- me: it wont bother me.
- me: *lies down*
- me: it actually really bothers me. a lot. so i'm gonna think about it all night instead of sleeping.
i just think its disgusting that if i don’t take on the responsibility of constant beauty rituals (make up, hair removal, etc) then people will think i’m trying to be masculine. like. if i’m not constantly making changes to my natural state, THAT’S when i’m deviating from what’s “natural” and correct and normal? it makes no sense
"A study on masculinity and aggression from the University of South Florida found that innocuous – yet feminine – tasks could produce profound anxiety in men. As part of the study, a group of men were asked to perform a stereotypically feminine act – braiding hair in this case - while a control group braided rope. Following the act, the men were given the option to either solve a puzzle or punch a heavy bag. Not surprisingly, the men who performed the task that threatened their masculinity were far more likely to punch the bag; again, violence serving as a way to reestablish their masculine identity. A follow-up had both groups punch the bag after braiding either hair or rope; the men who braided the hair punched the bag much harder. A third experiment, all the participants braided hair, but were split into two groups: those who got to punch the bag afterwards and those who didn’t. The men who were prevented from punching the bag started to show acute signs of anxiety and distress from not being able to reconfirm their masculinity."
"The couple acts as a social form that requires women, in order to participate in whatever practice or domain they desire, to attach themselves to men via the couple mechanism. The couple-form often constitutes the single device that protects a woman from the misogyny of a group of men. Who’s that? Oh, I think it is Zach’s girlfriend, Ben’s ex. Women become known for their relationships to men, not for their contributions to intellectual or political life. Women’s lives diminish to their roles as the wife of R or the mistress of J, not poets, theorists, or revolutionaries in their own right.
Women choose different strategies when faced with patriarchal social relations and the logic of the couple. A woman who goes after a man with power in a certain milieu. A woman who always needs a man around and will take whatever she can get. A woman who revels in the confidence of being so-and-so’s girlfriend. A woman who cheerfully sits on the “girlfriend couch”during band practice. A woman who is depressed during the stretches in between boyfriends. A woman who views the man she is with as a mirror of her own prowess. A woman who holds out for a man impressive enough to advance her. A woman whose intellectual labor is monopolized by staying up late writing apologetic emails to her boyfriend rather than drafting her own poems, theory, or architectural plans.
The logic of the couple mediates a woman’s relationship to herself and her relationships to other women."
""Radical" means root, not extremism. Radical feminism means getting to the root of female oppression. And if freeing women from thousands of years of oppression is extreme to you, you are either an oppressor or have Stockholm Syndrome."
— Jitana Sunflower-Rose (via thentheysaidburnher)
"The world’s 85 richest people have as much wealth as the world’s 3.5 billion poorest."
— This statistic was recently released in United Nations report that uses Oxfam figures. It’s also a huge wake-up call for anyone who doesn’t consider income inequality a major issue in global politics. (via ob-324b21)
I don’t talk about my illness so that you will feel sorry for me. I talk about it so you will know what I’m going through, why I am the way I am. I don’t want your pity. I want your understanding.
And sometimes, I talk about it because I had a bad day and just like you, talking about the bad thing makes me feel better. I just so happens I have a lot of bad days and my illness is usually at the core of it."
— (via suchvodka)
- Women: I'm pregnant what should I do?
- Pro life: keep the baby!
- Women: okay! Can I have prenatal vitamins?
- Pro life: what?
- Women: can I have financial help for doctor appointments?
- Pro life: ummm.....
- Women: can I at least get paid maternity leave?
- Pro life: ummm... Excuse me?
- Women: the baby is here can I get financial help?
- Pro life: I'm sorry do we know you?
if your mental health is ruining your education and you know it clap your hands
if your education is ruining your mental health and you know it clap your hands
If your education’s sketchy, and your life is kind of shitty
If the current state of things is a little fucked up, clap your hands.
Earlier this month, environmental scientists at the University of Minnesota came out with a startling nationwide study showing that different demographic groups are exposed to drastically different amounts of air pollution each year. The study overlaid US Census data with exposure levels of a pollutant called nitrogen dioxide, or NO2, which is created by combustion in vehicles and power plants. The results: Each year, people of color are exposed to 46 percent more NO2 than white people.
NO2 is associated with increased heart disease, lung cancer, asthma, and preterm births, and is one of six “criteria pollutants” that the Environmental Protection Agency regulates in accordance with the Clean Air Act. Interestingly, the exposure gap between races was far larger than the gap between income brackets. If your household income is more than $70,000, you’re exposed to NO2 only 3 percent less than someone who lives in a household making under $20,000.
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