It takes dedicated effort to remove these sorts of fiery speeches from the history of women. Oratory like this somehow doesn’t make it into the classrooms, or history lectures. So the lessons need to be discovered, theorized, and fought for in each generation of women making progress glacially slow. Yet we have helpful mnemonics for […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Second Wave Smackdown – On Prostitution
-‘The Lie,’ Andrea Dworkin. 1979. Letters From A War Zone, 1993.Filed under: Culture, Feminism Tagged: Dworkin, Pornography, The Lie . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The Lie – Andrea Dworkin
Today is Equal Pay Day in Ontario. Why? It’s the day that, if you’re a woman, your earnings have finally caught up with what men were paid the previous year. Women doing the same or equivalent work still earn, on average, 30% less than their male count… . . . → Read More: wmtc: (un)happy equal pay day
Excerpts from Elizabeth Stanton’s address to the National American Woman Suffrage Association. “Some men tell us we must be patient and persuasive; that we must be womanly. My friends, what is man’s idea of womanliness? Is it to have a manner which pleases him- quiet, deferential, submissive, approaching him as a subject does a […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Feminist Quote of the Day – Elizabeth Cady Stanton
“Radical feminist theorists do not seek to make gender a bit more flexible, but to eliminate it. They are gender abolitionists, and understand gender to provide the framework and rationale for male dominance. In the radical feminist approach, masculinity is the behaviour of the male ruling class and femininity is the behaviour of the subordinate […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Feminist Quote of the Day – The Abolition of Gender – Sheila Jeffreys
“Adolescence, for a woman, is the slow realization that you are not considered as fully human as you hoped. You are a body first, and your body is not yours alone: whether or not you are attracted to men, men and boys will believe they have a claim on your body, and the state gets […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Feminist Quote of the Day – Laurie Penny
Ms.Murphy describes the radical treatment necessary in order to make our society a livable place for women: “Without the things women are expected to provide in order to “prove” abuse — pictures of injuries, hospital records, DNA — we are already not believed. In fact, “believed” is the wrong word — we are not […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Meghan Murphy on Ghomeshi and the Canadian Justice System
Ms. Reilly-Cooper has done some fantastic foundational work describing what sex and gender is and, more importantly, how many radical feminists approach the topic. This will be a long post and a feature here at DWR as it is a resource too good not to replicate. “Sex 1. Humans, like the vast majority of species, reproduce sexually. […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Rebecca Reilly-Cooper: What I believe about Sex and Gender (Part One).
Did you miss part 1 here? “To make sense of these ideas [conceptions of gender] and decide what you think of them, it’s helpful to understand a bit of history—the history of feminist and sexual radical ideas. There are three main questions we think it’s worth pursuing in more detail: Is it true that radical […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Talking About Gender – Debbie Cameron and Joan Scanlon – Part 2
The Female Version: And then there is male date preparation: Men worry that their date won’t measure up to their aesthetic preferences. Women worry that they’re going wind up dead. The disparity is RIDICULOUS, and the fact that dudes get offended when women try to protect themselves is hard proof that way too many […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Date Preparation for Females and Males
This excerpt from an article in the New Statesman: “It’s a shame then that my enjoyment of International Women’s Day each 8th March is consistently spoiled by the United Nations’ attempt to put men at the heart of feminism with their #HeForShe campaign. Let me say this very clearly. Men-centric feminism is garbage. Feminism […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Rosie Fletcher – Feminism Should be About Females.
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Time magazine is running a poll on words that should be banned in 2015, of which one of those proposed is “feminist”. I think we can all get behind that. Who wouldn’t be bored of feminism by now? It’s been going on for ages – for at least as long as… . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Time Magazine is right: We should be sick of the word “feminist” by now
Clearly, we need an overhaul of Canada’s criminal code, with a feminist lens. Men sure get off easy, right Mr. Ghomeshi. Ghomeshi, Bill Cosby, rape culture should be helping guide us to what kind of criminal code can produce justice. 2016 and no statistic in the world will convince our justice system that the priority … Continue reading Ghomeshi and Canada’s New Criminal Code →
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Wow. Meghan Murphy simply and clearly posits what Feminism is about. Check out her blog here. “There are various ways the divide between “feminisms” is articulated: liberal vs radical, third wave vs second wave, sex-positive vs sex-negative, but none of those have ever seemed wholly accurate to me. (In particular, challenging male-centred or coercive […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Meghan Murphy – Defining the “F” word.
I have to thank tumblr for occasionally putting such important concise definitions at my fingertips. So, let’s define what sex based oppression and where it comes from. “As Friedrich Engels made clear, even before feminism’s First Wave, women were historically controlled because we are “a means of production”—without women, there are no heirs, and without […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Radical Feminism – Sex Based Oppression – What is it?
I’m not sure if talking about patriarchy while discussing a TV show based on conspiracy theories is the best plan, but what the hell. If this sort of shit is happening to Gillian Anderson, it can (and probably does) happen to you, if you happen to be female. “Anderson and Duchovny’s legendarily potent onscreen pairing—rife […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The Se”X”ism Files – The Patriarchy at Work In Hollywood.
I am very privileged and honoured to host thoughts on prostitution and ‘sex work’ from Emma, a recent addition to the DWR commentariat. Emma takes a hard look at the commercial rape trade and those who support it. With Emma’s permission I am reposting her comment to the main blog, as it is simply made […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Blamer Emma – On Prostitution a.k.a The Commercial Rape
All slides are from the presentation by Dr. Cathy Higgins. Given that power works best from the shadows (insert creepy *mou-ah-ah-ah, here), it is always beneficial to bring the artifice of power into plain sight so can be properly evaluated and critiqued. If one doesn’t know what Patriarchy is, then how can it ever be […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Radical Feminism 101 – What is Patriarchy? – A 14 Slide Primer
Ahh, you can hear the faint hum of the patriarchal machinery gently whirr in the background as it gently churns out non-provocative titles such as this: “Sexy outfits for female staff may be discriminatory.” The unabashed use of the qualifier quickly raised this commentators eyebrow and raised the feminist lobes to a strong yellow alert. […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: I Love The Smell of Equality in the Morning – Dress Codes for Women
I know already. You’re a feminist. And a man. But I’m not going to pat you on the back for that because we need to do better. We may think we’ve already earned all the male-feminist scout badges. We may subscribe to the male-feminist version of the doctors’ maxim ‘first, do no harm.’ But that’s … Continue reading Seven Tips for Feminist Men →
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Photo by Michael Coghlan I’d like to start by discussing how not to talk about rape in India. We cannot talk about it as though it is a problem that happens in India and nowhere else. I say this because gener… . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: Women’s liberation, everyone’s liberation