“We’re soaking in the patriarchy, everything that happens is done under its influence. Any term we use for the debasement of women will stigmatize women because that’s the point of the term in the patriarchy. It’s a circular thing we can’t possibly get out of no matter what words we use. We can’t even reclaim terms or re-invent meanings for them because it’s still just part and parcel of what the patriarchy needs to operate.”—noanodyne
Not all women in the 1920s were flappers. This California-based Chicana gunslinger in pants, button down shirt, and tie is Maria Alatorre (ca. 1925). I love photos like this because they’re visual evidence of the wide range of femininities that have always existed.
“There is something I’ve done that I feel like has set me up for failure, when I’ve tried to do politics with men. I have a terrible masochistic instinct to self-flagellate in public. I think subconsciously I think that if I do it I will help show the path toward change; that I changed for the better and hey, you can too! But, it doesn’t really work that way. Sexist men aren’t inspired to act because some woman helps degrade herself further as a way of trying to humanize herself in their eyes. That is, point blank, not a tool that works. And I have the bruises to prove it.”—radfemcrafts: Reporting From the Real Left
“There is a clear double standard when it comes to men, women, and hair removal. Now, perhaps you think shaving and waxing is a vapid issue to bring up, considering the more serious double standards of pay inequity, sexuality, and the like. But the fact is, spending the better part of your life having to shave huge areas of your body just to be considered not disgusting is a big deal.”—Jessica Valenti, He’s a Stud, She’s a Slut, and 49 Other Double Standards Every Woman Should Know (2008)