F No Sexist Costumes

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If Fashion Ads Treated Men And Women The Same Way

A pretty absurd looking image, as writers Holly Eagleson and Lauren Wade found out when they remade a selection of controversial ads as part an essay on sexism for Take Part.
'I think as a whole we've just gotten used to seeing women depicted this way, and the only way we can change it is if we stop staying silent and demand change,' Ms Wade told The Huffington Post.

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Whenever someone makes the argument that one way to stop rape is to teach men not to rape, the response is usually some form of “but most men know that rape is wrong.” I don’t doubt that most men would say rape is wrong. I haven’t been out in the field to conduct a study on men’s attitudes toward rape, but we’ve had enough education around rape and sexual assault that it’s not hard to believe most men, if asked, would say rape is a bad thing. Great.

The problem is this — what do they consider rape? When the United Nations conducted a survey on sexual violence in Asia, “researchers intentionally didn’t use the word ‘rape’ in any of their questionnaires about Asian men’s sexual histories,” according to ThinkProgress, “Instead, they asked men whether they had ever ‘forced a woman who was not your wife or girlfriend at the time to have sex,’ or if they had ever ‘had sex with a woman who was too drunk or drugged to indicate whether she wanted it.’” If they had used the word “rape,” it’s likely that these same men who admitted to these non-consensual acts would have said they had never raped anyone.

The term “classic rapist” shows that people still don’t understand what rape is

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Using #LikeAGirl as an insult is a hard knock against any adolescent girl. And since the rest of puberty’s really no picnic either, it’s easy to see what a huge impact it can have on a girl’s self-confidence. 
We’re kicking off an epic battle to make sure that girls everywhere keep their confidence throughout puberty and beyond, and making a start by showing them that doing it #LikeAGirl is an awesome thing.

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Since dedicating myself to getting into “superhero shape,” several articles regarding my weight have been brought to my attention. Claims have been made that I’ve been on a strict workout routine regulated by co-stars, whipped into shape by trainers I’ve never met, eating sprouted grains I can’t pronounce and ultimately losing 14 pounds off my 5’3” frame. Losing 14 pounds out of necessity in order to live a healthier life is a huge victory. I’m a petite person to begin with, so the idea of my losing this amount of weight is utter lunacy. If I were to lose 14 pounds, I’d have to part with both arms. And a foot. I’m frustrated with the irresponsibility of tabloid media who sell the public ideas about what we should look like and how we should get there.

Scarlett Johansson for the Huffington Post [x]

More of her brilliant articles can be found here.

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Why Men Need Feminism Too


Have you ever felt:

  • Insecure because your body wasn’t big enough, strong enough, or slim enough?
  • Pressured to be tough, aggressive and competitive beyond your comfort zone?
  • Ashamed of your interest in cooking, fashion, dance, or some other activity because you were told it made you “gay” or “a girl”?
  • Offended by media representations of helpless adult men who cannot feed, clothe, or bathe themselves without the help of a woman?
  • Burdened by expectations to objectify women, have sex with many women and be sexually aggressive?
  • Helpless when dealing with feelings of sadness, hurt, and shame because you were taught to believe that emotions show weakness and that “real men help themselves”?
  • Confused at how to be sensitive and kind but still be sexually desirable?
  • Alone when you suffered an injury but had to “handle it”?
  • Afraid of being called a “sissy,” “wimp,” “f*g,” “p*ssy,” or “b**ch,”?
  • Ambivalent about what it means to be a “real man”?

If even one or two of these is true, then you need feminism.

Why Feminism Helps Men

Feminism is about changing the gender roles, sexual norms, and sexist practices that limit you and punish you when whenever you deviate from them.

And the experiences listed above (and more) do exactly that: tell you what a “man” should be and punish you when you want to act differently.

All men have been hurt by the traditional gender system.


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Recommendations for June

So I have decided to start a monthly recommendations list. Feel free to tell me what you think. :) I’m going to try to keep the lists short, for June it is just 3 blogs and 1 book:

One of my favorite people on tumblr, she debates about feminism and uses a lot of evidence to support her arguments. 

An art project where superheroes are drawn based on the costumes of young girls.

TheConcealedWeapon posts about youth rights, feminism and class warfare. 

Feminism is for Everybody by bell hooks Amazon PDF
If you haven’t read any books on feminism this is a great place to start. It’s only 118 pages. 

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Feminism does good for men, too. The hyper-masculine ideals of what men should and need to be are created by the patriarchy, and feminists regularly deconstruct those ideas and fight against the assumption that all men need to fit into that box.

One last thing about men: Most feminists do not hate men. It is true that men benefit from the systems set up today so that they occupy 81% of the seats in the US Congress, 95% of the CEO positions at Fortune 500 companies, and make a dollar to a woman’s 77 cents in the US. But this isn’t about hating men. This is about finding a balance.

What Shailene Woodley & Every Woman in Hollywood Need to Know About Feminism

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