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“Smile, honey.”

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Better? Will this work?

Better? Will this work?

Well, I guess the rest of the shame she’ll just have to internalize. :/

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“What a cruel male dominated culture”

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“The paradox of feminism is that it’s not just about feminists: it’s not about us, it’s about all women. Feminism is useless if it’s only interesting to the women who are on Newsnight, or watching and tweeting about it. It’s useless if it’s only about people who know they deserve to be treated with respect, and to feel safe. Feminism is, ultimately, about girls like Jodie Marsh. It’s about the girl wants to be a vet but learns that she will get more respect by taking her top off. It’s about the girl who drops out of school at seventeen because she’s pregnant. It’s about the girl who thinks she doesn’t deserve love because she enjoys casual sex. It’s about the girl who thinks she doesn’t deserve good consensual sex because she’s in love. It’s about the girl who says there’s nothing wrong with giving her boyfriend sex when she’s in pain, because boys and girls think differently about sex anyway, and she’s in a relationship with him, and that’s what girlfriends do. It’s about the boy who gets beaten up for acting gay and leaves school at seventeen because he doesn’t feel safe there. Feminism is no use if it’s just about the girls and women reading the Guardian. Who’s going to listen to the girls who grow up reading the Sun?”

~ Three Faces of Feminism.

Compliments of : http://www.facebook.com/pages/Unpacking-the-F-Word/340597015976663

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Noam Chomsky: The responsibility of privilege

CHOMSKY

 

GREAT NEW VIDEO:

 

WE ALL HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO ACTIVISM: ESPECIALLY THE PRIVILEGED. (If you’re reading this, that probably applies.)

 

http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/talktojazeera/2013/01/201311294541129427.html

 

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While bringing attention to this issue is needed, we also need to look at the way we present/analyze it. For all the millions being bought, there are enough individuals willing to buy to create the billion dollar market.

When it comes to violence against women (trafficking, rape, prostitution etc.), as an example,  we are conditioned to analyze the victim (why was she there, what was she wearing/doing/saying) and remove the perpetrator form the equation. Even the phrase “Violence Against Women,”  seems to infer an invisible entity called ‘Violence’ is committing the crimes.

We need to start shifting our paradigm of analysis of crimes to the perpetrator (Perhaps, even naming!!!) and focus on the accompanying mentality/socialized beliefs that allow people to feel okay raping/harming/buying people all together.

Until we’re able to see the fundamental similarities in the structures of national elitism, racism, sexism and classism etc., we limit the efficacy of our movements towards equality and liberty as a whole. Power-over is the fundamental belief system underlying all the above, which supports entitlements to some and ownership of others etc. Power-over will simply be applied differently, depending on the need, if we don’t recognize and dismantle the overall structure.

How do our concepts/values of nation, state, race, gender, class etc. echo those of slavery and allow us to buy into systems that substantiate the exploitation of others?

Enough Already With the End of Men

Barbara & Shannon Kelley

Enough Already With the End of Men
 
“And yet, a few years down the line, most of those naughty little boys graduated from college, grad school even, and grew up to be highly successful men, pulling down the big bucks. As for the good little girls? Either married to them or working for them.

My point being, we had no problem with the ways in which schools privileged girls back in the days when we knew that, sooner or later, the boys would grow up to assume their rightful place. But now that girls have begun to hold their own, we wring our hands and kvetch about leveling the playing field.

As if anticipating my riff, Sommers ends her piece this way:

I can sympathize with those who roll their eyes at the relatively recent alarm over boys’ achievement. Where was the indignation when men dominated higher education, decade after decade? Isn’t it time for women and girls to enjoy the advantages? The impulse is understandable but misguided. I became a feminist in the 1970s because I did not appreciate male chauvinism. I still don’t. But the proper corrective to chauvinism is not to reverse it and practice it against males, but rather basic fairness. And fairness today requires us to address the serious educational deficits of boys and young men. The rise of women, however long overdue, does not require the fall of men.”

See more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/shannon-kelley/end-of-men_b_2627003.html?utm_hp_ref=fb&ir=Women&src=sp&comm_ref=false