I’m glad Elementary shows the sexism women face. Joan Watson has been insulted, belittled, and underestimated numerous times. And each time she is shown to be a boss, a role model, more than capable at handling anything thrown at her without being portrayed as a bitch. She handles these situations by calling people out on their B.S., and continues on her way. She’s done this with Gregson, Sherlock, Moriarty, and many minor characters.
Lucy Liu is amazing, and I love that Joan Watson does not just brush off or accept these subtle sexist aggressions. She calls people out and is a boss with her words and actions while maintaining professionalism.
What do you mean how did they get away with it?
History isn’t one straight line progressing towards a liberal society.
Look how much Americans attitudes have changed between 1980 and today. 1980 was the first time most very religious people voted, they abstained before that at the behest of their churches. Now they dictate policy at every election.
In my family photo album there are pictures from the 20s of a woman called ‘uncle bob’. She dressed in men’s clothing, and had a ‘companion’. This was a rough industrial town, they were working class, nobody cared. It was her business.
This is why politics is important - the moment you think everything is better today than it was in the past, you let other people take control of the direction society goes in - with you sitting back presuming we’re going forwards.
reblogging for the commentary
percentage of rape victims (source):
median salary (source):
victims of domestic violence (source):
people murdered by their significant other (source):
those darn privileged females
Yeah. There’s a reason women need 500+ shelters.
You know what’s truly sad about that dudebro’s meme? if he had only made it male specific, just left the comparison thing off of it. He could have actually started a conversation about male issues. He could have focused it as an awareness campaign and urged people to take action. He could have researched and added resources for men facing these struggles. But no, he spent his time with a “But men!” message and not actually contributing anything to the causes we’re supposed to believe he cares about.
That last comment.
herein lies the problem with MRAs
So when someone posts comparative stats showing areas in which women are worse off and someone comments that sometimes men are worse off too, apparently they’re derailing the conversation. But when someone posts some comparative stats showing areas in which men are worse off, it’s a fucking free for all of who can be the biggest arsehole?
I’m seriously sick of this shit tumblr. Your petty little bickering and divisive crap. You all claim your definition of feminism demands rights for everyone, but don’t fucking act like it. This is why no one likes you. This is why you constantly have to fight against stigma.
Yes, but the difference between men doing it and women doing it?
The simple fact that men have All of Congress, and the Government backing them. Men already have all these resources at their fingertips.
Women and all persons with vaginas are being attacked daily, on multiple levels. Not the least of which is the sad fact that their very wombs are not their own, and they are loosing ground for the right to have bodily autonomy.
This is the same argument that some white people have against the NAACP, etc. “Where is the white equivalent of the NAACP?” Congress. The Senate. Government and Western Society in general.
This guy didn’t post facts to edify, he did it to TEAR DOWN THE ARGUMENT THAT WE NEED EQUALITY.
So no, I will not be chutted for this post.
Women, as a whole, are treated as closer to second class citizens, minority women even worse. We are objectified, vilified, patronized, and in general degraded in every way.
Men? do not get to come into the argument and say “your argument is invalid, what about me” they have the privilege to ignore the suffering of women. As women, we don’t.
To quote the person really highlighting the point here:
"He could have actually started a conversation about male issues. He could have focused it as an awareness campaign and urged people to take action. He could have researched and added resources for men facing these struggles. But no, he spent his time with a “But men!” message and not actually contributing anything to the causes we’re supposed to believe he cares about."
MEN are the 1st class citizens. When we compare to them, we are highlighting our second class position and how unequal it is across the board.
when MEN compare choice stats, they are saying that our argument is invalidated by theirs. They are saying that, surprise, it is all about them, and that we are wrong for questioning the status quo.
There was another post that summed this up in a couple of animations:
A machine is dropping ice cream scoops.
The boy catches and eats 4 in a row, leaving none for the girl.
When the girl finally manages to catch one, the boy screams and drops his cone. He goes and shouts MISANDRY! WOMEN ARE TAKING ALL THE ICECREAM! on the internet.
And he gets support and feedback that women are evil and bad and she stole that icecream, that bitch.
By supporting his statement of crying Misandry, you are supporting that he deserves, by accident of having a y chromosome at birth, more than the other half of the population born with XX.
I support that BOTH should be equal.
This guy was being a dickwad.
He was taken to task for it, and it was done so without calling him a complete and utter asshat. In FACT, the thread went OUT OF IT’S WAY to say that what he brought up NEEDS ATTENTION, but that the asshat OP did it in a way that undermines females, who are already second class, and that that is what is not okay.
