myfaircellist:

MEN CAN WEAR THESE AND PUBLIC
THIS IS AN ACTUAL THING BUZZFEED WROTE AN ARTICLE ON IT
BUT PEOPLE STILL JUDGE WOMEN BASED ON HOW THEY WERE DRESSED
"oh look at that mini skirt, slut"
OR IF THEY’RE RAPED THEY ARE ASKED WHAT THEY WERE WEARING
BUT THIS IS AN ACTUAL THING
THEY’RE PRACTICALLY NAKED
gosh if revealing clothes make women sluts then literally every man who wears this must be a prostitute.

myfaircellist:

MEN CAN WEAR THESE AND PUBLIC

THIS IS AN ACTUAL THING BUZZFEED WROTE AN ARTICLE ON IT

BUT PEOPLE STILL JUDGE WOMEN BASED ON HOW THEY WERE DRESSED

"oh look at that mini skirt, slut"

OR IF THEY’RE RAPED THEY ARE ASKED WHAT THEY WERE WEARING

BUT THIS IS AN ACTUAL THING

THEY’RE PRACTICALLY NAKED

gosh if revealing clothes make women sluts then literally every man who wears this must be a prostitute.

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bihistorygroup:

Remembering Brenda: An Ode to the ‘Mother of Pride’

Did you know? The first pride was organized by a bisexual woman.

The year was 1969. It was illegal for LGBT people to get together and have a drink or dance with same-sex partners. Most bars wouldn’t allow queers into their establishment … But there was one place where everyone could gather — The Stonewall Inn …The police knew that gays went to Stonewall. They would raid the bar … Many times, the raiding officers got rough, making police brutality a common occurrence … Until June 28, 1969, when those fairies, drag queens, queers, trans people, and gender-nonconforming folks said “Enough is enough.” The three-day standoff that ensued, infamously known as the Stonewall Riots, launched the modern-day LGBT rights movement…

A month after the riots ended, New York City saw one of the country’s first public marches where LGBT people proudly, publicly claimed their identities: The Christopher Street Liberation Day March. The parade influenced other cities around the world, laying the ground work for Pride parades internationally.

And while Stonewall has become an iconic moment in our collective LGBT history, many are unaware that the first Pride parade, the Liberation Day March, was organized by a bisexual woman. A year later, the same woman coordinated the one-year anniversary of the Christopher Street Liberation Day March, sparking what would become a lifelong passion for the late Brenda Howard

Born in the Bronx, Howard had a heart for activism, and was involved with antiwar and feminist movements in earlier years … She was friends with many of the individuals who were inside the bar that night the Stonewall Riots began. Her advocacy for the community started then, but it continued for more than three decades. Her lifelong advocacy ended when she died in 2005 — during New York City’s Pride Week…

Howard was arrested in Chicago in 1988, while demonstrating for national health care and the fair treatment of women, people of color, and those living with HIV and AIDS. She was arrested in Georgia in 1991 for protesting the firing of a lesbian from the state attorney general’s office due to Georgia’s anti-sodomy law. She was arrested multiple times for social justice causes, but she always kept fighting…

Some of the work closest to her heart was in the bisexual community. Howard cofounded the New York Area Bisexual Network in 1988, an organization that, to this day, serves as a central communication hub for bisexual and bi-friendly groups in New York City and the tri-state area.

She successfully lobbied for the inclusion of bisexuality in the 1993 March on Washington, at a time when the movement was focused primarily on gay men and lesbians.

Howard was a hands-on, grassroots activist who fought for the rights of the minorities … every year around the world, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals march proudly, celebrating their individuality, their families, and their freedom. We march today because a bisexual woman marched then.

Click HERE to read the full article


Eliel Cruz Bisexual Christian. Freelance Writer at huffington post, policymic, the advocate magazine, believe out loud on religion, sexuality, media, and culture.

