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The Branks, also sometimes called Dame’s Bridle, or Scold’s Bridle comprised of a metal facial mask and spiked mouth depressor that was implemented on housewives up until the 19th century. Sometimes called “A scold’s bridle”, as well as “brank’s bridle” was a punishment device used on women, as a form of torture and public humiliation. It was an iron muzzle in an iron framework that enclosed the head. The bridle-bit (or curb-plate) was about 2 inches long and 1 inch broad, projected into the mouth and pressed down on top of the tongue. The “curb-plate” was frequently studded with spikes, so that if the tongue moved, it inflicted pain and made speaking impossible. Many men sustained in this “husband’s right” to “handle his wife”, and to use salutary restraints in any case of “misbehavior” without the intervention of what some court records of 1824 referred to as “vexatious prosecutions.” Generally a husband would need only to accuse his wife of disagreeing with his decisions, at which the Branks could be applied. The woman would then be paraded through the streets, or chained to the market cross where she was exposed to public ridicule. Wives that were seen as witches, shrews, gossips, nags and scolds, were forced to wear a brank’s bridle, which had been locked on the head of the woman and sometimes had a ring and chain attached to it as a leash so her husband could parade her around town and the town’s people could scold her and treat her with contempt; at times smearing excrement on her and beating her, sometimes to death.

07:00 am, reblogged from Feminist Dinosaur by thruflowheater2,087 notes

Women are expected to be nice and sweet, to make other people feel comfortable. A woman who says ‘hey, I think there’s a problem here’ is being ‘negative.’ A woman who doesn’t smile while she’s being harassed is ‘humourless.’ A woman who prefers to stay focused on tasks is a ‘cold bitch.’ Significant gendering is involved here; women have an obligation to look and act a certain way and when they don’t, they need to be hassled until they do.

Unknown (via grrl-meat)

I love my work. I do it all day, because I love it. I have friends who I love, and I love hanging out with friends — but I would rather listen to a record that I love than go on a date even with a friend, because a record that I love will never suddenly call me a slur, start staring at my breasts, or make uncomfortable moves on me. Records can let me down, but they never let me down in that way

So whenever a well-meaning (or not-so-well-meaning) person advises me to “lighten up” or “suck it up” or “take a chance” or “get over it” or “maybe try flirting more/taking your glasses off/doing your hair up and wearing makeup, it will make you more self-confident!” — they have no idea what they are actually asking me to do.

Not to mention, I really doubt they would say any of those things to me if I were male.

(via paleotrees)

(Source: daughterofzami)

06:59 am, reblogged from paleotrees by thruflowheater15,420 notes

Misogyny in school shootings


“A significant number of the shootings show or evidence misogyny as the main factor, more than any other. Female victims tend to be innocents (as in there is generally no personal involvement with the shooter), and it seems that ‘any female’ is deemed a suitable replacement for any specific female or females in general. The two most shocking facts to arise from the above study is that female students are twice as likely to be killed than male students, and also the high numbers of primary-aged girls being targeted (by mature males generally aged 30-50).”

11:02 am, reblogged from radscum by thruflowheater93 notes

Rape is nothing more or less than a conscious process of intimidation by which all men keep all women in a state of fear.
Susan Brownmiller

Against Our Will
Men, Women and Rape  (via strangerthanheartbreak)

11:01 am, reblogged from kill your enemies by thruflowheater43 notes

Too good to be women? The dark history of sex testing in international sport

Sex testing in international sporting events. What exactly is it? Where did it come from? The International Olympic Committee claims it was created out of a desire for “fair play.” The grim reality is that the testing is deeply rooted in sexist and imperialist attitudes. Dr. Ian Ritchie of Brock University helps the F Word expose the dark history of the testing.  Followed by a discussion between F Word host Ellie and Ashley McGhee, elite-level soccer player, feminist and critical thinker.

The dark history of sex testing in international sport podcast.

