Sorry to reblog from the source, but I thought the chain of comments was rather unnecessary. All that needs to be said is that this documentary examines gender inequality and how patriarchy contributes negatively to our society.
This is a feminist issue.
And anyone on Tumblr who’s too close-minded to recognize it as such due to a nonsensical blanketed hatred of men’s issues need to re-evaluate their motives.
THESE ARE REAL AND HORRIBLE MALE ISSUES CAUSED BY THE PATRIARCHY. IF YOURE FEMINIST, THESE SHOULD ANGER YOU. IF YOU’RE NOT, HERES ANOTHER REASON TO SUPPORT THE MOVEMENT.
have I already reblogged this? don’t give a fuck.
If a child is nipped by a dog no one blames them for fearing other dogs.
If a woman is abused, raped, assaulted, beaten, humiliated, degraded by a man everyone blames her for being wary as if she has the innate ability to know which other men will abuse her, no different than a child not possibly knowing which dogs are mean.
Do not talk to me about feminism - a movement started by my sisters for women. Talk to your brothers who abuse, rape, assault, beat, humiliate, degrade and oppress us. That is the best you are able to do. Call out your brothers for their sexism and misogyny no matter how small. Any male “feminist” that attacks a woman for her feminism is nothing but a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Feminism is not about you. Feminism is not about looking after men’s feelings when men are the number one threat to a woman’s life.
I will never, ever preface my feminism with “some men”. It’s not “some men” that abuse, rape, assault, beat, humiliate, degrade and oppress women. It’s “some men” that don’t.
'Feminismo não vale nada sem intersecionalidade e inclusão'
The Beatles owe soooooo much to teenage girls for their success like i’m pretty sure it was teenage girls who were screaming and fainting at shows and buying all those records and not old ponytailed dudes or moody teen boys with bad hair? and somehow everyone forgets that when they’re yelling about “real music” and putting down teen girls for the performers they get excited about. like whatever. I see you.
YES YES THIS ALL THE WAY.
joss whedon, noted feminist who fired charisma carpenter for daring to be pregnant
joss whedon, white cishet male who decides that he gets to define feminism and rebrand it to make it more appealing to himself, while also erasing the entire history of feminism and ignoring the existence of the term womanist
joss whedon, making a speech about feminism whose only mention of a female is to dismiss her entirely
joss whedon, deciding that the biggest problem with feminism is in its name and not its history of being racist, transphobic, and homophobic
joss whedon, lacking all self-awareness when twisting a brilliant junot diaz quote about poc representation to mean representation for white cis females
joss whedon, trying to equate sexism and racism while completely ignoring that woc exist and can experience both at the same time
joss whedon saying equality is important!!!!! but not casting a single asian person in his show grounded in the fusion of asian - western culture and also equating reavers (literally referring to them as the monsters of the story) with the apache
wait hold up, ignore all that, i should just be super grateful to joss “what is privilege and intersectionality?” whedon for having the courage to speak over women on a continuous basis
i had a moment to think about this post on women, hypersexualization and sex positivity and i feel like i should have added this addendum.
one of the biggest issues that woc (black women especially; this is the perspective i’m coming from) have with white mainstream feminism is the fact that our experiences aren’t included in the discourse. hypersexualization is a huge part of those problems. feminine sexuality is basically the fucking madonna/whore complex. but y’all don’t seem to understand that we’re not all being put on the same side of the slash.
black women are aggressive, or aren’t considered to be feminine at all, because our sexuality is built in diametric opposition to white women’s. so the way that we approach sex positivity is entirely different. we’re expected to be promiscuous, we’re expected to have a whole gang of kids with different daddies and shit. we can’t exactly embrace being called whores because people already expect us to be whores. like, don’t even get me started on the gross fetishization shit that happens with dark skinned black women.
for white women, it’s empowering to be the knight in armor, swinging the sword, fucking shit up like Brienne of Tarth. And that’s awesome. But for black women, it’s also empowering to be the desirable, gentle hearted damsel in distress, because we don’t get to do that. We have to be tough and mean and aggressive all the time. We don’t get to be that traditional ideal of femininity. Because we’re black. We aren’t allowed to be feminine. We’re always Michonne. We don’t always get to be Broomhilda.
Nicki Minaj was right to be proud. Because that’s the way the industry works for black women. it’s unfair, ridiculous bullshit, and we all suffer from it. Get mad that she has to be put in that position.
This is a pretty good article taking Whedon to task for that terrible, tone-deaf, mansplaining Equality Now speech he gave recently. I especially like the last two paragraphs (emphasis mine):
His argument hinges on insisting that there’s no equivalent to the term “racist” for gender (“sexist” not being good enough basically because Whedon says so). The upshot is that racism is positioned as something everyone agrees exists, establishing a rhetoric baseline to work from. In the first place, this just isn’t true; “racist” is an extremely fraught and contested term just like “sexism.” (See here for just one recent example.) And in the second place, if you’re talking about racism and sexism in the same breath, it seems like it would be a good idea to acknowledge, however briefly, that women of color exist, and that for many of them the experiences of racism and sexism are not necessarily separable. It would perhaps be useful also to point out that the biggest problem with the term “feminist” is not formal but historical. It’s become so associated with exclusively white, middle-class issues that many women of color feel it doesn’t represent them—thus Alice Walker’s effort to create a more inclusive term, womanism.
Whedon, then, delivers a speech on the term “feminist” without any reference to feminist history, without any apparent awareness of feminist theory, and without even any demonstrated knowledge of the most important objections or conflicts around the term “feminist,” the use of which he is purportedly discussing. Instead, from his position as celebrity and writer, and, one fears, from his position as white man, he takes it upon himself to simply define feminism himself so that he can discard it. The result is what Tania Modleski acidly referred to as “feminism without women”—equality as erasure.
Sometimes, Joss Whedon, it is a burden to be a fan of your work.
Joss made a speech at an Equality Now event where he talked about the term “feminist” and people who say “I’m not a feminist, but…” He specifically cited Katy Perry, and knowing this facts I went into the video of the speech feeling confident. I like Whedon! I hate the phrase “I’m not a feminist, but…!” Katy Perry annoys the shit out of me!
And then I watched the speech.
"Allies should NEVER speak FOR the group they’re allied with. Their voice should not be more important than the people they’re in support of."
That’s what really gets to me about that speech. That he, as a man, thinks he can come bursting into a movement by women for women and demand that we change our label because he personally doesn’t like the term we chose for ourselves? That is like the epitome of male entitlement. You are not the feminist god you think you are, Whedon.
I’ve gotten into actual fights with feminists irl about how feminism is not about equality and they look at me with a blank stare like I said something blasphemous but like who are you trying to be equal to?? The white man?? Which is considered top of the western patriarchal imperialist white supremacist tier like if your movement is solely dedicated to just catching up to that false hierarchy instead of completely dismantling it then what you’re doing is useless
This is why I never fully identified with the first and second wave feminists because they weren’t fighting for all of us their goal was to be equal to white men. Susan b Anthony said she would cut off her arm before black ppl got the right to vote Betty Friedan was a racist homophobic piece of trash Gloria Steinem said a lot of transphobic things like these women fought for themselves and people like themselves so they can EQUALLY share status
That’s why the word equality in regards to feminism disgusts me