Think about the first name you were ever called,
and then think how long it took until
you got called a pussy
or a slut,
or a bitch,
or a whore,
all of which are words that fall too close to ‘girl.’
Think about the first time you got called a ‘girl’
and they said it with a sneer.
Like it was a bad thing.
For a boy, it is the lowest degradation to get called a girl.
For a girl, it is the lowest degradation to get called a girl.
Remember, black widow spiders and female praying mantises eat their partners after intercourse.
Remember, it’s the lionesses who hunt.
They come back with bloody muzzles, dragging bloated carcasses as the alpha lion strides around with his mane puffing out.
Remember, it’s only the female mosquitoes who drink blood.
We’re the ones who do the necessary work, dirty our hands,
fuck or fight or both.
We’re often the smaller sex, which makes us a harder target
as we slink close and sink our teeth in.
Remember: we’re deadly.
You should be proud to be called a girl.
Guess what. I'm pro-life and I consider myself to be a feminist. Contrary to popular belief, these are not contradictory.
How can you consider yourself a feminist knowing you’ll trap people in abusive relationships?
How can you consider yourself a feminist knowing some people will never be able to escape their abusers?
How can you consider yourself a feminist knowing you’ll bring violence onto some people from family, friends, or partners because they got pregnant?
How can you consider yourself a feminist knowing people will die that would otherwise have survived their pregnancy had they been able to get an abortion?
How can you consider yourself a feminist knowing you’re potentially causing more trauma to rape victims? (Rape exceptions are ineffective shit so don’t even start.)
How can you consider yourself a feminist knowing you’ll cause people to lose their jobs from pregnancy related causes?
How can you consider yourself a feminist knowing you will harm some trans and non-binary individuals who can get pregnant?
How can you consider yourself a feminist knowing you will cause some people’s mental illnesses to worsen temporarily or permanently?
How can you consider yourself a feminist knowing you’ll cause some people to drop out high school or college? (Wage gap increase, anyone?)
How can you consider yourself a feminist knowing you’ll cause people to maim, harm, or poison themselves to self abort?
How can you consider yourself a feminist knowing you’ll push some people deeper into poverty or make it harder/impossible to get out?
How can you consider yourself a feminist knowing you’ll have people forced or coerced into placing a child for adoption?
How can you consider yourself a feminist knowing you’ll cause some people to be disowned by their friends and families?
How can you consider yourself a feminist by denying people able to become pregnant their bodily autonomy, something they’ve been fighting for and are still fighting for for millennia?
Pro-life feminism is an oxymoron.
just want it to be clear that men CAN be feminist. I am a man and I am a feminist. thank you
Oh look, a mighty man has graced me with a declaration on my blog. Someone quick, add an addemdum to the mighty white man scroll of rules for the world.
that’s rich coming from the white suburban American teenage girl who decides she gets to make the rules for feminism and social rights
Even richer of you to assume I’m suburban and a teenager… Like, what orifice did you pull that from??
And when did I ever attempt to make any rules? Fun fact: pointing out kyriarchy is not making up rules. But good luck on your blog, it’s super kewl and not shitty at all.
feminism is for the equality of all people
if you’re going to make fun of someone or degrade another just for what they are, that makes you the opposite of a feminist.
thank you and have a good day
Oh thank goodness another cis man came to tell me what feminism is, I was getting worried that all the men on earth had died since I hadn’t had one come onto my blog to declare what feminism is/isn’t in like 4 whole hours.
To all the guys who actually think they can Demand that a woman recognize you as part of feminism, this is what you sound like
You are more interested in being seen as feminist, in having the title, than actually Being one. One of the purposes of feminism is supposed to be creating a space for women to speak of the inequalities they face because they get drowned out and excluded and told to shutup everywhere else.
But yeah fuck that, we should really start focusing on how cis men feel about being ‘excluded’ instead. Because, as always, that is the priority.
Powerpuff Girls was actually a show about a group of small children crushing the patriarchy and no one will convince me otherwise
elle woods taught me i can be smart and sexy and beat em all and that’s what my feminism is all about
"Anne Bonny and Mary Read were pirates, as renowned for their ruthlessness as for their gender, and during their short careers challenged the sailors’ adage that a woman’s presence on shipboard invites bad luck."
Sculpture by Erik Christianson.
I’m not entirely sure that the statue really needed to have a tit out.