Sorry, I like you and all, but I am not putting up with being chided, not on this. Thanks.
[[trigger warning: rape]]
In response to the Steubenville, Ohio teen rape case, West Virginia U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld is launching a program to teach high school athletes not to post evidence of rape online.
It’s called “Project Future,” and his goal is to teach teens how to avoid getting in trouble with the law by using cell phones, cameras, and social media “responsibly.” Instead of teaching teens not to rape, the U.S. Attorney wants to teach them not to get caught.
This is rape culture at work: The very people who are in charge of enforcing our laws look at a cruel, brutal attack on a young girl and think, “If only the teens hadn’t posted photographic evidence online.”
According to Ihenfeld it DOES have a small little section on assault, and how they should ask themselves would they want that to happen to their sister or mother, which teaches these men that women are only important in how they are related to men, and they can then segment women into sluts who deserve it, and women like the ones they care about.
IT DOES NOTHING TO TEACH THEM TO NOT RAPE. Instead it’s a passing emotion play when men don’t buy into those. It does nothing to enforce the fact that women are PEOPLE.
Instead of asking if the boys would want to be anally raped because they were passed out/intoxicated(making them EMPATHIZE for god’s sake), it passes everything onto “would they want their sister (that they may not have) or mother (that they may not respect) to be raped”. It removes all responsibility and awareness that ALL women deserve respect and safety, and turns it into, women important to a man and who conform to the maiden or mother ideal deserve respect and safety, and thus implies ‘but if she’s a “slut” just don’t get caught’.
I will petition against this until his program focuses on rape for a full section, equal to ALL other coverage, and how EVERY time they hook up casually, consent should be express and vocal. As it stands it is trying to push how NOT to get caught, more than how NOT to rape.
And fuck anyone that says it’s unreasonable to want that, because the boys ‘are far more at risk from drugs or having their future ruined by the interwebs recording their mistakes’! You are saying that the girls they RAPE are worth LESS than the boys that do it.
And if that is what you feel? Get the hell off my blog.
never not reblog
And then there’s good ol’ America
This actually makes me so angry. The truth is right here and people see it and brush it aside. We really could make things better. But no, America apparently wants to suck forever.
- If you’re complaining about the poor state of your lodging there and writing about it you should also have to file a story about this video and report by Human Rights Watch about the horrific bias attacks on members of Russia’s LGBTQ community because if you think double toilets are news why isn’t unmitigated, state-sponsored, homophobic violence also news?
Amid continued debate over whether or not Sochi is prepared to host the 2014 Olympics, which begins Thursday, reporters from around the world are starting to check into local hotels — to their apparent grief. Some journalists arriving in Sochi are describing appalling conditions in the housing there, where only six of nine media hotels are ready for guests. Hotels are still under construction. Water, if it’s running, isn’t drinkable. One German photographer told the AP over the weekend that his hotel still had stray dogs and construction workers wandering in and out of rooms.
Toldja to boycott, now you’ll just have to suffer through it.
And possibly be discomforted enough to do some REAL reporting while you’re there. :/
Source: Washington Post
This is the current signature count for the petition to restore Net Neutrality. As you can see it has a very long way to go.
Come on people I know there are at least 64,000 of you on tumblr who haven’t signed this yet. Click here to do so
If you have already signed be sure to share the link so that the word will spread.
hey real talk for a second
the deadline for this petition is in THREE WEEKS
and it’s not even halfway to meeting the goal.
If it doesn’t meet the goal, IT’S OVER. THE PETITION IS REMOVED. THE END.
I know it might be a little annoying to take a whole two minutes out of your life to make an account and sign this, but that little annoyance pales in comparison to the fact that right now, MASSIVE CORPORATIONS NOW HAVE THE POWER TO CONTROL HOW THE INTERNET IS RUN
Please, DON’T sit back and think, “Oh, everyone else will sign it. I’ll just reblog.” No. There are literally THOUSANDS of people thinking the exact same thing. There’s a reason this post has almost 20,000 notes more than the number of signatures: It’s because people are liking and reblogging without signing it.
Don’t fall victim to the bystander effect. DO take this very, very seriously. The only requirement for signing is that you are 13 years or older. You don’t have to be a U.S. citizen to sign. So please, take the two minutes. Sign the petition. It’s the only hope we have to fix this.
