Thursday, February 4, 2016

Day 34: Don't be such a girl

"In a significant decision Monday, a top court in India’s capital city New Delhi ruled that women are eligible to become the legal head of a family, a position hitherto reserved only for the eldest male. According to Time : The Delhi High Court verdict said there is “no restriction” on a woman becoming a family’s karta — a role demarcated by ancient Hindu customs and scripture that defines the manager of a joint family, the Times of Indiareported."

"Fact: Before the age of 17 years old, 84 percent of women will experience street harassment, according to anti-street harassment organization Hollaback!. With the overwhelming majority of women being targeted starting at such a young age, it's unsurprising that many enact measures to protect themselves (even though the onus really should be on harassers not to harass, rather than on victims not to get harassed). "

"I celebrated again when playing Telltale Games' Tales from the Borderlands, when Rhys and Fiona—the two playable characters and protagonists of the game—didn't develop a romantic relationship. It's not that I don't want to see every female gaming character at some point reduced to merely a love interest—although, yes, there is also that. Tales showed the gaming medium that using friendship as a focus for conflict, drama, and happiness in a story is just as worthy, bold, and important as exploring any romance that may (stereotypically) blossom from the connection between characters." Talking about how there needs to be more best friend relationships in video games.

Men also do resting bitch face, according to science.

Reese Witherspoon: “About four years ago I got sent an awful, terrible script. And this male star was starring in it, and there was a girlfriend part. And I thought, “You’ve got to be kidding me. No, I’m not interested.” They said, “Well this actress is chasing it, that actress is chasing it: three Oscar winners and two huge box office leading ladies.” And I thought, “Oh, that’s where we’re at? You’re fighting to be the girlfriend in a dumb comedy? For what?” And by the way, two Oscar winners did it.”

Harley Quinn Smith talks about nearly being kidnapped. "I was just standing outside a Starbucks in Brentwood, where I was waiting for my uber when a large, beige car drove up to me and tried to get me to think they were my uber. There were two white men (age 20-30) in the driver (blonde hair) and passenger (brown hair) seat with an uber sign on their front window, but they were most definitely not uber drivers. When I asked who they were there to pick up, making sure it was the right car, they wouldn’t answer me and said to get in the car. They didn’t have the uber app on their phone and were clearly just two disgusting dudes trying to kidnap a girl standing on her own."

"This moment of fear is something many, many woman have known. It’s that moment when you realize a stranger is acting oddly, seeing you in a way that makes you feel deeply uncomfortable. Sometimes it’s just the feeling that someone might do something violent. It’s why I get nervous when I hear someone running up behind me, it’s why I usually cross the street if I’m alone at night and see someone walking toward me, it's why I will never watch a "home invasion" horror film. As women, we are burdened with an awareness that assault is always a possibility. This fear affects how we act in public. As Stop Street Harassment reports, a study of over 12,000 Canadian women showed that stranger harassment and assault has a more consistent and significant impact on women’s fears in public than non-stranger harassment and assault. This fear significantly reduces women’s perceptions of safety while walking alone at night, using public transportation, and while home alone at night. Even when “nothing” happens—when the person running up behind us turns out to be a friend, when the stranger in the hotel lobby turns and leaves—it’s not a feeling we can shake off, because the rates of violence against women are so very, very real."

Melissa Harris-Perry talks about her near-attack in Iowa. "“I just want you to know why I am doing this.”
Oh – there is a this. He is going to do a this. To me. And he is going to tell me why.
I freeze. Not even me – the girl in me. The one who was held down by an adult neighbor and as he raped her. The one who listened as he explained why he was doing this. She freezes.

I freeze. He speaks. And moves closer. Is there a knife under the coat? A gun? Worse?
And I can’t hear all the words. But I catch “Nazi Germany” and I catch “rise to power.” But I can’t move. I am lulled by a familiar powerlessness, muteness, that comes powerfully and unexpectedly. It grips me. Everything is falling away. Until in my peripheral vision I catch sight of a ponytail, the movement of an arm, the sound of familiar young voices and I remember… my students."

"who would rape her?"

"don't be such a girl."

"She's anorexic? Doesn't even look like one."

More on the fact that abortion is now a human right: "The ruling has global implications, especially in developing countries. Since 2003, the number of abortions has increased by 2.8 million in developing regions, according to the Guttmacher Institute. Although the medical procedure is not unsafe, it is still unsafely performed in these regions and beyond: About 13% of maternal deaths worldwide are attributed to unsafe abortion, according to Human Rights Watch, and 95% of abortions in Latin America and more than 97% of abortion in Africa were unsafe in 2008, according to the Guttmacher Institute."

