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Josie | British | Fangirl | Reblogger, Feminist and Occasional Artist

Fandoms: Sherlock | Doctor Who | Supernatural | Hannibal | Lewis | Bomb Girls | Cabin Pressure | Welcome To Night Vale | Simon and Garfunkel


Jul 30 '14

We live in a society that’s sexist in ways it doesn’t understand. One of the consequences is that men are extremely sensitive to being criticized by women. I think it threatens them in a very primal way, and male privilege makes them feel free to lash out.

This is why women are socialized to carefully dance around these issues, disagreeing with men in an extremely gentle manner. Not because women are nicer creatures than men. But because our very survival can depend on it.

No skin thick enough: The daily harassment of women in the game industry

The whole article sadly hits very close to home.

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Jul 30 '14

knuffelvos:

wear your armor

whether it’s makeup, a band tshirt, your fandom pins, tattoos, jewelry, your favorite ripped pair of jeans, or something no one else can touch or see like your favorite song repeating like a mantra in your head, the sound of your own heartbeat, or the knowledge that you were brave enough to get out of bed today when everything else inside you said “no”

wear your armor and kick ass

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Jul 30 '14

bigbardafree:

you know that stage you went through where you hated being a girl and you just resented yourself and everything having to do with girly things because you were so sick of pink and barbies being pushed on you so you like full force rejected that shit and you were just so full of hate and vitriol at anything even the slightest bit “girly” yeah gender norms will fuck you up

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Jul 28 '14
If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also
Matt 5:39

This specifically refers to a hand striking the side of a person’s face, tells quite a different story when placed in it’s proper historical context. In Jesus’s time, striking someone of a lower class ( a servant) with the back of the hand was used to assert authority and dominance. If the persecuted person “turned the other cheek,” the discipliner was faced with a dilemma. The left hand was used for unclean purposes, so a back-hand strike on the opposite cheek would not be performed. Another alternative would be a slap with the open hand as a challenge or to punch the person, but this was seen as a statement of equality. Thus, by turning the other cheek the persecuted was in effect putting an end to the behavior or if the slapping continued the person would lawfully be deemed equal and have to be released as a servant/slave.   

(via thefullnessofthefaith)

THAT makes a lot more sense, now, thank you. 

(via guardianrock)

I can attest to the original poster’s comments. A few years back I took an intensive seminar on faith-based progressive activism, and we spent an entire unit discussing how many of Jesus’ instructions and stories were performative protests designed to shed light on and ridicule the oppressions of that time period as a way to emphasize the absurdity of the social hierarchy and give people the will and motivation to make changes for a more free and equal society.

For example, the next verse (Matthew 5:40) states “And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well.” In that time period, men traditionally wore a shirt and a coat-like garment as their daily wear. To sue someone for their shirt was to put them in their place - suing was generally only performed to take care of outstanding debts, and to be sued for one’s shirt meant that the person was so destitute the only valuable thing they could repay with was their own clothing. However, many cultures at that time (including Hebrew peoples) had prohibitions bordering on taboo against public nudity, so for a sued man to surrender both his shirt and his coat was to turn the system on its head and symbolically state, in a very public forum, that “I have no money with which to repay this person, but they are so insistent on taking advantage of my poverty that I am leaving this hearing buck-ass naked. His greed is the cause of a shameful public spectacle.”

All of a sudden an action of power (suing someone for their shirt) becomes a powerful symbol of subversion and mockery, as the suing patron either accepts the coat (and therefore full responsibility as the cause of the other man’s shameful display) or desperately chases the protester around trying to return his clothes to him, making a fool of himself in front of his peers and the entire gathered community.

