"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)
tagged as:   #sexism    #misogyny 
"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)

sparkamovement:

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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.

That feeling you get when you’re confronted by some bullshit and you can’t say anything because “common courtesy”.

rainbowlung:

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Today I was in the break room at my job and everyone was watching some shit called “Guy Code” on MTV. Which. Is. Just. Terrible.  And everyone was laughing, because “Ahahaha, misogyny” and I didn’t hide how offended I was, but everyone thought I was just being snarky. I felt like wrecking somebody but I couldn’t go on a real tirade of any kind because I was surrounded by “work friends” and my manager was right outside. It’s been over three hours but I still feel like going Hulk on everything. 

"A common retort to all of this is: “This is the internet. It’s offensive. If you don’t like it, leave.” That is correct: speech on the internet can be offensive and the right to be offensive is vital to democracy. But Facebook is not “the internet.” Facebook is a company with principles and community standards that create a reasonable expectation in users that it will enforce rules it itself has established in an unbiased manner. Facebook is perilously close to allowing “freedom of speech” to be used as a defense of unjust actions that are clearly intimidating and silencing female users."

— Soraya Chemaly, Facebook’s Big Misogyny Problem (via sparkamovement)

So Here's the Slut-Shaming, Homophobic Post on Superheroes by... the Director of Guardians of the Galaxy

themarysue:

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Generally, I don’t make a habit of making news posts about things that happened on the Internet more than a year ago. Unless, of course, it managed to slip everyone’s attention and is just blowing up now. I also don’t make a habit of writing news posts about random people on the internet being jerks. Unless, of course, they’re not random people at all, but people with significant power over either legal matters or the media we consume. The case of “The 50 Superheroes You Most Want to Have Sex With,” or rather, the content of the commentary on the post of that name by writer/director James Gunn last year. See, in between last February and now, Gunn was tapped as the director for the first new set of characters to be introduced in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase 2, The Guardians of the Galaxy.

Read more here.

This is disgusting. I’m not familiar with Gunn’s work and I admit I know very little about Guardians of the Galaxy. But I LOVE the other entries in the current Marvel cinematic-verse, and - with the possible exception of Iron Man - I think their portrayals of female characters are fantastic. I really hope these comments have some consequences. Marvel was slowly making strides for women in their properties. I hope they don’t relapse with this guy in the director’s chair.

"There is NO SHORTAGE of racists, anti-semites, Islamophobes, homophobes and more out there who, I’ve got to believe, know how to use the internet and have Facebook accounts. I’m sure they would love to populate Facebook pages with threatening, inciting content. I tried searching. Whereas “punch a woman” yields lots of communities and pages, alternatives just don’t come up. Give it a whirl. I imagine, Occam’s Razor and all that, that those pages are not up because Facebook censors them and not because violent haters of difference have been miraculously purged from the planet. For example, as Angie Becker Stevens pointed out last fall in Ms. Magazine, Facebook removes anti-semitic pages.

There are real and serious issues to be resolved regarding content, the Internet, free speech and sovereignty, but by its own behavior Facebook is demonstrating how this situation is not among them. There are clearly topics and content that Facebook does not condone. And, Dom and James seem perfectly capable of insulting their critics in other ways if they have to. It’s a small price to pay for making a statement against the denigration of girls and women in ways that are tied to the trivialization of both actual and virtual violence."


— Soraya Chemaly, The 12 Year Old Slut Meme and Facebook’s Misogyny Problem
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