"What are you supposed to do when someone asks you to “prove” that feminism isn’t a massive conspiracy theory in a country where we’ve only had 39 female senators in the nation’s entire history, and 20 of them are serving right now? What kind of a stupid fucking question is that? What are you supposed to say when the 8,000th faux-incredulous jackass throws you the same argument about the wage gap or the draft or bumbling dads in Tide commercials—as though holding each of their hands individually through the empirical facts of the world around us is a worthwhile use of my time. As though feminist academics haven’t filled books (decades of books) with answers to that shit already. As though they believe that if they can keep you occupied refuting their flimsy trump cards over and over forever, they can stave off any changes to the culture that keeps them on top."
A message from adelened
Regarding this post of yours: andyouhavetogivethemhope/tumblr/com/post/31057433119 -- The fact that Michelle Obama *can* make speeches that are at a college reading level is praiseworthy, but the fact that she habitually *does* strikes me as a form of ableism or classism - her speeches are most likely less accessible to less intelligent or less educated people. (I also note that she scores lowest in 'reading ease'.) This doesn't seem so unambiguously praiseworthy to me.

this is actually a good point and one that i admittedly overlooked. (here is the post adelene is referring to)

however, i would like to see some evidence regarding your claim that she “habitually does” give high level speeches because i am curious if the first lady’s DNC speeches were crafted to reach out to a specific audience. the reading level of her 2008 and 2012 speeches both sat at about the level of the average 13-15yr old and the purpose of convention speeches is to rile up the party base, which is generally full of political junkies. perhaps when she’s giving a speech to a different audience, for example, like the speech she gave in RVA yesterday, the level then changes.

additionally, with these valid critiques, i’d like to ask, what exactly are we expecting michelle obama to do? are we asking her to lower the difficulty level of her speeches? and if so, what are the implications of such a request when we view it through a racial and gendered lens? is it asking her to subject herself to the intellectual stereotypes of black women?

[Image: Four screen caps of a facebook group called “Vixens for Veterans.” The first image shows the timeline cover photo of five presumably white women in black underwear, fishnets, and stilettos. The page has close to 2,500 likes. The second image is the actual time line of the page. On the left hand side is a picture of a white woman in a white top. She has black hair and is making a heart with her fingers. On the right hand side is a list of other pages this page has liked, including one called “Booties for the Troops,” which has been circled in red. The third image is further down the timeline and there is a blond, white woman in the left hand column. She is wearing a blue top over a black bra and has a thick, studded leather choker on. The caption above her asks the viewer whether they would “Like or pass?” on her. The right hand column is a photo of a redheaded, white woman with her back towards the camera. She is wearing white underwear and a white bra. The forth image is a screen shot of the group’s photo section. It is filled with white women taking pictures of themselves in the seductive poses. All of the captions ask the viewer to “Like or pass?” on each woman.]


So I was casually browsing my facebook newsfeed this afternoon when I saw that a guy I went to elementary-high school with had liked this page… Out of curiosity, I clicked it and instantly started a feminist critique of it. Here’s what I have so far:

  • The page showcases female bodies for male consumption; however, women are invited to submit pictures of themselves, so they are consenting to the objectification of their bodies which is consistant with feminist principles
  • Casts men as the societal and sexual actors and women as passive receivers
  • Assumes that veteran = male and vixen = female, upholding heteronormative foundations and traditional ideas of gender at the same time
  • Defines female worth through physical appearance
  • The overwhelming majority of pictures on the site are of white women, all of whom fit into a very narrow definition of “female” or “woman”

Feel free to add more. Charming society we live in, isn’t it?

One appeared in Cosmo; it involves a man in a sweater cuddling with puppies and drinking a Molson.  It’s an example of an ad that glamorizes a soft and sensitive masculinity.

The other appeared in men’s magazines, including Playboy and FHM.  It tells readers, explicitly, that the first ad is designed to manipulate women into being sexually attracted to men who drink Molson.

The text is worth reading:

HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF WOMEN.
PRE-PROGRAMMED FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE.

As you read this, women across America are reading something very different: an advertisement (fig. 1) scientifically formulated to enhance their perception of men who drink Molson. The ad shown below, currently running in Cosmopolitan magazine, is a perfectly tuned combination of words and images designed by trained professionals.  Women who are exposed to it experience a very positive feeling.  A feeling which they will later project directly onto you. Triggering the process is as simple as ordering a Molson Canadian (fig. 2).

