this comic gives me chills every single time i read it, especially the second to last panel
“What if all women were bigger and stronger than you? And thought they were smarter? What if women were the ones who started wars? What if too many of your friends had been raped by women wielding giant dildos and no K-Y Jelly? What if the state trooper who pulled you over on the New Jersey Turnpike was a woman and carried a gun? What if the ability to menstruate was the prerequisite for most high-paying jobs? What if your attractiveness to women depended on the size of your penis? What if every time women saw you they’d hoot and make jerking motions with their hands? What if women were always making jokes about how ugly penises are and how bad sperm tastes? What if you had to explain what’s wrong with your car to big sweaty women with greasy hands who stared at your crotch in a garage where you are surrounded by posters of naked men with hard-ons? What if men’s magazines featured cover photos of 14-year-old boys with socks tucked into the front of their jeans and articles like: “How to tell if your wife is unfaithful” or “What your doctor won’t tell you about your prostate” or “The truth about impotence”? What if the doctor who examined your prostate was a woman and called you “Honey”? What if you had to inhale your boss’ stale cigar breath as she insisted that sleeping with her was part of the job? What if you couldn’t get away because the company dress code required you wear shoes designed to keep you from running? And what if after all that women still wanted you to love them?”(via lovesugartits)
This is one of my sisters and I. We both are obviously completely different body wise. She wants to lose weight and be skinny and I want to gain weight and be thick and beautiful!
It took us a long time to love our bodies. From family members telling us we didn’t look right, to being bullied at school about our weight, to just not feeling beautiful in general, we’ve made it really far mentally, emotionally, and physically.
My sister has lost almost 40 pounds and I no longer weigh less than 100 pounds. I don’t cry anymore when people tell me I’m too skinny or I look like a starving stick, even though people don’t know I’m skinny because of genetics and the fact I have a lot of health problems. My sister has learned to embrace her curves and her scars that tell a deep story that makes her who she is. We look at ourselves and we compliment our assets that we like most. I’ve even made it a point to accentuate my body, by covering it in tattoos to show it really is a work of art.
We tell each other we’re beautiful and anyone who doesn’t see that, is just blind to what beauty really is.
You Both are perfect :)
This is just beautiful.
omg seriously pads and tampons should be free to all women because it’s not something we want to buy and they’re so ridiculously expensive we’re down like 20 bucks every month which adds to about $240 a year and we have to spend it and guys don’t and it’s not our fault so they should be free
we should just stop buying them and bleed on everything they love
“It saddens me to see girls proudly declaring they’re not like other girls – especially when it’s 41,000 girls saying it in a chorus, never recognizing the contradiction. It’s taking a form of contempt for women – even a hatred for women – and internalizing it by saying, Yes, those girls are awful, but I’m special, I’m not like that, instead of stepping back and saying, This is a lie.
The real meaning of “I’m not like the other girls” is, I think, “I’m not the media’s image of what girls should be.” Well, very, very few of us are. Pop culture wants to tell us that we’re all shallow, backstabbing, appearance-obsessed shopaholics without a thought in our heads beyond cute boys and cuter handbags. It’s a lie – a flat-out lie – and we need to recognize it and say so instead of accepting that judgment as true for other girls, but not for you.”
Excellent article. I always end up thinking this when I see reblogs like that. Female competition is a horrible, poisonous thing (that I’ve only recently gotten over engaging in, and I am much happier for it).
So I finished episode 3 of Last Exile: Fam and I have some thoughts.
Some people seem to be pointing out how many females are in the cast. I guess to some people, that is a bad thing, but I don’t particularly care. My yuri goggles are fastened tightly, ready for anything that comes their way. As much as I don’t like the idea of Last Exile being turned into Moe Pilot Magical Girl Hour! (not that there’s anything wrong with that sort of show, it just isn’t what someone who watched the first season and came to love the atmosphere/design is looking for), I feel like this needs to be examined further.
I flipped through some artbook scans last night and noted the rather over-the-top outfits of pretty much everyone but it wasn’t until today that I noticed it:
None of the girls are wearing pants.
Think about this for a moment. You’re flying in what is essentially a two-seater biplane-type thing; the cockpits are not only open, but they are tiny. What do you wear? Well, preferrably something warm, that blocks out the wind, and keeps your hair from flying everywhere, right?
Something like this maybe?
That seems pretty practical. I bet it’s super warm, too? Right?
Wrong. If you are a character in Last Exile: Fam, you wear this:
GIRL. GIRL LOOK AT YOURSELF.
YOU ARE WEARING A SKIRT.
Just like everyone else in this show.
What I liked about Last Exile is that all the outfits made sense. You could tell who the mechanic guys were because they wore overalls and when Lavie joined them she wore a pair as well. You could tell who the military was, and the guild had their uniforms too, and then we see LE: Fam and it’s like everyone is trying to cosplay something all the time. Look at this lady, you guys
What is that? On her head? Is it some kind of… hairband? Are they earmuffs? I realize that most of these people are ~*a big deal*~ but if there is actually a war that’s been going on for at least 10 years, wouldn’t everyone be dressing a little more practically?
