My life as an internal life social reformer

We didn’t give women the right to vote (in the U.S.) until 1920. …That means American Democracy is 94 years old. There are three people in my building older than American democracy. Women have had a rough time. It was so okay to beat your wife until so recently, that today we have a kind of shirt named after it. There’s a piece of clothing in our culture affectionately nicknamed after beating the crap out of your wife, and for some reason this is offensive to nobody.

—Louis CK monologue (via sonnyjohnson)

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womaninterrupted:

policymic:

Watch: Beyonce and Sheryl Sandberg team to ban the word “bossy”

Stop calling girls bossy.
That was one of the standout statements from Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg’s best-selling book that was  published in March 2013 and quickly became an international phenomenon. One year later, the Facebook COO has joined forces with other powerful leaders and entertainers, including Girl Scouts of the USA CEO Anna Maria Chávez and Beyoncé to launch a full-scale campaign to ban the b-word. 
The campaign’s leaders argue that girls who are confident or driven are labeled bossy, while their male counterparts are called leaders. Not only does this send young women the message that they shouldn’t speak up in class or run for president of a school club, it also has serious knock-on effects.   
"Calling a girl ‘bossy’ not only undermines her ability to see herself as a leader, but it also influences how others treat her," Sandberg and Chávez wrote Saturday in the Wall Street Journal.

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I endorse this message.

womaninterrupted:

policymic:

Watch: Beyonce and Sheryl Sandberg team to ban the word “bossy”

Stop calling girls bossy.

That was one of the standout statements from Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg’s best-selling book that was  published in March 2013 and quickly became an international phenomenon. One year later, the Facebook COO has joined forces with other powerful leaders and entertainers, including Girl Scouts of the USA CEO Anna Maria Chávez and Beyoncé to launch a full-scale campaign to ban the b-word. 

The campaign’s leaders argue that girls who are confident or driven are labeled bossy, while their male counterparts are called leaders. Not only does this send young women the message that they shouldn’t speak up in class or run for president of a school club, it also has serious knock-on effects.   

"Calling a girl ‘bossy’ not only undermines her ability to see herself as a leader, but it also influences how others treat her," Sandberg and Chávez wrote Saturday in the Wall Street Journal.

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I endorse this message.

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Marriage equality will, in time, fundamentally destroy “traditional marriage,” and I, for one, will dance on its grave.

It’s not a terribly difficult conclusion to draw.

As same-sex couples marry, they will be forced to re-imagine many tenets of your “traditional marriage.” In doing so, they will face a series of complicated questions:

Should one of us change our last name? And if so, who?

Should we have kids? Do we want to have kids? How do we want to have kids? Whose last name do our kids take?

How about housework, work-work, childcare? How do we assign these roles equitably? How do we cultivate a partnership that honors each of our professional and personal ambitions?

As questions continually arise, heterosexual couples will take notice — and be forced to address how much “traditional marriage” is built on gender roles and perpetuates a nauseating inequality that has no place in 2014.

Toxic masculinity hurts men, but there’s a big difference between women dealing with the constant threat of being raped, beaten, and killed by the men in their lives, and men not being able to cry.

—Robert Jensen (via quoilecanard)

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fitnessandgoodvibes:

Everyone needs to watch this. I don’t care if you’re ignorant - just watch. 

I’m speechless. Teared.

this hits me so fucking hard because thats how i feel.im in tears.
… you have to watch …you need to watch. just watch an you will know the pain an understand

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It sucks when someone you have feelings for doesn’t share those feelings; it happens to women all the time, too. We hear “I just want to be friends” and “you’re like one of the guys” and “you’re like a sister to me” just as often. But you’ll never hear a woman complain that guys just don’t appreciate a Nice Girl because we’re taught it’s our own fucking fault when we’re rejected—we aren’t pretty enough or thin enough or sexy enough, we weren’t sexual enough or were too sexual, we put out too much or too little or too soon or not soon enough, we didn’t wear our hair the right way or our skirt the right length, we’re “too tomboyish” or “too butch” or “too feminine”, or we’re “not their type”, or we’re otherwise not good enough in various ways to entice the man to grace us with his affection.

But when we’re not interested in someone, we’re vilified. We’re the bitch that lead them on, the bitch who let them buy us dinner but didn’t want to date them, the bitch who doesn’t appreciate a nice guy, the bitch they were nice to and then got nothing in return from.

And, frankly, fuck those people. Showing interest in me, being friendly with me, getting close to me, or eating a meal with me (even if they paid for it) doesn’t obligate me to open my heart or my legs. And anyone who doesn’t appreciate my friendship sure as hell doesn’t deserve my love or my pussy.

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READ IT. READ IT ALL.

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reyairia:

0nechoice:

THANK YOU JENNI HERD

#We do have to clean up the boomer’s mess and im bitter as hell over it too#its not like you left us with unregulated industry a devastated environment out of control spending or multiple wars#nah.#its fine#we’ll deal with it

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Anonymous asked: why are you a feminist???

scorsece:

because people are still asking that question

because women are payed less than men in approximately 99% of professions

because chris brown can still have a career after assaulting rihanna but miley cyrus takes her clothes off and there’s a huge scandal

because of this:

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because currently it is estimated ten million more girls are out of education than boys (x)

because we’re expected to be mature but hairless like a child, in control but not bossy, sexy but not slutty and definitely not a prude, intelligent but not opinionated, independent but reliant on men, natural but look like the girl in the magazine etc etc

because being called a girl, a pussy or a bitch is an insult

because when i told my mum i refused to get anything less than a’s in my exams she told me it wasn’t ladylike to be so cocky

because my brother and 90% of my male friends think girls who wear revealing clothing are asking for rape

because every person who identifies as female should be allowed to choose if they want to get married, have kids, have a career, go to uni etc etc without expectations

because tampons and sanitary pads are stupidly expensive

because some people reading this will have flinched at the fact i just said ‘tampon’

because there are men out there whose job it is to make young girls feel like absolute shit about themselves just so they can sell the next best beauty product

because female masturbation isn’t considered normal whilst men can talk about their own penises for hours on end

beCAUSE OF ARTICLES LIKE THIS

because feminists are still seen as crazy lesbians who dont shave and some still feel like they have to defend themselves by claiming theyre not any of those things when in fact if i want to be a passionate lady who likes other ladies and cant be bothered to shave my legs every twenty minutes then thats my choice and if i want to be someone who wears make up and shaves and goes out partying then thats my choice and if i want to be a combination of the two or anything in between then thats. my. choice.

because i believe anyone who identifies as female is fucking badass and deserves the same rights as every privileged stuck up old white man sitting around and making laws about our bodies

because how can you not be

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damnoosa:

nessthebeautifulmess:

Powerful & creative imagery

the food and education made me sad.

I have always been fascinated by these ‘world of 100 people’ things, I remember spending hours thinking through the ones on a poster at church when I was 9 or so. It really, really makes some really important stuff so blindingly clear, in numbers we can understand. And it should, I hope it does, inspire us to act. 

Amazing post.

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