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[F]or the first several years the SAT was offered, males scored higher than females on the Math section but females achieved higher scores on the Verbal section. ETS policy-makers determined that the Verbal test needed to be “balanced” more in favor of males, and added questions pertaining to politics, business and sports to the Verbal portion. Since that time, males have outscored females on both the Math and Verbal sections. Dwyer notes that no similar effort has been made to “balance” the Math section, and concludes that, “It could be done, but it has not been, and I believe that probably an unconscious form of sexism underlies this pattern. When females show the superior performance, ‘balancing’ is required; when males show the superior performance, no adjustments are necessary.”
- “Gender Bias in College Admissions Tests”, FairTest.org. (via tatals)

(Source: fairtest.org)

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womantic:

psa: feminazi is a fucking disgusting term that compares fighting for women’s rights to genocide. 

it was coined by rush limbaugh (that alone should be enough to make you stay far far away from it)

it is a racist term, and it is disrespectful to marginalized groups who suffered in nazi germany (so jews, rroma, lgbt folks, people with disabilities, etc.)

do not use it. 

if you disagree with feminists: do not use it

if you are a feminist: do not reclaim it

thank you

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historicalheroines:

 I’ve created these flyers for a school activist project where I bring more attention to the women in history that have been forgotten or ignored. This blog will be an extension of those flyers where I post longer biographies of these women and other bad-ass women like them. Too often women’s achievements have been pushed aside, either by others in their lives, or else by the historians who choose to ignore them. This tumblr is dedicated to celebrating them and bringing their achievements to light!

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A racist woman is not a feminist; she doesn’t care about helping women, just the women who look like her and can buy the same things she can. A transphobic woman is not a feminist; she is overly concerned with policing the bodies and expressions of others. A woman against reproductive rights — to use bell hook’s own example, and an issue close to your heart — is not a feminist; she prioritizes her dogma or her disgust over the bodies of others. An ableist woman is not a feminist; she holds some Platonic ideal of what a physically or mentally “whole” person should be and tries to force the world to fit inside it.
- An Open Letter to Caitlin Moran by Nyux (via redefiningbodyimage)
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nellysketchesnstuff:

thislyfe:

Taking Back Idiot Nerd Girl

I thought this was a super interesting take on the meme, seen as how I was at one point a novice too.

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Yes. All of this.

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The buzz word in popular feminism today is empowerment. When I became a feminist many years ago, the word we used was liberation. Unlike empowerment, liberation is a collective concept which means that even if my life is all rosy and “empowered,” it doesn’t mean shit for those women who are doing low paid jobs while trying to raise families. In fact, there is a very good chance that elite women’s empowerment is built on the backs of other women whose exploited labor provides the goods and services that enable a good career and a comfortable lifestyle. The low pay of nannies, cooks, cleaners, sweat shop workers, and day care providers means that wealthier women are freed up to make a salary that no doubt does feel empowering.
- Gail Dines (via iamthecrime)

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imbobswaget:

TINA FEY AIN’T SHIT: A MASTERPOST

  • “I love to play strippers and to imitate them,” says Fey. “I love using that idea for comedy, but the idea of actually going there? I feel like we all need to be better than that. That industry needs to die, by all of us being a little bit better than that.” (x)
  • “It’s not an Oscar problem, it’s a lady problem. The problem is there are girls like Bombshell McGee out there. For every Sandra Bullock there’s a woman who got a tatoo on her forehead because she ran out of room on her labia. For every Elin Nordegren there’s a Hooters waitress who spells Jamee with two Es and a star. You could be the woman who cures cancer and you would still be up against some skank, rocking giant veiny fake boobs where the nipples point in different directions like an old Buick. Seth, the world has always been full of whores.” (x)
  • “But I think the first real change in women’s body image came when JLo turned it butt-style. That was the first time that having a large-scale situation in the back was part of mainstream American beauty. Girls wanted butts now. Men were free to admit that they had always enjoyed them. And then, what felt like moments later, boom—Beyoncé brought the leg meat. A back porch and thick muscular legs were now widely admired. And from that day forward, women embraced their diversity and realized that all shapes and sizes are beautiful. Ah ha ha. No. I’m totally messing with you. All Beyonce and JLo have done is add to the laundry list of attributes women must have to qualify as beautiful. Now every girl is expected to have Caucasian blue eyes, full Spanish lips, a classic button nose, hairless Asian skin with a California tan, a Jamaican dance hall ass, long Swedish legs, small Japanese feet, the abs of a lesbian gym owner, the hips of a nine-year-old boy, the arms of Michelle Obama, and doll tits. The person closest to actually achieving this look is Kim Kardashian, who, as we know, was made by Russian scientists to sabotage our athletes.”  Bossypants

