Stop calling me “someone’s daughter”.
That should be enough reason not to hurt me.
food should be free. water should be free. housing should be free. power, fuel, electricity should be free. basic necessities should be free.
the idea of “people should have to work for a living” carries the implication that some people deserve to die
I’m tired of talking about feminism to men.
I’m tired of explaining to men that the feminist movement will, in fact, benefit them as well as women. I’m tired of trying to hawk gender equality like I’m some kind of car salesman showing off a shiny new sedan, explaining all of its bells and whistles. I’m tired of smiling through a thousand thoughtless microaggressions, tired of providing countless pieces of evidence, tired of being questioned on every. Single. Damn. Thing.I’m tired of proving that microaggressions exist, tired of proving that I’m unfairly questioned and asked for proof. For a movement that’s centered around the advancement and empowerment of women, why do I feel like I’m supposed to spend so damn much of my time carefully considering how what I say and do will be taken by men?
I’m tired of men who insert themselves into feminist spaces with claims of hurt feelings. I’m tired of men who somehow manage to make every issue about them. I’m tired of men like the one who recently stopped by a friend’s Facebook thread in order to call feminism “c*nty”, then lecture the women involved for being too “hostile” in their responses to him. I’m tired of men telling me that my understanding of feminism and rape culture are wrong, as if these aren’t things that I have studied intensely. I’m tired of men who claim to be feminist allies, then abuse that position to their own advantage. I’m so fucking exhausted by the fact that I know that I will have to, at some point in this piece, mention that I understand that not all men are like that. I will have to note that some men are good allies. And all of those things are true! And all of you good allies get cookies! But honestly,I’m tired of handing out cookies to people just because they’re decent fucking human beings.
Also, this part:
Rape culture is something that men should care about not because it might affect them, but because it affects anyone at all. Men should care about women’s safety, full stop, without having the concept somehow relate back to them. Everyone should care about everyone else’s well-being – that’s what good people are supposed to do.
Is it really so hard to have compassion about something that might not directly affect you?
This! While Emma Watson’s talk was good, and I certainly support more initiatives for gender equality, it was still a lot of telling men this is important because it effects them, and while it’s true gender equality helps everyone, helping men shouldn’t be what lends credibility to feminism. And men shouldn’t have to be invited! They already are!
Don’t say sorry when you mean excuse me.
Warsan Shire (via casismyfavoritecolor)
I remind myself of this every day and every day that I stick to it I shape my environment to be a safer, better place for me and the people I love.
Among the range of inadequate terms, I have chosen to use “disabled people” rather than “people with disabilities;’ preferring the former both for its directness and for its relation to the politicized social model of disability from which it has in part emerged; I choose “nondisabled” rather than “able-bodied;’ since there is no such thing as an entirely, unalterably able body and since “nondisabled,” refreshingly, places the “disabled” subject at the center and relegates its others to the zone of the prefix.
Melissa Harris-Perry, Black Female Voices: Who Is Listening?
I love this talk; watched and live tweeted it when it happened. Also, Melissa Harris-Perry’s succinct definition of victim blaming is the one that I regularly use. Love how she explains how this impacts the politics of respectability.
Emma Sulkowicz is on the cover of this month’s New York Magazine and that is the coolest thing wow
DUUUUDE this is a huge fucking deal honestly
With Halloween on the horizon, here is Angie Jordan with an important message.
to all the white people with ideas
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