10:01 am, by thruflowheater3 notes

Women stick their necks out to say that something is fucked-up, hurtful, oppressive, scary: Misogynist. They do this knowing full well that there will be social consequences. Remarkably, we’re all familiar with the idea that the women who do this are bitches/ugly/humorless/scolds/delusional (“you see sexism everywhere”)/hysterical/oversensitive/insensitive/etc. We know that we take on most of the risk, in this conversation. We know that we have to be very careful in terms of what we say, and to whom; that we will be expected to choose our targets and our words very carefully, seem “understanding,” seem “empathetic,” make all the right allowances, be oh so very polite. We labor over our words, swallow our anger, push through our fear (and most women who bring themselves to make these kinds of statements are very afraid of reprisal; we know it happens, in overt and subtle ways, pretty much every time), construct these carefully tortured and worked-out sentences; we work at this shit.

And then, after all that work, some dude makes a joke about how we need some dick — not even a joke he’s had to work on, really; that line’s been around forever — and everybody laughs, and it’s over. We get no apology. We get no consideration. We get no hearing. We get nothing. What this exchange ultimately proves to women, every time it’s played out, is that no matter how hard we work, we will never matter. We will never be heard. It’s just the same fucking thing, every day, like a punch to the gut: You think you can change shit? You think I care how you feel? You think I care what you think? No. Never. You think it fucking matters that you don’t like what I do to you? It doesn’t. I’m gonna fucking do what I want to you. Sit the fuck down, shut the fuck up, and take it. Or else I’m gonna tell everyone what a bitch you are, that you won’t play my game. My very special game, that I designed. And here are the rules for the game: You Lose.

backleftlitz: “If Tegan and Sara Need Some Hard Dick, Hit Me Up!” - Sady Doyle

fuck, fuck, fuck. this is so true it hurts. fuck. i promise you, this kind of bitterness and rage doesn’t fade.

(via discosherpa)

This happens over and over and over again. Male friends, relatives, coworkers, random observers and passers-by on the internet, whatever. If you encounter dudes at all, you are statistically likely to encounter this mindset from at least one of them. I know I do, usually about once a day.

Then I come home, or go downstairs, or take off my headphones, and my female roommates do the same thing — and they wonder why I just wilt and stop talking. They don’t understand that it feels like being the last human being alive on earth. Like, “seriously? You’re not even in this with me? Which means … you’re not even in this with yourselves? Fuck. As a group, we really are fucked.”

(via paleotrees)

(Source: sadydoyle)

07:02 am, reblogged from paleotrees by thruflowheater3,304 notes

Feminism requires precisely what misogyny destroys in women: unimpeachable bravery in confronting male power.
Andrea Dworkin, Woman Hating page 218 (via smashesthep)


Victims of forced sterilization in Peru seek justice.

10:00 am, reblogged from sister insider by thruflowheater5 notes

Blood is not thicker than water, misogyny is. Those of us with brothers do well to remember that, I think.

10:00 am, by thruflowheater5 notes

The word “sexism” is misleading, as implies both sexes face oppression. Individual men can have hard lives and can face oppression for factors such as race, class, and so forth, but they will not be discriminated against *as men* though.
womononajourney (in a comment)

10:00 am, by thruflowheater19 notes

These men are used getting pats on the back on account of their “open-mindedness.” They are absolutely convinced that saying things like “all women are beautiful” or “I’m just so jealous that women are able to give birth. TO HUMANS.” makes them the most progressive men in the universe, deserving of female adoration and love. I mean, they like their women “all-natural” (but thin, shaved, plucked, and young, mind you. Just NO CHEMICALS PLEEZ.) and have spent years telling themselves they are open-minded because they are into girls who wear flat shoes too (but, you know, if she wants to wear stilettos, for her, he will “appreciate” her hot ass, also. Because the New Age Dude doesn’t discriminate).

When you don’t buy their little persona they’ve become so proud of, they usually freak the fuck out. That’s when all the true and magical colours of their misogyny really start to shine through.

10:00 am, by thruflowheater10 notes

Documentary about pornography, 1991 (via madradfab)


07:32 pm, by thruflowheater26 notes

DV is not just about bad people hurting other people. It’s about men maintaining a system of power over women.

10:44 pm, by thruflowheater3 notes

Stop using the words “sexist” and “sexism” and call it what it is: misogyny and hatred of women. When we use the right name for something, we can see what it actually is, how it works, and what it will take to dismantle it. When you see something that is obviously “sexist,” look further for the evidence of what’s really going on — and the hatred and cruelty behind that — and call that out. Change the frame by analyzing what’s going on beneath the cover of “sexism.”

01:18 pm, by thruflowheater16 notes