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laura-thesedays:

SIGNAL BOOST THIS NEWS! Seriously, how come this isn’t all over tumblr? Angelina Jolie presided over the largest ever global anti-rape summit. She is using her celebrity for good. She is addressing rape in wartime and in conflict zones, which is where it is perpetuated on the most massive scale and in which context always has been used as a weapon.

Feminists of tumblr should get behind this woman. Let’s stop the perpetual erasure and trivialization of women in the media through their sexualization and start looking at the work that they do. Her acts here are easily in danger of being eclipsed by her image in the tabloids which is more concerned with her relationship to Brad Pitt and the fact that she is a sex symbol than the important feminist work that she is performing RIGHT NOW. 

I am such a fan of this lady… and she does not deserve to be trivialized for being a woman, a sex symbol, and a celebrity. Here, she is working for social justice for women all over the world. She’s doing what’s right.

Reblogged from lacigreen

lacigreen:

sizvideos:

Mila Kunis Against Men Saying “We Are Pregnant” - Video

didn’t “we’re pregnant” start as a way to express solidarity?  that’s how i always thought of it.  it puts the non-pregnant person in a supportive role and i think that’s kind of sweet.  but it’s also true that the non pregnant person is um…..not pregnant….and prolly shouldn’t act like they know the struggle  :P 

Reblogged from lacigreen

lacigreen:

this graphic, while adorable and well intentioned, is confusing gender with gender identity.  i think that this distinction is important in order to really understand things like sexism, transgender, transphobia, and even intersex.gender is a set of ideals and expectations that society imposes upon people based on their perceived sex.  got a vagina (or do you look like you have one because of your high cheek bones or breasts or hips etc)?  then it’s pinkness and weakness and daintiness and dresses for you.  got a penis (or do you look like you have one because of your broad shoulders, flatter chest, and taller height)?  then it’s blue and rough and strong and active with short hair and pants for you.  
gender IS very much a stupid pink and blue binary that puts you into one of 2 boxes based on how other people perceive your sex.  that’s why you’ll hear feminists talk about how “gender is a social construct”.  gender is a social class created by people and imposed upon you beginning at birth —  and that’s part of why it’s bullshit.  gender is also bullshit because it exists to maintain a hierarchy that values men/maleness/masculinity over the “inferior” [social category] of women/femaleness/femininity.  enter sexism and sex-based oppression.  in case you were doubting that gender is a social category created by people, keep in mind that some societies have 3 or 4 or 5 genders.  (side note: gender should not be confused with sex, which refers to roughly defined categories of genitalia, hormonal levels, chromosomes, etc.  how we categorize someone’s sex is also a social construct.  for example, when a baby is born with ambiguous genitalia, parents will often arbitrarily choose the sex their baby resembles more.  the intersex child is thusly raised as either a boy or a girl.  and we’re back to gender again — a social construct based on perceived sex.)
i digress.  all of the above is the reason why gender identity is highly varied.  gender itself is not highly varied because it’s a binary social class.  the fact is, people do not fit into those two boxes.  our identities and understanding of ourselves is not 2 dimensional.  there are many personal, real, and valid ways to understand one’s own gender beyond the binary that society enforces.  our understanding of our own gender is shaped by biological and social factors (nature and nurture, for the psych nerds) and results in the self-concept that is gender identity.  despite this fluidity, society wants you to only have the gender identity it assigns to you: man or woman.  this compulsory gender identification system is the result of cissexism - or the belief that you must have a gender identity that matches your perceived sex.  and if you identify otherwise?  enter transphobia - or discriminatory treatment based on one’s gender identity.
transphobia may also be rooted in gender expression.  gender expression is how we choose to present ourselves to the world, in any combination of ways which are deemed feminine/masculine/androgynous by society.  those whose gender expression does not comply with what is deemed appropriate for their perceived sex have historically been subject to discrimination and violent attacks — especially those whose sex is perceived as “male”, but who are women and/or express their gender in a very feminine way.  this is the result of transphobia colliding with misogyny and is sometimes referred to as transmisogyny.
gender roles are moreso rooted in sexism than transphobia.  gender roles refer to the behaviors people are expected to have based on their perceived sex (roughly works out to male roles=dominant and active while female roles=submissive and passive).  
anyway
damn yall if it aint confusing as shit

lacigreen:

this graphic, while adorable and well intentioned, is confusing gender with gender identity.  i think that this distinction is important in order to really understand things like sexism, transgender, transphobia, and even intersex.

