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Dead Wild Roses: DWR Feminist Quote of the Day – Gail Dines on Porn Culture.

“Pornography has socialized a generation of men into watching sexual torture,” Dines said. “You are not born with that capacity. You have to be trained into it. Just like you train soldiers to kill. If you are going to carry out violence against a group you have to dehumanize them. It is an old method. Jews become kikes. Blacks become niggers. Women become cunts. And no one turns women into cunts better than porn.”

-Gail Dines, quoted By Chris Hedges in “Pornography is What the End of the World Looks Like“.

Filed under: Ethics, Feminism Tagged: (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: On Commercial Rape – Jacqueline S. Homan

Listening to survivors prostitution is important. Their voices need to be heard. Jacqueline S. Homan shares her experiences with, as she describes it, the commercial rape industry.

 

“Do you REALLY want the truth from real sex trafficking survivors? Because those of us sex trafficking victims/survivors who HAVE BEEN trying to speak out about how wrong this whole shit show is have NO money to even live on let alone mount a media campaign to protect our interests as we are NOT a $32 billion dollar a year industry—unlike the rapists, pimps and traffickers you seem hell-bent (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Robert Jensen on Patriarchy

Sometimes its hard to put your finger on what exactly this mysterious patriarchy is. Robert Jensen does a good job of offering an explanation.

Patriarchy

“This past year I have written about rape culture and trans ideology, in both cases anchoring an analysis in the problem of patriarchy. I’m often told that the term “patriarchy” is either too radical and alienating, or outdated and irrelevant. Yet it’s difficult to imagine addressing problems if we can’t name and critique the system out of which the problems emerge.

The late feminist historian Gerda Lerner defined patriarchy as “the manifestation and (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: My Thought on 50 Shades…

 

‘Nuff said.

 

 

Filed under: Feminism Tagged: 50 Shades of Fail, Feminism, Patriarchy

Politics, Re-Spun: Looking for Heroes?

I’ve been watching The Book of Negroes this week. I have no words. I only recognize justice, integrity, brutality, acknowledgement, witnessing, story telling and a myriad of other foggy responses.

It’s easy to also ponder qualities of heroes.

Then I read this from earlier this week, and nodded. Do you get it?

Anishinabe Women Protest Energy East Pipeline on Family Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 16, 2015

‘Protect the Water, For Future Generations’: Message being shared today with local families, starting at Market Square at noon.

Kenora—Dozens of Anishinabe Women, their families, and supporters converge today on Market Square at (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Catcalling, and Payback.

Ah, another lesson on how to educate ‘dudes’.

Filed under: Feminism Tagged: Catcalling, Happy Ending, Street Harassment

Politics, Re-Spun: Pink Washing: Does This Pink Shirt Really Say Enough?

By Emily Griffiths

Pink Shirt Day is almost upon us. The annual campaign to raise money and “awareness” on the issue of “bullying” takes place on February 25. As this date approaches, I’m sure you’ve noticed an inundation of bright pink. Even at this very moment, I am sipping my tea from a Blenz paper cup, wrapped in a festive Pink Shirt Day cardboard sleeve. Blenz is one of “a bunch of great businesses [that] are holding fundraisers during the month of February with proceeds going to Pink Shirt Day.” Blenz doesn’t actually give money; they just provide us (Read more…)

Politics, Re-Spun: 23 Questions About the SHOCKING New Renee and Uma

Who IS this anyway?

Stop the presses. Two women who used to look a certain way, now look different.

Renee Zellweger had the audacity to change her look. Now, Uma Thurman has done so! CTV put it this way: “Uma Thurman has Zellwegered her face.” And if you follow the CTV link, you can use a slider to examine her before and after pictures, which is your right, as a consumer of media!!!!!!

And who is THIS?

 

What have they DONE to themselves? Does it matter? Who are we to ask? What do they owe us? Should (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Street Harassment – Whistling at your Mother.

Watch dudes flail and fail as they are caught treating women like objects instead of people.

Filed under: Feminism Tagged: Feminism, Lima, Street Harassment

Dead Wild Roses: Meninism?

My very first thought was: “What foolishness is this?” Then I saw a blurb about Meninism on the Time website.

The hashtags #Meninist and #Meninism have been around Twitter for more than a year, and the people who use them generally fall in two camps: people who use the term to call out ways they believe they’ve been victimized by feminism, and people who make fun of the first group for not understanding what feminism means in the first place.

Oh wow. First reaction completely on target.

 

On the upside, the farce known as “meninism” has (Read more…)

Politics, Re-Spun: You Deserve Better Wages and Benefits

Right wingers want to pay no tax. It’s hard to bleat about that in public without sounding like the greedy, selfish people they are.

Instead, they say that public sector workers are paid too much, and that we should privatize everything. THAT way, governments get to starve themselves to the point where they collect virtually no taxes.

Instead of letting rapacious corporations dictate what market wages should be, we should explore living wages, then dream up a world not so different from ours when private sector workers make the stable wages and benefits of public sector workers.

Dream with me, (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Why I am a Feminist – Evidence Based Feminism

Long video. Start at any point to see why feminism is necessary…

 

Long video – transcript here.

Filed under: Feminism Tagged: evidence based arguments, Feminism

Dead Wild Roses: The Heart of Whiteness – 2015 Oscars

I usually don’t pay attention to the Oscars and other such award shoes. Playing League of Legends, tweezing my eyebrows, cleaning the tiles in the bathroom all are significantly higher on my to do list that giving a frack about the Oscars. This story caught my attention though, provocatively titled “Academy Responds to Diversity Firestorm“.

Unaware that diversity comes in firestorms and how mega-rad that would be, I read on.

