Achewood is not a strip that is concerned with social justice; it looks at the world with a darkly comic and often flippant eye. The strip’s attitude towards issues to social justice is not friendly, as evidenced by “Handicap Access” and the whining, selfish, self-righteous Pat. Onstad has written a multifaceted and worthwhile depiction of disability in the central character of Roast Beef. But his sneering attitude reminds the reader that Achewood is not a strip that gives a shit about equity, social action, or really any points of view that threatens the kyriarchy.
I’m a very different woman. I prefer to party with the men. I play the REAL video games (rather than those facebook things that somehow disgrace our earth), I like to party it up, I even scrap with a few of my guy friends often. It’s even come to the point where if a guy punches me dead in the face from sheer anger, he’s not gonna get any flack for woman beating, I’ll just go back at him and people will egg the both of us on. I’m pretty much a male with the woman body works. Here’s where it starts to get a little distasteful to maybe some woman. I have a beautiful body, and I tend to show it off as much as I can. Pretty much all of the guys I know have seen me naked at some point, and most of them I’ve slept with multiple times. Nothing really gives me more of a thrill than pleasing a man or making them drool. But through all that, in the end I want to be able to play a very house-wife role with my love. Make sure his laundry is done, food is cooked, pretty much meet all of his demands and make his life as stress and work free as I can (besides any steady job he may have). Constant sex is not an issue to me either.
An introductory post from a predominantly feminist forum I used to frequent. This woman’s username was “The Guys Girl”.
She is a very different woman, and don’t you forget it, all you other rubbish women!
This almost sounds like a troll making up a character for a puppet account so he can play jokes on all the mean mean feminists who are just out to get the pretty girls who like sex.
I use USian in social justice writing when I’m referring to the US specifically. It’s not my favorite word in terms of the way it sounds, but it’s more accurate and not erasing. Example: in this post yesterday, I referred to “The American Dream” as USian because it’s specific (if not unique) to the United States.
But that doesn’t mean I no longer identify as an American. American is still an accurate and valid identification, because like people in other parts of South and North America, I do live on this continent. And because the word American is lovely to me, like my other geographic identifications of Kansan and Virginian.
Perhaps in the future, instead of using USian to denote my national identification, I will use an adjective to modify and specify. I love adjectives.
Stateside American. I like that. I think I’ll use that from here on out.
Oh gosh another LOST thing, this is not even a question but I don't know any other feminist LOST fans (except my aforementioned friend, but I never mentioned this to him): I think my favorite moment of the finale (or maaybe second, behind Jack telling Hurley he was the leader) was when Claire and Kate have their "moment" together when she's giving birth, and all the other moments have been hetero romantic stuff (well, and Locke's, in my opinion ableist, I-can-walk-and-now-I'm-whole-again stuff), but this one was two women feeling this bond of love and support that CROSSES REALITIES... oh my gosh it made my feminist heart go squeeee and I cried like a baby, that is all.
Did you read Kate Beaton & Anthony Clark's LOST comics during the last season (I'm assuming you asked cause you're a lostie too...)? They're hard to find now since they were just posted to twitter but THEY WERE AMAZING
YES I WAS OBSESSED WITH THEM. OH GOD THOSE WERE THE FIRST THING I LOOKED AT AFTER LOST WAS OVER.
did you ever listen to more redman? thoughts? what's your favorite hip hop artist?
redman: we’ve listened to redman/method man a lot, actually, though i hadn’t realized it until i specifically requested them after getting this question (my bf is generally in charge of the music and i am generally in charge of the television in our household, so i don’t always know who is playing).
i’m not super articulate about music, but: i like them a lot. they have a lot of elements that remind me of cypress hill - the way they trade verses, the weed emphasis.
favorite hip-hop: outkast probably. even before i started listening to a wide variety of music, i connected with their high level of energy.
also: cypress hill. jay-z (one of the best live shows i’ve ever seen). i love lil wayne’s use of language, though he’s REALLY inconsistent.
i have been looking forward to it from the promo, which was my favorite of those i reviewed for bitch bc it passed the bechdel, and i like sports. i meant to esp. after your tweets and se’s review on ifmib buuuut i hadn’t because i’m out of the habit of watching stuff on hulu, as i am generally totally dependent on netflix.
I was thinking on the bus about giving up capital letters. Do they really help? We already have punctuation to indicate where a new sentence begins, and is there really any need to have a special orthographical flag for proper nouns? I know some very intelligent and awesome people who don’t bother with capital letters when they’re writing informally (except when they’re doing all-caps: that’s different). And many parts of the internet (like URLs and whatnot) don’t recognize the difference between capital and lower-case anyway. And all The Kids seem to be pretty much boycotting capitals, and may well continue to do so when they start running the world in a few decades. Maybe I should get ahead of the trend.
