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Dead Wild Roses: Female/Male Lived Experiences – SinFest

Another great strip from Tatsusya Ishida.

Filed under: Feminism Tagged: Feminism, Patriarchy, Sinfest, Society

A Puff of Absurdity: It’s Just a Joke

This week wasn’t the first time I talked to my class about the FHRITP phenomenon.  But the fact that one guy lost his job and another was fined $400 has changed the conversation.  A discussion about the sexual aggressive street harassment typically elicits a “but it’s just a joke” response in some of my younger classes, like the adult men in the now famous video said to Shauna Hunt.  Some women experienced this once a week, and sometimes even a few times a day, because people found it so hilarious. But now that guys are getting in trouble for it, (Read more…)

Politics, Re-Spun: How to Hate Women

So, it turns out that if you and some of your single girl friends lament the lack of quality men in Vancouver, you may get attacked by anonymous men and women in the comments section of the Georgia Straight.

Go figure.

Whether that is “true” or not, people sure like to tee off on people. It feels a bit like the entitled imperviousness idiotic men feel when they shout sexually graphic obscenities at a female tv reporter on a live remote segment.

You can read the initial lament here and don’t miss the comments below it. Here are but (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The Sum of Male Abortion Activism

Filed under: Feminism, Politics Tagged: Abortion, Dudes, Feminism

Dead Wild Roses: Catherine Mackinnon on Structural Oppression of Women

It is nice when basic concepts are illustrated so succinctly.


Filed under: Feminism Tagged: Catherine Mackinnon, Feminism, Oppression

A Puff of Absurdity: Sex Ed Redux

The papers are full of stories about the fight for and against new sex education legislation.  Wynne seems to be holding her ground this time, though, so I’m not sure any of the debating will come to anything.  But it’s raised some interesting questions and ideas, and provoked a long talk with my 10-year-old daughter, which I get to below.

The curriculum (and all school curricula) is easy to find on-line.  Curriculum documents are unwieldy though, and it might take a while for the uninitiated to know which bits to look at.  There are many pages that aren’t really essential (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Objectification of Women – Just not a Thing. – Oh Wait, it totally is.

Baby high heels. It is an actual phenomena. Hard to have words for this one other than choked rage sputtering sounds.

Filed under: Feminism Tagged: Blaaaarg!, Female Objectification, Feminism, Sexualization of Infants

Politics, Re-Spun: How Do YOU Fight for Workplace Justice?

How do YOU define determination?

One of them gave birth the day before the vote. As soon as her baby was nursing properly and her bloodwork came back okay, she made the trip to the hotel to vote.

via Inside a union drive at The Trump Hotel | Toronto Star.

February 19, 2015 Looking for Heroes? (0) March 14, 2014 Don’t Tolerate Ignorance About the Minimum Wage (0) October 27, 2014 The Election-Eve Racist, Sexist Attack on Olivia Chow (0) December 17, 2013 Fried Squirrels (2)

Dead Wild Roses: Black Mom’s Tell White Mom’s About “The Race Talk”.

Women will bring peace to the world (if men don’t destroy it first) and they shall do it through understanding and listening to each other. Listen to the power of their words.


“Ten black mothers sat on the stage in an auditorium and looked into a diverse crowd of women in the audience. They were about to share something personal and hurtful with this room full of mostly strangers.

They were going to talk about something they didn’t normally share with their white friends or colleagues.

It was about to get real in that room.

In the aftermath (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Cows! Milk! Rape! RPOJ! – Christian “Morality” On Display

Usually we get to watch loopy christians say loopy stuff in support of their sincere belief in magic here on the the Disservice. Not so much fun today as we are going to look at how belief in magic can warp the moral fibre of people into condoning rape and the abuse of women. Let’s visit our new shitstain friend over at Christian Husbands.

[ed. I’m almost done and I really need to put a trigger warning on this post because this depraved example of humanity has written a how-to manual on how to dominate and (Read more…)

Politics, Re-Spun: Budweiser Stops Pandering to Rapists?

Budweiser, the perfect beer for rapists:

Being up for whatever happens [even with its own hashtag: #UpForWhatever]


an evening environment that doesn’t include no in its vocabulary


all within our still vibrant rape culture


a recipe for Budweiser to demonstrate how pathetic they are at understanding how communication works.

And they end up being complicit in continuing to promote rape culture and a world where explicit consent for sex is either ignore, downplayed or rejected.

They still haven’t apologized, but they have said that they regret missing the mark. Continue to not expect integrity from corporations:

(Read more…)

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

Let’s not have the porn = ‘freedom of speech’ argument this one time okay?

I live in a country where if you film any act of humiliation or torture, and if the victim is a woman, the film is both entertainment and it is protected speech. Now that tells me something about what it means to be a woman citizen in this country, and the meaning of being second class.When your rape is entertainment, your worthlessness is absolute. You have reached the nadir of social worthlessness. The civil impact of pornography on women is staggering. It keeps us socially (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: FHRITP! – Stay Classy Calgary Flames Fans – Example #2387461278 of #NotAllMen..

