“Taught from their infancy that beauty is a woman’s sceptre, the mind shapes itself to the body, and, roaming round its gilt cage, only seeks to adorn its prison.”—Mary Wollstonecraft (A Vindication of the Rights of Women)
“Only hang around people that are positive and make you feel good. Anybody who doesn’t make you feel good kick them to the curb and the earlier you start in your life the better. The minute anybody makes you feel weird and not included or not supported, you know, either beat it or tell them to beat it.”—Amy Poehler (via stupidhandshakeything)
A man who beats women was celebrated on national television, and we were told to ‘get over it’ and we ‘shouldn’t judge.’
A congressional panel on birth control coverage failed to include any women
A major political donor says on television that in his day, women were told to put an aspirin between their knees to prevent pregnancy.
A presidential candidate wants to lecture on the ‘dangers of birth control’
Virginia lawmakers have decided to require women seeking an abortion submit to an unnecessary medical procedure which MAY INCLUDE FORCIBLE PENETRATION.
Oh, but we’re post-feminism, right? No need for it anymore today, right? Pardon me while I dust off my old “keep your rosary off my ovaries” bumper sticker.
Seriously, it’s been a shitty week for women. That’s why I was so happy to read a post on Cracked.com this evening calling out commenters for being sexist assholes.
I loved Luke McKinney’s original post on sexist comics costumes and his response post to sexist comments on the original post is even better.
If you think hot women have it easy because everyone wants to have sex at them, you’re both wrong and also the reason you’re wrong. Most people don’t base their quality of life around how hard it is to get laid, because they actually do get laid, and it isn’t that hard to do. Being a straight male is tremendous fun and sexuality’s lowest difficulty setting: You know what you want and everyone else in your demographic will praise you for being able to do it. No one else on the spectrum of sexual orientation can say that. If women hate you for cursing about how stupid “bitches” are, it’s not because you’re the victim of an anti-male conspiracy: It’s because you’re you.
“Unless one is wealthy there is no use in being a charming fellow. Romance is the privilege of the rich, not the profession of the unemployed. The poor should be practical and prosaic. It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating.”—Oscar Wilde, “The Model Millionaire” (via musicistheart)