“Men often react to women’s words – speaking and writing – as if they were acts of violence; sometimes men react to women’s words with violence. So we lower our voices. Women whisper, Women apologize. Women shut up. Women trivialize what we know. Women shrink. Women pull back. Most women have experienced enough dominance from men – control, violence, insult, contempt – that no threat seems empty.”

Andrea Dworkin, Intercourse (via liesofthepatriarchy)

“Men’s rights activists don’t organize marches; they don’t build shelters or raise funds for abused men; they don’t organize prostate cancer-awareness events or campaign against prison rape. What they actually do, when they’re not simply carping in comments online, is target and harass women—from feminist writers and professors to activists—in an attempt to silence them.”

White Hot Rage  (via ho-ho-my-lad)

GOD THIS IS SO FUCKING IMPORTANT 

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katsplanet:

all men are responsible. all men are necessary to dismantle sexism. all men have to check their thoughts and behaviors. all men should enter male spaces and speak up for the rights of women when their peers do not. ALL men. do not give me this “not all men” bullshit because if you are silent and only care about your feelings instead of fighting for women then you /are/ one of those men. saying “not all men” lets men think that they arent involved with the issue when they are

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whatever-joey:

#YesAllWomen is trending on Twitter right now.

This is very important. 

Right now, men just need to shut up, read these and learn. We HAVE to do better.

“What’s the worst possible thing you can call a woman? Don’t hold back, now.
You’re probably thinking of words like slut, whore, bitch, cunt (I told you not to hold back!), skank.
Okay, now, what are the worst things you can call a guy? Fag, girl, bitch, pussy. I’ve even heard the term “mangina.”
Notice anything? The worst thing you can call a girl is a girl. The worst thing you can call a guy is a girl. Being a woman is the ultimate insult. Now tell me that’s not royally fucked up.”

― Jessica Valenti, Full Frontal Feminism: A Young Woman’s Guide to Why Feminism Matters (via smellslikegirlriot)

“In my title I call each of these examples of harassment “inexplicable,” even though they have clear explanations: some folks are uncomfortable with a woman making video games. Some folks are uncomfortable with a perceived feminist being involved in their video games. But “inexplicable” was really my first reaction: you mean a bit of gender swapped fan art led to backers demanding that heads roll and money be refunded? That an interactive fiction game placed on Steam Greenlight would incite an internet community that apparently believes that because they have the attention of men, women can never suffer from depression?”

The Two Most Inexplicable Examples of Video Game Community Harassment This Week | The Mary Sue.com (via themarysue)

This touches on an important point and what I think is a common misconception, so thanks! When I’m saying misandry isn’t a thing, I am not saying that men do not experience widespread harm based on gender roles. I certainly acknowledge it and it’s a problem we need to address in our culture. Working to alleviate the harm that gender roles cause men is a crucial part of feminism.

But all of those problems, from the policing of masculinity, to the promotion of violence, to the shaming of emotions, they’re not a product of “misandry” — they’re a product of misogyny.

Because all of that horrible stuff that harms men stems from a culture that bars men from expressing themselves in any way that is perceived as remotely “feminine.” Because the worst thing for a man in our culture to be is like a woman. Hatred of women = misogyny. Misandry doesn’t mean social institutions that harm men. By definition it means institutionalized hatred of the male gender. There are many issues that harm men in our society, but misandry isn’t one of them.

“I am sorry people are so tired of me writing about misogyny. I occasionally get tired of living in a world defined by it.”

Alyssa Rosenberg (via thenewwomensmovement)

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sparkamovement:

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It’s Google verified- gender inequality still exists in the world.

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Petition Calls for "Report Abuse" Button on Twitter | The Mary Sue

Last week it was announced that the Bank of England would put Jane Austen on the £10 note, making her only the third non-royal woman to appear on British currency. We took it as good news, but a lot of other people… er… really didn’t. One of the women who successfully campaigned for women’s inclusion on bills has been getting tons of abuse and rape threats via Twitter and has responded by taking the site to ask for their “completely inadequate” system for reporting abuse. The cause has taken hold, and now there’s a petition with 60,000+ signatures to have Twitter add a “report abuse” button to individual tweets.