“As we have so recently and publicly discussed, girls and women have “anger issues” in that they are socialized to not demonstrate anger, but instead to sublimate it where it can sometimes then manifest itself as anxiety or depression. Girls are not born less angry and more anxious, they’re rewarded for being less angry and more anxious. So, it should come as no surprise to anyone that large groups of stressed out girls and women collectively facing the dissolution of a cohesive social structure might be more disposed to fall prey to mass psychosis. It is arguable that men and boys experience similarly jarring episodes of anger and anxiety-channelling mass psychosis, but we call it male aggression and fund military industrial complexes to deal with it.”—Soraya L. Chemaly, Stop Telling Girls They’re Hysterical (via sparkamovement)
“A woman who says that prostitution is fine, yet accepts unemployment over prostitution in her own life, may say what she likes – what she has demonstrated is that it is not fine.
Let us remember that actions speak louder than words, and that the insincerity of such women is clearly expressed when they shape their lives so as to communicate ‘prostitution is fine… but not for me’.”—FreeIrishWoman in Prostitution’s fine – but not for me! (via)
“…[I]t was crucial that most of my companions were women for a reason I really only understood when I read Gerda Lerner, a living helpmeet whose histories of patriarchy and the rise of feminist consciousness have helped me tremendously. It’s the First Law of Lerner that ‘women’s history is essential to women’s emancipation.’ In other words, when a woman is about to break away from cultural norms for women — to build a house, run for president, break a horse — learning that even one other woman has done it successfully brings that act into the realm of possibility after all; it has, indeed, what economists call a multiplier effect on the likelihood that she’ll actually do it.”—
“And when the sun rises we are afraid
it might not remain.
when the sun sets we are afraid
it might not rise in the morning.
when our stomachs are full we are afraid
when our stomachs are empty we are afraid
we may never eat again.
when we are loved we are afraid
love will vanish.
when we are alone we are afraid
love will never return.
and when we speak we are afraid
our words will not be heard
but when we are silent
we are still afraid…
So it is better to speak
we were never meant to survive”—Audre Lorde (via creativedreadhead)
“Reason why men cannot see ‘beyond their own noses’ is because men only see and accept other males as ‘human beings.’ It is called male myopia wherein a male/males views only other males as existing in their own right. Two or more males interact with each other and the woman remains invisible – she vainly attempts to have her voice heard/listened to by the ‘great men’ but they refuse to even recognise her existence. Woman only becomes visible when man (sic) wants/demands something from her and even then she is not viewed as human but always as something in relation to what is supposedly the default human – aka male. She only exists as and when a male demands something from her – whether it is her body; her labour; her nurture – at all other times she is non-existent.”—Hecuba
“it is absolutely ridiculous to pretend that pornography doesn’t impact people and culture and lives. Movies impact people and culture and lives. So does advertising. So does television. People buy things because TV tells them to. True story. Razors are not a necessity. Neither is wrinkle cream. I have both of those things! Why? The TV told me I needed them. This isn’t to say that people don’t have agency in terms of buying into consumer culture or porn culture, to a certain extent, but it is to say that these industries permeate the psyches of who are exposed to them.”—The world according to porn | The F Word (via discosherpa)