Today I woke up to the news that Angelina Jolie had a double mastectomy because she had a high risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer. My reaction to the very moving piece she wrote for the NYTimes was: how incredibly brave of her.

In a culture where celebrities are prized for their bodies (if not much else) and women are negotiating feminism with the historically gendered, problematic notions of beauty, body image, and sexual harassment (among others), Jolie’s story stands out as a step in the right direction.  Also, as a woman who has grown up hearing about the risk of breast cancer and being afraid of it, Jolie’s choice is extremely inspiring. 

And then there was the Internet.

XO Jane’s article "The 10 Most Misogynistic Reactions To Angelina Jolie’s Double Mastectomy Announcement" points to severe problems that are still present and extremely disheartening in our society.

Here are some takeaways from people’s reactions to the news:

1) Women’s bodies (especially their boobs) are more important than their health.

2) Women’s bodies are everybody’s business (especially men’s).

3) Women will always be pitted against each other.

4) Angelina Jolie is considered a slut because she “stole” Brad Pitt from Jennifer Aniston.

5) People still care about that shit. 

6) Sluts deserve to be sick. 

bloggingboutmygeneration:

Oh! Just another article about my generation as narcissists who still live with our parents…interesting, and we’re supposed to save who? Wait, how can we save others if we can’t even save ourselves? 
This is old news, and frankly, bad journalism. 
I second ameliaelizabeth, back to the job hunt because having an honors degree in journalism and the social sciences is looking like a dead end right now. 
Yawn. This is nothing new Joel Stein & Time Magazine. Get a clue. 
fatbodypolitics:

crystalzelda:

ameliaelizabeth:

TIME’s new cover makes me so mad I could write essays about it, but instead I’m going to keep job hunting since in today’s world a university degree means nothing and therefore like much of my generation, I’m stuck choosing between minimum wage jobs and internships that I can’t afford to accept in an attempt to pay off my tens of thousands of dollars worth of student debt.

I’d be interested in reading this article to see exactly what makes us entitled and lazy. Are we lazy because more of us are completing high school and going to college than ever before? Are we entitled because our standard of living is declining? Do we live with our parents because we’re too slothful to leave or is because our education costs are getting steeper and steeper while we’re getting less and less aid?
Tell us, Time Magazine, about how we’re narcissistic little slugs when we’re faced with an economic crisis that resulted in a lowering of our standard of living, an increase in tuition costs and how when we get out of our very expensive schools, more and more of us are going to end up working minimum wage jobs. 

What is with the multiple news stories this week about how my generation is just a bunch of narcissistic assholes? This is getting old.

bloggingboutmygeneration:

Oh! Just another article about my generation as narcissists who still live with our parents…interesting, and we’re supposed to save who? Wait, how can we save others if we can’t even save ourselves? 

This is old news, and frankly, bad journalism. 

I second ameliaelizabeth, back to the job hunt because having an honors degree in journalism and the social sciences is looking like a dead end right now. 

Yawn. This is nothing new Joel Stein & Time Magazine. Get a clue. 

fatbodypolitics:

crystalzelda:

ameliaelizabeth:

TIME’s new cover makes me so mad I could write essays about it, but instead I’m going to keep job hunting since in today’s world a university degree means nothing and therefore like much of my generation, I’m stuck choosing between minimum wage jobs and internships that I can’t afford to accept in an attempt to pay off my tens of thousands of dollars worth of student debt.

I’d be interested in reading this article to see exactly what makes us entitled and lazy. Are we lazy because more of us are completing high school and going to college than ever before? Are we entitled because our standard of living is declining? Do we live with our parents because we’re too slothful to leave or is because our education costs are getting steeper and steeper while we’re getting less and less aid?

Tell us, Time Magazine, about how we’re narcissistic little slugs when we’re faced with an economic crisis that resulted in a lowering of our standard of living, an increase in tuition costs and how when we get out of our very expensive schools, more and more of us are going to end up working minimum wage jobs. 

