"[…] I believe that women must wage a war against silence: against socially coerced silence; against politically preordained silence; against economically choreographed silence; against the silence created by the pain and despair of sexual abuse and second-class status."

Andrea Dworkin, “Introduction,” Letters from a War Zone: Writings (1988)

(via sophine)

10,976 notes

can we just talk about how people keep saying

"can we just talk about how awesome X is?"


this distresses me.

0 notes

(Source: whismical, via zanayeaziz)

4,517 notes

92,053 Plays


This is the sound Jupiter emits via electromagnetic waves. It’s so incredibly cool (10:00)

What kills me about this is that it’s music.

(Source: helaeon, via plansfornigel)

17,063 notes



the biggest lie ever told is that it is SUCH a tragedy that so many innocents are ruined by charges of rape and pedophilia.

no. the truth is that so many people never see their rapist face accountability in any sort of way for their actions, never see their rapist treated with…

227 notes


It is not an act of hatred to notice that people with female biology are a distinct social class subjected to specific and unique modes of oppression. 

(via youhauntyourbagofbones)

134 notes


We spend our waking hours trying to conform, trying to manage personhood, trying not to take up too much space. We have ourselves sliced and inflated, we starve ourselves, paint ourselves, rip out our body hair, binge, vomit, cry at the sight of our ugly thighs and flabby stomachs. We live our lives on hold, waiting to blossom, then watch ourselves become invisible as we age. We do all this without even noticing, let alone protesting. Our dissatisfaction with our bodies in relation to how womanhood is perceived is viewed as our problem alone. We don’t talk about it to anything like the degree to which most of us are thinking about it (that is, most of the time).

Cis women – primped, primed cis women – are not believed to have a problematic relationship with gender, or if they do, it is seen to be of their own making. Because discomfort within one’s own body is so embedded since girlhood it is not remarked upon, which leads to the assumption that cis women do not even experience gender sufficiently to be able to critique it. This is of course bullshit. It is there with us every day of our lives. It constrains us. The idea that cis women don’t ask questions because they don’t have to – not because they are oppressed in ways others simply view as normality – betrays a shocking lack of empathy. Transitioning from male to female is no more a dramatic or meaningful expression of discomfort with one’s own gender identity than having one’s labia reshaped. Yet one is considered so extreme it must betray a deeper engagement with gender as a fundamental truth, while the other is seen as just some stupid thing cis women do.


Beauty and the cis (via radical-bias)

(via characterforshow)

9 notes


Men want what they want.

So much of our culture caters to giving men what they want. A high school student invites model Kate Upton to attend his prom, and he’s congratulated for his audacity. A male fan at a Beyoncé concert reaches up to the stage to slap her ass because her ass is there, her ass is magnificent, and he wants to feel it. The science fiction fandom community is once again having a heated discussion, across the Internet, about the ongoing problem of sexual harassment at conventions — countless women are telling all manner of stories about how, without their consent, they are groped, ogled, lured into hotel rooms under false pretenses, physically lifted off the ground, and more.

But men want what they want. We should all lighten up.

It’s hard not to feel humorless as a woman and a feminist, to recognize misogyny in so many forms, some great and some small, and know you’re not imagining things. It’s hard to be told to lighten up because if you lighten up any more, you’re going to float the fuck away. The problem is not that one of these things is happening, it’s that they are all happening, concurrently and constantly.

These are just songs. They are just jokes. They are just movies. It’s just a hug. They’re just breasts. Smile, you’re beautiful. Can’t a man pay you a compliment? In truth, this is all a symptom of a much more virulent cultural sickness — one where women exist to satisfy the whims of men, one where a woman’s worth is consistently diminished or entirely ignored.


What Men Want, America Delivers - from the inimitable Roxane Gay (via jessicavalenti)

This is perfect.

(via skeletns)

(via nomadic-mantra)

50,799 notes

(Source: rracolumbus, via antiprolife)

221 notes