Spinster-in-Training

My pronouns are John/Jacob/Jingleheimer Schmidt

radicalfeminismismything:

can people please take transwomen out of feminist spaces. like. this is our movement. you have your own. i will support you in your movement. i will support your right to have unisex bathrooms. but GET OUT of women’s safe spaces. penises trigger some people. and it’s very unnerving to have them in a place where women are vulnerable. stop trying to force your way in, and then maybe women might trust you a little more. Ever think about that? yes thank u for listening. 

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bride-of-bucky:

At the grocery store, the clerk was commenting on my giant purse like, “Oh you women, you can probably fit your whole life in one of those things” and I’m like, “Yeah that’s pretty much the point, why don’t you try it before you knock it” and he’s all, “Nah I got my backpack”

And his backpack was way bigger than my purse

"oh you women"

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Ever wondered why there isn’t more stuff written about class on the feminist internet?

sisterresister:

Consider this: 44% of working class adults in the UK do not have internet access at home.

When you’re using the internet to learn about the world and about social justice movements, ask yourself: whose voices are missing and why?

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The Jezebel stereotype

The Jezebel stereotype (1630s- ) is one of the main ways white Americans look at black women. It is why so many whites think black women are loose, immoral and oversexed.

Jezebel, named after an evil queen in the Bible, is a loose woman who wants sex all the time. She’s gotta have it. Yet at the same time she uses sex to draw men in to get what she wants. Sometimes it is money. Sometimes it is to destroy them. Many whites read Anita Hill this way. She presented herself as a good Christian woman, but white people are not fooled by that. Hip hop videos and Halle Berry’s Oscar-winning performance in “Monster’s Ball” push this image of black women. Angela Bassett refused the part in “Monster’s Ball” for just this reason.

This image of black women is not based on the latest government findings or anything like that. Nor is it even a simple misunderstanding of what black women are like. Instead it is a sick and self-serving stereotype pushed by slave-masters that has not yet died out.

Slave-masters forced black slave women to sleep with them. Deep down they knew it was wrong, that it was a crime, even if the law allowed it (it did – black women were their property). But instead of telling the truth about themselves, they chose to tell a lie about black women. Black women had no way to call them on it and even white women believed it. It has lasted down to our time,finding new life in Hollywood, starting in the 1970swith blaxpoitation films, and later with hip hop in the 1990s.

Before the 1960s the stereotype was so strong that not a single white man in the South was ever thrown in prison for raping a black woman. Not one. And even now it is a hard thing to make stick.

Before the 1960s the stereotype was so sick that white people made pictures of little black girls who talked or acted like they wanted sex. It was supposed to make you laugh.

Slave-masters gave the stereotype force and life because it covered their crimes, but it did not start with them.

When white men first came to black Africa they saw half-naked women! That part of Africa did not yet have a Christian idea of modest dress. But the whites of the time drew a differentconclusion: that black women were loose and wanted sex even more than men did.

So did they? Was there any truth to it? From what slave accounts we have, the slave women who had sex with their masters did it almost always out of fear, not desire.

So the Jezebel thing was a lie.

But it proved to be a useful lie, one that has since taken on a life of its own and will take a long time to root out.

(Source: reverseracism, via lesbianwarfare)

“The choice which radical feminists defend is substantive. We ask what is the actual content or meaning of a choice which grows out of a context of poweriessness. Do such choices as surrogacy foster the empowerment of women as a class and create a better world for women? What kind of choices do women have when subordination, poverty, and degrading work are the options available “to most? The point is not to deny that women are capable of choosing within contexts of powerlessness, but to question how much real power these “choices” have. To paraphrase Marx and apply his words here, women make their own choices, but they often do not make them just as they please. They do not make them under conditions they create but under conditions and constraints that they are often powerless to change. When Marx uttered these thoughts, he was acclaimed for his political insight. When radical feminists say the same, they are blamed for being condescending to women.”

—   SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE LIBERALISM
Janice G. Raymond
pdf (via plansfornigel)

squidterritory:

telling people that they have to be “non discriminatory” in their sexual practices (like, saying that you have to be willing to sleep with XYZ kinds of person or else you’re oppressing them — fyi, someone not having sex with you isn’t oppression) opens the door WIDE OPEN to coercive tactics from abusive individuals in XYZ group. “what do you mean, ‘no’? Its because Im XYZ isn’t it?? Im going to tell everyone youre XYZ-phobic!!” and before you say i’m setting up a straw man lemme say that i have personally known several people who have used this kind of rhetoric to coerce people into sex. no means no even when you suspect the person’s motives for saying no aren’t politically pure.