What is with the multiple news stories this week about how my generation is just a bunch of narcissistic assholes? This is getting old.

I Spoke Up Against Sexual Assault On The Street
"I don’t know if "speaking back" will be enough, in fact I’m wary of speaking up because I’m afraid that someone will attack me or something. However, I feel great that finally I was able to do something and not be a passive recipient of verbal abuse. I’m going to try to keep doing this because it feels great to take control of the path on which I’m walking on the street. It feels great to own my own existence and not have to share it with people who would rather see me naked than see me as an equal.”
-Huffington Post, Erica Cheung
(Source: Huffington Post)


I Spoke Up Against Sexual Assault On The Street

"I don’t know if "speaking back" will be enough, in fact I’m wary of speaking up because I’m afraid that someone will attack me or something. However, I feel great that finally I was able to do something and not be a passive recipient of verbal abuse. I’m going to try to keep doing this because it feels great to take control of the path on which I’m walking on the street. It feels great to own my own existence and not have to share it with people who would rather see me naked than see me as an equal.”

-Huffington Post, Erica Cheung

(Source: Huffington Post)

racismschool:

May is National Masturbation Month: Let’s do this people. 

(via bigfatfeminist)

another-vegan-feminist:

theneighbourhoodsuperhero:

The anguish is clear on the face of Moazzam Begg, a former Guantanamo Bay detainee, who takes long pauses in an attempt to steady his tearful voice, as he recounts to the interviewer about how American interrogators repeatedly raped and tortured, or pretended to rape and torture, a woman in the cell next to him in an attempt to force him to falsely confess.

Begg’s eyes cloud over and he stares off into the distance as he relates how they manipulated his biggest fear, that his wife and children who were with him at the time of his arrest, were also imprisoned and in danger:

“I heard the cries of a woman (in the cell next to me) and an American voice shouting, ‘Spread your legs!’ and the woman is screaming and crying (as if she is being raped). Before I used to (always) ask the Americans about what happened to my wife and children since my arrest. They said ‘We don’t know,’ but at this time I didn’t ask because I was afraid of the answer. I thought my wife was in the cell.”

Begg was tortured and assaulted physically, mentally, psychologically, emotionally, and sexually as the American interrogators tried “breaking him down” in order to make him sign false confessions. Begg was released after three years spent in US custody without any charges held against him.

It is still not clear to this day whether the woman in the cell next to him was a fellow inmate also unjustly prisoned or an interrogator posing as a woman in distress.

It is known but hardly ever reported that the United States detains (Muslim) women who they “suspect” of being terrorists for no apparent reason, an example being Dr. Aafia Siddiqui (shown below in a picture of her taken while in US custody) who was abducted with her children by US intelligence.

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After severe mistreatment in custody, during which she sustained a gunshot wound, Siddiqui was sentenced to 84 years in prison. Her young children who were with her when she was kidnapped and subsequently detained and interrogated have only recently been relocated. Siddiqui’s youngest son, who hadn’t even started walking yet, has disappeared since her kidnapping with no hint whatsoever of his whereabouts. Her older son has claimed that “the bloody body of his baby brother” was tossed to the side of the road by US soldiers when Siddiqui and her children were arrested. During her trial, Siddiqui was repeatedly removed from the court room for interrupting proceedings to scream out that her children had been tortured in front of her.

Four men who were imprisoned with Dr. Siddiqui in Bagram and who managed to escape reported in an interview:

“When they torture you, they threaten to sodomise you, they threaten to bring your wife and rape her in front of you and do other things to her. My words can never fully explain to you what happened during those interrogations.”

Those American criminals think that they are the lords of human rights and that they are the callers for the freedom of the woman and her rescuers from oppression. There is a woman from Pakistan. She was put in solitary confinement for two full years in Bagram prison among more than 500 male prisoners and guards. She was treated the same way as the men were. This woman stayed there until she lost her mind, until she became insane, hitting the door and screaming day and night.” 

this is the fucking shit of nightmares but for some ITS REALLY HAPPENING. This is fucking sick and twisted

Go Philly! Love these ads.

cognitivedissonance:

This is what people see as they commute to work in Philly. 

