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Dead Wild Roses: Today in Our Culture of Misogyny – Sam “Social Experiment” Pepper

Fearless amateur sociologist Sam Pepper conducts ground breaking social experiments such as this one.

Yah… he really did that and continues to do creepy things to women objectifying and violating their personal boundaries because in our society in 2014 – the boundaries of women don’t matter. This individual is showing us exactly what women have to put up with on a daily basis (and yes of course not exactly this, everything comes in degrees).

Look at the number of hits on this video, look at the number of “thumbs up”. If anything the greater idea being sent is (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Feminist Quote of the Day – My Least Favorite Movie Trope

Many thanks to Elizabeth Bear for today’s comment on our culture.

“My Least Favorite Trope (and this post will include spoilers for The Lego Movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Matrix, Western Civilization, and—cod help me—Bulletproof Monk*.) is the thing where there’s an awesome, smart, wonderful, powerful female character who by all rights ought to be the Chosen One and the hero of the movie, who is tasked with taking care of some generally ineffectual male character who is, for reasons of wish fulfillment, actually the person the film focuses on. She mentors him, she (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Sex Positive Feminism is Doing The Patriarchy’s Work for it.

From an article by Glosswitch published on the New Statesman.

“The underlying thought behind sex-positive feminism is conservative and unimaginative, fearing a sexless void should patriarchy ever vacate the space it currently fills. And yet the truth is, those who question objectification aren’t afraid of fucking. They are not the swooning, pearl-clutching prudes dreamed up by misogynists and sex positive feminists alike. They’re just taking sex positivity one step further, by recognising that no one’s choices are made in a vacuum but that everyone needs to be respected as an autonomous sexual being. That includes you, but it includes me (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The Friendzone Make-up Tutorial

Full marks for making fun of phony social constructs.

Filed under: Feminism Tagged: Feminism, Friend Zone, Make up Tutorial

Dead Wild Roses: The Rapist Checklist – Courtesy of the Biting Beaver Archives

A post that deserves to be amplified. Thank you BB for your words and your insight.


“However, you all would be amazed if you saw the sheer number of men who get ragingly pissed off by this post. For that reason alone I thought that it was worth reposting so today I’m copying it to this new post, just because I think it’ll be alot of fun to visit memory lane.”

The Rapist Checklist

Some things to remember…

You are a rapist if you get a girl drunk and have sex with her.

You are a (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The Difficulty of Asserting Boundaries

The lived experiences of women are fundamentally different than men. Go to This Ain’t Livin’ blog for the full post.

“This is the society we live in: it’s difficult for women and people socialised as women to assert their boundaries because they were trained to have no boundaries, and consequently, have to build them up as adults. It’s hard for us to scream in people’s faces, or say ‘no,’ and we have to learn this — which is why some self-defense classes have entire programs dedicated to getting participants to scream, to yell, to shout for help. To get (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Trying to Be the Debby Downer – Social Contexts of Gamer Rape Culture

This is a post based on a personal experience. The general topic of the sexist nature of video game culture can be found here.

As of late, I’ve been on a bit of League of Legends binge; a fact the Intransignet One can well attest. The problem with League of Legends (LoL) is that the competitive aspects of the game makes it very rewarding to win and thus, difficult to not to play. It is a strategic game based on skillful play and teamwork – it rewards the teams that communicate and work together. Thus, (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Feminist Casts Jundiced Eye toward Kia’s Dancing Hamsters

Let it be said up front that this cranky second waver bears no animus with regards to hamsters, electric vehicles, or dancing. Yet, once these elements are mixed into the toxic soup of everyone’s favourite capitalistic patriarchal construct – better known as ‘our society’ – hilarity is bound to ensue.

The advertisement in whole, before we begin.

This commercial is about selling cars. (Duh!) But who is the target audience? (if you thought hamsters, please leave now there are places better suited for your attentions). Let’s break this down and take a (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Women as Background Decoration, part 2. – Anita Sarkeesian

Patriarchy pissing in the punchbowl for hundreds of years continues to make things crappy, even in the land of video games.

Filed under: Feminism, Gaming Tagged: Anita Sarkeesian, Feminist Frequency, Patriarchy, Women as Background Decoration

Dead Wild Roses: What Men Are Really Saying – Sidewalk Harassment.

I suggest stop being like these guys and try a new fanciful tact – treating women with the respect and the dignity that you as a dude get by default.



Filed under: Feminism Tagged: Feminism, Harassment, Male Privilege

Dead Wild Roses: No Skin Thick Enough – Harassment in the Gaming Industry

Seems like we have a bit of feminist theme going on here this week – quelle suprise! Harassment and how women and men are taught to exist in society. If we can edumacate a few dudes about the toxic patriarchal soup we all swim in the world will be a better place.

“A male friend of mine that develops AAA games told me, “When a woman criticizes me, it goes to a different part of my brain than when a man on my team does. I get defensive really quickly. I’m trying to get better about it.” (Read more…)

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…)