Thursday, March 27, 2014
explore-blog:

John Green's superb advice to aspiring writers and artists in the digital age – a fine addition to our ongoing archive of sage life-advice.

explore-blog:

John Green's superb advice to aspiring writers and artists in the digital age – a fine addition to our ongoing archive of sage life-advice.

Friday, March 21, 2014

But now viewed through the lens of individualism the sexist, too, can have a deeply personal story. He made a mistake, he broke a rule, he’s sorry if what he did offended you. He’s actually a kind of victim here, too, he wants you to know. Accusations of sexism, you see, are graded on the steepest of curves so virtually no-one, except the least sympathetic of villains, qualifies as an actual sexist. All other instances of sexism, watered down by individualism, are thus eventually transformed into reasonable actions and understandable views and your inability as a woman to overcome them is simply a character flaw of yours.

This conversation, hopelessly stalled around individual experience, prevents us from progressing faster to real solutions. The gross differences in outcomes between women and men in terms of income, violence and safety, workplace opportunity, political representation, divisions of household labour and social status affects us on a personal level, but their wider social context is masked by the distraction of individualism.

This is not to say that there isn’t value in sharing personal stories. There’s a rich feminist history that shouldn’t be lost in women telling their stories as a way of building community, initiating political awakening and demystifying our lives. But when the discussion of sexism is dominated by individual experience rather than a focus on institutional sexism, we fail to connect our personal difficulties to social issues. And in doing this, we endlessly explore individual solutions while the collective action that is required lies dormant.

Andrea Fox nails it again in “Natalie Barr doesn’t speak for all women" in Australia’s Daily Life here.
Friday, March 14, 2014
If universities are not in the business of being uncomfortable places for silent acts of power and privilege then the trigger warning we need is: higher education is dead but credential production lives on; enter at your own risk. From “The Trigger Warned Syllabus" by Tressie McMillan Cottom here. 
Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Anonymous asked: why are you a feminist???

scorsece:

because people are still asking that question

because women are payed less than men in approximately 99% of professions

because chris brown can still have a career after assaulting rihanna but miley cyrus takes her clothes off and there’s a huge scandal

because of this:

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because currently it is estimated ten million more girls are out of education than boys (x)

because we’re expected to be mature but hairless like a child, in control but not bossy, sexy but not slutty and definitely not a prude, intelligent but not opinionated, independent but reliant on men, natural but look like the girl in the magazine etc etc

because being called a girl, a pussy or a bitch is an insult

because when i told my mum i refused to get anything less than a’s in my exams she told me it wasn’t ladylike to be so cocky

because my brother and 90% of my male friends think girls who wear revealing clothing are asking for rape

because every person who identifies as female should be allowed to choose if they want to get married, have kids, have a career, go to uni etc etc without expectations

because tampons and sanitary pads are stupidly expensive

because some people reading this will have flinched at the fact i just said ‘tampon’

because there are men out there whose job it is to make young girls feel like absolute shit about themselves just so they can sell the next best beauty product

because female masturbation isn’t considered normal whilst men can talk about their own penises for hours on end

beCAUSE OF ARTICLES LIKE THIS

because feminists are still seen as crazy lesbians who dont shave and some still feel like they have to defend themselves by claiming theyre not any of those things when in fact if i want to be a passionate lady who likes other ladies and cant be bothered to shave my legs every twenty minutes then thats my choice and if i want to be someone who wears make up and shaves and goes out partying then thats my choice and if i want to be a combination of the two or anything in between then thats. my. choice.

because i believe anyone who identifies as female is fucking badass and deserves the same rights as every privileged stuck up old white man sitting around and making laws about our bodies

because how can you not be

sorayachemaly:

Emilie Du Chatelet, 17 December 1706  – 10 September 1749, was a brilliant physicists and mathematician.
She worked out problems of celestial mechanics to explain Newton’s text. Her translation of his work is still the standard French translation.
By the time she was twelve she was completely fluent in German, Greek, Italian and Latin.
After having three children, when she was 26, she went back to her mathematical work and studies.
She came up with an ingenious financial scheme that was similar to today’s derivatives
She wrote about philosophy, was critical of religion, advocated for girls’ education.
Most biographers and historians believe that du Chatelet’s work, resulting in E ∝ mv², was in accord with and preceded Einstein’s E = mc² by more than 150 years
Her work on kinetic energy was not fully understood until the mid-19th century.
At 42, she died in childbirth. The baby died 18 months later.






 

sorayachemaly:

Emilie Du Chatelet, 17 December 1706  – 10 September 1749, was a brilliant physicists and mathematician.

  • She worked out problems of celestial mechanics to explain Newton’s text. Her translation of his work is still the standard French translation.
  • By the time she was twelve she was completely fluent in German, Greek, Italian and Latin.
  • After having three children, when she was 26, she went back to her mathematical work and studies.
  • She came up with an ingenious financial scheme that was similar to today’s derivatives
  • She wrote about philosophy, was critical of religion, advocated for girls’ education.
  • Most biographers and historians believe that du Chatelet’s work, resulting in E mv², was in accord with and preceded Einstein’s E = mc² by more than 150 years
  • Her work on kinetic energy was not fully understood until the mid-19th century.
  • At 42, she died in childbirth. The baby died 18 months later.

 

Thursday, January 30, 2014

eyareilrahc:

See this… this is how it’s done.

No “you don’t look chunky, you look beautiful.”
No “you don’t look chunky” at all.

Just complete acceptance. Yeah, you look how you do, and how you look is beautiful. Mama gets it.

(Source: realitytvgifs)

Monday, January 13, 2014

Pope Francis: breast-feeding advocate

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This was enough to wake me from my Tumblr slumber!

Pope Francis baptized 32 babies in the Sistine Chapel on Sunday and told their mothers, including one who was married in a civil service rather than in church, to have no qualms about breast-feeding them there.    

From here.

Friday, December 27, 2013
themainloop:

Ricky Mujica “Multitasking”

This takes my breath away. A taste of what’s to come in my new series "Mother Art Mondays" over at Maple Leaf Mamma.

themainloop:

Ricky Mujica
“Multitasking”

This takes my breath away. A taste of what’s to come in my new series "Mother Art Mondays" over at Maple Leaf Mamma.

Friday, December 6, 2013