Hollaback Philly is absolutely doing it right

100% doing it right

(Source: poweredbygirl, via supernatasha)

thetadoctor:

artbylexie:

prettygeekygirl:

Here is just a sample of some of my recent photo project, CONsent, which you can read about here.

Please read and spread the word around. I got to work with some great cosplayers, photographers and fans and I really hope to continue this project if it gains enough support. 

Thank you for looking!

I just want to say that as a cosplayer at cons, this is a real issue. The amount of things that get said (and mostly REQUESTED) to us is ridiculous. This deserves a signal boost.

On Facebook a couple days ago BelleChere posted basically asking people to not proposition her. Throughout the comments she noted she was married and neither one of them appreciated creepy comments made toward her. A number of people proceeded to argue with her saying that because she dressed up, it was okay.

I know a ton of people who have dealt with harassment at cons and they feel like they can’t say anything because it’s a convention. WRONG. You deserve to feel safe no matter where you are. Dressing up is not giving someone permission to say something to you or do anything to you.

This is a great project and it gets a boost from me. 

(via fandomsandfeminism)

kentballs:

one of the latest twitter trends coming out of Japan is for young school girls to take photos with their friends doing poses and power moves from anime series like Dragon Ball Z. 

Here’s hoping this is the next trend in North America. 

(via kilo-five-calling-thedoctor)

mothernaturenetwork:

2015 may find 233 million women without birth control
As demand for birth control is increasing worldwide, scientists predict that in just 2 years, millions of women will have unmet needs for modern birth control.

mothernaturenetwork:

2015 may find 233 million women without birth control

As demand for birth control is increasing worldwide, scientists predict that in just 2 years, millions of women will have unmet needs for modern birth control.

(via sexandculture)

thepeoplesrecord:

February 26, 2013

A sophomore at the University of North Carolina (UNC) is facing potential expulsion and other consequences from her school for what the college calls “intimidating” behavior. But the “intimidating” behavior may be that the student spoke out to the press…

(via chain-link-voyage)

thepeoplesrecord:

visionmakermedia:

Download These Slides and Take Your Picture with Them To Help Raise Awareness

anarchistpeopleofcolor is a blog I would recommend strongly. I really appreciate their reblog choices. 

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Panty Drop hits Florida! We are excited that shoppers who hadn’t heard about PINK loves CONSENT on the internet can stumble upon it in stores. So that it can reach a broader and broader audience, let’s let unsuspecting shoppers find the p
anties, and share the consent revolution in the material world. One unsuspecting shopper said, “I was surprised to see No Means No in the store, but also excited- so I bought them! Too bad Victoria’s Secret didn’t actually make them.”

Panty Drop hits Florida!

We are excited that shoppers who hadn’t heard about PINK loves CONSENT on the internet can stumble upon it in stores. So that it can reach a broader and broader audience, let’s let unsuspecting shoppers find the p

anties, and share the consent revolution in the material world.

One unsuspecting shopper said, “I was surprised to see No Means No in the store, but also excited- so I bought them! Too bad Victoria’s Secret didn’t actually make them.”

(Source: facebook.com)

Hey Tumblr! Would love it if you all would read my newest blog post for the Huffington Post about the amazing viral feminist campaign Pink Loves Consent.
If you think that lingerie is awesome, sex is awesome and being a woman is awesome, you should fight for a better understanding of female sexuality in our society and learn about rape culture and what we can do to fight it! 
(via Erica Cheung: Why Pink Loves Consent Is Important)

Hey Tumblr! Would love it if you all would read my newest blog post for the Huffington Post about the amazing viral feminist campaign Pink Loves Consent.

If you think that lingerie is awesome, sex is awesome and being a woman is awesome, you should fight for a better understanding of female sexuality in our society and learn about rape culture and what we can do to fight it!

(via Erica Cheung: Why Pink Loves Consent Is Important)