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Dead Wild Roses: Street Harassment – Because the Lived Experience of Being Female in Public is Different

Part of the reason why feminist analysis is such a valuable tool is that FA deconstructs and identifies the constructed norms of society and rightly points out how craptacular said norms are for women.

So, dudes, a glimpse into the faux-egalitarian society you’ve created and learn the implied lesson of “don’t be that guy” – thanks in advance for being a better person.

 

Oh, hey did you need more evidence of the power imbalance in society? Take a look at the comments section and count how many responses with the motif : If you dress a certain way (Read more…)

Politics, Re-Spun: When Shaming Survivors is Not Enough: Police-State Motives Behind Sexual Assault Transit Ads

Photo credit Instagram: @the_noush. Permission to use granted.

By Emily Griffiths

The Transit Police got burned in the media recently, when rad feminist transit riders called them out publicly for their summer-line of sexual assault ads. These ads use language that shames the survivors of sexual assault, stating, “the real shame of sexual assault is that it goes unreported.” It turns out that the transit police were the ones doing something that “doesn’t feel right” and making riders “uncomfortable.”

The whole thing was a PR blunder for the transit cops, who realized it right away and are now (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: All Hail the Mugs of Heteronormativity!

Talk about unintended veracity.

 

Fascinating don’t you think?

Consider the neat way this dovetails into how relationships in our society are structured and the expectations placed upon those who are male and those who are female.

Pro-tip: The deformed cup or one that isn’t complete without the other is where you should start your discussion.

 

 

 

Filed under: Feminism Tagged: “Cute” Cup set, Heteronormativity, Societal Norms, Sociology, Why being female isn’t fun

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Dead Wild Roses: Pity the poor man-feelings

Anti-rape education is making poor frat-boys’ penises sad, according to this article at Bloomberg.

…making out with a girl at a party. Things were going fine, the student said, when suddenly a vision of his school’s disciplinary board flew into his head.

“‘I want to go to law school or medical school after this,’” Pollack said, recounting the student’s comments. “‘I said to her, it’s been nice seeing you.’”

OK, if the disciplinary board is flashing into your head, chances are it’s because you know something’s not right. It’s too bad fear for your future, and not, you know, (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Are You a Pusher?

A pox on you Game of Thrones for pushing my summer reading to the margins. Just look at the great stuff that has been gathering dust in my book-pile. This is an excerpt from Susan Brownmiller’s work titled “Femininity”.

“Nancy Henley, psychologist and author of Body Politics, has written, “In a way so accepted and so subtle as to be unnoticed even by its practitioners and recipients, males in couples will often literally push a woman everywhere she is to go – the arm from behind, steering around corners, through doorways, into elevators, onto escalators … crossing the (Read more…)

wmtc: the courage and compassion of dr. willie parker, the last abortion doctor in mississippi

“The Pink House”, the last abortion clinic in Mississippi.The owner painted it pink so it would stand out, in defiance.

I’ve thought a lot about heroes, that tremendously overused word, about who my heroes are and why I love them. Moral courage, as you may know, is my highest value. Now, reading this story in Esquire about Dr. Willie Parker, the last abortion doctor in the state of Mississippi, I realize there’s another ingredient shared by all my heroes: an abundance of compassion.

Dr. Parker, a committed Christian, embodies both physical and moral courage, refusing to run despite the (Read more…)

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: An Open Letter To Margaret Wente

Dear Ms. Wente,

I thought that as a journalist you were supposed to do some research before you go writing stories. In the case of your August 2, 2014 column in The Globe and Mail, it is painfully obvious that you haven't even bothered to try. As a child, Lindsay Leigh Bentley desperately wanted to be a boy. She refused to wear dresses and adored going hunting with her dad. She loved sticks, guns, motorcycles and monsters. She chopped the hair off her Barbies. Her parents had to cut her own hair short because she refused to let them (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: World Wide Use of Contraceptives – Guttmacher Institute

 

A trouble situation for women around the world. No thanks to religion.

 

Filed under: Education, Feminism Tagged: Contraception, Infographics, Women

A Puff of Absurdity: On That List of Excuses for Not Having Sex Floating Around the Interweb

I wanted to chime in on a facebook discussion about that list (a man made a spreadsheet of his wife’s excuses for refusing sex), but it wasn’t started by an official FB friend, so I couldn’t comment on it.  I’m not sure the etiquette on this, so I’ll just keep everyone anonymous.  Here’s the opener attached to a link that suggests women never owe men sex:

This analogy seems to suggest that, like a game of badminton in which nobody actually hits the ball is not actually a game of badminton, marriage in which nobody has sex isn’t actually a (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Femininity – Susan Brownmiller – Quote of the Day

Susan Brownmiller has a remarkable talent for framing slippery sociological concepts. This quote is from the introduction to her book “Femininity” and it lucidly describes the nature of the viscous catch-22 women experience for the crime of being born female.

“Femininity always demands more.

It must constantly reassures its audience by a willing demonstration of difference, even when one does not exist in nature, or it must seize and embrace a natural variation and compose a rhapsodic symphony upon the notes. Suppose one doesn’t care to, has other things on her mind, is clumsy or tone-deaf (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Edmonton School Board Boots Christian Misogynists and their Abstinence Only Platform

Because Magic, taught as fact, in the curriculum is AWESOME!

Further breaking news: The Edmonton Public School Board will also remove Soylent Green Recipe Book from the Foods curriculum.

How does feculence like this happen in my school system?

