|—||Naomi Wolf, The Beauty Myth (via spoookywinchesters)|
"When I asked Felix if her job as pole-dancing stripper made her feel exploited, she replied with these words of wisdom: ”All labor is exploitative.”
Not what I expected, but her words rang true in my ears. I remembered a job that threatened to fire me if I logged the overtime hours they made me work. I remembered a boss commenting on my breasts, and when I threatened to report him he laughed and said those classic words, “Who’s going to believe you?” Are those instances any more exploitative than Felix choosing to fondle her breasts for money?
“The idea that somehow stripping or any sort of sex-related work is exploitative to women—I don’t see how it’s any more exploitative than any other labor,” she said. “[Men] are giving me a fair exchange for services in an environment where I have the support and the choice to share that with them. In public, if a man wants to ogle me, I receive no benefit from that transaction. In the club, he pays for that right that I have explicitly given him. I have found it to be very empowering.”
Seems like all the people who are two thumbs up for abortion are already living.
Smile, your Mother Chose Life.
Because you literally need to be born and living to form opinions on anything.
Also my mother chose parenting. She’s…
"My body, my choice" only makes sense when someone else’s life isn’t at stake.
Fun fact: If my younger sister was in a car accident and desperately needed a blood transfusion to live, and I was the only person on Earth who could donate blood to save her, and even though donating blood is a relatively easy, safe, and quick procedure no one can force me to give blood. Yes, even to save the life of a fully grown person, it would be ILLEGAL to FORCE me to donate blood if I didn’t want to.
See, we have this concept called “bodily autonomy.” It’s this….cultural notion that a person’s control over their own body is above all important and must not be infringed upon.
Like, we can’t even take LIFE SAVING organs from CORPSES unless the person whose corpse it is gave consent before their death. Even corpses get bodily autonomy.
To tell people that they MUST sacrifice their bodily autonomy for 9 months against their will in an incredibly expensive, invasive, difficult process to save what YOU view as another human life (a debatable claim in the early stages of pregnancy when the VAST majority of abortions are performed) is desperately unethical. You can’t even ask people to sacrifice bodily autonomy to give up organs they aren’t using anymore after they have died.
You’re asking people who can become pregnant to accept less bodily autonomy than we grant to dead bodies.
reblogging for commentary
But, assuming the mother wasn’t raped, the choice to HAVE a baby and risk sacrificing their “bodily autonomy” is a choice that the mother made. YOu don’t have to have sex with someone. Cases of rape aside, it isn’t ethical to say abortion is justified. The unborn baby has rights, too.
First point: Bodily autonomy can be preserved, even if another life is dependent on it. See again the example about the blood donation.
And here’s another point: When you say that “rape is the exception” you betray something FUNDAMENTALLY BROKEN about your own argument.
Because a fetus produced from sexual assault is biologically NO DIFFERENT than a fetus produced from consensual sex. No difference at all.
If one is alive, so is the other. If one is a person, so is the other. If one has a soul, then so does the other. If one is a little blessing that happened for a reason and must be protected, then so is the other.
When you say that “Rape is the exception” what you betray is this: It isn’t about a life. This isn’t about the little soul sitting inside some person’s womb, because if it was you wouldn’t care about HOW it got there, only that it is a little life that needs protecting.
When you say “rape is the exception” what you say is this: You are treating pregnancy as a punishment. You are PUNISHING people who have had CONSENSUAL SEX but don’t want to go through a pregnancy. People who DARED to have consensual sex without the goal of procreation in mind, and this is their “consequence.”
And that is gross.
