We Clear Our Throats

"We Clear Our Throats" is a grassroots campaign seeking to stop slut-shaming, victim blame, and sexist language. We encourage you to clear your throats when you hear things like "slut" or "she was asking for it" in order to show your opposition.

transgirladventures:

This example is mostly in ‘female-empowerment’ circles, but it comes up everywhere. Binary Trans people are expected to live up to ridiculous extremes for their gender in order to be accepted as credible. And if we don’t, then we get the lovely comment of “If you wanted to do X so much, why didn’t you just stay as your birth gender”. THAT’S NOT HOW IT WORKS. And most people aren’t even conscious of it. But if you have ever thought that of course that transwoman didn’t pass, she won’t even shave her legs! Or that transman shouldn’t be wearing such feminine clothes YOU ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM. YOU ARE SUPPORTING AND FORCING GENDER STEREOTYPES ON US. AND WE WANT YOU TO STOP.

My boyfriend wrote a lovely rant to go with this post.

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"Image Credit: Carol Rossetti

When Brazilian graphic designer Carol Rossetti began posting colorful illustrations of women and their stories to Facebook, she had no idea how popular they would become. 

Thousands of shares throughout the world later, the appeal of Rosetti’s work is clear. Much like the street art phenomenon Stop Telling Women To Smile, Rossetti’s empowering images are the kind you want to post on every street corner, as both a reminder and affirmation of women’s bodily autonomy. 

"It has always bothered me, the world’s attempts to control women’s bodies, behavior and identities," Rossetti told Mic via email. "It’s a kind of oppression so deeply entangled in our culture that most people don’t even see it’s there, and how cruel it can be."

Rossetti’s illustrations touch upon an impressive range of intersectional topics, including LGBTQ identity, body image, ageism, racism, sexism and ableism. Some characters are based on the experiences of friends or her own life, while others draw inspiration from the stories many women have shared across the Internet. 

"I see those situations I portray every day," she wrote. "I lived some of them myself."

Despite quickly garnering thousands of enthusiastic comments and shares on Facebook, the project started as something personal — so personal, in fact, that Rossetti is still figuring out what to call it. For now, the images reside in albums simply titled “WOMEN in english!" or "Mujeres en español!" which is fitting: Rossetti’s illustrations encompass a vast set of experiences that together create a powerful picture of both women’s identity and oppression.

One of the most interesting aspects of the project is the way it has struck such a global chord. Rossetti originally wrote the text of the illustrations in Portuguese, and then worked with an Australian woman to translate them to English. A group of Israeli feminists also took it upon themselves to create versions of the illustrations in Hebrew. Now, more people have reached out to Rossetti through Facebook and offered to translate her work into even more languages. Next on the docket? Spanish, Russian, German and Lithuanian.

It’s an inspiring show of global solidarity, but the message of Rossetti’s art is clear in any language. Above all, her images celebrate being true to oneself, respecting others and questioning what society tells us is acceptable or beautiful.

"I can’t change the world by myself," Rossetti said. "But I’d love to know that my work made people review their privileges and be more open to understanding and respecting one another."

From the site: All images courtesy Carol Rossetti and used with permission. You can find more illustrations, as well as more languages, on her Facebook page.

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When people compare the greatness that is The Simpsons to other animated shows like Family Guy it makes me want to set myself on fire

I went on a date last year and jokingly said “Don’t ask me I’m just a girl” and giggled at a 35 year old man thinking he’d get the reference and instead he said “that’s what I like to hear.”

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opinions on abortions are kinda like nipples

everyone has them but women’s are a little bit more relevant 

But all you ever see are men’s

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Since the Michael Brown shooting, we’ve seen a lot of people bring up isolated incidents in which black people were the perpetrators of violence and/or where the victims were white. While these types of situations do occur, it’s important to realize that the institutionally racist systems that are in place negatively affect people of color significantly more than they do white citizens.

I have a serious problem with the Washington Examiner’s article, "Fallout from Campus Sexual Assault Hysteria:  College Men Now Suspicious of Women."

The argument here is that people speaking out against rape culture (you know, where people are raped and assaulted and then blamed for their rape/assault) are hurting men because men are too scared that they’ll be accused of rape if they’re physical with women who might be too drunk to provide consent. (Uhhhh…)

The article starts off with “…young college men are starting to rethink how they talk to women” and goes on to say, ”This is about men actually avoiding contact with women because they’re afraid a simple kiss or date could lead to a sexual assault accusation.”

So let me get this straight.  Women have been worried about getting raped, assaulted and then blamed for their rape/assault for…how long now?…and men who are starting to become aware of this are victims of their own awareness?

WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH RETHINKING HOW WE SPEAK TO EACH OTHER?

At worst, a guy that wants to kiss a girl but doesn’t because there’s always the chance she doesn’t actually want to be kissed goes home wishing he could have kissed her.  If she didn’t want him kissing her, I’d say they both just dodged a really awkward bullet (at best).  But let’s say the young woman in question WANTED him to kiss her.  Is it really so bad that they both have to wait until each of them is sober to get their fully consensual physicality on?

This article also makes it seem as though the only time any guy has a chance at romance or sex or even interaction with women is when they’re drunk at parties, not to mention it reiterates the misconception that women “cry rape” all the time. 

It paints awareness, consent, and consideration as tools that are actually victimizing college men everywhere.  Newsflash: I’d rather be suspicious that someone might not appreciate my advances than be suspicious that someone might rape me. 

"Joshua Handler of New York University’s comments brought up another interesting consequence of so much media attention: Having to talk to women in a very specific manner. Handler told the Bloomberg reporters that he is now very clear about what he wants when he talks to women. Because now, apparently, women can’t interpret conversations and need to be spoken to like children (my words, not his)."

Gosh darn this awareness of rape culture, making it so that young people actually TALK about their potential sexual relationships with one another.  Having clear expectations and respecting each other’s wants must really suck, not to mention being upfront and straightforward is sooo childish.

You wanna talk about childish?  You call the awareness and outrage at people being raped “hysteria” and then proceed to throw a tantrum over the fact men have to wait until women are sober enough to talk about what it is they actually want.