“An Edmonton teen and her mother have filed a complaint with the Human Rights Commission over a high school sex education class delivered by a religious-based group. Last year, Emily Dawson, 18, took part in a two-day class delivered as part of the Career and Life Management course at McNally High School. The teenager says she was shocked by what she (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Who Owns the Bodies of Women?

A little push-back at the more toxic prescriptions of our society.

Filed under: Feminism Tagged: Female Autonomy, Feminism

Dead Wild Roses: England Loses in World Cup – So Do English Women

 

[Police fear rise in domestic violence during World Cup]

Filed under: Education, Feminism Tagged: DWR PSA, England, Violence against Women, World Cup

Politics, Re-Spun: The Occupy Movement Has Changed the Narrative, But We’re Not Done

Recently, with the WEF spending the last few years acknowledging global income inequality is a problem, I’ve declared a kind of victory for the Occupy Movement: getting the lexicon on the 1% and inequality on the tongues of the sly gazillionaires who rule the world, and into mass consumption.

Now we see that the CEO of Goldman Sachs, one of the biggest cancers of neoliberal capitalism and a prime mover of the 2008 crash, has admitted that income inequality is a problem and a destabilizer. Sadly, though not surprisingly, in this interview he also trotted out typical neoliberal “realities” (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The Friend Zone!

Ah, friendly readers, behold the surreal world of MRA ‘reality’ compared to what, in fact, is reality.

Filed under: Feminism Tagged: Feminism, Helpful Hints, MRA Stupidity

Dead Wild Roses: The Friend Zone!

Ah, friendly readers, behold the surreal world of MRA ‘reality’ compared to what, in fact, is reality.

Filed under: Feminism Tagged: Feminism, Helpful Hints, MRA Stupidity

Dead Wild Roses: RPOJ – Neil Macdonald Fails at Understanding what Rape Culture is.

Today’s Red Pen of Justice edition is brought to you by the clueless parvanimity of Neil Macdonald. Mr. Macdonald has many important opinions on Rape Culture and, shockingly enough, they are completely out-to-fucking-lunch-brain-gone-fishing, wrong.

“For people my age, the freedom to get drunk or high and then have sex with someone was a right guaranteed by the sexual revolution of the Sixties.”

Oh!! So you valued have available female fuck-toilets to bang when you were getting crunked in name of peace, luv and rock and roll. Wow, funny how the ‘sexual revolution’ that gave dudes more (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: More On Patriarchy – Creating the Victim Class

Nice of Deep Green Resistance to illustrate what Patriarchy is for women.

 

“Female socialization in patriarchy is a process of psychologically constraining and breaking girls—otherwise known as “grooming”—to create a class of compliant victims. Femininity is a set of behaviors that are, in essence, ritualized submission.

We see nothing in the creation of gender to celebrate or embrace. Patriarchy is a corrupt and brutal arrangement of power, and we want to see it dismantled so that the category of gender no longer exists.

… Patriarchy facilitates the mining of female bodies for the benefit of men – for male (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: More On Patriarchy – Creating the Victim Class

Nice of Deep Green Resistance to illustrate what Patriarchy is for women.

 

“Female socialization in patriarchy is a process of psychologically constraining and breaking girls—otherwise known as “grooming”—to create a class of compliant victims. Femininity is a set of behaviors that are, in essence, ritualized submission.

We see nothing in the creation of gender to celebrate or embrace. Patriarchy is a corrupt and brutal arrangement of power, and we want to see it dismantled so that the category of gender no longer exists.

… Patriarchy facilitates the mining of female bodies for the benefit of men – for male (Read more…)

Art Threat: Montreal Fringe: Ginger Slurs & Slut Shaming

Project Gingervitis

Project Gingervitis is a smart, funny take on discrimination, eugenics, geopolitics, and media manipulation. A one-man show written and brilliantly performed by Jordan Lloyd Watkins and set in a dystopian future, the show tells the story of a lone redhead born years after redheads were thought to have been eradicated.

A mix of live performance and meticulously crafted video, Project Gingervitis operates on several levels at once, calling out real-life discrimination against redheads while also using it to point out the absurdity of Western domestic and foreign policy as well as hyperbolic 24-hour news channels.

The videos themselves (Read more…)

Melissa Fong: Dear Meghan Murphy, I respectfully disagree with your assessment of Ricochet and Bill C-36

Dear Meghan Murphy, I understand your concerns about the Editorial Collective- let me assure you that there have been discussions from the start of Ricochet to be representative of equity-politics […]

Dead Wild Roses: The Equality Doorway…

Filed under: Feminism Tagged: Comix of the Day, Equality, Feminism

Dead Wild Roses: The Equality Doorway…

Filed under: Feminism Tagged: Comix of the Day, Equality, Feminism

Dead Wild Roses: Storytime – The Joys of ‘Choice’ Feminism

Warning – Crusty Second Wave Analysis ahead :>

 

OK, let’s say your plane crashes on a desert island, where a mysterious group of Others brings you to a temple. They give you two options: One, you can stay with them and have all your needs met, as long as you wear a little bikini and feed them grapes. If you don’t like that, you can go back out into the jungle. You’ll probably survive, but life won’t be easy; you’ll be cast out from the only society existing on the island, and you’ll miss out on a lot of (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Storytime – The Joys of ‘Choice’ Feminism

Warning – Crusty Second Wave Analysis ahead :>

 

OK, let’s say your plane crashes on a desert island, where a mysterious group of Others brings you to a temple. They give you two options: One, you can stay with them and have all your needs met, as long as you wear a little bikini and feed them grapes. If you don’t like that, you can go back out into the jungle. You’ll probably survive, but life won’t be easy; you’ll be cast out from the only society existing on the island, and you’ll miss out on a lot of (Read more…)