ALSO! Consent to sex is NOT consent to pregnancy any more than:
- Consent to driving is consent to getting in a car wreck
- Consent to swimming is consent to drowning
- Consent to eating is consent to getting food poisoning
Choosing to do an activity does NOT mean you consent to every possible outcome of that activity. And there is NOTHING immoral about someone who chooses to have sex, gets pregnant, and gets an abortion. Abortion is a medical procedure, not a crime or moral dilemma.
boobs and boob censorship and the point at which boobs are considered nude are so weird. you can see the whole damn boob without seeing the nipple and it’s like wow look at that boob! what a nice, safe boob. as soon as u see that little tiny sliver of darker skin that is part of the nipple everyone freaks out and its like HEY WOAH CONTAIN THAT NIPPLE U NAKED BOOB
if you believe in racism against white people
if you do and still believe in racism against white people
get off this planet
Geez this brought tears to my eyes.
It’s sad how I had to have a conversation like this with my brother
There is racism against white people. Racism is racism. Racism shouldnt exist but it does. There is racism against all skin colors, religions, and cultures. This shouldnt be. If you think there is no racism against white people, you are wrong. You are part of the problem. We need to treat everyone like brother and sister.
Sorry but there is no such thing as racism against white people. Any -ism is a system of institutional, systematic oppression. There is no such systems or institutions set up to oppress white people.
There is prejudice, bigotry, and discrimination against anyone.
There isn’t racism against everyone. You are part of the problem if you can’t understand the basic concepts of power imbalances and oppression.
So to get to 51% of the electorate the Republicans are going to have to pull some votes from previously offended demographics.
the greatest part of yesterdays episode. now wheres the womens part?
She kills it every single time on that show. Every. Single. Time.
let me tell you a secret
the reason that women have overwhelming custody of children
is that men overwhelmingly don’t want to raise their fucking kids
And when they do, 70% of the time they get custody. So yeah, this is literally the only reason men don’t get custody of their kids as often as women.
This is my son, Chester, who is nearly 4. He was invited to his friend Chloe’s birthday party today, the theme was prince and princesses. He asked if he could go as Sleeping Beauty, so I bought him a dress and put a cute little clip in his hair.
We arrived at the party to the following comments from the adults present:
“Oh that is just cruel.”
"Why did you make him wear a dress?"
"Poor little man, what’s your mummy playing at?"
"He’s going to hate you when he grows up."
"No way I’d let my son dress like a girl."
The fact is, Chester is almost completely gender neutral. I let him wear what he wants, be it boys or girls clothes, and he plays with whatever toys he likes. This usually involves him holding tea parties while wearing his pink Minnie Mouse top, jeans and a tiara. The guests are more often than not a mixture of Winnie The Pooh characters, dinosaurs, Barbie, Dora and solders, and they’re usually transported in his favorite fire engine.
When my husband arrived at the party later on, he was subjected to endless ridicule from the other dad’s present about how I must keep his balls in my back pocket because otherwise he would have put his foot down and not allowed Chester out like that. Oh, and by the way, our other son dressed as Ariel. When my husband pointed out that the boys were happy, and the mother of the birthday child made a point of saying how wonderful she thought it was that we allowed them freedom of choice and expression, they then stopped talking about it to our faces and started muttering about us behind our backs.
Interestingly enough, not a single child said a word about their choice of costumes, other than to compliment Chester on his new dress.
Don’t adopt the P!nk mentality that just because you like sports and you don’t want to shop all the time that you’re better than other women. “I’m better than those other stupid bitches” does not empower women (*glaring at Tina Fey*). The problem isn’t that women like shopping and pink and not doing sports on an individual basis. The problem is that women haven’t been given the option in society to be multidimensional and reject those things or try other things or enjoy multiple things. So please can we not act like women who like pink and shopping and small dogs are “bringing our gender down” just because they aren’t like you? We don’t all need to be the same in that we’re all encouraged to like pink and shopping in the same way that we don’t all need to wear business suits and glasses and be “respectable” or whatever. Shit. If we’re all told we have to do our nails it’s fucked up but if we’re all told “you have to fix cars or else you’re bringing the gender down” it’s still fucked up because it doesn’t allow for us to be individuals and have agency over our interests.
Putting down things that are traditionally feminine, and making feminine women (and by extension men and NB’s who are feminine) is anything but “feminist”.