Just one more way the government wants to regulate your body

Here’s an interesting article on how a state senate  passed a bill to ban certain body peircing and tattoos. While this bill affects women and men alike, it shows how the government takes a patriarchal stance on how to regulate the bodies of men, women and people of color, which this country has a long history about.

What do you think?

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Janelle: Music’s new Feminist Heroine

Janelle Monae is a new musician on the scene and a huge advocate for feminism. If you haven’t checked her out, you should because she is fantastic: just a glimpse into her views:

retrieved from: Equality for Women Facebook Page

retrieved from: Equality for Women Facebook Page

Men’s Rights Activists: Sore Winners

While working on this blog, I ran into many articles by supposed “men’s rights activists”. If any of you are self-acclaimed “men’s rights activists” you are the sorest winner’s out there. Men have almost every right known to humankind. I know, it’s a little frustrating that you lose some privilege when women get more rights but really?

If you’re not familiar with the work of these lovely individuals, here’s a few of their top achievements:

1. They inform us women what the word bitch really means. Women really can’t understand what this insult really encapsulates when it’s spewed at us, so we need these awesome individuals to spell it out. Apparently being a “bitch” is a condition innate in many women today; it includes: “anger towards men, use of insulting language, a stubborn will, a tendency to make demands, a narcissistic attitude, an argumentative disposition”. Being any of these things leads to a dysfunctional women who questions male authority, which obviously is problematic because men know best and we should blindly follow them.

2. They let us know really how men are just better than women naturally. According to Principles 101: Feminism, Manhood, and You, “Men too possess their own natural advantages in the form of superior physical strength and superior mental prowess. However, when men seek to benefit from their own natural advantages, Feminists cries foul.” Also apparently since women stereo-typically like to go to the bathroom in groups, we shouldn’t be allowed to determine our own future because we incapable of independently going potty.

Now, besides you know, these beliefs just being completely out of rational logic, men’s rights activists make life difficult for both men and women. Men’s rights movements “biggest qualms” are men’s higher death rate in wars and from crime, men’s higher death rate on the job, sexual violence against men, and men’s higher suicide rate are all issues that are important. But really they don’t care so much about these things; there real goal is to deflect and derail discussions about feminist issues. This is problematic because there are issues that men and boys face, but Men’s rights activist don’t have two shits to give about them, they just want to make sure that feminism doesn’t achieve any of its goals. I don’t know about you, but it think it’s a problem when a movement doesn’t even care about helping the few in it’s group who need help, we should just screw over a disenfranchised group because we don’t want to give up any of our privilege.

Let me know what you think.

Sam

Don’t drink! Or you’ll get raped

Ugh, this article is some of the worst journalism I’ve seen in a while. I just have a problem with people blaming women for getting raped. Whether or not you drink, a women is NEVER to blame for getting raped. Why don’t be blame the men who decide that they should take advantage of women when their drunk? Why don’t we blame the culture that condones degrading women and treating them like dirt so it makes rape seem ok? Why don’t we blame the women who would rather blame their fellow female colleagues for their decisions instead of banning together to change the anti-women culture we live in? Why don’t we blame the fact that our court system give men a lesser punishment for raping when they’re drunk but shames women for getting drunk in the first place and letting it happen?

Seriously. This is ridiculous. Violence against women isn’t ever her fault, whether she had a drink or asked the guy who date-raped her out. The blame lies in our culture, that tells men you’re only a real man if you dominate women and treat them like trash.

Fox News Makes Me Sad

So Fox News has a few women bloggers that make me feel super sad inside. Their views tend to put women’s right back 100 years. This most recent article talks about how women need husbands. I’m sorry but I don’t think women should be told that they need to depend on a man FOR ANYTHING. Do women want to raise children on their own? Do they want to live in solditude for their entire lives? Maybe, but probably not. Life isn’t easy and sometimes you have to do things on you own. And women who do it on their own are some of the strongest people I have ever met. Being raised by a single mother, I think my mom is superwoman. She did everything for us and while it wasn’t perfect, she did a damn good job. I didn’t want my parents to stay together, it was a war zone. Sometimes a single parent household will be happier and healthier for children.

It’s also pretty messed up that ALL women need to be with a man, especially where many women aren’t even attracted to men. Does that mean that lesbian or bisexual women who don’t want to have a husband are doomed for failure and their kids will turn out rotten? Not at all– my aunt is a lesbian and she is successful and her kids are great people. Fox News: you need to get over your patriarchal and misogynistic views of how marriage and women should be. Women can and will do whatever they need to, and they don’t need a man to do it.