A Voice For Men, one of the most prominent men’s rights websites out there, advocates for women who are being sexually harassed to “envision the person talking to [them] as human” and to thank them.
The new civil rights movement has truly arrived.
The Gulabi gang is a group of Indian women vigilantes and activists who visit abusive husbands & beat them up with laathis (bamboo sticks) unless they stop abusing their wives.
In 2008, they stormed an electricity office in Banda district and forced officials to turn back the power they had cut in order to extract bribes. They have also stopped child marriages and protested dowry and female illiteracy.
The group, which the Indian media portray positively, was reported to have 20,000 members as of 2008, as well as a chapter in Paris, France.
The Gulabi gang is the subject of the 2010 movie Pink Saris by Kim Longinotto and the 2012 documentary Gulabi Gang by Nishtha Jain. Another movie, Gulab Gang, starring Madhuri Dixit in the leading role, is to be released on International Women’s Day, March 8, 2013.
I LOVE YOU AND I DON’T EVEN KNOW YOU
in order to call yourself a feminist, you must first sign a blood oath to wage a war on equality that is so complete as to erase the very word “equal” and all it’s variations from the english language, and all other languages for that matter
anyone who tells you otherwise is lying
who are you going to trust, me or every relevant feminist writer, activist, and theorist ever in existence? hello, they’re feminists
i think i’ve made my point.
If you don’t know who Zainab Salbi is, you need to.
She is the Iraqi-born co-founder of Women For Women International, a non-profit founded in 1993 that provides support to women survivors of war. Born into an elite family in Iraq and raised in a life surrounded by war and closely tied to Saddam Hussein (her father was his personal pilot), Zainab moved to America when she was 19. She co-founded WfWI with her then-husband when she was just 23, after hearing of the horrific conditions Bosnian women were forced to face during the war. WfWI has since distributed over $95 million in direct aid and microloans to women in places such as Afghanistan, Bosnia, Congo, Sudan, Kosovo, and Nigeria.
I’m currently reading her book, Between To Worlds: Escape From Tyranny: Growing Up In The Shaddow of Saddam which is an amazing memoir of her life growing up in Iraq and being “the pilot’s daughter”.
She also hosted this fabulous TEDtalk about the lives of women during wartime.
She’s currently by biggest hero, and I think you all should check her out.
liberalism believes a muslim woman’s biggest oppressor is her hijab and not military intervention, drone strikes, institutionalized sexism/misogyny, capitalism, imperialism, u.n. enforced sanctions, etc.
“Amherst has almost 1800 students; last year alone there were a minimum of 10 sexual assaults on campus. In the past 15 years there have been multiple serial rapists, men who raped more than five girls, according to the sexual assault counselor. Rapists are given less punishment than students caught stealing. Survivors are often forced to take time off, while rapists are allowed to stay on campus. If a rapist is about to graduate, their punishment is often that they receive their diploma two years late.
I eventually reported my rapist.
He graduated with honors.
I will not graduate from Amherst.
The stories and statistics are miles long in regards to sexual assault on campus. My story is far from unique, and, compared to some of the stories I have heard, is tame.”
The woman who wrote this is a hero. Please read her story, and keep in mind that it represents the experiences of roughly one fifth of college women.
You might be surprised to know that a number of us here at Black Feminists were amazed to hear you declare in your latest New Statesman blog that “feminism is, and to an extent always has been, a white, middle class movement”.
We’re not sure the feminists of the Indian Chipko movement in the 1970s or the Southall Black Sisters would agree either.
It seems that you’re most worried about the “issues of race, class, religion, sexuality, politics and privilege…fracturing feminist dialogue,” even if your fantasy universal feminism actively marginalises the experience of anyone who isn’t you.
You play into the damaging myth that feminism is for an elite and narrow group. In reality many people who don’t actively identify as or even distance themselves from the F-word still have feminist views. Similarly many people know how intersectionality affects them and others around them, even if they don’t consider themselves to be intersectional.
In recent weeks intersectionality – or whatever you want to call it – has been deemed irrelevant and literally not worth giving a shit about. Now you’ve kindly told us it’s too academic. If we’re being honest, both come across as excuses to avoid talking about intersectionality itself and dealing with how it affects people. Given recent events, perhaps you can see why many black feminists and others are angry.
Intersectionality may be an academic term that has spilled into common usage among many feminists, but that doesn’t mean that the concept it refers to isn’t real and worthy of discussion. It’s merely shorthand for experiences that many people recognise and talk about – those points where race, gender, sexuality, ability, class and so on come together. And while language is important, most feminists only really use that kind terminology with others who know what it mean.
In obsessing over the use of one word, you not only miss the point (intersectionality could also refer to education), and imply that a vast swathe of people are stupid, but worse still you actively dismiss the views of people of colour and others.
But let’s talk about how African American women die from breast cancer more than any other women,
And how our survivor status isn’t as celebrated in popular culture.
How every time we see some Susan G. Komen stuff, it’s white women, white women, white women, but Black women are the ones dying.
I DARE one of you snarkobots to let your mouth get jazzy about this woman or this hair.
You know that Komen shit is indeed shit right? But yes this, this all the way.
That “Komen shit” is actually incredibly problematic, and they spend more money on their salaries and pink merchandising than on actually finding a cure. Couple that with the “no more money to Planned Parenthood” nonsense of earlier this year, and Komen is one of the worst and most corrupt breast cancer foundations, well, ever. Here are some alternatives:
- The Breast Cancer Research Foundation
- Living Beyond Breast Cancer
- The National Breast Cancer Foundation
There’s no organization that is so necessary that it can be excused of racism and corruption, especially not a right-leaning organization that spends less than 20% of its funds on actual research.
you tell him batman
Shut up, Redditor Robin.
OH SHIT THEY FIGURED US OUT
FEMINIST AGENDA ACHIEVED. WE’RE DONE HERE. EVERYONE CAN GO HOME.
Crying tears of misandry and joy.
Now we know why Ryking et al. are so angry.
WE HAVE SUCCEEDED, FEMPIRE. LET US GO HOME AND PLAY WITH DILDZ.
Phantom of the Opera is basically Nice Guy the Musical.
with hit songs like
“Think of me when you are unhappy with your current boyfriend because i treated you so much better”
“All I Ask of You is that you enter into a sexual/romantic relationship with me(it’s really not that big a deal why are you complaining)”
“the point of no return: the awful purgatory of the friend zone”
Bingo Cards from this awesome collection on Flickr
you just won 500 internets
This is really interesting. Their gender rights situation is truly appalling though.