(Source: stayuglystayangry, via tueften)

mercenaries4realjustice:

sex is not a human right or need

nobody deserves sex no matter how nice or oppressed they are

now please shut up

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thoughtsofablackgirl:

Girls&WomenToKnow: Leanna Archer

Meet Lenna Archer, who started her Leanna Inc. a haircare line at This Long  years old. Leanna all nautral organic hair products has generated over $ $100,000 in revenue. Leana develops and mixes each of her products (the original hair dressing was based on a family formula), and tracks orders and customer correspondence. Her parents and two brothers assist in bookkeeping, packaging, and product testing. The company sells its shampoos, conditioners, shea butter, and other products both in stores and online. 

Leanna is a philanthropist as well in 2008 she founded the Leanna Archer Education Foundation, an organization devoted to providing better opportunities for children in Haiti. Leanna’s goal is to built schools in Haiti, while providing a Safe learning environment for over 150 students.

Leanna as been featured in Forbes Magazine, Success Magazine, INC Magazine (30 under 30) and Ebony Magazine. Online web portal, AOL Black Voices, was also impressed with Leanna and positioned the Teen CEO as #5 on their list of “ Top 9 Young Lions” who are making Black History. Leanna has also been interviewed by several major media outlets, including NBC, MSNBC,ABC,FOX Business and BET.

HAITIAN EXCELLENCE! !!

Damn. That is just pure excellence.

(via evilfeminist)

willowfae82:

Reason 2847958472 why I LOVE Jon Stewart.

(Source: mercuryjones, via caffeinesbian)

incendiary-vices:

…Ayatollah Khomeini demanded the abolition of the Family Protection Act, ordered the implementation Sharia laws in the country, and issued a decree demanding women dress “properly.” A female vigilante group (dokhtar’an-e Zaynab) was organized to maintain state codes of female appearances in public (and even some private) arenas. Numerous boundaries separating men and women in society were erected: “males and females were separated in higher education classes that were once coed, females students were barred from 69 different fields of study, women were banned from some professions such as the judiciary and singing groups, and female students were barred from certain disciplines in the universities, such as engineering and agriculture. A decree dismissed all women judges and barred female students from law schools. Women were forbidden to participate in some sports and not allowed to watch men in sports fields.”

The universal Mother’s Day was replaced with Fatima Zahra’s birthday (Prophet Mohammad’s daughter). The new Sharia laws gave men an absolute right to divorce their wives without having to produce any justification. Child custody laws were also changed in favor of men: after divorce, women are entitled to keep their boys only up to the age of two and girls until seven. After these ages, fathers have the right to full custody. Women’s judgement as evidence in court was declared to be worth half a man’s. Blood money for a murdered woman was set to be half that of a man. If a murdered woman’s family demands retribution in kind (qesaas), her relatives would be obliged to pay the killer’s family the full blood money in compensation.

Understanding the implications of these laws and what Ayatollah Khomeini meant by “proper dress,” i.e., “forced veil,” women responded massively and angrily: thousands of women poured into the streets and demonstrated against the forced hejaab (veiling) and the abolition of the Family Protection Act. Their protests were often met by club-wielding, plain-clothed supporters of the revolution known as Hezbollahis. On March 8, International Women’s Day, women staged another protest against the newly imposed restrictions. Again, mobs attacked their protest and government officials accused participants of being tools of Western imperialism and a symbol of Western decadence. In the course of a year and a half after the revolution, women’s organizations pressed for equal wages, the right to choose their own dress, the revival of protective measures in the previous Family Protection Act, and the right to work in legal professions. The regime opposed all these demands and developed counter-strategies to divide the women’s movement and neutralize their struggle. Thereafter, the regime moved quickly to suppress the women’s movement, eliminate all women’s organizations, force women into the chador, segregate women in public places such as universities, schools, and government offices, and reduce women’s presence in public life by firing and retiring practices (nearly 24,000 women lost their jobs). While secular women opposed to the veil or the Islamic Republic were fired from their jobs, active participation of religious women in supportive and “female” occupations was encouraged. The new religious laws and government policies resulted in the retirement of large segments of defiant secular women from the labor force, the arrest of women who openly challenged the regime, and the migration of a large number of women who could not adjust to the new policies out of the country. Female marriage age was reduced to 13 and professional secular women were encouraged to retire from their public occupations in order to support male employment.

The Iranian Women’s Movement: A Century Long Struggle, Ali Akbar Mahdi

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