“Responding for the first time to the firestorm of criticism over the lack of diversity in this year’s Oscar nominations, film academy president Cheryl Boone (Read more…)

Politics, Re-Spun: MORE Sexism Against Female Canadian Athletes!

THIS picture respects the dignity of a tennis player. Not, “give us a twirl” demeaning, sexist abuse.

Today is a terrible day for gender equity in sports. What it looks like is either continued sexism, or increased anti-feminist backlash against women who have been asserting their human rights to safety and dignity around the world.

Female World Cup soccer players have to play on plastic artificial turf while the men have played on actual…grass. They started a human rights complaint but have now dropped it. And last year at the Australian Open, an idiotic [female!] Australian media interviewer asked (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Things I Notice…

Filed under: Feminism Tagged: Feminism, Not All Men, Radical Feminism, Structures of Oppression

Dead Wild Roses: Logic: How to PWN an argument, without getting the RPOJ

If you want to take down somebody else’s argument, a certain familiarity with the nature of intellectual or philosophical (as opposed to playground) argument is required, so that you can construct your own counter-argument. In an intellectual argument, the person putting forth an argument sets out a number of premises (statements of facts), which, when you add them together, at best makes it impossible for their conclusion to be false (deductive argument), or at least makes it much more likely that their conclusion is true (inductive argument).

If you want to show that somebody’s argument is wrongity wrong, there (Read more…)

A Puff of Absurdity: On Restricting Free Speech

 “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” – Evelyn Beatrice Hall

I’m not so sure I agree with Ms. Hall’s famously misattributed line.  People say some truly cruel things, and I’m not convinced we should have a right to be publicly malicious.  As always, I say too many things in one crazy long post instead of breaking it up into many separate issues, but I tend to see issues too interconnected to separate.  So there it is.

Let’s begin by contemplating on some different scenarios: some fictitious (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Dictionary Definitions Are A Starting Point

I would like to take this time to edify and hopefully illuminate those with access to my very small part of the blogging community.

Blogging community, if you care to listen please note that for future reference that if you intend to talk about a topic that you are unfamiliar with, or wish to actively criticize please recognize that looking up terminology you will be dealing with in a dictionary is not the endpoint of your commitment to honest discussion.

Defining your terms is important, but the level of detail present in most dictionaries is not sufficient to base (Read more…)

Politics, Re-Spun: Who Cares About Fixing Poverty in BC?

Well, it’s the Poverty Reduction Coalition!

One of their many activities is to send recommendations to the government when the government deigns to ask people for their ideas. The Finance Committee is an all-party committee of the legislature, so the government usually ignores their recommendations.

As citizens, we need to make the government respond to our demands, particularly when legislative committees provide pretty good recommendations!

Here’s what’s going on this year, from the Poverty Reduction Coalition.

Read it, below Then email, phone [250.387.1715], tweet or Facebook the premier and tell her to listen to the Finance Committee (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: John vs. Jennifer – The Difference is about $4000 dollars.

From Yale Scientific Magazine:

“The researchers created a fictional student and sent out the student’s application to science professors at top, research-intensive universities in the United States. The professors were asked to evaluate how competent this student was, how likely they would be to hire the student, how much they would pay this student, and how willing they would be to mentor the student. All of the applications sent out were identical, except for the fact that half were for a male applicant, John, and half were for a female applicant, Jennifer. Results showed that, with statistical significance, both (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Sexy Man Armour in Video Games – And Dude Reactions.

So, shall we take a peek at the new character and his outfit from Final Fantasy Mevius?

Now wait for it…

Huh, so getting the ‘female fantasy treatment’ isn’t all smiles and chuckles? Oh, the obliviousness of gamers is so darn precious.

 

Many thanks to the radicalfeministuprsing tumblr.

Filed under: Feminism Tagged: “being female in fantasy”, Final Fantasy, Video Games

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Dead Wild Roses: Prank Calls…

Domestic violence is an issue that deserves more time in the basket labeled “things society cares about.” I am only one generation removed from a time when women were widely thought as of the property of their fathers, then their husbands. Then Radical Feminism got into the mix and started to analyze, deconstruct and protest this unacceptable situation. Andrea Dworkin from Women Hating Right and Left:

Putting ideas and concepts together so that they can be shared, and more importantly passed on, to the next generation is so frightfully important, yet it is not being done. (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: How Neo-Liberal Thinking Screws up Society.

The Neo-Liberal dogma that attempts to shroud us from the realities of the world is on display in not one, but two cartoons for your edification.

Ah, here we see Neo-Liberalism invade our thinking. The thoroughly naive notion that we are all equal in society and if we just acted “nicer” (by ignoring systemic inequalities society) things would be peachy-freakn’-awesome. In dogmatic Neo-Liberal thought we are just individuals making choices – no class, no sex, no position in society. The structural factors of society are simply ignored.

 

Boom! Class analysis based in a grounded historical (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Another Good Reason Why Rex Murphy Should be Fired

You might think that after all that happened at the CBC this year, Rex Murphy might know when to press the mute button.You might think that with all those horrible stories about violence against women, that nasty Con dwarf might exhibit a smidgen of human decency.But no, he'd rather use his last National Post column of the year to dump all over the feminist movement.Read more »

A Puff of Absurdity: The Newsroom: On Journalism, the Environment, and Sexism

I just finished watching the final season of The Newsroom as it appears catching up on shows is becoming a personal tradition on the first day of any holiday.  It was a cringe-worthy six hours with a few redeeming story-lines.  Here be ton o’ SPOILERS including the fact that it ends with a wedding, a funeral, and a baby – the holy trinity of lazy plot lines.

Journalism

The themes of the show were timely in that we’re discussing media integrity in my class.  But we watched Peace, Propaganda, and the Promised Land instead.  The Newsroom is a fantasy (Read more…)