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Dead Wild Roses: DWR Feminist Quote of the Day – Role Reversal in Street Harassment – Mary Anne Franks

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The Canadian Progressive: This “new” feminism is the same feminism started by our grandmothers

Our grandmothers showed us a bigger, better feminism with women’s rights, racial equity, and gender justice at its heart, writes award-winning journalist Dani McClain. The post This “new” feminism is the same feminism started by our grandmothers… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: This “new” feminism is the same feminism started by our grandmothers

Dead Wild Roses: Wing-Women and the “Cockblock”

Another super-peachy-keen aspect of being female in our society – saying “no” to men can get you killed. Thank you wing-women of the world. :) On a much more sombre note, to stop the clueless dudes from cluttering my comment section a small sample of what can happen when women say no… A woman says […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Wing-Women and the “Cockblock”

Dead Wild Roses: Legalized Prostitution – Welcome to Paradise…

This excerpt from the article in The Telegraph – Welcome to Paradise. “You can’t give orders to your employees. It’s not allowed,” he says. Actually, says Knop, managing prostitutes is completely legal. The problem is making sure you don’t cross the line between “managing” them and “exploiting” them. Helmut Sporer, Detective Chief Superintendent […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Legalized Prostitution – Welcome to Paradise…

Dead Wild Roses: Radical Feminism Versus Conservative Ideology

It is a comparison that is floating around more and more as the po-mo authoritarian left is stifling debate and silencing criticisms of people who happen to be against their unique vision of reality. We have here a helpful chart to compare and contrast the positions of the two parties in question. Glad we could […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Radical Feminism Versus Conservative Ideology

Dead Wild Roses: On Being Socialized Female – The Gender Knot

-Allan Johnson on compulsory femininity (the systematic expectations and goals of female socialization) The Gender Knot  Filed under: Education Tagged: Being Female, Feminism, Patriachy, Radical Feminism, Socialization . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: On Being Socialized Female – The Gender Knot

Dead Wild Roses: Women’s Agency – Let’s Look in the Right Places – Janice G. Raymond

The choice of which battles to fight reflects on how one views society and how it is constructed. Here is what going to the root of problem and starting one’s analysis looks like. “Radical feminists have never denied the agency of women under conditions of oppression. But radical feminists have located women’s agency, women’s making […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Women’s Agency – Let’s Look in the Right Places – Janice G. Raymond

Dead Wild Roses: Historical Perspective on the Advancement of Women – Gerda Lerner

Seventy two years (+) of struggle just to get right to vote, and an uphill battle *all* of the way. Now who exactly was creating such resistance to positive social change? Hmm… now that is quite the puzzle now isn’t it. Those in power will never willingly concede their power. Not ever. What it takes […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Historical Perspective on the Advancement of Women – Gerda Lerner

Dead Wild Roses: A Look into the Double Bind of Patriarchy, and the Way Out

Women under patriarchy often are told that the choices they make will differentiate themselves from those “other” women. That the choices they make as an individual will empower them to overcome the obstacles they face. Granted, in some individual cases this can happen, but for the vast majority of women the choices they make individually […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: A Look into the Double Bind of Patriarchy, and the Way Out

Politics, Re-Spun: Spring: the Season of Sexism and Dress Codes

Over the years we have written about sexist school and sports dress codes. But since it’s spring, we should expect a great deal of attention in the non-progressive media to what is either inappropriately dressed teen girls, or the increasingly less subtle slutshaming and sexism that we heap on women. This year’s keynote is from … Continue reading Spring: the Season of Sexism and Dress Codes

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Dead Wild Roses: Feminist Quote of the Day – Andrea Dworkin on Pornography

“People say, “Oh, well, pornography—that’s for masturbation, nobody can get hurt that way.” But orgasm is a very serious reward, isn’t it? Think of Pavlov’s little dogs, right? They don’t just think about salivating; they salivate. They do it because they learned it. Period. Now think about pornography. The dehumanization is a basic part of […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Feminist Quote of the Day – Andrea Dworkin on Pornography

Dead Wild Roses: Rebecca Reilly-Cooper: What I believe about Sex and Gender (Part 2)

Rebecca Reilly-Cooper continues her examination of sex and gender in part 2. (Did you miss part 1?)   Gender 10. The oppression linked to sex begins at birth, operating through the social imposition of gender. Gender is the label that feminists use to describe the value system that prescribes and proscribes forms of behaviour and appearance for […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Rebecca Reilly-Cooper: What I believe about Sex and Gender (Part 2)

wmtc: rtod: we only want the earth

On the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising, these Revolutionary Thoughts of the Day are brought to you by the great Irish socialist, James Connolly.The day has passed for patching up the capitalist system; it must go. (1910)This speech, from 1897, i… . . . → Read More: wmtc: rtod: we only want the earth

