Please sign this to try to persuade Routledge not to start publishing an academic ‘Porn Studies’ journal with a load of pro-porn folk on the editorial board. If the porn industry want yet more academic articles about how porn is empowering for women and LGBTQ people and a great source of sex ed for young people to be churned out, they can damn well pay for it themselves.
This week I was part of a discussion about a local gay club. Some women were complaining that while they weren’t allowed in the men’s bathrooms men frequently came into the women’s. They were then told that they were being ‘cissexist’ because how did they know that those people were actually men. They could have been transwomen, or genderqueers or butch women. Firstly, I’m pretty sure most women in gay clubs can tell the difference between men and butch women. Last time I checked I didn’t have any stubble. And secondly, why the hell should men get their own space but women have their space invaded. The rights of some deluded snowflake are apparently more important than the right of women to go to the bathroom without men there. And we should never ever question a man about whether he’s in the right place, because we might have mistaken his ‘identity’. FGS, you can’t identify away a penis. Get in the men’s damn bathroom. Why must you take away every tiny space that women have to themselves?
I don’t remember if it was here on tumblr but someone actually reported that her university had converted a couple of women’s bathrooms into uni-sex ones while basically leaving the accomodations for men untouched. Appropriating women’s spaces in the name of gender identity is the political correct thing to do and no one cares about potential discomfort or fear on our part. We just need to open our minds (sarcasm)!
"A primary myth about false rape reports focuses on the belief that women “cry rape” because they are seeking revenge on men who have wronged them in some way. However, according to this study, the reality is that the vast majority of false allegations “are actually filed by people with serious psychological and emotional problems.” And notably, people who falsely file claims usually do not name specific individuals, but instead “involve only a vaguely described stranger.” These research findings support the theory that people who falsely allege rape do so not out of desire for revenge against a specific person, but because they seek general attention and sympathy."
- Mahri Irvine referring to this study by the American Prosecutors Research Institute on False Reports. It also found that “false rape allegations account for two to eight percent of all reported rapes.” (via conjecturesandconversations)
"Another relevant cultural trend is the neo-liberal propensity to equate power and freedom, in their political senses, with personal freedom of choice. Across the political spectrum, it has become commonplace to argue that what really ‘empowers’ people is being able to choose: the more choices we have, and the freer we are to make them, the more powerful we will be. Applied to gender, what this produces is ‘post-feminism’, an ideology which dispenses with the idea of collective politics and instead equates the liberation of women with the exercise of individual agency. The headline in which this argument was once satirized by The Onion—‘women now empowered by anything a woman does’—is not even a parody: this is the attitude which underpins all those statements to the effect that if women choose to be housewives or prostitutes, then who is anyone (read: feminists) to criticize them?"
- http://www.troubleandstrife.org/new-articles/who-owns-gender/ (via anarchistsoup)
"Responsibility to yourself means that you don’t fall for shallow and easy solutions—predigested books and ideas…marrying early as an escape from real decisions, getting pregnant as an evasion of already existing problems. It means that you refuse to sell your talents and aspirations short…and this, in turn, means resisting the forces in society which say that women should be nice, play safe, have low professional expectations, drown in love and forget about work, live through others, and stay in the places assigned to us. It means that we insist on a life of meaningful work, insist that work be as meaningful as love and friendship in our lives. It means, therefore, the courage to be “different”…The difference between a life lived actively, and a life of passive drifting and dispersal of energies, is an immense difference. Once we begin to feel committed to our lives, responsible to ourselves, we can never again be satisfied with the old, passive way."
- ― Adrienne Rich (via marslipstick)
A senior human rights barrister has sparked a storm of outrage after calling for the age of consent to be lowered to 13 in order to prevent the âpersecution of old menâ.
Meanwhile in the UK; obvious paedophile wants to lower the age of consent to 13.
It’s always about the human rights of the perpetrators, isn’t it? In Germany, we had a case in which a child murderer sued his way to the Court of Human Rights because two investigators had threatened him with violence to get him to confess the place where he had hidden his victim (who was already dead). There were first tentative steps to recognize that maybe, just maybe the human rights of perpetrators and victims are qualitatively different - but only after the perpetrator had already played the victim long enough and one of the investigators was threatened and defamed by every leftist media and activist in the country.
How many times do I have to read the question “What is the difference between sex and gender?” in the radfem-related tags?? Okay, some of you are really just clueless although there are more than enough blogs on tumblr and elsewhere to answer that question for you. But some of you seem like…
i know i just answered that in the radfem tag, haha! (i wouldn’t have tagged it radfem unless it was for my other blog, sorting tags etc)
but yeah - i think the difference between gender vs. sex is crystal clear, but can understand how it gets confusing at tumblr. you start to read blogs here, you’d think gender was this innate “feeling” of belonging to a certain class. i just think the kids are confused because people on tumblr have about a billion different ideas about what gender is.
Yes, I forgot about the trans/queer types on tumblr who really do believe that gender is innate or a personal feeling. It’s kind of upsetting that this simplified understanding has become the norm because I know where that whole concept of “doing gender” comes from and it’s amazing how regressive ideas about biological determinism and individualism became intertwined with it. It’s neither the one nor the other.
I’ve actually read your answer but I’m not mad at you or even angry anymore in general (it was a completely normal question after all and nothing of the usual trolling). But, yeah, yesterday I was like “Aaaaah, I always have to read the same shit, I can’t take it anymore!”, haha. It is helpful to have periodical posts clarifying some concepts.
How many times do I have to read the question “What is the difference between sex and gender?” in the radfem-related tags?? Okay, some of you are really just clueless although there are more than enough blogs on tumblr and elsewhere to answer that question for you. But some of you seem like university-educated gender studies types and I really have to ask myself what kind of education you got/what absolute ideologues your profs must have been for you to not even have heard of the sex/gender-controversy in the academy. I mean, my prof is of the opinion that differentiating between the sexes is already an outcome of oppression and got a nervous twitch in her mouth when I said that the ability to become pregnant will always be socially significant - and we did get stuff to read about what the difference between sex and gender is. Crazy to contemplate but there’s certainly the possibility that your lecturers/activists friends are purposefully leading you on.