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Will I ever fight for women’s right? Yes, if I believe that the goal is to facilitate women’s career advancement and provide a good life for us.

But will I ever lose my femininity for it? Not a chance. The closest man-like behaviour you’ll see from me is to order an ‘old fashion’ at a bar…

Randomly reblogging this to let you know that, honestly, I disagree with any feminist who says one needs to shun what is ‘feminine’ or ‘girly’ in order to be a ‘true’ feminist. 

Part of what attracted me to feminism in the first place is the whole idea of choice, the notion that everyone should be free to choose for themselves what they want to do in life. Even if it is something as simple as wearing makeup, or not, or shaving, or not. 

Guess I just want to say “rock on!” if you want to be a feminist and maintain aspects of femininity that others might insist you shun. I say embrace everything you love about yourself and rock it!

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Check it out! Here’s my reader/follower/submission fueled Tumblr, Empowerment in Action


It’s live now and open to everyone :) 

And, if you can, please reblog and share with others! Thanks!


Next Wednesday, April 25th, 2012, is the 14th annual National Denim Day.

The event stems from the overturn of an accused rapist’s conviction in Italy in the 1990s, in which the court stated that “because the victim wore very, very tight jeans, she had to help him remove them, and by removing the jeans it was no longer rape but consensual sex.” Denim Day is a response to the outrageous ideology that wearing tight jeans is an invitation to sexually assault someone.

Each Denim Day, as part of an ongoing rape prevention education campaign, community members and leaders alike are asked to make a social statement and to wear jeans as a visible means of protest against misconceptions that surround sexual assault.

If you would like to participate, please wear jeans on this day!

Though the most visible arms of the movement will likely be in New York and Los Angeles, that does not mean that you will not be seen or heard. Additionally, if you would like to participate more actively, you can purchase buttons, shirts, and other items that can help you bring awareness to this issue and cause. You can also download posters and infographics that highlight the importance of this event for FREE! All of this can be done at Peace Over Violence’s shop here, as they are the agency that spearheads Denim Day in the U.S.

For more information, check out the Denim Day website at http://denimdayusa.org/

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Reproductive freedom is a fundamental human right — to decide what happens to our own bodies is as basic as freedom of speech and freedom of assembly. But there’s a backlash against it from patriarchal religions that have enshrined the idea of a male God and control of women. Religion is sometimes politics you can’t — or you’re not supposed to — criticize.
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Skinny is the new regular for girls I take it.

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Because feminist doesn’t always mean “pro-abortion!”

Haha, no honey. Just no.

I find it absolutely adorable when:

+people think that just because they wouldn’t personally get an abortion that it makes them pro-life. 

+people think that feminist = abortions all around!!! This round’s on ME!

+people call themselves pro-life feminists because pro-life is anti-choice, plain and simple. And feminism is all about the choices. The pro-life feminist does not exist. 

One simply cannot be pro-life AND a feminist. 


One can, however, call themselves a feminist if they decide that they personally would never want to get an abortion, but, would never dream of forcing their values down someone else’s throat and revoking that choice from them. 

If you’re entitled to make that personal choice then SO IS EVERYONE ELSE

Once more, with feeling:

Pro-life = anti-choice

Feminst = pro-choice(s)*

*for way more than just abortions, btw. 


All right, ladies, gentlemen, trans* and non-binary people affected by this issue. Send your cards and letters to:

Washington DC Office:
Congressman Tom Price
403 Cannon House Office Building
Washington DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-4501
Fax: 202-225-4656

Marietta Office:
Congressman Tom Price
3730 Roswell Road, Suite 50
Marietta, GA 30062
Phone: 770-565-4990
Fax: 770-565-7570

Canton Office:
Congressman Tom Price
100 North Street, Suite 150
Canton, GA 30114
Phone: 678-493-6176
Fax: 678-493-6161

Contact Tom Price


Saw this in Costco about 5 months ago and it made my heart so sad :( 

This brings to mind a conversation that I was having with a friend yesterday over text message in regards to the LEGO Friends sets. It’s also similar to any conversation that I have about gendered products with any individual who thinks that activists and feminists don’t want girls to have the options for pink, feminine, “girly” items. 

