Friday, March 4, 2016

Day 63: Your body is sacred

Two dude bros have their legs in the aisle of the streetcar. 

Sorry. Make that three sets of male legs in the aisle on the streetcar and people must move around them. 

Ghostbusters: White Feminism (TM) The Movie

A client talks about her coworker, who's ex is stalking her. The man showed up at the woman's work, tried to get the florist there (a coworker of the woman he's stalking) to make her a floral arrangement so he could bring it to the woman's house.

A friend and I talk about smiling at men who ask for us to, just because it's easier than the ensuing harassment after if we don't.

A conversation about how 50 Shades of Grey, regardless of what was going on, seems to very much acknowledge that Christian Grey isn't a good man and is very scary.

"When activist Jennicet Guti√©rrez raised her voice at the White House in June 2015, demanding that President Obama end the deportations of trans women and address the disproportionate violence inflicted upon them in immigration detention centers, her action was met with animosity." 

"Yesterday, the Supreme Court heard Whole Woman’s Health vs. Hellerstedt, a challenge to Texas’s HB2, a wide-ranging bill whose purpose is largely to regulate abortion providers into non-existence. From requiring clinics to abide by the same building codes as a surgical center, to requiring physicians to have admitting privileges in nearby hospitals, the TRAP laws have been successful with its intended goals; before HB2 went into effect Texas had 41 clinics, it now has 18. At stake yesterday was whether or not HB2 went too far, placing an “undue” burden on the women of Texas, many of whom drive hundreds of miles and take days off of work because the state’s mandatory waiting period."

"It felt as if, for the first time in history, the gender playing field at the high court was finally leveled, and as a consequence the court’s female justices were emboldened to just ignore the rules. Time limits were flouted to such a degree that Chief Justice John Roberts pretty much gave up enforcing them. I counted two instances in which Roberts tried to get advocates to wrap up as Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor simply blew past him with more questions. There was something wonderful and symbolic about Roberts losing almost complete control over the court’s indignant women, who are just not inclined to play nice anymore." 

"On Tuesday, Facebook user Heather Smith received a death threat on the social media platform from a Houston-based user who called himself Matt Walters. The lengthy message listed in gruesome detail how Walters planned on kidnapping, torturing and murdering Smith.
But when Smith turned to Houston police for help, they "brushed [her] off," according to a series of screenshots she publicly posted to her Facebook profile. Smith also implored readers to share her post for fear that "he might try to do this to another black woman.""

"advertising is unfortunately one of the worst offenders when it comes to gross sexism and nonsense. You become better at reading the subtle signals encoded in ads — why do women want dishwashers and men want cars? Why does every woman have to be young, thin, and white? Why are our bodies so frequently sexualized as vehicles for selling completely unrelated products? And why do female razors cost so much more than male one

"Feminism creates an interesting slant on how to change the world: a focus on empowering women. The stats don't lie: women who are more educated and have more control over their lives and decisions result in healthier, wealthier populations. Philanthropic ideas like micro finance and Kiva, which give micro-loans to people attempting to start small businesses, tend to appeal to feminists, as do ones that fund girls' education."

"See #7. History is dominated by powerful men making decisions, running amok, and generally taking up all the conversation. It's often not completely possible to correct this, because 1) women often weren't given enough responsibility to do anything world-changing, and 2) nobody wrote it down if they did. But history is also written and studied, and feminism might give you a push towards prioritizing the stories of women who did make it into the history books (hello, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Hatshepsut, and Joan of Arc)."

Tweet: "Because women are taught to hate themselves if men reject them, and men are taught to hate women if women reject them."

A woman writes: "Thanks to the guy who called me fat when I didn't want to go out with him."

A woman writes about her experience: "I once got hit on at the train station. Besides the awkward conversation, the guy kept pushing it after I said no to a date. "It doesn't have to be right now, give me your number" no "Are you a lesbian???" To get rid of the guy, i said yes I only date girls, bye. And even after that, he kept asking and told me that he could make me straight again."

Another on rejection: "I rejected a guy, and he told me I was unexceptional physically and described how he'd like to rape me and wouldn't care if I died."

A friend's daughter tells her mom that girls speak quietly.

"A former WestJet flight attendant is suing the airline, alleging that it failed to protect her from being sexually assaulted by a pilot who was known to have previously assaulted another woman, that its officials did not discipline her alleged assailant and that she was fired when she tried to find out how the company had responded to her complaint." 

Trump tells a breastfeeding mom that she's disgusting. 

Tweet: "Girls! Leave something to the imagination. Boys don't want to marry girls that all the dudes are lusting after. Your body is sacred."

A warning with a photo of an uber driver who locked a woman in his car until she gave him her number.

A project to anonymously add on a map where you've experienced street harassment to see how many people are impacted. 

Image of an eclipse. Text: Never give up on your dreams you fucking cry baby pussy.

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