Just a reminder to the world that there is this glorious feminist thing called the Hawkeye Initiative. Where people draw Hawkeye (and possibly other avengers) in various sexual poses that comic artists generally depict women in.
the greatest thing in the universe.
“The bottom line is that saying there are differences in male and female brains is just not true. There is pretty compelling evidence that any differences are tiny and are the result of environment not biology,” said Prof Rippon.
“You can’t pick up a brain and say ‘that’s a girls brain, or that’s a boys brain’ in the same way you can with the skeleton. They look the same.”
Prof Rippon points to earlier studies that showed the brains of London black cab drivers physically changed after they had acquired The Knowledge – an encyclopaedic recall of the capital’s streets.
She believes differences in male and female brains are due to similar cultural stimuli. A women’s brain may therefore become ‘wired’ for multi-tasking simply because society expects that of her and so she uses that part of her brain more often. The brain adapts in the same way as a muscle gets larger with extra use.
“What often isn’t picked up on is how plastic and permeable the brain is. It is changing throughout out lifetime
“The world is full of stereotypical attitudes and unconscious bias. It is full of the drip, drip, drip of the gendered environment.”
Prof Rippon believes that gender differences appear early in western societies and are based on traditional stereotypes of how boys and girls should behave and which toys they should play with."
To say nothing of the countless ways we gender socialize children from birth, often without even realizing it. For more on this, I highly highly highly recommend the book Delusions of Gender by badass social psychologist Cordelia Fine.
When you say your a feminist…I hope you really know what that means. It means standing up for women of color.
Standing by black women who must deal with being referred to as welfare queens or ratchet.
Being a feminist is standing beside immigrant women who deal with wage theft, unsafe working conditions, and being referred to as leaving anchor babies in America.
It means standing beside Native American women who face domestic violence and rape at unprecedented rates.
It means standing beside Muslim women who choose to live out their faith and face Islamaphobia, sexism and ignorance constantly.
It means standing beside Asian women who have been misrepresented in the media to be thought of as only submissive and quiet.
Please recognize that feminism impacts the lives of every single one of these groups…but we are all women"
a male feminist makes a joke about male feminists joking about male feminists to make themselves seem like unique special men who understand why male feminists can be awful. if no women are around to validate him did this really happen
One time at an activist conference I brought up some basic statistics on rape and male violence. And immediately another woman stood up and said—in that tone that’s in the border area between earnest and self-righteous—“We need to educate.”
I replied, “I don’t want to educate men, I want to stop them.” This was, of course, met with horrified silence—what exactly was I suggesting? But there is no therapy, no rehab program, that works to change perpetrators. By now, everything has been tried. Nothing works. They don’t ever learn to see women as human beings. They don’t ever stop feeling entitled to women’s bodies. So not only was her suggestion liberal, it was useless.
…I think that to make the leap to radicalism takes three insights. The first is that there is a thing called power, social power, political power. The second is that some people have it and some people don’t. The third is that there is a causal relationship between those groups: some people have it because some people don’t. Once you’ve got that down, you can pretty much apply it to any situation.
…You asked about identifying the sources of harm. I’d say start with the most obvious, the most egregious harms. A fist in the face is pretty obvious…
Now trace it back: who’s attached to that fist? Now, name an agent. If you’re talking about male violence, that’s hard. Not intellectually hard—it’s easy to see who’s attached to that fist. But emotionally, psychologically. One reason it’s hard is because there are consequences to naming men and male power. You will be ridiculed, silenced, maybe physically threatened. You might be raped. You might be killed…
Another reason it’s hard is because there’s a tremendous psychological identification with the oppressor. There’s an absolutely brilliant book called Loving To Survive: Sexual Terror, Men’s Violence, and Women’s Lives by Dee Graham. She’s come up with the concept of Societal Stockholm Syndrome. Her basic thesis is that just as captives bond to their captors in hostage situations, women—and any group that’s oppressed—will bond to men or the group that has social power…
Once you’ve named the owner of the fist, because you’re a radical you look for patterns. Who else is getting a fist in the face? And you find out: in the USA, every 18 seconds a man beats a woman. Keep tracing it back. Do the police stop him? Do the courts, the laws? Does god? Or do they in fact support his right to hit you? Who says he has a right to hit you? It’s in the bible, you’re supposed to submit because it’s all Eve’s fault. Why don’t you count as a human being? You see that you’re surrounded by images of women as objects, chopped into body parts, on display, for sale. In fact, women are being brutalized in millions of pictures and it’s called sex. The clothes you’re supposed to wear put you on display, make it impossible for you to run or even walk. They turn you into an object, a victim, and that’s called “sexy.” Why are you wearing these clothes? Why do you want this attention when every 18 seconds it ends with a fist in the face?
What you find is a whole web of institutions and cultural practices that support male violence: religion, laws, the police, the mass media and pornography, heterosexuality, the very definition of masculinity. He didn’t put that fist in your face because of who you are as an individual. He did because he belongs to a class of people called men, and you belong to a class of people called women, and that describes a set of power relations."