These are forms of male aggression that only women see. But even when men are afforded a front seat to harassment, they don’t always have the correct vantage point for recognizing the subtlety of its operation. Four years before the murders, I was sitting in a bar in Washington, D.C. with a male friend. Another young woman was alone at the bar when an older man scooted next to her. He was aggressive, wasted, and sitting too close, but she smiled curtly at his ramblings and laughed softly at his jokes as she patiently downed her drink. ‘Why is she humoring him?’ my friend asked me. ‘You would never do that.’ I was too embarrassed to say: ‘Because he looks scary’ and ‘I do it all the time.’
Women who have experienced this can recognize that placating these men is a rational choice, a form of self-defense to protect against setting off an aggressor. But to male bystanders, it often looks like a warm welcome, and that helps to shift blame in the public eye from the harasser and onto his target, who’s failed to respond with the type of masculine bravado that men more easily recognize.
BOOOM. Read this if you are a dude, please.
Its hard for men to understand why women dont get loud & angry because they havent spent their entire lives being reprimanded whenever they take up too much space. (via pluralfloral)
It’s hard for men to understand why women don’t get loud and angry when they don’t have to worry that anyone they stand up to could retaliate and hurt them.
This is Patricia Yurena, the now first openly gay national beauty queen
Literature, media, and the presentation of female characters has been a running theme on this blog for a while now…but it’s only recently, as I’ve come to think about how I write female characters myself, that I realize I haven’t talked at all about the actual creationof these characters, only the need for them. I’m not going to pretend to you that I am a writing expert, but I wanted to talk…
There are more charts if you click through.
I’m so glad this info graphic is going around, because so many people don’t realize how ageism and misogyny play hand in hand and how the sexualization of young girls play into this.
Santoine: This is an important graph I felt you all should see and understand
Approximately 650 women die annually in the United States due to pregnancy complications, or complications during childbirth.
The model featured in one of Burger King’s infamously suggestive ads for the BK Super Seven Incher has said the company used her image without her permission. In a statement, the woman said that she was publicly humiliated and calls for people to boycott.
Mary Gonzalez (born 1983) is an American politician, serving as a State Representative for Texas. Gonzalez is the first openly pansexual elected official in the united states. Though she has been called lesbian and bisexual before, she identifies as pansexual, saying, “As I started to recognize the gender spectrum and dated along the gender spectrum, I was searching for words that connected to that reality, for words that embraced the spectrum. At the time I didn’t feel as if the term bisexual was encompassing of a gender spectrum that I was dating and attracted to.”
Next month it will be for the national abortion fund
My senior year of college, in my feminist economics class, we read Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In, a book which is ultimately written from a privileged perspective, but which raises important points about women in the workplace. For those of you who haven’t had a chance to read it yet, I’ll run through a couple of points right here:
- Because women who negotiate for higher salaries are often seen as…
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