About the UN declaring abortion a human right: "In 2001, K.L. was a 17-year-old who was diagnosed as having a fetus with anencephaly at 14 weeks' gestation. As described below, this fetal anomaly is routinely lethal. Although abortion was legal in Peru in this circumstance, a hospital director refused her request for an abortion. She was forced to continue her pregnancy and deliver the doomed fetus, which survived only four days. Working with human rights lawyers, K.L. filed a complaint with the United Nations Human Rights Committee, based in Geneva. In 2005, the Committee concluded that Peru had violated several articles of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and it ordered financial compensation to K.L. Fifteen years after the incident, reparations were finally made for Peru's "cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment." This marked the first time a United Nations Committee had held a country accountable for failing to ensure access to safe, legal abortion." 

Article about transgender girl scout selling cookies. "But when Stormi, who is transgender, started knocking on neighbors’ doors near her home in Herrin, Ill., one man turned her away, saying: “Nobody wants to buy cookies from a boy in a dress.”
“It made me sad,” Stormi told BuzzFeed News. “Because I’m a girl.”"

GOP candidates talk about spanking Clinton. "The last GOP candidate to express an interest in the former Secretary of State’s posterior was Ted Cruz, who told Iowa voters they should spank her via the ballot box."

One man says: "technically Roosh is not an MRA but I understand Vice is not much into fact checking, unfortunately for them, this won't save feminism from its incoming fate: the dustbin of history."

On Roosh's Pick up artistry: "Women die at the hands of foot soldiers in the MRA war against women. Frustrated to the point of rage by a nine-year dry spell, George Sodini sought the advice of pickup artists like Roosh. He went to their conferences, bought their books, and posted on their forums.
But his investment failed to generate any sexual return. Journal entries detail his rage at the "30 million... desirable single women" who he calculates "rejected" him. So he shot three "desirable" women to death, and then killed himself."

"In its rejection of patriarchal notions of masculinity, feminist theory offers solutions to issues genuinely affecting men, such as high rates of suicide and the stigmatization of mental health issues. But it is "infamy," not the suffering of men, which is Roosh's primary concern." More on Roosh V.

A group of women speaks out against Roosh V. "One particular all-female boxing club, The Toronto Newsgirls, is taking their own offensive towards Roosh and his boys. They are warning these rape-enthusiasts that if they show up Saturday, the boxing club will not hesitate in finding out where they're meeting, and literally beating the shit out of them; they're also encouraging women all over the world to follow suit."

"Called "Roosh," the pig-faced hell-monster--who said raping women in private should be legalized to give victims a "learning experience--has planned these "covert" meetings, where like-minded individuals (unless you're a woman, gay or trans man) converge in city parks."

white background, black text. "first thoughts this morning. 1. coffee 2. i want to live in a culture where women have equal pay and are in a constant state of celebrating their bodies, their minds, and one another 3. that's all"

Picture of a woman's face immersed in a grey fog-like background. Text reads: "A strong woman will automatically stop trying if she feels unwanted. She won't fix it or beg, she'll just walk away."

"Mount Allison University (Sackville, NB) has recently made the decision to completely cut funding for Women's and Gender Studies classes. This leaves countless students with no minor to show for the hard work they've put towards their studies, and is a blatant act of inequality and misogyny."

More on 69 year old breasts. "Piers Morgan accused Sarandon of being ‘tacky’, others complained about having to see ‘old cleavage’ and desperately grappling for a pun, one commentator even referred to the Thelma and Louise star as ‘rack-diculous.’"

On Susan Sarandon's cleavage. Still. "Within minutes of her appearance on camera, people took to social media with force, to shame Sarandon for her ‘risque’ outfit choice that revealed her decolletage, making the hilarious and astute connection between the SAG awards and the sagging of a breast (hahaha good one, guys)."

Gif of Spock doing the Star Trek hand thing. A naked woman is drawn on his hand with his fingers being the legs. Thus resulting in the legs opening and closing.

"No Más Bebés, a 2015 documentary that airs on PBS Monday night, chronicles the history of this watershed moment in the divide between movements centered on “abortion rights” and those that claim a broader agenda of “reproductive justice.” The clash in priorities has long run parallel to lines of race and class, and its legacy persists. In 2014, the New York Times ran a piece on feminist activists moving from a narrative of “choice” to one that acknowledges the spectrum of reproductive health care and economic barriers to access—a framework that feminists of color have advanced for decades. "

"In the early 1970s, as feminists advocated for abortion rights in the lead-up to Roe v. Wade, an L.A. county hospital was years into a federally funded population-control program that targeted poor Mexican American women for sterilization when they came to the hospital to give birth. Several only learned years later that they’d had tubal ligations without their consent"

"A Merit Systems Protection Board survey found that victims often don't report sexual harassment because they don't think it was serious enough to bring up. We put up with mistreatment because we've been taught it's just how things are."

