"Every barometer by which female worth is measured—from the superficial to the life-altering, the appreciative to the punitive—has long been calibrated to “dude,” whether or not those measurements are actually being taken by dudes."

Intelligent op-ed by The New Republic's Rebecca Traister on why women are tired of being judged by the Esquire metric.

To illustrate the point, step into the cultural time machine and fly back to Esquire’s appallingly sexist 1949 attractiveness questionnaire, a caricature of the more subtle ways in which we still evaluate women today.

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This Traister essay is all the things.

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"He brings the scale of abstraction back down to the level most comfortable for White people: the individual and uncontextualized realm of fair play. It’s the White person’s safety zone. I’m a good person, I’m a fair person, I treat everyone equally, the rules apply to everyone."

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A #Palestinian relative mourns during the funeral of four members of her family, after they were killed in an #Israeli air strike in southern #Gaza Strip city of #Rafah, on July 14, 2014. #GazaUnderAttack #SavePalestine

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A #Palestinian relative mourns during the funeral of four members of her family, after they were killed in an #Israeli air strike in southern #Gaza Strip city of #Rafah, on July 14, 2014. #GazaUnderAttack #SavePalestine

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While Israel bombs Gaza’s largest hospital, Jewish activists stage a “die-in” to protest the role of HP in arming them

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lastrealindians:

HELP A NATIVE AMERICAN FAMILY THAT IS BEING SUED BY THEIR CHILD’S SCHOOL FOR QUESTIONING CULTURALLY OFFENSIVE THANKSGIVING CURRICULUM

The Eagle Bull- Oxendine family is being sued by their child’s school for defamation, because they asked the school to permanently change their offensive and culturally insensitive Thanksgiving curriculum and to honor a two-year scholarship taken from their daughter after they voiced their concern over Native appropriation there. The school was having children make feathered headbands and literally play Indian. When the Native parents expressed disapproval over it, rather than address this racially sensitive issue, the school told them to keep their children home from class.

This case is moving forward and they need to raise funds to defray mounting legal expenses. Please share this link and donate what you can. If they lose, we all lose. This case has the potential to set dangerous precedent where Natives are effectively gagged from speaking out against redface, appropriation and the abuse of our culture and sacred ways by mainstream society. This is legal conquest. We can’t allow them to play Indian and hide behind judicial robes to do it. Thank you.

Contribute here: http://www.gofundme.com/8f3z30

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The Shocking Reason Women’s Rights Continue to Disappear, By Cindy Azucena Gomez-Schempp
No movement where people demanded their rights has ever been successful without the oppressed rising up. Usually, a critical mass of the target group must rise up before a shift in ideas or behaviors begins to take place. It was how the civil rights movement was won. Today, however, we hear there is a war on women’s rights and women are losing the battle. States are rolling back abortion rights, guaranteed decades ago in Roe. vs. Wade. 1 out of 4 are sexually assaulted before age 18, the statistics are higher for brown and black women. 1 out of 5 college women are raped on campus and yet congress narrowly reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act. Women still can’t earn equal pay with men or gain access to the same quality education or jobs. Women in America are furious at politicians and lawmakers, most of whom are white males, for their adversarial policies. They vow to rise up together and unleash the voting power of women to fight back! Yet personally, I’m not that optimistic for the women’s movement.
Unfortunately for women in America, racial divisions deeply rooted in institutions, history, and daily life keep women divided, unable to organize and unite for the benefit of us all. This may seem like a shocking statement, but it’s true. It stems from a misogynist system that sustains patriarchy and white supremacy for white males. White women act against their own interests as females when they support conservative policies which restrict women’s rights to exercise free will over their sexual and reproductive organs and progeny. Whatever their stated ulterior motives may be, be it religious or moral values for example, the outcome is the same: women’s access as a whole to medical reproductive care will be limited or lost. Conservative women understand this. But, who are the women affected most? Women of Color.
Black and Latina women’s sexuality and reproductive care has never been respected in the same way as white women. Black, Latina, and Native women were all historically subjected to rape and forced sterilization in a way white women have never been. This is because of the Eugenics movement in America which reinforced Jim Crow ideology and policy. It was considered a scientific necessity to reduce the fertility of women of less desirable races, like Latinos, Native Americans, and African Americans. Forced sterilization of women of color continues today but is rarely discussed in media. America’s history has been sterilized by conveniently omitting the teaching or discussion of these easily verifiable facts.
White women organized together for women’s suffrage when there was not yet equality between people of color and whites. White women knew that, so they also knew the voting rights they were really securing were those of white women, not all women.
READ MORE HERE: http://lastrealindians.com/the-shocking-reason-womens-rights-continue-to-disappear-by-cindy-azucena-gomez-schempp/

lastrealindians:

The Shocking Reason Women’s Rights Continue to Disappear, By Cindy Azucena Gomez-Schempp

No movement where people demanded their rights has ever been successful without the oppressed rising up. Usually, a critical mass of the target group must rise up before a shift in ideas or behaviors begins to take place. It was how the civil rights movement was won. Today, however, we hear there is a war on women’s rights and women are losing the battle. States are rolling back abortion rights, guaranteed decades ago in Roe. vs. Wade. 1 out of 4 are sexually assaulted before age 18, the statistics are higher for brown and black women. 1 out of 5 college women are raped on campus and yet congress narrowly reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act. Women still can’t earn equal pay with men or gain access to the same quality education or jobs. Women in America are furious at politicians and lawmakers, most of whom are white males, for their adversarial policies. They vow to rise up together and unleash the voting power of women to fight back! Yet personally, I’m not that optimistic for the women’s movement.

Unfortunately for women in America, racial divisions deeply rooted in institutions, history, and daily life keep women divided, unable to organize and unite for the benefit of us all. This may seem like a shocking statement, but it’s true. It stems from a misogynist system that sustains patriarchy and white supremacy for white males. White women act against their own interests as females when they support conservative policies which restrict women’s rights to exercise free will over their sexual and reproductive organs and progeny. Whatever their stated ulterior motives may be, be it religious or moral values for example, the outcome is the same: women’s access as a whole to medical reproductive care will be limited or lost. Conservative women understand this. But, who are the women affected most? Women of Color.

Black and Latina women’s sexuality and reproductive care has never been respected in the same way as white women. Black, Latina, and Native women were all historically subjected to rape and forced sterilization in a way white women have never been. This is because of the Eugenics movement in America which reinforced Jim Crow ideology and policy. It was considered a scientific necessity to reduce the fertility of women of less desirable races, like Latinos, Native Americans, and African Americans. Forced sterilization of women of color continues today but is rarely discussed in media. America’s history has been sterilized by conveniently omitting the teaching or discussion of these easily verifiable facts.

White women organized together for women’s suffrage when there was not yet equality between people of color and whites. White women knew that, so they also knew the voting rights they were really securing were those of white women, not all women.

READ MORE HERE: http://lastrealindians.com/the-shocking-reason-womens-rights-continue-to-disappear-by-cindy-azucena-gomez-schempp/

"No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond."

C.S. Lewis (via feellng)

"Oh my God, what if you wake up some day, and you’re 65, or 75, and you never got your memoir or novel written; or you didn’t go swimming in warm pools and oceans all those years because your thighs were jiggly and you had a nice big comfortable tummy; or you were just so strung out on perfectionism and people-pleasing that you forgot to have a big juicy creative life, of imagination and radical silliness and staring off into space like when you were a kid? It’s going to break your heart. Don’t let this happen."

— Anne Lamott  (via pureblyss)

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