Additionally, the next verse (Matthew 5:41; “If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.”) was a big middle finger to the Romans who had taken over Judea and were not seen as legitimate authority by the majority of the population there. Roman law stated that a centurion on the march could require a Jew (and possibly other civilians as well, although I don’t remember explicitly) to carry his pack at any time and for any reason for one mile along the road (and because of the importance of the Roman highway system in maintaining rule over the expansive empire, the roads tended to be very well ordered and marked), however hecould not require any service beyond the next mile marker. For a Jewish civilian to carry a centurion’s pack for an entire second mile was a way to subvert the authority of the occupying forces. If the civilian wouldn’t give the pack back at the end of the first mile, the centurion would either have to forcibly take it back or report the civilian to his commanding officer (both of which would result in discipline being taken against the soldier for breaking Roman law) or wait until the civilian volunteered to return the pack, giving the Judean native implicit power over the occupying Roman and completely subverting the power structure of the Empire. Can you imagine how demoralizing that must have been for the highly ordered Roman armies that patrolled the region?

Jesus was a pacifist, but his teachings were in no way passive. There’s a reason he was practically considered a terrorist by the reigning powers, and it wasn’t because he healed the sick and fed the hungry.

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Jul 25 '14

greencarnations:

cinematicsymphony:

This is so accurate. At school, we literally have children who will watch our facial expressions to see if them falling is as bad as they think it might be.

CORRECT CHILD INJURY PROCEDURE:

  • do not react. at the most, maybe wince and go “ooooh”
  • go over to the child to assess panic level and severity of injury
  • if they’re like, dying, remain calm, but they’re probably not.
  • look them in the eye and ask, “you okay?” they will nod. possibly all teary-eyed. then ask, “are we gonna need to cut it off?”
  • the child is thrown off. if they giggle, you’re in the money. if they do not, put a bandaid on and do some sympathetic patting. they are probably a little teary. let the sad little bug sit out for a minute. they will quickly get bored.
  • works every time

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Jul 25 '14

Andreja Pejic, Supermodel, Comes Out as a Trans Woman!

autostraddle:

Andreja Pejic, Supermodel, Comes Out as a Trans Woman!

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Model Andreja Pejic has been in the public spotlight for a few years, making big waves for her androgynous look and ability to model both menswear and womenswear flawlessly. She’s now in the news again after coming out publicly as a trans woman and announcing that she will start to exclusively model women’s fashion from now on. She says that she is supported by friends and her family in Australia.

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Jul 25 '14

mustrumridcully:

Selfies together while Josie is back from silchester for the day :)

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Jul 25 '14

Anonymous asked:

Penises are for urinating and supplying sperm for reproduction, doesn't mean we urinate and fuck in public .. why should breast feeding be okay? fucking typical one sided feminist

moonblossom:

skiptheyouth:

sktagg23:

Does your penis provide sustenance for another person? No. Can you show your nipples in public if you want to? Yes. Also, breasts are not genitals or sex organs. Only 13 out of 190 cultures world wide consider them to be sexual or even private parts. Don’t even act like this is a feminist thing. This is a babies-have-the-right-to-eat thing.

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I’ve seen more men urinating in public than I have women breast feeding, like are you fucking kidding me??!? Men take every excuse to expose themselves in public to make women uncomfortable.

I saw a guy peeing in a flowerpot right in front of my store in the middle of the afternoon literally two days ago! I have not seen anyone breastfeeding in public in the past several months.

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Jul 25 '14
asexualityresources:

Because nobody deserves to feel alone.

asexualityresources:

Because nobody deserves to feel alone.

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Jul 25 '14

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Jul 25 '14

thedarkknightofbreath:

thedarkknightofbreath:

thedarkknightofbreath:

sometimes I think back to the interviews Christopher Eccleston did while he was the Doctor and how he talked about how great it was that the series was moving away from the sexism of previous series and then I look at the show now and I just feel so sad 

Wait. Not sad. What’s the other thing?