I’m curious as to how many times we need to see incidents like this. Misogyny via the expression of normative patriarchal values at it very finest in dear old Cowtown. Go take a look at the clip from CBC Calgary with reporter Meghan Grant.

“FHRITP — or f–k her right in the p—y — is a phrase men scream at (for the most part) female reporters. It’s rude, it’s degrading and it’s harassment. It’s happened before. It’ll probably happen again. But today was different. Since the Flames made the playoffs, I’ve heard numerous stories from reporter friends of harassment along the (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Three Cheers for the Calgary Expo – Angry Man Babies Explode in Rage!

All of the following has been cribbed from David Futrelle’s We Hunted the Mammoth – Thank you David for doing the heavy lifting on this one.

“The Honey Badgers — a mostly female A Voice for Men spinoff group known for its unlistenable internet “radio” shows — was sent packing after conventioneers complained about their connections to #GamerGate — a nine-month-long orgy of harassment targeting outspoken women in gaming and their supporters — and their alleged disruption of a panel devoted to women in comics.

According to Calgary Expo officials, the group was kicked out for “actively disregarding” the Expo’s efforts (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: If Reporting a Robbery was like Reporting a Rape…


Filed under: Feminism Tagged: Feminism, Gifsets I find on Tumblr, Rape, The Law

Dead Wild Roses: Don’t Worry Dudes it’s is Just Anecdata – Move along, Move along.

Now that we’ve dispensed with that missive and hopefully all of the egalitarian fun fem types, we can be begin proper on the little ways of that being human and female are different in society. My faithful readership thoughtfully intones,”But why Arb, you’ve posted stuff like this before… we get it.” I’m sure you do, but not of enough of the people out there seem to get it, and thus we have will have another narrative interlude in which we get to see what it’s like to have two X chromosomes instead of just one.

Thank you Maggie for (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: All About Love: bell hooks.

Just started reading Hooks’ treatise on Love. Only twenty two pages but already word-gold is present:

One of the most important social myths we must debunk if we are to become a more loving culture is the one that teaches parents that abuse and neglect can coexist with love. Abuse and neglect negate love. Care and affirmation, the opposite of abuse and humiliation, are the foundation of love. no one can rightfully claim to loving when behaving abusively. Yet parents do this all the time in our culture. Children are being told that (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Anita Sarkeesian: ‘How to be a feminist’ – The Fallacy of Choice Feminsm

Boom. Hi there my empowerful third wave friends. Let’s grab our learning hats and listen to Anita describing what, to my ears, sounds a lot like crusty old second wave feminism. You know, the variety that gets shit done.


Let’s not forget that gamer men are still assholes.

Filed under: Feminism Tagged: Feminism, Neo-Liberal Trap, Second Wave Feminism, Third Wave Feminism

Dead Wild Roses: DWR Feminist Quotes of the Day – Andrea Dworkin & Charnie Guttell


Many women, I think, resist feminism because it is an agony to be fully conscious of the brutal misogyny which permeates culture, society, and all personal relationships.

“Women, under separate masters, are the most divided of oppressed groups. And men prefer a willing slave to a forced slave, hence the necessity to enslave the mind. When one considers the natural attraction between the sexes, the dependence of the woman on the husband, her achievement of identity only through him ‘it would be a miracle (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Forced Birthers On the University of Alberta Campus

Well it had to happen sooner or later, the viciously anti-woman contingent of local forced birth brigade came to campus with their misleading fetus porn and all the lovely related argument for women to be incubators first and people second.

Thankfully the feminist and queer communities counter demonstrated to help push back some of the nonsense being spread.

Helpful hints for the local forced birth advocates.

Filed under: Canada, Culture, Feminism Tagged: Forced Birth Advocate Fail, Helpful Hints, Pro-Life Bullshit, Universtiy of Alberta

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Politics, Re-Spun: How You May Be Able to Be a Better Feminist

I don’t need to add anything here. If you like/hate what you read, click the link and get up to speed on the rest of it!

White feminists: this is a call for you to get your shit together. The point of equality isn’t to claw your way to the top so that you can treat other people just as badly as white dudes have treated you — we need to elevate each other, amplify each other’s voices, and maybe let someone else tell us if we’re allowed to be on their team. Because, as per Flavia Dzodan, if your (Read more…)

Politics, Re-Spun: Being a Better Ally: #IWD

Click me; it’s good for you!

International Women’s Day is a check-in point for me: I try to take stock of what has improved or worsened since last year. Doing so helps me be a better ally.

Our soul as a nation has suffered this past year. It has suffered from the continuing culture of rape and violence against women. The behaviour of the Dalhousie male dental students is just one more indicator of our continued dismissiveness and our neglect of dignity, though the process of restorative justice they’re now participating in offers some hope.

The worst sign, by far, (Read more…)

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.


“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…)