Dead Wild Roses: Second Wave Smackdown – On Prostitution

It takes dedicated effort to remove these sorts of fiery speeches from the history of women. Oratory like this somehow doesn’t make it into the classrooms, or history lectures. So the lessons need to be discovered, theorized, and fought for in each generation of women making progress glacially slow. Yet we have helpful mnemonics for […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Second Wave Smackdown – On Prostitution

Dead Wild Roses: The Lie – Andrea Dworkin

-‘The Lie,’ Andrea Dworkin. 1979. Letters From A War Zone, 1993.Filed under: Culture, Feminism Tagged: Dworkin, Pornography, The Lie . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The Lie – Andrea Dworkin

wmtc: (un)happy equal pay day

Today is Equal Pay Day in Ontario. Why? It’s the day that, if you’re a woman, your earnings have finally caught up with what men were paid the previous year. Women doing the same or equivalent work still earn, on average, 30% less than their male count… . . . → Read More: wmtc: (un)happy equal pay day

Dead Wild Roses: The Threat of Sexual Violence – Being Female in Society.

“I think the weirdest thing about having teenaged boys yell: “suck my dick bitch.” at me is that there’s nothing I can say to them that will make them feel the way that makes me feel. I have lived my entire life with this threat of sexual violence hanging over my head: I’ve experienced it […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The Threat of Sexual Violence – Being Female in Society.

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Feminist Quote of the Day – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Excerpts from Elizabeth Stanton’s address to the National American Woman Suffrage Association.   “Some men tell us we must be patient and persuasive; that we must be womanly. My friends, what is man’s idea of womanliness? Is it to have a manner which pleases him- quiet, deferential, submissive, approaching him as a subject does a […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Feminist Quote of the Day – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Dead Wild Roses: “Eloquence” is, essentially, Code for Values Associated with Masculinity.

-“We harbor an ideological bias against the feminine voice, rooted in positive primal associations with masculinity.” Some highlights from the JSTOR article On Men and Women’s Public Speech. “Gunn uses speeches delivered by Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in their 2008 contest for the Democratic nomination to illustrate how gendered norms about speech create a […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: “Eloquence” is, essentially, Code for Values Associated with Masculinity.

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Feminist Quote of the Day – The Abolition of Gender – Sheila Jeffreys

“Radical feminist theorists do not seek to make gender a bit more flexible, but to eliminate it. They are gender abolitionists, and understand gender to provide the framework and rationale for male dominance. In the radical feminist approach, masculinity is the behaviour of the male ruling class and femininity is the behaviour of the subordinate […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Feminist Quote of the Day – The Abolition of Gender – Sheila Jeffreys

Dead Wild Roses: Feminist Quote of the Day – Laurie Penny

“Adolescence, for a woman, is the slow realization that you are not considered as fully human as you hoped. You are a body first, and your body is not yours alone: whether or not you are attracted to men, men and boys will believe they have a claim on your body, and the state gets […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Feminist Quote of the Day – Laurie Penny

Dead Wild Roses: Meghan Murphy on Ghomeshi and the Canadian Justice System

Ms.Murphy describes the radical treatment necessary in order to make our society a livable place for women: “Without the things women are expected to provide in order to “prove” abuse — pictures of injuries, hospital records, DNA — we are already not believed. In fact, “believed” is the wrong word — we are not […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Meghan Murphy on Ghomeshi and the Canadian Justice System

Dead Wild Roses: Rebecca Reilly-Cooper: What I believe about Sex and Gender (Part One).

Ms. Reilly-Cooper has done some fantastic foundational work describing what sex and gender is and, more importantly, how many radical feminists approach the topic. This will be a long post and a feature here at DWR as it is a resource too good not to replicate. “Sex 1. Humans, like the vast majority of species, reproduce sexually. […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Rebecca Reilly-Cooper: What I believe about Sex and Gender (Part One).

Dead Wild Roses: Talking About Gender – Debbie Cameron and Joan Scanlon – Part 2

Did you miss part 1 here? “To make sense of these ideas [conceptions of gender] and decide what you think of them, it’s helpful to understand a bit of history—the history of feminist and sexual radical ideas. There are three main questions we think it’s worth pursuing in more detail: Is it true that radical […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Talking About Gender – Debbie Cameron and Joan Scanlon – Part 2

Dead Wild Roses: John Stuart Mill – The Subjection of Women

John Stuart Mill wrote an essay in 1861 (published 1869) called the Subjection of Women. From this brief quote we can see the evidence that even in the 19th century there were people who understood how socialization effects people and how they behave. I’m constantly amazed that here and now in the 21st century I […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: John Stuart Mill – The Subjection of Women