Women, organized and speaking up for themselves, naming their oppressors and fighting back. Inspiring stuff. 🙂 “It is an urgent necessity for the development of the communist movement and the revolutionary movement in general, that every viewpoint which sees the oppression of women as a “side issue” or any feminism as “petty bourgeois” be […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Quotes from the Red Women’s Committee – Fight Patriarchy and Imperialism!
This quote is from the Harper’s Magazine archive. We Do Abortions Here: A Nurse’s Story, is a powerful piece that goes beyond the well worn positions that are still being dragged about today. I recommend a full reading, go to Harper’s Archive to read it.
“Women have abortions because they are too old, and . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Excerpt from “We Do Abortions Here” – Sallie Tisdale
My friend recently rescued some softbound books from his apartment’s lobby area, sort of a communal reuse and recycle area. In publication called New Politics I found the opening paragraphs from Betty Reid Mandell’s article The Future of Caretaking most informative, and worthy enough to be shared with you fair readers. This, as always, is . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The Future of Caretaking
“When I was about 20 years old, I met an old pastor’s wife who told me that when she was young and had her first child, she didn’t believe in striking children, although spanking kids with a switch pulled from a tree was standard punishment at the time. But one day, when her son was . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: A Thought on Spanking your Child…
I’d like to recommend reading this particular book as it offers a laypersons guide to how our minds evolved and the inelegant solutions and workarounds that are now standard in the homo sapiens brain. Consider this summary of why sometime we become angry and that anger dominates our rational capacities.
“What occasionally allows normal . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Quote of the Day: Kluge – The Haphazard Evolution of the Human Mind
Not the most encouraging study. “Princeton University psychologist Susan Fiske took brain scans of heterosexual men while they looked at sexualised images of women wearing bikinis. She found that the part of their brains that became activated was pre-motor – areas that usually light up when people anticipate using tools. The men were reacting . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Quote of the Day – On Women and Brainscans.
Currently reading Democracy Incorporated by Sheldon Wolin. He speaks of totalitarianism in a different form as opposed to that described by Hannah Arendt, but of what he terms inverted totalitarianism in which the state is hollowed out to serve corporate interests rather than those of the public. Thus quote originates from chapter 4 in . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Quote of the Day – Sheldon S. Wolin
“It is because society tells us that women are objects, not subjects, that when society is presented with a case of male violence or sexual abuse, everyone looks at it from his point of view: “Oh, he must have been provoked to have done that,” “He was a nice man who just snapped,” “He . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Feminist Quote of the Day – Objectification, More than Just Pictures
If you have not checked out Captain Awkward, I command you to do so now. CA is a great place to learn about the difficulties people encounter in life and how to deal with them/help others deal with them. From the Darth Vader is tricksy Hobbit thread I gleaned this quote:
“One of the . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The Darth Vader Partner – Quote of the Day
“Forget the politicians. The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice … you don’t. You have no choice. You have owners. They own you. They own everything. They own all the important land. They own, and control the corporations. They’ve long since bought, and paid for the . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Quote of the Day – Carlin on Poltics.
I’m finishing Brownmiller’s book, Against our Will. Funny how the arguments really have not changed and are still regularly trotted out by ‘feminist allies’ and critics here in 2012. As Brownmilla concludes, she thoroughly brings the noise and lays it all down on the table with bon mots like this:
“Critics of the women’s . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Dudely Wisdom cirra 1975 – Susan Brownmiller
Susan Brownmillar examines the role of the justice system with regards to rape. Or perhaps more accurately the “male-justice” system. [On raping a minor under the age of consent]
[…] States with a high age of consent usually employ the chastity standard for the upper-age limits. In some states the burden of proving . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Against our Will – The Legal System
Just to darken your day a little –
“The Obama campaign greatly impressed the public relations industry, which named Obama ‘Advertising Age’s marketer of the year for 2008,’ easily beating out Apple computers. A good predictor of the elections a few weeks later. The industry’s regular task is to create uninformed consumers who . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Quote of the Day – Noam Chomsky on Democracy
“Unless we accept that women are biologically programmed to engage in beauty practices, then they need to be understood as cultural practices that are required of women. All practices required of one sex class rather than the other should be examined for their political role in maintaining male dominance. “
-From Beauty and Misogyny:Harmful Cultural . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Feminist Quote of the Day
” In Loving to Survive she makes an analogy between femininity and the behaviour of hostages om situations of captivity and threat that has been named Stockholm syndrome. She explains that the idea of Stockholm syndrome comes from a hostage situation in Stockholm in which it because clear that hostages, instead of reacting with […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Quote (paragraph?) of the Day – Dee Graham on “Societal Stockhome Syndrome”
“Against Our Will” is an important book, I suggest that everyone read it as soon as possible. “A world without rapists would be a world in which women moved freely without fear of men. That some men rape provides a sufficient threat to keep all women in a constant state of intimidation, forever conscious of […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Against Our Will – Susan Brownmiller – Quote of the Day
Short, sweet and to the point –
“Pornography is the graphic representation, not just of violence against women, but of male supremacy. It degrades all women. It erodes the humanity of all women. Porn use fetishizes violence and supports male supremacy. Porn is the expression of patriarchy. Porn use is the practice of patriarchy.”
-Twisty, . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Quote of the Day – On Porn.