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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…)

Dead Wild Roses: Why Hating the Institution of Prostitution is Okay.

A big thank you to Francois Tremblay over at The Prime Directive for such a clear and concise break down of why its okay to hate prostitution and work to end it. He knocks this one out of the park in his post titled “The assumption sex is power“.

“In prostitution and pornography (which is, after all, organized prostitution), the imbalance is, at least on the surface, financial in nature; johns and porn directors trade money for sex, either with themselves or other people (and for those who object that pornography cannot be prostitution because porn directors (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Can You Find the Empowerment?

Well colour me “sex-negative” I guess, but I’m having a lot of trouble finding *any* value associated with the debasement and objectification of women.

 

And that, fair readership, is the first and last argument you will ever need for discussing the “benefits” of pornography with misguided people.

Filed under: Feminism Tagged: Empowerful Stuff, Pornography, Sex Negative

Dead Wild Roses: Megan Murphy on Prostitution and Bill C-36

Taken from a blog post on the Feminist Current.

 

Also, it is the full decriminalization and/or legalization that has “produced more victims,” not the Nordic model, which is what Canada’s new laws are modeled after. Also — key point — prostitution produces victims. The demand for ever more (younger, fresher, newer) prostitutes is what supports the entire industry. Johns = the demand. Johns victimize women and girls in prostitution — not laws. And if it is the perpetrators we are after, than a feminist solution would be to go after the perpetrators. A law that criminalizes a man (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: RPOJ – Dudes Uncover “Feminist” Tag on WordPress – Hilarity Ensues.

One of the most refreshing experiences a feminist can be graced with, it is positively bracing I do declare, is having an entitled white dude explain to them what is wrongity-wrong-wrong with Feminism. I’m not sure what is more alluring, a dude’s decisive grasp of the basic tenets of feminist thought or their keen focus on what feminism should be about. Both are lobe expanding/enhancing experiences.

The influx of dudely commentary on the feminism tag seems positively correlated to the collective male apoplexy otherwise known as “GamerGate” a loose organization of dudes purportedly about ethics in game journalism (Read more…)

A Puff of Absurdity: On Sex Ed, Double Standards, and the Red Herring of Consent

We discussed Erin Anderson’s article from Friday’s Globe and Mail in my philosophy class on Friday, and it provoked a whole gamut of topics.  I’ll try to encapsulate some of them here.  The article starts with an important question:

“The question left is whether we’ll waste this moment, leaving the teenagers today to have the same conversation decades from now.  It’s time to talk about solutions – in the courts, on the Internet and in our schools.”

SEXUAL EDUCATION

The article calls for better sex ed in the high schools.  I agree, but what it fails to realize is (Read more…)

Terahertz: Diversity in the atheist/skeptic communities: An evidence-based approach

Richard Dawkins has lost it: ignorant sexism gives atheists a bad name – Guardian Atheism’s shocking women problem – Salon Why atheists have a serious problem with women – Mic.com Will misogyny bring down the atheist movement? – Buzzfeed

The mainstream media has picked up that within the atheist community, there’s been a growing discussion about a perceived lack of diversity among the people viewed as leaders of this movement. I’m not going to rehash the entire discussion (Ashley Miller’s 2013 article "The Non-Religious Patriarchy: Why Losing Religion HAS NOT Meant Losing White Male Dominance" provides a (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Oh Those Puritan Feminists! – RPOJ runs wild!

Have you ever met someone who initially, seems intelligent, but then opens his mouth and forcefully repudiates that notion? Well, that isn’t even close to the case here. The cranial-anal link here is strong with this one, so strong in fact, that stupid flows freely from almost every paragraph, every sentence – hell – every word screams, “I’m a vacuous cretin whose greatest achievement to date has been walking and chewing gum at the very same time.”

The Red Pen Of Justice has a savage wiggle on for Lucien-Maverick and the stupid shit he regularly defecates (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: 25 Invisible Benefits of Gaming White Male

Oh, let the floodgates go – the bitter tears of white dudes will flow to the sweet background cacophony of #Notallmen…

Filed under: Education Tagged: Feminism, Gamer Gate, Sexism, Social Justice Warriors Unite!, Video Games, White Dudes

Dead Wild Roses: “No” Is A Complete Sentence

Funny how many dudes fail to get that.

““No” is a word that must never be negotiated, because the person who chooses not to hear it is trying to control you. Declining to hear “no” is a signal that someone is either seeking control or refusing to relinquish it. With strangers, even those with the best intentions, never, ever relent on the issue of “no,” because it sets the stage for more efforts to control. If you let someone talk you out of the word “no,” you might as well wear a sign that reads, “You are in charge.” (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Sexism Hurts Men Too – Laci Green

Signal boosting as even this basic message seems beyond so many people.

Filed under: Feminism Tagged: Dude Education 101, Feminism, Sexism

Dead Wild Roses: Feminist Quote of the Day – Bell Hooks – Lifestyle Feminism

“Lifestyle feminism ushered in the notion that there could be as many versions of feminism as there were women. Suddenly the politics was being slowly removed from feminism. And the assumption prevailed that no matter what a woman’s politics, be she conservative or liberal, she too could fit feminism into her existing lifestyle. Obviously this way of thinking has made feminism more acceptable because its underlying assumption is that women can be feminists without fundamentally challenging and changing themselves or the culture.”

-bell hooks, Feminism is for Everybody.

Filed under: Feminism Tagged: “Choice” Feminism, bell hooks, DWR (Read more…)