More Hell, Fewer Dahlias: The Musings of a Radical Feminist.


FYI: If you google “sex worker photos” or “indian sex worker photo” you can get here. Hm. Also “rape schedule.” I like the third search term the most but oh well, can’t win ’em all. I’m calming myself by thinking that maybe these people were looking for photos of sex workers as they really are: people with families, work, bills to pay, etc and not for any sort of porn purposes. Don’t disabuse me of this notion plz! It is possibly valid.

PSA: So I’ve been fighting the sexist language battle for sometime, with various people and places. Saying “she’s got balls,” “be a man,” and using slang terms for vagina (“cunt” “pussy”) as insults is supporting a sexist culture. Recognizing where these terms come from, why we use them as such, and the systems we are supporting while using them is important.

I’m sure someone much better verses in linguistics and language/culture relation can elaborate/disprove/whatevs this little PSA, but there you have it. It is 2:35 in the morning and I am done with finals, people!

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Danny Dyer (British actor) wrote in an advice column in a men’s magazine,

You’ve got nothing to worry about, son. I’d suggest going out on a rampage with the boys, getting on the booze and smashing anything that moves. Then, when some bird falls for you, you can turn the tables and break her heart. Of course, the other option is to cut your ex’s face, and then no one will want her.

An ap0logy has been issued. The apology is half assed.

Due to an extremely regrettable production error, an inappropriate and indefensible response to a letter has appeared in this week’s issue. Zoo editor, Tom Etherington, apologises unreservedly for any offence the response may have caused and has launched an internal enquiry to ensure lessons are learnt.

Let me rewrite that for them.

Due to a culture of mysogyny and lack of understanding of the sexist culture we live in, an inappropriate and indefensible response to a letter has appeared in this week’s issue. Zoo editor, Tom Etherington, apologises unreservedly for blatantly furthering the culture of violence against women and making light of the plight of the millions of women who are physically, emotionally and otherwised abused each day. We have launched an internal enquiry to ensure lessons are learnt.


After the departure of their previous director, NOW’s Utah branch disintegrated into nothingness. Now a young woman named Eve Rinali has been tapped to get it to its feet.

City Weekly: Now’s New Director

With all of the controversy in Utah, from the miscarriage bill to the plain issue with a church that has a longstanding history of racism, sexism and homophobia being a huge influence, NOW needs a new, strong leader to continue the fight for equal rights. Let’s hope Eve is it!


Okay: Florida just recently passed a bill making women considering abortion undergo an ultrasound.  Oklahoma just tried to pass a similar law. (It is now halted for 45 days while more middle aged white men twiddle their thumbs and consult their religious books.)

Ummmm what?

Is this the newest thing, since recent challenges to Roe vs. Wade haven’t worked?  If you can’t make it illegal, make it more emotionally painful, increase intimidation and government interference, and up the expense? None of these laws, and there are currently twelve involving mandatory or recommended ultrasounds, have anything to do with health or science. There’s no mention of how an ultrasound might increase abortion safety, due to more accurate dating of the pregnancy, or more information on fetal position and other complications. It’s all about convincing a woman to make a decision that the state has decided is the correct one for her, regardless of any of her personal needs.

As written by Cara on Feministe, who says it more eloquently than I could,

“It all seems to be about the poor little woman who doesn’t understand what it means to be pregnant, or who will surely have a change of heart once she sees a blurry, cloudy image that I’ve never been able to personally make out.  It’s about forcing government into the decisions of doctors, trumping science with ideology, and attempting to take away the privacy of women.  Indeed, it’s about taking the focus off of women and their rights and yet again putting the fetus, this time literally, right in the front and center of the picture.”

Yup!

-Radfemles


Sorry for the brief sojourn! School’s almost over (2. more. finals. need. sleep.) so we can again begin our lovely discussions!

Here’s a brief recap incase you’re joining us for the first time:

I’m a college aged female in a large city, blogging about radical feminism. Summary: pro women’s rights, pro gay rights, pro healthcare reform, anti religion in my government/patriarchy/etc. Read a few posts to get a feel for the attitude and style here.

Comments are moderated. If your comment is rude, abusive, or intended only to flame, then it won’t be posted. Polite disagreement is always welcome, as well as criticism and discussion. Hint: if you can’t convey your feelings without the words “stupid bitch” or “get back in the kitchen,” it won’t be posted.

Comments that reveal my identity or location won’t be posted, either. I know we live in an era where the internet is small, but there are still dangerous creepos out there. Furthermore, if you do any sort of l337 computer skills and find out my location or anything creepy, and threaten/stalk/harass me, I will make your life miserable via lawsuits and bad energy vibes, okay? If you know me and you’re reading this, (Hi Mom! Hi Auntie! Hi Sister!) or you come across it and think “hm, that girl in chemistry was writing down blog ideas…oh! i wonder if its her!” that’s fine! (actually, that’s awesome!) Come talk to me!  If you’re famous, or I consider you famous (Hi Bloggess! Shakespeare sisters!! Good Asian Drivers!!! Malia Litman!!!!!) TELL ME AND WE CAN MEET FOR GLUTEN FREE CAKE AND I WILL INTERVIEW YOU AND POSSIBLY DROOL, mmkay?Its the creepy internet weirdos I’m worried about, kids.

Up next: WTF IS ALABAMA DOING? And we still have to talk about abortion in the military. And what does this arizona bill legalizing racism mean for women?

Overandout, with lots of love and snuggles,

radfemles


It felt strange writing “Yay Texas!” after the textbook controversy (if they’re editing out historical events, I doubt they’re adding in women or any people of color, you know?) but Austin did something pretty cool last week: making all “Pregnancy Crisis Centers” advertise their services. So now you know what you’re being offered when you walk into the clinic! Here’s a hint: you’re not being offered access to an abortion or birth control, and people have a right to know that.

http://www.kxan.com/dpp/news/local/pregnancy-centers-must-now-post-signs

I really like how they make this a consumer issue, because it totally is! Go look up “Pregnancy” in your yellowpages (am I the only person with a phonebook nowadays? I’m sorry for killing all the trees but sometimes the internet DOES NOT CUT IT, I’m sorry!), along with abortion/abortion providers and birth control. You’ll be hardpressed to decipher the services offered, though from some intrepid googling/anon. phone calls, the ones with the big ads usually don’t want you to have choices, ifyouknowhwhatimean. When someone is going through something as difficult as an unplanned or issue filled pregnancy, the last thing they need is to be walking into a place that doesn’t offer the services they need.

Go Texas!

Love from,

Radfemles.

(Administrative note: Things will be slow-ish for the next month, or at least irregular. Moving, not failing organic chemistry and starting my thesis are all taking up most of my mind space, but never fear!)


Sydney Morning Herald: Women Gather For Burning Issues, Not Bras
Cool article on feminists in Australia assembling and discussing the generation gap!