Wow, I was going to add more to this, but I read Bossypants once I shouldn’t have to read it again. I haven’t even added all the weird racist stuff she’s said. Also, don’t even get me started on her ladies could, can be better brand of feminism. Also, remember when she let Rachel Dratch get replaced on 30 Rock because she wasn’t attractive enough yet continues to preach bout the hardships faced by women who aren’t deemed conventionally attractive. Also, this is just funny she considers it problematic for people to call blondes blonde because brunettes are referred to as brown haired so she calls blonde hair yellow. Also, did you know she is not that attractive I mean I didn’t she doesn’t talk about a a whole lot. 

TINA FEY, BASTION OF FEMINIST IDEALS EVERYONE!

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Hark! A Vagrant: Straw Feminists

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[mild trigger warning: sexual violence, abuse] This needs to be said: some feminists do hate men (and for very good reasons).

fromonesurvivortoanother:

Often when I see introductory conversations about feminism/women’s studies, it is prefaced over and over again with “we’re not about hating men!”

On a conceptual level, this is very true— feminism is about getting rid of socially constructed gender roles, period. Not hating men. Men do get hurt by patriarchal ideas (not being able to express emotion, being overly dependent on themselves and not others, etc), they are just not included as much because when you have the majority of the world’s poor as women with children, or an epidemic of sexual violence that primarily affects women, it is hard to find time or energy to talk about how men feel. It might feel abrasive or extreme to some people because that is the world we’ve grown up in— a world in which men are the primary focus. So when women become the center, it sticks out because we’re not used to it. It feels like radicalism and not the politics of equity that it actually is.

But there’s a part of this that we often overlook: some feminists do hate men, and for very good reasons. We’re talking people (not just women, but men who are feminists, trans people who are feminists, genderqueer feminists, PoC feminists etc) who have survived multiple rapes. We’re talking about people who have been consistently marginalized by a society in which the majority of power is concentrated in the hands of men, whether it’s poor child support enforcement, direct physical violence or intimidation, psychological establishments which misdiagnose and mistreat people, etc.

In a world in which you are more likely to experience sexual violence (1 in 4 women, 1 in 6 men, 1 in 3 non-binary people, 99% of the time perpetrated by men) than be hit by a car, die in a plane crash, be in a terrorist attack, get struck by lightning, or catch the new Totally Drug Resistant Tuberculosis, it makes a lot of sense that people would not like men. Especially if, in the span of your life, the world has consistently proven to you that men can’t be trusted. And this is just one issue— there’s domestic violence, emotional abuse, harassment, etc. 

By erasing the existences of people out there who do actually hate men, we prevent any possible discussion on why. Obviously, the majority of people like this (the past me included) would prefer not to have to hate men. The key here is “have to”, because yes, a lot of us must put up barriers in order to protect ourselves from being hurt in some of the worst ways possible.

The point is, it’s not a zero-sum, either/or dichotomy. You can certainly hate men (for many good reasons) but still believe in feminist politics, because you want to create a world in which men don’t have to be hated. It is all very compatible. This is also where most people get the wrong idea of separatism— it’s not about “reverse” domination or discrimination, it’s about literally avoiding the most probable sources of pain and suffering (again, 25%, 17%, and 33% chances, all astronomically high). For people who have experienced sexual violence or domestic violence for a very long time, separatism is empowering and even necessary. Dorothy Allison spent years reading only books by woman authors, and for very good reasons. Of course she knew rationally that not all men are evil/out to hurt her, but even the association was too much for awhile.

Instead of saying, “no, feminism is not about hating men”— shaming and erasing survivors for understandably feeling the way they feel— let’s ask why people hate men in the first place. What are those reasons, and how does patriarchy cause those reasons?

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princess-peachie:

I am a feminist because I believe women should be allowed to choose to wear whatever they like.
(at least when no uniforms for work/school apply)

I see/hear so many messages in the media telling us to wear clothes that look slimming, or look modest, or show off our womanly form, or don’t look trashy, or don’t look too ageing, or don’t look too childish. You will feel fabulous if you dress this way, or you will be a real woman if you dress that other way. So many conflicting messages. It is exhausting!