It is sinful we do not have over 500,000 signatures on this. What the everloving hell?
A Fox News panel discussing the ‘war on women’ features four men and no women.
This, in one image, is the essence of the problem with the war on women. Four straight white guys “debating” how women aren’t oppressed. Fox News isn’t even trying.
Earlier this month, Hawaii State representative Tom Bower (D) began walking the streets of his Waikiki district with a sledgehammer, and smashing shopping carts used by homeless people. “Disgusted” by the city’s chronic homelessness problem, Bower decided to take matters into his own hands — literally. He also took to rousing homeless people if he saw them sleeping at bus stops during the day.
Bower’s tactics were over the top, and so unpopular that he quickly declared “Mission accomplished,” and retired his sledgehammer. But Bower’s frustration with his city’s homelessness problem is just an extreme example of the frustration that has led cities to pass measures that effective deal with the homeless by criminalizing homelessness.
City council members in Columbia, South Carolina, concerned that the city was becoming a “magnet for homeless people,” passed an ordinance giving the homeless the option to either relocate or get arrested. The council later rescinded the ordinance, after backlash from police officers, city workers, and advocates.
Last year, Tampa, Florida — which had the most homeless people for a mid-sized city — passed an ordinance allowing police officers to arrest anyone they saw sleeping in public, or “storing personal property in public.” The city followed up with a ban on panhandling downtown, and other locations around the city.
Philadelphia took a somewhat different approach, with a law banning the feeding of homeless people on city parkland. Religious groups objected to the ban, and announced that they would not obey it.
Raleigh, North Carolina took the step of asking religious groups to stop their longstanding practice of feeding the homeless in a downtown park on weekends. Religious leaders announced that they would risk arrest rather than stop.
This trend makes Utah’s accomplishment even more noteworthy. In eight years, Utah has quietly reduced homelessness by 78 percent, and is on track to end homelessness by 2015.
How did Utah accomplish this? Simple. Utah solved homelessness by giving people homes. In 2005, Utah figured out that the annual cost of E.R. visits and jail says for homeless people was about $16,670 per person, compared to $11,000 to provide each homeless person with an apartment and a social worker. So, the state began giving away apartments, with no strings attached. Each participant in Utah’s Housing First program also gets a caseworker to help them become self-sufficient, but the keep the apartment even if they fail. The program has been so successful that other states are hoping to achieve similar results with programs modeled on Utah’s.
This is amazing.
People have been saying for years that outright giving away homes to the homeless would actually save money in the long run but I had no idea ANYWHERE in America had the balls to try it.
Also props to those Churches who were told to stop feeding homeless people and said (in a more Church-friendly way, I’m assuming) fuck the police.
There was also a few studies done in the 70s to see if giving away money created laziness or improved education/family stability. They saw a <8% drop in overall workforce hours. Almost exclusively mothers with young children and students spending more time studying.
My favorite tidbit that I remember from it:
The reason it was canned despite SAVING more than FOUR TIMES the total paid out, even in these small scale tests? They erroneously reported a 50% increase in divorce rates, and saw that it made women “too independent”, only to later have it come out as a clerical error, Divorces actually went DOWN 5%. Whoops.
I remember the US doing a few larger tests near Philly and Chicago but the links escape me-
Similar WAS done in Canada as well, http://disinfo.com/2013/02/the-forgotten-history-of-a-canadian-towns-experiment-with-guaranteed-income/
For more info on the Canadian experiment.
In more modern times they find that giving cash without any strings to impoverished communities actually works better and costs less then adding conditions. http://www.economist.com/news/international/21588385-giving-money-directly-poor-people-works-surprisingly-well-it-cannot-deal
So, yanno, there is something to be said for doing a balanced blend of BOTH socialism AND capitalism.
We live in a country where politicians call rape a “gift from God” and suggest that women regularly lie about being raped. Where a group of young men in high school think so little of sexual assault that they thought it was fine—hilarious, even—to post pictures online of a passed out rape victim, and to live-tweet the rape, joking about the victim being urinated on. We live in a country where media as revered as The New York Times finds it necessary to describe an 11-year-old gang rape victim as “wearing makeup and fashions more appropriate to a woman in her 20s.” Where a woman can be fired because her boss finds her “irresistable” and a woman’s rape case falls flat because she isn’t married. It’s time to acknowledge that the rape epidemic in the United States is not just about the crimes themselves, but our own cultural and political willful ignorance. Rape is as American as apple pie—until we own that, nothing will change
Do you ever think about the fact that the US has created and legitimized a system of institutionalized inequality by funding schools through property taxes? That basically a child’s education is only as good as the value of the property in their neighborhood. Funny how education is so often viewed as an equalizing factor when there is nothing equal about it.