How dare women try to have nipples.
Actually I’ve seen this before and I can tell you— it’s because these women were bad ass pirates and when they killed someone they’d expose one or both breasts so that when their victim died, (s)he knew that they were killed by a woman.
ACTUALLY Anne Bonny purposely wore loose fitting clothes and displayed her breasts openly at all times during battle - mainly because men were distracted by them, and she took pleasure in killing said men while they were too busy staring at her breasts. Mary Read dressed mainly as a man (after posing as her deceased brother, Mark, for the entirety of her childhood) and both ladies cross-dressed from time to time, hopping between ships. They were known as the ‘fierce hell cats’ due to their ferocious tempers, and were key elements to Captain ‘Calico Jack’ Rackham’s crew - they were the only two known female pirates in the Golden Age of Caribbean piracy. IN FACT, when the ship was captured by the British Navy, Anne and Mary were the ONLY TWO pirates who fought while the males of the crew hid - they were all tried to be hung as pirates but Bonny and Read were both pregnant and were pardoned.
Calico Jack was a lover to Bonny, and as he was to be hung, Bonny’s final words to him were, “Had you fought like a man, you need not be hung like a dog.” Bonny and Read were possibly two of the most badass fucking pirates and they were FEMALE. The more you know.
Look at these badass womens
The hashtag #WhiteFeministRants was started by @RaniaKhalek in response to The Nation piece on “toxic feminism”, a piece that purposely obscured structural power differences and racism within feminism as to why the responses (to various stunts by White feminists) from women of colour do not always have a “nice tone” and are thereby deemed “toxic.” I previously posted about that article and shared an important quote from another response piece to that article. The tweets I sent above were specific to Black women and experiences with mainstream feminism because that’s my experience as a Black woman, but of course Black women aren’t the only ones repeatedly marginalized in these daily hit pieces, within feminism and within society itself. But the role of anti-Blackness within such friction cannot be denied either.
If we’re going to have an honest conversation about problems in feminism (which simply reflects White supremacist capitalist cisheteropatriarchy itself, “feminist” label or not) but cannot discuss why some womanists/Black feminists, women of colour who are feminists, trans women, sex workers, poor women, disabled women etc. respond to these hit pieces and structural exclusion and oppression because of White Feminism/mainstream feminism's proximity to the State and distance from the oppressed, then things like what I mentioned in the tweets above (which is not really hyperbole…at all) need to be included in claims of “toxicity.”
I do not randomly tweet White women. Other than a handful who are kind to me, I don’t talk to too many online about topics of any significance. I don’t have any White women friends offline because of the abuse I experienced at their hands in high school, college, grad school, a decade of corporate America and social groups/gatherings/in public. So I am not running around planning to be “toxic” to White women or White feminists specifically. I don’t troll them or anyone online. Sometimes I discuss their harmful work and I don’t always tweet them directly. I focus on my life and my work, but that work includes deconstructing racism and how this (among many other identity facets) differentiates how we experience gender. And racism amidst feminism does not get a pass nor am I doing so because I want some kinda “White approval” that they deny me. So this idea that I could ever talk about it “too much” or should ignore it and grin, smile and tap dance for White feminists is an idea that will not ever be valid to me.
Oh and by the way, when they’re saying things like what I mentioned in my tweets above—reinforcing White supremacist narratives and norms about Black women as feminists, mothers, writers etc.—that stuff hurts. I understand that Whites think that Black people—especially Black women—do not experience pain in the way Whites do or at all (as actual research has confirmed their thoughts), that is actually a White supremacist lie with centuries of history used to justify the dehumanization of Black people. These things hurt. And while their “feelings” get “hurt” by critiques that I make of their racist, White supremacist, anti-intersectional, purposely obscuring structural power type of pieces, planning and action, their lies about who I am as a Black woman threatens my life. There is no “both sides” that “goes both ways” when one “side” has White supremacy—which they do not use their feminism to deconstruct—supporting them.
Related Essay List: 2013: A Year Of White Supremacy and Racism In Mainstream Feminism
You know, the one that gives housewives/full-time mothers a pension— wages for housework?
It’s ONLY A HUGE VICTORY FOR FEMINISM, SOCIALISM, AND WOMEN OF COLOR. Not a big deal or anything. Tumblr is mysteriously silent about this.