I need feminism because I live in fear. I act to avoid sexual assault at almost any cost including what job I’ll do, where I’ll live, what hobbies I choose. At primary school when boys looked up my skirt and I told the teacher they found it funny, and acted like the boys were cheeky and endearing while I was treated like I was over reacting. I need feminism because I used to get wolf whistled at by leering men every single day just walking to school. As an adult looking back, I can see my disgust wasn’t an over reaction but very appropriate. I need feminism because a boy at school would shout “Kristen I’m going to fuck you!” on the bus and no one said anything, not even a teacher. I need feminism because a boy brought a picture of Jimi Hendrix surrounded by naked women in to our A Level Psychology class and everyone acted as though it was cool, even the teacher (who was very popular with the students) and I felt very uncomfortable. I need feminism because I feel cut off from my family because they still stay in touch with my uncle and chosen godfather who touched me inappropriately, said disgusting things to me and other women in the family. They are trying to keep the peace and I understand it, but I need feminism because what he did “wasn’t that bad”. I don’t think they would say the same if he’d done that to a boy. I need feminism because I felt like I was only good for sex and so made myself a sex object for men I actually loved and acted in ways that meant it was easy to treat me badly. When they refused to treat me like that and rejected me instead, I felt like I was worth nothing. I need feminism because I was told women are equal but people seem to act like they’re not. I need feminism because I am capable of much more than I allow myself to attempt. I need feminism because I can tell when a man is attempting something in bed because he saw it in porn, the common kind that treats a woman’s body as a thing of never ending holes. I need feminism because I went to the train station for work at 5 am and got harassed by a group of men. My fiance takes me now and I feel disempowered. I need feminism because my fiance has just realised how he objectified women without even knowing it, and it horrified him. I need feminism because I want my sister to be respected. I need feminism because I want a better world for my children.
You can’t pick and choose what parts of feminism you want. You can’t support your queer sisters but not your trans sisters. You can’t support your fat sisters but not your sisters of colour. Being a feminist means creating a positive and equal space for women. The second you start excluding women based on which characteristics you do or do not find appealing you have defeated the whole point of being a feminist.
|—||Kathleen Hanna (via camewiththeframe)|
I HAVE NEVER REBLOGGED ANYTHING SO QUICKLY AS THIS
Emma Sulkowicz is on the cover of this month’s New York Magazine and that is the coolest thing wow
DUUUUDE this is a huge fucking deal honestly
"I am a big girl. A voluptuous, curvy, dress-wearing lesbian. I love my body; it’s the only one I’ll ever have. I eat a lot of greens and work out and drink gin martinis and put M&Ms in my froyo and sometimes I don’t do anything but watch Project Runway. I am allowed to look sexy, feel sexy, and be in love. I am worthy of all of those things, and so are you. Own your good and bad, and all the scary parts that you’ve been covering up because it is yours and no amount of judgement can tell you how to love your body. In the words of Sonya Renee, the body is not an apology. You are magic. “
The “Girls” creator and her gay sister get candid.