gender is a set of ideals and expectations that society imposes upon people based on their perceived sex.  got a vagina (or do you look like you have one because of your high cheek bones or breasts or hips etc)?  then it’s pinkness and weakness and daintiness and dresses for you.  got a penis (or do you look like you have one because of your broad shoulders, flatter chest, and taller height)?  then it’s blue and rough and strong and active with short hair and pants for you.  

gender IS very much a stupid pink and blue binary that puts you into one of 2 boxes based on how other people perceive your sex.  that’s why you’ll hear feminists talk about how “gender is a social construct”.  gender is a social class created by people and imposed upon you beginning at birth —  and that’s part of why it’s bullshit.  gender is also bullshit because it exists to maintain a hierarchy that values men/maleness/masculinity over the “inferior” [social category] of women/femaleness/femininity.  enter sexism and sex-based oppression.  in case you were doubting that gender is a social category created by people, keep in mind that some societies have 3 or 4 or 5 genders.  (side note: gender should not be confused with sex, which refers to roughly defined categories of genitalia, hormonal levels, chromosomes, etc.  how we categorize someone’s sex is also a social construct.  for example, when a baby is born with ambiguous genitalia, parents will often arbitrarily choose the sex their baby resembles more.  the intersex child is thusly raised as either a boy or a girl.  and we’re back to gender again — a social construct based on perceived sex.)

i digress.  all of the above is the reason why gender identity is highly varied.  gender itself is not highly varied because it’s a binary social class.  the fact is, people do not fit into those two boxes.  our identities and understanding of ourselves is not 2 dimensional.  there are many personal, real, and valid ways to understand one’s own gender beyond the binary that society enforces.  our understanding of our own gender is shaped by biological and social factors (nature and nurture, for the psych nerds) and results in the self-concept that is gender identity.  despite this fluidity, society wants you to only have the gender identity it assigns to you: man or woman.  this compulsory gender identification system is the result of cissexism - or the belief that you must have a gender identity that matches your perceived sex.  and if you identify otherwise?  enter transphobia - or discriminatory treatment based on one’s gender identity.

transphobia may also be rooted in gender expression.  gender expression is how we choose to present ourselves to the world, in any combination of ways which are deemed feminine/masculine/androgynous by society.  those whose gender expression does not comply with what is deemed appropriate for their perceived sex have historically been subject to discrimination and violent attacks — especially those whose sex is perceived as “male”, but who are women and/or express their gender in a very feminine way.  this is the result of transphobia colliding with misogyny and is sometimes referred to as transmisogyny.

gender roles are moreso rooted in sexism than transphobia.  gender roles refer to the behaviors people are expected to have based on their perceived sex (roughly works out to male roles=dominant and active while female roles=submissive and passive).  

anyway

damn yall if it aint confusing as shit

Reblogged from lacigreen

lacigreen:

skunkbear:

It seems like the title of an onion article, but it’s actually very serious. A study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that hurricanes with feminine names killed significantly more people than hurricanes with masculine names.  The authors looked at several decades of hurricane deaths (excluding extreme outliers like Katrina and Audrey) and posed a question: 

Do people judge hurricane risks in the context of gender-based expectations?

 According to their study, the answer is a big yes.

Laboratory experiments indicate that this is because hurricane names lead to gender-based expectations about severity and this, in turn, guides respondents’ preparedness to take protective action.

In other words, because of some deep-seated perceptions of gender, people are less afraid of hurricanes with feminine names. And that means they are less likely to evacuate.

damn.  looks like mother nature is coming for your sexist ass.

Reblogged from lacigreen