I take a lot of education classes and this is something I think about a LOT.
It’s not like you guys care or anything. But this is the sign I made for the ProLife March in Washington D.C this week.
It’s not like you care or anything, but Dr. Seuss was so pro-choice he threatened to sue the pro-life organization misusing and appropriating his words, this quote. Ha.
Dr. Seuss and his wife were lifelong supporters of Planned Parenthood. His widow continues to sue pro-life organizations for using this quote. BTW, the book was about the American post-war occupation of Japan. Not about fetuses.
#politics #what’s so sad is this is not the first time i’ve seen an antichoicer misuse this quote #and promptly be roasted #on this very website #theY NEVER LISTEN #never get fucking anywhere so long as antichoicers never fucking listen #dr seuss
It’s a secret, but there wouldn’t BE anti-choice asshats if they bothered to listen or give a single fuck about HUMANS. They’re blinded by their religions, and it’s sad that these fanatics have taken over so much of the government.
They would prefer grown women DIE giving birth to DEAD babies, than to allow “late term” abortions for MEDICAL reasons.
They would prefer pre-teens and young teens be forced to go through incredibly risky, and LIFE LONG HARMFUL pregnancies, than allow them an abortion at two to three months(when most are found/confirmed) OR allow the day after pill to be sold without a specific prescription for EVERY instance (thus voiding it’s effectiveness, etc).
PS, look up, and seriously READ how fucking harmful pregnancy IS. Especially without proper vitamins and the easy access to medical assistance/support. The female’s HEART fucking TILTS to provide room. TELL ME AGAIN THAT PREGNANCY IS NOTHING BUT WHAT FEMALES WERE “”DESIGNED”” TO DO!!! Many women never fully recover from pregnancy. Suffering bone issues, weakening of key muscles, their hips FOREVER spread, permanent discoloration of the face or skin, and the list goes EVER ONWARDS.
They want to force women to have children, who can not afford them, spiritually, mentally, physically or monetarily.
Because, surpriiiise, the church’s numbers are dwindling, and the only way these dinosaurs can think of to cling to their masses, is to force people to become desperate enough to turn to religion and then raise their new sproglets in said religion.
To be broken, spiritually, so they will not QUESTION.
To be so burdened financially, that they feel they MUST turn to the church for aid.
To be, raised in church homes, or church approved families when they are taken from their mothers because their mothers never wanted- or worse, wanted but could never afford, and KNEW they couldn’t afford them, but were FORCED to carry them and birth them, and the loss of their child even sometimes causes them to commit SUICIDE.
Can you tell I feel passionately about Anti-choice and how very ANTI-women and ANTI-healthy families they are?
But just think of the cluster of cells with no brain activity!
If it has a circulatory system it MUST be a Fully Actualized Human!!!1one
No matter how malformed the mutation clinging to life by a thread is, we value it till it’s born, then it’s YOUR problem if it’s missing it’s ribcage and you must pay 250k you don’t have to even begin to save it’s life….
I really think every “”“Pro-Fetus”“” group should be picketed JUST LIKE THE WESTBRO BAPTISTS. We should print the most horrific of mutations, the cracked skin babies, the babies “born” half rotting or missing half their bodies, the stories of the poor unlucky women who stay in Ireland, and thus DIE because of the toxic poisoning of carrying their dead children.
We need to make it so every time these asshats go to try and make such asinine statements as “But it has a heartbeat! Anyone that has an abortion is a MURDERER!!!” That they are shown for the ignorant and unthinking misogynists they are. ESPECIALLY the “women” who do this shit.
And if they fucking dare to say “Well, if the stupid girl didn’t want to have a baby they shouldn’t have had sex”? Be the better human.
Punch them in the face, or if you want to waste the effort-
calmly inform them that if that is the case, then if they are raped tonight, they should just thank the lord for their chance to have a child. Because obviously they don’t think there is EVER a reason to not have a child, no matter it’s origins. If they have sex, they should have a child, by their logic.
And if they try to back up and say “well rape is different” You have them in the cage.
Because then you can proudly(disgustedly) be SURE, that they only seek to PUNISH women who dare to have sex.
"That’s trademarked, by the way."
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