Only then I couldn’t write things like ‘The Kids’ so you’d know what I meant.
fun fact: i picked up the habit of capitalizing words for hilarious emphasis (as in “The Kids”) from reading mary poppins when i was younger. she gives people Looks. those were awesome books, from what i remember.
the only time capitals seem to be of real use is proper nouns, such as in that legendary “i helped my uncle Jack off a horse” sentence.
but i am guessing that is a rare situation.
personally, i stopped using capital letters because i thought they were ugly. so. there’s some deep reasoning for you.
i’ve considered switching back to using them? and also typing with perfect grammar? which i used to do! i was a serious stickler for grammar when i was, er, twelve. or so. but as i’ve said, i prefer to type how i talk. i mean, this is tumblr, not THE SCIENCE MAGAZINE.
What are you talking about?
TUMBLR HAS ALL THE SCIENCE! EVER.
I think they’re useful for denoting specifically named things (aka proper nouns) and for EMPHASIS.
Objectivity is a keystone of journalism that extends to institutions like Wikipedia; the idea that we can somehow remove our selves from the things we think about and the contexts we exist is a bizarre USian fantasy akin to the classist racist American dream. It has its unpragmatic value: it hopes that just the facts will be enough, and that those recording those facts will report them without considering themselves, focusing on only the subject at hand.
But for my writing, commenting, and reporting? Objectivity and neutrality are not constructive mantras. I am a feminist writer, and I am not here to give my readers the party line: I am not here to give them the objective and irredeemably kyriarchal point of view. Instead, I focus on giving people basic facts and then making it clear what I think about it. I try to make my perspective, my biases, my point of view crystal clear - not obscured.
High schools have long been a bastion of gender policing, most recently punishing Candice McMillan and Alexis Lusk for their sexuality and gender respectively. And now, at Mona Shores High School, the cissexist administration is using homecoming as an excuse to champion the gender binary. Oak Reed was voted homecoming king recently by his classmates and friends. Since he is trans, school officials decided that that simply wouldn’t do.
The most major coverage of the assault on this 24-year-old was also heavily flavored by cissexism. The title refers to her not as a woman or trans woman, but as a “woman who used to be a man”. Furthermore, the man didn’t “assault” or “beat” his victim; he “snap[ped]”. Snapping at someone infers an overreaction to provocation. There was no provocation - she was just who she is. This was not an overreaction - he’s a bigot who committed an act of hateful violence.
I’ve clipped my analysis rather than reporting of the event, because it’s triggering.
A recent report revealed that 238 children with mental and intellectual disabilities were killed by neglect.while in the care of government institutions in Bulgaria over the last ten years. This epidemic of death and abuse is evidence of how the kyriarchy devalues of young and disabled lives through ableism and ageism, both in Bulgaria and the rest of the world.
This is the first story I’ve covered since Roy Jones that has actually triggered me, so beware.
Not one of you, even the people I am following (minus the trans folk, obviously) have avoided messing up on this. It is subtle, it is small and every time you do it you hammer the nails into our feet a little deeper.
Every time you equate penis with sexism, erasing those women and nonbinaries with penises.
Every time you equate childbirth with motherhood and women, erasing those men and nonbinaries who give birth
Every time you evoke vaginal wording to describe sisterhood or womanhood, whether it’s “cunt power”, “sisterhood of the clit” whatever, you stab every woman who has no vagina, no cunt, no clit, no vulva, no uterus, no nothing of that sort in the back and toss us out of the sisterhood that we have as much right to as you.
Every time you wonder if society got rid of social gender, would trans people stop existing, you walk on our faces.
Every time you say transwoman and transman, as though we’re not really women or men but a merged concept, you erase our genders.
Every time you sum up gender as a binary, or even just a spectrum between poles, you erase every single person with a gender that doesn’t fit that zone (and there are many)
Every time you say women and trans women or women, men and transgender, you tell us that our genders are not valid, not as real as yours.
Every time you do these things, you don’t see it. You’re feminists. You’re anarchists. You’re vegans. You’re anti racists and anti Islamophobia advocates. You’re advocates of birthing rights and socialists, anti capitalists, multiculturalists. You’re disability advocates and womanists. Fat positive, anti body policing, anti rape, social activists and writers. You’re friends and family, lovers and colleagues.