FUCKING FURIOUS

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Jul 25 '14
  • severus snape: james potter's cruelty and humiliation really scarred me for life lmfao what are you doing neville you useless piece of 11 year old shit everyone lets laugh at neville OHHH OHHH MY GOD LOOK AT THIS 11 YEAR OLD NEGLECTED PARENTLESS NERD HARRY HE THINKS HES SO GREAT AND HE JUST RUINED THE THIRD POTION HES EVER MADE LMFAO WOW james potter was so cruel he was the devil

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Jul 25 '14

Anonymous asked:

I don't understand what's so wrong with identifying with the gender you were "assigned at birth?" Or even the issue with assigning genders at birth? Like, what else are you supposed to do? When the doctor delivers a baby, of course they're gonna say "it's a boy" or "it's a girl" and it makes sense that the parents would treat it as such?

gaytectives:

There’s nothing wrong with identifying as cisgender - the problem is treating cis female and cis male as normal and treating anything else as abnormal

The only reason a child’s assigned sex organs should be announced at birth is so the parents can take care of the child properly - biologically female sex organs and biologically male sex organs have different physiology (estrogen or testosterone) and anatomy. Biologically female bodies go through different physiological experiences than biologically male bodies. That should be the only reason sex is announced at birth - so the parents can plan accordingly for the kid’s future.

However, what’s happened with cisnormativity is that uninformed and bigoted people now believe that female and male are the only gender options in the world, and have created gender roles for each respective gender to mold to. By doing this, not only have they created some major sexism problems, but when someone discovers that they don’t fit those gender molds, they think of themselves as abnormal, wrong, and a freak.

Which is fucked up. There are far more than two genders/sexes in the world and creating gender roles and advocating for cisnormativity and not telling children that, “hey, did you know that if you don’t feel like a girl or a boy, that’s okay?” is why trans and nonbinary people shit so much on cisgendered people who ask, “why do you hate cis people so much? What’s wrong with being cis?”

Parents shouldn’t be assigning gender roles to infants who can’t even sit up without help, let alone grasp the concept of sex and gender.

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Jul 25 '14

Anonymous asked:

I don't understand what's so wrong with identifying with the gender you were "assigned at birth?" Or even the issue with assigning genders at birth? Like, what else are you supposed to do? When the doctor delivers a baby, of course they're gonna say "it's a boy" or "it's a girl" and it makes sense that the parents would treat it as such?

gaytectives:

There’s nothing wrong with identifying as cisgender - the problem is treating cis female and cis male as normal and treating anything else as abnormal

The only reason a child’s assigned sex organs should be announced at birth is so the parents can take care of the child properly - biologically female sex organs and biologically male sex organs have different physiology (estrogen or testosterone) and anatomy. Biologically female bodies go through different physiological experiences than biologically male bodies. That should be the only reason sex is announced at birth - so the parents can plan accordingly for the kid’s future.

However, what’s happened with cisnormativity is that uninformed and bigoted people now believe that female and male are the only gender options in the world, and have created gender roles for each respective gender to mold to. By doing this, not only have they created some major sexism problems, but when someone discovers that they don’t fit those gender molds, they think of themselves as abnormal, wrong, and a freak.

Which is fucked up. There are far more than two genders/sexes in the world and creating gender roles and advocating for cisnormativity and not telling children that, “hey, did you know that if you don’t feel like a girl or a boy, that’s okay?” is why trans and nonbinary people shit so much on cisgendered people who ask, “why do you hate cis people so much? What’s wrong with being cis?”

Parents shouldn’t be assigning gender roles to infants who can’t even sit up without help, let alone grasp the concept of sex and gender.

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Jul 18 '14
As if anyone could really forget the most quoted line in “The Avengers” — “I’ve got red in my ledger; I’d like to wipe it out” — it helps to have that line fresh in your mind when deconstructing what Widow does in the final act of what’s billed as a Captain America movie. Black Widow doesn’t wipe out the red in her ledger. No, she blasts her ledger out to the world, like it was the grisliest email forward of all time. We know from her heart to heart with Hawkeye that the shame she feels about what she’s done is real, and she hesitates when she realizes that taking down the bad guys means revealing her secrets. But she does it anyway, because she’s not just a spy anymore; she’s a super hero, and she makes a super hero’s sacrifice. (x)

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