Anyway back to my point (if there is one). It’s great that an adventure show has a girl protagonist. It really is. But why does her femininity have to be emphasized so much? I don’t like it when creators shout “Well yeah she’s a cool pirate girl BUT LOOK SHE’S STILL WEARING A SKIRT! So it’s okay!” As if we didn’t figure it out before. Thanks.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that there’s nothing wrong with having a cast full of girls as long as that’s not treated as something ~special~
Indian High Court Rules That the Decision to Abort a Pregnancy Rests with the Wife, Not the Husband →
In a significant decision, the Punjab and Haryana High Court last week ruled that the right to abort a pregnancy in a marriage rests with the wife and not husband.
“A woman is not a machine in which raw material is put and a finished product comes out. She should be mentally prepared to conceive, continue the same and give birth to a child. The unwanted pregnancy would naturally affect the mental health of the pregnant woman…” said the court.
Stressing that marital intimacy between a couple does not automatically translate to the woman’s consent to child bearing, Justice Jitendra Chauhan said, “Mere consent to conjugal rights does not mean consent to give birth to a child for her husband.” Welcoming the judgement, Jagmati Sanwan, All India Democratic Women’s Association national vice-president said, “If the family conditions are unsuitable, no woman would like to give birth to a child because after all, she is the one who takes care of the children for all practical purposes. We see around us that fathers often desert their families after a couple of deliveries. But children become a part and parcel of the mother’s physical and emotional world. She invests much into their well being and she alone suffers. Hence, the rights of whether to give birth or not, should be with her.”
Take note, America.
This is how it’s done.
Ignoring the assumption that woman = uterus, yay!
“What’s the worst thing you can call a woman? Don’t hold back, now. You’re probably thinking of words like slut, whore, bitch, cunt (I told you not to hold back!), skank. Okay, now, what are the worst things you can call a guy? Fag, girl, bitch, pussy. I’ve even heard the term ‘mangina.’ Notice anything? The worst thing you can call a girl is a girl. The worst thing you can call a guy is a girl. Being a woman is the ultimate insult. Now tell me that’s not royally fucked up.”
Full frontal feminism: a young women’s guide to why feminism matters
By Jessica Valenti
“But no wait the odds ARE equal! and and and and — and men get oppressed just as badly!” Lul sure.
Classic, and always bears a reblog.
Cannot not reblog this enough.
In a world of cleavage windows and skintight pleather pants, one woman will fight crime with practicality! And then afterwards go to the grocery store and pick up some eggs!
(Credit to grapeykins for Practical Woman!)
I wish I wasn’t so afraid of the funny looks and the nasty comments.
I rarely shave my legs, but I live in a chilly climate so I wear tights and pants all the time. I realize it makes me a chicken when I shave on those rare hot days when I don’t want to wear tights.
I like how it feels (for a day or so), but it’s a pain in the ass to do more than every once and awhile, so fuck it.
I practice by walking around my shared building with boxers on. Fuck the neighbors and their opinions. I do the same with not wearing a bra.
So fucking ridiculous, the amount of anxiety doing these little things produces in me. Goddamn Patriarchy! :\
I haven’t shaved in over a month. It’s super hot out. Yet I just can’t quite work up the courage to wear shorts anymore. Last time I did, a lady who was talking with me in the elevator saw my legs and shut up for the rest of the ride, moving as far away from me in the elevator as she could. I have worn only pants since. :(
I’m not sure about the tone of this. By shaving my legs, does that mean I “buy into” the “lookism cult”? I’m a slave to the “patriarchy” because I do actually love that feeling of clothe on smooth skin? Part of the reason I like women so much is because I don’t like a lot of body hair— I don’t like how it feels on my skin. Though that logic can only be carried so far because I know men that naturally don’t grow body hair almost at all— those tend to be the men I find the most attractive, because, let’s repeat this again, I personally do not like the feel of hair on my skin. I like smooth skin. What you do with your own body should be your own choice. I’ve been out and about in town with my leg hair too long and I’ve never had anyone say a word to me about it.
Shaving my legs does not mean I’m teaching women to be insecure. Yes, beauty is a cultural construct, but I also think we develop our own little tendencies and we do have our own ideas on things. I don’t think that by shaving I’ve ever made another woman feel badly. I don’t think by not shaving you necessarily make other women not feel insecure. This is just… carried on a bit too far for me to agree with it.
Remember, you’re beautiful the way that you feel best about yourself. Not what other people tell you. Whatever anyone else tells you, do what makes you feel good in so far that you are healthy. If I don’t want to have leg hair whatever else, don’t tell me that I should find it beautiful. :/