"Over half of people have been sexually harassed at work, and 79 percent of these victims are women, according to the Association of Women for Action and Research. Twelve percent of victims received threats of termination if they didn't comply with their harassers' requests, and only one-third were aware of policies for redress. Perhaps this is why, according to a survey by Cosmopolitan, women only report workplace harassment 29 percent of the time. In addition, women may sense that they won't be believed or sympathized with."

"According to a study in the Journal of Language and Social Psychology, both men and women tend to interrupt women more than men. "

"Women are less likely to negotiate their salaries than men, according to a National Bureau of Economic Research study, which makes sense given that women who negotiate are viewed less favorably, according to another study in Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. However, sometimes women's reluctance is related to inadequate self-evaluations as well as external perceptions: We don't negotiate because we don't believe we're worth more, which can maintain the gap between women's salaries and their male co-workers'."

"According to a study recently published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and reflected in a large body of scientific literature, women tend to feel less confident than men. This could explain why women won't apply for jobs unless they meet all the description's criteria, while men will still go for it if they're missing a few, according to a Hewlett-Packard report. "

Article on internalized misogyny. "Most women could tell you they've experienced misogyny from co-workers, clients, or colleagues. But sometimes, workplace sexism comes from a more internal source: ourselves. Internalized misogyny at work can hold us back in our careers without us even knowing.
If you haven't heard the term before, internalized misogyny is what it sounds like: a set of sexist ideas women themselves learn to adopt and reflect in their behavior. Patriarchal belief systems infiltrate all our minds, including women's, in sneaky ways. Even the most feminist women behave in misogynistic ways toward themselves and other women because these behaviors are ingrained in us from a young age."

Image of a victorian drawing of women at a post office. Blue text says: "People thought the POST OFFICE would ruin women. Because the post office enabled women to send and receive letters unsupervised, the moralists of the 1870's were sure women would engage in 'clandestine correspondence with unprincipled men.'"

Another quote from an Aboriginal woman on being sterilized. "They ultimately assured me that it could be reversed... and I believed them, I trusted them at face value." 
- Melika Popp on being sterilized in a Saskatoon hospital 

Article about Native Canadian women being sterilized against their will: "I'm laying there, scared enough, not wanting this done, telling her I didn't want it done. All of a sudden I smell something burning. If I could've moved my legs, I probably would've kicked her."
- Brenda Pelletier on being sterilized against her will

"reasons why Swedish women are disgusting", one being "they're all feminists"

"Just what we need, women menstruating all over our nice battlefields."

"Personally, I just don’t understand why women continue to join the military when we’ve heard all these horror stories about widespread sexual abuse and a system that only makes it worse for survivors. I know there are efforts being made to change that, but it’s not like the problem is disappearing, and it’s not like individual soldiers have any way of protecting themselves."

An article about top military officials wanting women to also register for the draft. "It was the first time Neller and Milley had publicly backed requiring women to register for the draft. They spoke in response to a question from Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill, who said she also believes women should register.
The White House said the comments did not reflect a policy change. “I don’t know how seriously that is being considered,” press secretary Josh Earnest said."

Man says: "I don't get why you hate dick pics."

A woman gets an unsolicited penis shot. She says he has the wrong number. Instead of apologizing he asks if she's female.

A man posts that he can't understand why women don't report rape.

There are 460,000 sexual assaults in Canada every year. 
Out of 1000 sexual assaults:
33 are reported to the police.
29 are processed as a crime. 
12 have charges laid.
6 are prosecuted.
3 lead to conviction.
997 walk free.

"In a recommendation aimed at the reasonable and laudable purpose of decreasing the incidence of fetal alcohol syndrome, the CDC has significantly overshot their mark by recommending that women who are (1) of childbearing age and (2) not on birth control stop drinking."

Black and white image of a girl in curls at a desk doing school work. The text reads: "Some of the greatest minds in history of the world have been dismissed because they were covered in curls and bows." 

Gillian Andersson gif, of her unbuttoning her shirt, and saying "I'm gonna get you to say cheese." One person responds: "I'll be in my bunk." Another: "She's still got it."

1 in 5 women will get raped in their lifetime and the large majority of the perpetrators will be men that they know.

"Supporters of known 'legal rape' advocate and 'neo-masculinist' misogynist creator of 'Return of the Kings' Roosh V will congregate for the first time in Sydney this Saturday.
According to the Australian - "Women, transgender men and homosexual men are banned from the meeting of “neomasculinist” supporters, who have been urged to travel in pairs or groups using indirect routes to avoid “green-haired female activists or male feminists” following them."" 

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