Things that make me break out:
Laurie Halse Anderson, author of Speak, on the question “Have any readers ever asked questions that shocked you?”
Read that again. Read it again, and again, and again. Over and over guys have asked her why Melinda was so upset about being raped. This is a girl who went to a party with friends. She was thirteen. She had a drink, because everyone else was. And a senior held her down and raped her while she was too drunk to get away.
And guys don’t understand why she was upset.
Read that again and then come back and tell me again why I should just shut up and take a joke when a comedian blows off rape as a big deal, or women’s bodies are casually treated as commodities in media. Remind me why I shouldn’t care about the very real harm that society’s treatment of women and sexual assault does.
*meets u at a party* small talk is for posers, rate yr current level of existential dread from 1 to 10, let’s be emotionaly intimate forever starting now
people on this site keep confusing empowerment with confidence?? like hell yes a pair of high heels can make u feel confident on a bad day but they ain’t gonna empower you. they’re a fucking pair of shoes.
twisting themselves in knots to say that women wear high heels because it accentuates their “natural feminine gait” and men were “evolutionarily inclined” to the way they make the buttocks look etc
and none of them think to read up the history of the fashion and discover that their OH SO BIOLOGICALLY FEMININE idea is (a) INCREDIBLY FUCKING RECENT and (b) originally when women slipped into heels they were appropriating a masculine fashion trend
j f c
these motherfuckers. reaching back to pre-historical times because gender. must. be. biologically. essential.
EVERY FUCKING BIT OF IT
and conveniently skipping over the massively different way values and fashions and behaviors have been gendered across time periods and cultures
SO MUCH FRUSTRATION
all that just to force people to think that the stupid way we gender shit now is the eternal truth, thus excusing all the crappiness of it
people get paid to lie about how natural and right it is for us to be locked into stupid, recently invented gender boxes
because ~the biology tells us so~
what a way to make a living
Evolutionary Psychology OR “Humans Evolved in the 1950s: A Tale of Men Who Desperately Want to Pretend the Patriarchy is Just Nature Taking Its Course”
Anonymous asked: are you gay or straight?