about what I feel about anything – let alone men. This holds true for most other women, which leaves me wondering how the specter of the stereotypical ‘man hater’ manages to loom so ominously in the minds of so many. What is the point of worrying about man haters, if you don’t give a fuck about what women feel anyway?
But not loving men is offensive to the general public regardless, even in feminism. I keep seeing on feminist sites how ‘feminism isn’t about hating men!’ Well for godsakes it’s not about loving men either. It’s not about hating women, either….preoccupation to avoid being seen as a ‘man hater’ needs to be excised from feminist politics. We need feminism to be focused on the oppression of women, not the feelings of men.
“Women have been driven mad, ‘gaslighted,’ for centuries by the refutation of our experience and our instincts in a culture which validates only male experience. The truth of our bodies and our minds has been mystified to us. We therefore have a primary obligation to each other: not to undermine each others’ sense of reality for the sake of expediency; not to gaslight each other.”—Adrienne Rich, “Women and Honor: Some Notes on Lying” (via)