And you all do it. Every cis person I know.
Every. Last. One.
You don’t see it. But we do. We feel the knife go in. We watch the painful hypocrisy of people who make it their career, their life’s work to fight privilege and make people see through its fog, to fight white supremacy, or sexism or ableism or fatphobia or millions of other horrific systems of supremacy and dominance and control exerted against people, exercising their cissupremacy, the boot firmly planted on our necks and they don’t even see it.
But we feel it.
Next time you talk about childbirth, remember not everyone who gives birth is a mother. Next time you talk about how many women are raped, remember that a significant group of those women, of us, don’t have vaginas. Next time you talk about sisterhood, try to remember that you have nonbinary siblings and brothers with the organs you use to label your sisterhood and sisters who lack them. Try to remember that penis is not the enemy because women have them too. Try to remember that theorizing about gender isn’t very helpful when you don’t know shit about the people who experience it most directly, most vividly, most painfully.
Try to remember to look past your cis privilege and maybe take that damn boot off our necks once in a while instead of looking into the distance and ignoring the choking.
This post really spoke to me, because frequently, there are near-mountainous levels of proof-paperwork to get any sort of accommodation for ADD. They assume that you can afford to go see a clinician to get tested again (because most accommodating agencies demand a test performed within the last two years, in case you…grow out of it, or something), to get letters, and medical records from all your treating doctors. The doctors who diagnosed me 20 years ago have long since retired; another who treated me in the meantime has moved. If you’ve ever moved, and didn’t take copies of all your medical records with you, you’re fucked. The whole system on occasion seems designed to make it harder on people for whom it’s hard to focus in the first place.
The world has a tendency to view things as valid only if they are backed up by papers and documentation. This is true of history - documents in Latin and Greek are much preferred to oral histories - and to real people. Social security cards and birth certificates confirm we exist. Grades and diplomas confirm we’re smart. Medical histories and proper insurance confirm that our bodies are worth care. And though I’m a writer, I’ve consistently failed to get official elements of myself on paper has always been a challenge I fail. Whether it’s homework or paperwork, my ADD and anxiety make filling out the forms that determine my worth as a human a daunting, stressful task at best and avoided until near-disaster at worst.
“1. Don’t put drugs in people’s drinks in order to control their behavior.
2. When you see someone walking by themselves, leave them alone!
3. If you pull over to help someone with car problems, remember not to assault them!
4. NEVER open an unlocked door or window uninvited.
5. If you are in an elevator and someone else gets in, DON’T ASSAULT THEM!
6. Remember, people go to laundry to do their laundry; do not attempt to molest someone who is alone in a laundry room.
7. USE THE BUDDY SYSTEM! If you are not able to stop yourself from assaulting people, ask a friend to stay with you while you are in public.
8. Always be honest with people! Don’t pretend to be a caring friend in order to gain the trust of someone you want to assault. Consider telling them you plan to assault them. If you don’t communicate your intentions, the other person may take that as a sign that you do not plan to rape them.
9. Don’t forget: you can’t have sex with someone unless they are awake!
10. Carry a whistle! If you are worried you might assault someone “on accident” you can hand it to the person you are with, so they can blow it if you do.”—
The police of Destin, Florida are sending a clear message by dismissing and minimizing Ms. Gilliam’s complaint. They are clearly stating that the lives, safety, and comfort of people of color, people with disabilities, and women are not valuable, not worth police time; they are giving stalkers and harassers who target people on the margins carte blanche to do as they please without repercussion.
When people say that “everyone is beautiful.” First of all, it’s a totally illogical statement to me — everyone cannot be beautiful. Doesn’t it devalue beauty if there’s no ugliness in the world against which to contrast? Death row murderers, child rapists, Adolf Hitler… if they’re all considered…
I think that beauty is more subjective than rare. I agree that in the literal it’s less than useful, though.
As a social justice statement, it’s almost radical to say that these things we are constantly taught to believe are unworthy of love are actually worth praising. That there is no threshold for beauty, that there is no weight or ability level at which one suddenly stops or starts being beautiful.
Facts, information, history and current events were and are not made solely by men, but you wouldn’t know that by looking at Wikipedia’s main page. Kyriarchy is invested in seeing itself duplicated and perpetuated, and where better to perpetuate the idea that men are the really important people in society than in one of its most authoritative and accessible sources of widely disseminated information? The world is subjective, and Wikipedia’s main page editor is choosing to represent a view of the world that is disproportionately focused on men; their reluctance to highlight women is sexist and patriarchal, not objective.