Did you ever notice how in the kids/teens aisle of clothing stores everything is so much more colourful and varied, whereas the adult section tends to be more emphasized with black, dark or earthy colours? What is this message saying to us? That when we grow up, we have to become ninjas or camouflage ourselves, to blend into the background and not stand out? Bah I say- bah!

My message also aims to reach out towards guys who like to wear feminine clothing, but get bullied or laughed at for doing so; because looking feminine is still something that can’t be taken seriously today.

Can we all not just wear what we like, and carry on with life?
It’s my body. It doesn’t belong to anyone else. I should be able to adorn it however I wish- at least in my free time.

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things i need white feminists to do before i will take you seriously

so-treu:

i need you to come to terms with the way white women have facilitated some of the most unspeakable violence upon black and brown and indigenous people, bodies, and community. often in the name of white womanhood. often in the name of freedom. often in the name of feminism.

i need you to understand that you killed Emmitt Till. i need you to think about all of the black men and boys that have been murdered because either you accused them or your men took it upon themselves to defend *your* honor. i need you to look at pictures of lynched bodies and think about what role you played in it.

i need you to know the names of the women raped by U.S. military in countries we invaded, in part because feminists said we needed to save the women and/or children and supported the various invasions.

i need you to know that those reproductive rights you all are up in arms about were created via the destruction and maiming of black and brown bodies. i need you to know who Anarcha, Lucy, and Betsy are, and what was done to them. i need you to know the names of the Puerto Rican women who were lied to and who died so that The Pill could bring you your precious sexual liberation. i need you to know the central role white women played in sterilization programs that targeted black women, poor women, anyone they deemed too “feeble” to procreate. i need you to think about why more big name feminist organizations are up in arms about the most recent kick up about contraception than about sterilized black women getting compensated for what was done to them.

i need you to understand that at this point, it’s not about privilege. it’s not about you being able to find products that work with your hair no matter where you go. it’s about people’s lives. it’s about WOC lives and a centuries old disregard white women have shown for them. it’s about that fact that white women have been an active agent in the destruction of our communities, our histories, and our families. for centuries.

and WOC don’t owe you a damn thing. not. one. thing.

so get that through your skulls then maybe we can work together. maybe.

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Being feminine is being desired and hated at the same time. A feminine body or mind is expected to be open and receiving to everything from others’ emotional baggage to sexual fantasies of total strangers. At the same time, receptivity (not that this defines femininity by any means) is considered weak and inferior. The result of this is often violence. Femininity is to be present for other’s needs and then destroyed for its perceived weaknesses.

Being feminine and of color is especially dangerous. Not just because we are a walking target for racist, stereotyped sexual fantasies but because so often we are blamed for being that. I am Latina so I shouldn’t press my luck by acting and dressing too “spicy” too provocative. I can’t be a femme as I want to be because then I am acting out my own stereotype and perpetuating it further and drawing in potential violence. I cannot act, speak, dress or think feminine on my own accord or because I am being myself. Being a woman of color means that whatever I do, I do on account of being Latina. If I am femme, it’s because that’s how I was raised to be in that culture.
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Womanist Musings: Processes of Feminization: Becoming Myself (via biyuti)

On. Point.

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nowavefeminism:

In case you wanted the post that started it all for your bedroom wall or something. (There’s transparent files to if you wanted to pretty it up in photoshop and a pdf file if that’s your thing.) 

Click through for the download!

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If you are a white woman and you want to call yourself a feminist, you must acknowledge that your whiteness affords you a privilege that shields you from a lot. You must also acknowledge that you are afforded privileges that some men in this country do not have. Racism and sexism are tightly intertwined. You cannot fight one while ignoring the other.
- ladyatheist (via mamaatheist)
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Legitimate criticisms of feminism:

-Trans-misogyny and the lack of inclusion of transwomen

-The racist history behind it and the lack of inclusion of WOC

-Ignoring and invalidating women with disabilities

-Pretty much anything that falls under lack of intersectionality

-Internalized misogyny and girl hate

-Promotion of political lesbianism

-Radscum

Illegitimate criticisms of feminism:

-A feminist was really mean to me once

-They’re sexist against men

(Source: ihaveabsolutelynoidea)