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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…)

Dead Wild Roses: The Sexual Revolution – Bell Hooks

Damn women getting all uppity and full of agency, the nerve…

“Men celebrated our sexual liberation — our willingness to freely give and enjoy blow jobs and group sex, our willingness to experiment with anal penetration — but ultimately many males revolted when we stated that our bodies were territories that they could not occupy at will. Men who were ready for female sexual liberation if it meant free pussy, no strings attached, were rarely ready for feminist female sexual agency. This agency gave us the right to say yes to sex, but it also empowered us to say no. (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The Sexual Revolution – Bell Hooks

Damn women getting all uppity and full of agency, the nerve…

“Men celebrated our sexual liberation — our willingness to freely give and enjoy blow jobs and group sex, our willingness to experiment with anal penetration — but ultimately many males revolted when we stated that our bodies were territories that they could not occupy at will. Men who were ready for female sexual liberation if it meant free pussy, no strings attached, were rarely ready for feminist female sexual agency. This agency gave us the right to say yes to sex, but it also empowered us to say no. (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Misogyny isn’t like a Cold, or something you catch – Gail Dines

Well, another antidote to the ferocious level of managed-shortsightedness by the media on the Santa Barbara mass murders.

“I have been a radical feminist for as long as I can remember. As I witness the marginalisation of radical feminism in the cultural discourse, in publishing, and in women’s studies programs, I see the feminist movement I once loved become powerless to explain what is happening to women -especially the horrific levels of violence against women.This failure has reached a new level following the massacre by Elliot Rodger of students at UC Santa Barbara. The media is on fire with (Read more…)

Politics, Re-Spun: Slut Shaming, And Other Idiocy

Welcome to the cusp of spring-summer.

Now that the weather is turning, the slut shaming and attacks on women’s clothing choices will ramp up.

In Labrador, 28 girls were sent home from school because their clothing contravened the dress code. They also sent home two boys whose shirts bared their shoulders. 47% of those voting on the CBC story’s webpoll supported the school’s decision.

But Memorial University professor Patricia Dold share some inconvenient truth about this:

Male students and teachers they apparently were distracting should be the ones under the microscope. … Dold said that the school should have an (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Why Liberal Feminism Continues to Metagrobolize Me

This message brought to you on behalf of entitled, scared men everywhere… (see more on the ‘equality trap’)

I do love my subscription to the OED word of the day mailing list, and metagrobolize is just too good a word to forget; thus I need to use it a bunch and get it implanted into my vocabulary, pardon my logophilia.

I’ve been reading with much more frequency as late definitions of feminism in which the stated goal of feminism is for women to achieve equal rights with men and then, once this goal has been achieved, *poof* the need for (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Spot the Misogyny

On my old blog, where I haven’t posted in years, I at one time had a series of posts called “spot the misogyny”, where I had been making an effort to document misogynist images and texts in my everyday environment. The rule was, I couldn’t go out looking for them; I had to just stumble across them in my everyday life. I can’t promise how often I’ll do it here, but I just happened to stumble across this ad today: This isn’t as blatant, by a long shot, as some of the things I’ve captured, but it was a little (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The Feminist Battle against Male Entitlement and Rape Culture

An excerpt from The Feminist Battle After the Isla Vista Massacre by Rebecca Solnit:

“Six years ago, when I sat down and wrote the essay “Men Explain Things to Me,” here’s what surprised me: though I began with a ridiculous example of being patronized by a man, I ended with rapes and murders. We tend to treat violence and the abuse of power as though they fit into airtight categories: harassment, intimidation, threat, battery, rape, murder. But I realize now that what I was saying is: it’s a slippery slope. That’s why we need to address that slope, rather than (Read more…)