That’s not it at all. There may be people out there who think that’s preferable, but, I personally think that we need to broaden the options for boys and girls. Let boys and girls have the same toys. Offer a toy in supposedly girly colors, supposedly masculine colors, give them the option to select whatever color they like. Not all boys like science, building, and bright, bold colors. And not all girls like salons, and cooking/housekeeping sets, and soft, pastels. But don’t deprive the boys and girls who DO like such things of the things that they like. 

Girls and boys should have access to all of the things pictured on the front of those two books above. There is nothing wrong with a girl who likes pink and princesses or robots and dinosaurs (or, heck, all of the above), just as there is nothing wrong with a boy who likes those things. But, to imply through marketing, product design, store design, and product placement that it is somehow wrong for girls to like anything but pink, princesses, shopping, make-up, and other passive activities is a problem. Just as it is wrong to imply through the same mechanisms that boys absolutely cannot like any of the things that girls like. 

I think that the below graphic succinctly makes the case that I try to make in all of my discourse about gendered products and limiting choices for boys and girls (and, by extension, men and women). 

And that, folks, is the problem that I have with the LEGO Friends line of toys and any hypergendered toy available on the market. They’re, essentially, pigeon-holing boys and girls. 

While I was not afraid to enjoy toys that were designated for both boys and girls when I was growing up (I had plenty of Barbies, My Little Ponies, Hot Wheels, Lincoln Logs, Lego Building Sets *and not kits that are pre-designed to build only one thing*, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, GI Joes, Thundercats, etc.), not every kid is like this. Some kids are very into what is designated as being for their gender. Of course, that speaks of the systemic nature of gendering kids through social and media interactions, but, we can’t really expect kids below a certain age to be able to accurately critically assess whether they like something purely because it makes them happy versus liking it because someone else told them it would make them happy (at least, not without a lot of parental guidance). As such, I don’t think toys should be as gendered as they are. Realistically, boys and girls should be allowed to purchase from one mass of toys, not sections that are color-coded for boys or girls. This doesn’t mean that I think pink should be abolished in any way, but, rather, that the options need to be broadened for all children so as not to make any kids feel ashamed for liking any certain thing over another. 

Another way to think about it: If gender as we know it was so natural, if a binary naturally existed and males and females naturally gravitated towards specific likes and tasks, then, why would they try so damn hard to shove it down our throats on a daily basis???

Like art, revolutions come from combining what exists into what has never existed before.
gloria steinem (via academiclouis)

On average, 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States, based on a survey conducted in 2010. Over the course of a year, that equals more than 12 million women and men. Those numbers only tell part of the story—more than 1 million women are raped in a year and over 6 million women and men are victims of stalking in a year. These findings emphasize that sexual violence, stalking, and intimate partner violence are important and widespread public health problems in the United States.

Go ahead, try to deny that women aren’t objectified and that we don’t live in a rape culture.  I f&cking dare you!

Let’s put this shit to bed right now: Women don’t lose their minds when they have period-related irritability. It doesn’t lower their ability to reason; it lowers their patience and, hence, tolerance for bullshit. If an issue comes up a lot during “that time of the month,” that doesn’t mean she only cares about it once a month; it means she’s bothered by it all the time and lacks the capacity, once a month, to shove it down and bury it beneath six gulps of willful silence.

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Am I the only man who appreciates moody outbursts? Yes? Alright.

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Dear Kotex: Here is but a fraction of the reason why women are “ashamed” of their periods. Society stigmatizes and medicalizes the menstruating women. Studies have shown that women are viewed as being less competent and less favored - by men and women - when they are menstruating. Throughout the reproductive years, women are told that their periods are abnormal and that suppressing them is the way to go*. Once they hit menopause, their lack of menstruation is stigmatized and labeled abnormal. Because god forbid women are allowed to experience naturally occurring biological events without society, the medical community, and the patriarchy getting all up in our business. 

*I will say that there are plenty who benefit from menstrual suppression, such as those with Endometriosis, PCS, etc., but I disagree with the practice of recommending it to any menstruating women, especially adolescents who haven’t adjusted to their personal versions of normal. 

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