“All these relationships between women, I thought, rapidly recalling the splendid gallery of fictitious women, are too simple. So much has been left out, unattempted. And I tried to remember any case in the course of my reading where two women are represented as friends. There is an attempt at it in Diana of the Crossways. They are confidantes, of course, in Racine and the Greek tragedies. They are now and then mothers and daughters. But almost without exception they are shown in their relation to men. It was strange to think that all the great women of fiction were, until Jane Austen’s day, not only seen by the other sex, but seen only in relation to the other sex. And how small a part of a woman’s life is that; and how little can a man know even of that when he observes it through the black or rosy spectacles which sex puts upon his nose. Hence, perhaps, the peculiar nature of woman in fiction; the astonishing extremes of her beauty and horror; her alternations between heavenly goodness and hellish depravity — for so a lover would see her as his love rose or sank, was prosperous or unhappy.”
— A Room of One’s Own / Virginia Woolf
6:00 pm • 21 April 2013 • 8 notes
“We’ve caught a lot of men recently," says 17-year-old Sufia Hashmi. "I joined up because men always used to pass comments on me and touch my body, but now we beat them the men cannot do anything and they run away. You feel powerful and you feel good.”
Women hit back at India’s rape culture | World news | The Observer
12:31 pm • 6 April 2013 • 5 notes
All of a sudden, a confluence of two different stories on my dash, in various forms:
1) Chris Hayes: I’m on TV and people notice and comment on my appearance because of it and that’s weird!
2) Jon Hamm: I’m on TV and people are sexually objectifying me because of it and that’s weird!
And everyone’s acting like this is CRAZY GO NUTS news. Because it’s happening to affluent white men. Well, welcome to the club, boys. Sucks, don’t it. It’s always a shame that the dominant culture has to personally experience a shitty thing before they’ll give a shit about speaking out against it. Nice to have you on side, though (I hope).
3:33 pm • 27 March 2013 • 1 note
“Kiss my ass, kiss my ass. I was raised in this society. Let them get their deal worked out about the way women are treated in films before they start hassling me about the way men are treated. There’s a whole genre of films known as ‘exploitation’ based on the degradation of women and has a whole bunch of redneck critics extolling its virtues, and until there’s a subgenre of women doing the same thing to men in numbers too numerous to count, as is the case with exploitation film, then just shut the fuck up.”
— Callie Khouri, responding to being called a ‘toxic feminist’ for writing “Thelma & Louise” comma being a badass.
11:35 am • 8 December 2012 • 7 notes
The gentlemen that launched “12 Year Old Sluts” believe they are doing Susie a favor. They believe they are teaching her a lesson about responsibility by reposting her image to be pilloried by a slew of ignorant asshats. The lesson she’s learning, though, isn’t about what one should or shouldn’t post online. She learned that she is not sexy enough, at 12, to please the masses. She learned that she is also too sexy, at 12, to please the masses.
She learned that her body and her sexual choices, ill-advised as they might be, are up for public debate. She learned what grown women already know; by having a female body that you dare to parade around your neighborhood, you are asking to be looked at, lusted after, judged, discussed, desired, and sometimes touched. From this experience, Susie learned that when the rock and the hard place collide, it hurts like hell.
— Emily Heist Moss, What A Disgusting Facebook Page Shows Us About a Woman’s Need To Feel Desired
7:20 am • 11 October 2012 • 3 notes