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I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a door mat or a prostitute. ~Rebecca West, “Mr Chesterton in Hysterics: A Study in Prejudice,” The Clarion, 14 Nov 1913, reprinted in The Young Rebecca, 1982
The emotional, sexual, and psychological stereotyping of females begins when the doctor says, “It’s a girl.” ~Shirley Chisholm
How good does a female athlete have to be before we just call her an athlete? ~Author Unknown
I didn’t want to be a boy, ever, but I was outraged that his height and intelligence were graces for him and gaucheries for me. ~Jane Rule
By tigtog on December 3, 2013
So, the whole #teamelan vs #teamdianne thing that’s been keeping a large segment of the twitterverse, bookface and the blogosphere hatertained this weekend?
By Mary on November 29, 2013
Fetal personhood legislation progressing through parliament in NSW while failing in South Australia. Tasmania adopts Victoria-like access to legal abortion, but the campaign to repeal part of Victoria’s abortion access heats up. And the USA demonstrates the uses to which fetal personhood can be put.
By tigtog on November 28, 2013
Because the neverending pushback against it year after year after year had very almost ground me down, to the point where I was avoiding reading WRD posts so that I wouldn’t have to see the comments. This post by Jane Gilmore at King’s Tribune (via Clementine Ford’s discussion of it on her FB timeline) made me decide to post after all.
By Mindy on November 26, 2013
Public humiliation visits every retailer occasionally. But to young women who are a bit on the large side, the embarrassment being visited on clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch must be as delicious as a good public flogging.
By Mindy on November 23, 2013
Selfies: more than just narcissism and marketing.
By Orlando on November 20, 2013
Gomeroi author, blogger and activist Kelly Briggs recently wrote in the Guardian’s Comment is Free of the pressing need for white feminists in Australia to talk seriously about race.
By Orlando on November 15, 2013
Director Sally Potter is one of the great original voices in film.
By tigtog on November 12, 2013
Whedon, then, delivers a speech on the term “feminist” without any reference to feminist history, without any apparent awareness of feminist theory, and without even any demonstrated knowledge of the most important objections or conflicts around the term “feminist,” the use of which he is purportedly discussing.
By Orlando on October 23, 2013
As a follow-up to Ada Lovelace Day, a series of photos in the Guardian of “Inspiring Women in Science and Technology”. Please find within it a picture of my wonderful, brilliant friend Lauren, who does remarkable things with exotic plants at Kew gardens, along with thirteen other women working in STEM fields. Related posts: Friday [...]
By tigtog on October 22, 2013
Education campaigns dispelling the traditional ignorance perpetuating rape myths that allow rapists to get away with making “commonsense” excuses work. Victim-blaming doesn’t work.
By Orlando on October 21, 2013
Via Rebecca Watson’s twitter ( she was interviewed for the article), an article from R.Tod Kelly in the Daily Beast about the history and current state of the Men’s Rights Movement in North America (all the expected content notes apply).
By Mindy on October 16, 2013
According to Matt Cowgill, potentially yes, but there aren’t any good reasons to do so.
By tigtog on October 16, 2013
It’s been ages since I linked to Margot McGowan’s ReelGirl blog, and I thought I’d rectify that.