… because I’m bisexual, my brother is autistic, my friend is transgender, my PE teacher discriminates Muslims, my mum is unhappy, my dad dislikes my sexual orientation, my grandmother was harassed by my grandfather, my best friend feels he must compete against other guys, my doctor asked me if I had “learned from my mistakes” when I told him about the sexual abuse I had experienced.
In the end, we all need equality.
SOCIETY NEEDS FEMINISM
Easily the best Who Needs Feminism ever.
“True gender equality is actually perceived as inequality. A group that is made up of 50% women is perceived as being mostly women. A situation that is perfectly equal between men and women is perceived as being biased in favor of women. And if you don’t believe me, you’ve never been a married woman who kept her family name. I have had students hold that up as proof of my “sexism.” My own brother told me that he could never marry a woman who kept her name because “everyone would know who ruled that relationship.” Perfect equality – my husband keeps his name and I keep mine – is held as a statement of superiority on my part.”
I might have reblogged this already but it’s so good I don’t care.
Kyriarchy in action. (via transstingray)
Also the study where they had women and men talking in a discussion and when women spoke around 30% of the time, men perceived them as dominating the discussion. They didn’t consider it “equal” until something like 5-10% of women talking. (via dumbthingswhitepplsay)
Voila. A beautiful example of why fighting for equality becomes a gross exaggeration in the eyes of the oppressors. (via curiouslycool)
Did anyone notice…
Obama mentions his wife in his victory speech: “…The woman who agreed to marry me 20 years ago”
Romney mentions his wife in his concession speech: “… The woman I chose to marry”
It’s amazing how someone’s views on equality can come out in one simple sentence
And some people wonder why the “binders full of women” meme took off.
Worth repeating since people still refuse to get it:
“Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When change is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible improvement: and when experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
—-George Santayana, The Life of Reason
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I don’t deserve to feel like less of a feminist when I say that I am pro-life. This post isn’t meant to argue about when human life begins, but is about respecting other feminists. Just like how other women shouldn’t assume that girls who wear makeup only do so under the…
This couple at a recent rally brought to mind some thoughts of marriage equality of all kinds from someone else:
”Surrounded as I am now by wonderful children and grandchildren, not a day goes by that I don’t think of Richard and our love, our right to marry, and how much it meant to me to have that freedom to marry the person precious to me, even if others thought he was the “wrong kind of person” for me to marry. I believe all Americans, no matter their race, no matter their sex, no matter their sexual orientation, should have that same freedom to marry. Government has no business imposing some people’s religious beliefs over others. Especially if it denies people’s civil rights.
I am still not a political person, but I am proud that Richard’s and my name is on a court case that can help reinforce the love, the commitment, the fairness, and the family that so many people, black or white, young or old, gay or straight seek in life. I support the freedom to marry for all. That’s what Loving, and loving, are all about.”
—-Mildred Loving, one of the plaintiffs in the Loving v. Virginia case, which struck down all anti-miscegenation laws in the United States, on the 40th anniversary of the court ruling that bears her and her husband’s name