Extravagent dinners.  Subtitled movies. Floral arrangements tied together with little pieces of hay. It gets old.  And it gets expensive, depleting funds that could go to a new set of of 20-inch rims. But thanks to the miracle of Twin Advertising Technology, you can achieve success without putting in any time or effort. So drop the bouquet and pick up a Molson Canadian…

The second ad, then, portrays men as lazy, shallow jerks who are just trying to get laid (not soft and sensitive at all).  And it portrays women as stupid and manipulable.

The two ads are a nice reminder that marketers count on their audiences being separate.  They can send each audience contradictory messages, confident that most women will never pick up Playboy and most men will never pick up Cosmo.  This is an assumption that marketers have long counted on. Miller Beer, for example, includes pro-gay advertising in magazines aimed at gay men, counting on the idea that heterosexual men, many of whom are homophobic, will never see that Miller markets itself as a gay beer.

So Molson is counting on women never seeing their ads in men’s magazines.  Alternatively, they’re perfectly happy to alienate female customers.  Or maybe both.

Source

"I read four paragraphs of Twilight and then threw it, like in the garbage, because I did not want anyone in my house to find it and read it."
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I spent two hours in the college bookstore today putting notes in magazines like Cosmo and Bazaar, pointing out the racism, sexism, and fat-phobia in their articles.

shakethecobwebs:

And on the back of the notes, I wrote the link to our grrrlVirus group. I hope people notice and get something out of it.

subconciousevolution:

Shirt One: “I’m so sorry, but…. you provoked, I was drunk, I was having a bad day, I hate you, I didn’t mean it, I couldn’t help it.”

Making excuses for rape?  No.

Shirt Two:  ”Nice New Girlfriend.  What Breed is She?

Likening women to dogs and cattle. 

The Topman Company’s Apology: “Whilst we should like to stress that these T-shirts were meant to be light hearted and carried no serious meaning we have made the decision to remove these from store and on-line as soon as possible.”

Light heartened with no serious meaning?  Glamorizing sexual violence (for the first shirt) is serious.  There is NO EXCUSE for rape!  In addition, comparing women to animals is never acceptable.

The t-shirts are no longer available for sale but I am disgusted that were ever design concepts!

Read more here. 


Vintage Sexism

Vintage Sexism

tumblinfeminist:

sjpete:

 this photo does not belong to me.

So tempted to write up a bunch of these and slip them onto sexist and stupid store displays. Hello MYER.

tumblinfeminist:

sjpete:

 this photo does not belong to me.

So tempted to write up a bunch of these and slip them onto sexist and stupid store displays. Hello MYER.

 

Boehner on Jill Biden: ‘Cutest one in the row’
NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell tweeted Friday about yet another chummy exchange between Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner before Obama’s speech on Thursday night. “Just saw clip, brief off mic moment. VP Biden, Boehner last night. Biden pts out his wife. Boehner says ‘Cutest one in the row by far,’” O’Donnell wrote.That’s really sweet, but don’t tell President Obama. The first lady was standing in the same row.

So why does Speaker Boehner feel its necessary to comment on the physical appearance of Jill Biden? Or for that matter, any of the other people in that row? Aren’t we paying him and Vice President Biden to do their job?

 

Boehner on Jill Biden: ‘Cutest one in the row’

NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell tweeted Friday about yet another chummy exchange between Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner before Obama’s speech on Thursday night. “Just saw clip, brief off mic moment. VP Biden, Boehner last night. Biden pts out his wife. Boehner says ‘Cutest one in the row by far,’” O’Donnell wrote.

That’s really sweet, but don’t tell President Obama. The first lady was standing in the same row.

So why does Speaker Boehner feel its necessary to comment on the physical appearance of Jill Biden? Or for that matter, any of the other people in that row? Aren’t we paying him and Vice President Biden to do their job?

cool666shit:


Reading this for my Intro to Women’s Studies class soon.  I’ve heard it’s very good. 

cool666shit:

Reading this for my Intro to Women’s Studies class soon.  I’ve heard it’s very good. 

"We definitely don’t want to live in a world where boys routinely see women breastfeeding. They might grow up with the idea that breasts exist for something other than their amusement."
Margaret Hartmann, “Porn Star Publicly Breastfeeds Baby, Gets Accused of Promoting Pedophilia” at Jezebel. (via aaabbbbbbiiieee)(via feministslut)