Privileged people don’t want to have their bubble burst, so they often deny or make themselves ignorant to the struggles of the non-privileged.
Feminism is still needed because:
- There are shirts being sold in department stores that say “It’s not Rape, it’s a cuddle with a struggle.”
- There are video games that give you points for killing sex workers.
- We teach women how to prevent rape instead of teaching men not to rape.
- Sometimes a movie’s rating depends on how much a female appears to be enjoying sex in a certain scene, and violence against women in movies don’t have the same impact on the rating of the film.
- Women’s bodies are still being legislated by mostly male politicians.
- We use terms like “bitch” and “pussy” to imply weakness.
- Being called a “girl” is used as an insult.
- Women still earn 23% less than men for the same work.
- The words Feminist and Feminism are still misunderstood as “Man-Hating”.
- Rape is used as a weapon of war.
- Honour Killings still happen.
- The higher you get within the corporate hierarchy, women essentially disappear.
- Women are often asked “How are you going to balance your work and your home life?”, yet men are never asked the same question.
- There are websites dedicated to teaching guys how to drug their dates into submission, and how to trick their girlfriends into getting abortions.
- There is still the belief that marital rape is impossible.
- Some Priests tell women that refusing their husband sex for any reason is a mortal sin.
- Boys are still raised in ignorance, in regards to their emotionality.
- Men’s voices are for everybody but women’s voices are just for women.
- Women represent 51% of the population but are still seen as a niche market.
- Men are still raised to think that women owe them their time/attention/conversation.
- Strong men are seen as confident leaders but strong women are seen as “ball-busters”, annoying, aggressive, and bitchy.
- Sexual harassment is often dismissed as “boys will be boys”.
To the street harasser/cat-caller:
No, I will not smile.
I am not obligated to give you something nice to look at.
Women do not owe you their time or conversation.
My name is not Baby, Shorty, Sexy, Sweetie, Honey, Pretty, Boo, Sweetheart, or Ma; and when I don’t reciprocate, my name is not Ho, Ugly, Fatty, or Slut. However, I am a Bitch.
You are not entitled to my space.
I am not seeking your validation.
Critiques on my body are not welcome.
You can keep your thoughts on my body to yourself.
I am not outside for your entertainment.
So shut up.
What is The Bechdel Test?
The Bechdel test is a test of female characterization in movies. Passing the Bechdel test requires that:
1. The movie has at least two women characters
2. The women have to talk to each other
3. The conversation has to be about something other than a man
- The Social Network
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II
- All of The Lord of The Rings movies
- Run Lola Run
- Fantastic Four
- Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
- Breakfast at Tiffany’s
- X-Men: Days of Future Past
- The Hangover
- Identity Thief
- Pacific Rim
- Pain and Gain
- 21 Jump Street
- The Amazing Spider-Man
- The Avengers
- Django Unchained
- This Means War
- The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
- Hangover Part II
- Hangover Part III
- The Rum Diary
- Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
- Your Highness
A man likes to reserve the word “crazy” for his significant other, for whenever she calls him out on his shit, or holds him accountable for his bad behaviour.
Calling a woman crazy when she expresses (emotionally) concerns about how a man has made her feel, in regards to his behaviour towards her, is a way for said man to shift responsibility and a way to disseminate his sense of superiority.
Men have long been socialized to believe that anything emotional equals femininity. And one of the worst things you can say to a man is: “What are you? A girl/woman/pussy?” Therefore, they want to stay away from expressing themselves emotionally, which makes them I’ll equipped at being able to deal with a woman’s emotions or feelings. That ignorance breeds fear, and that fear breeds an unwillingness to learn to accept emotionality as a valid expression.
- Rizzoli and Isles
- New Girl
- The Golden Girls
- Buffy The Vampire Slayer
- Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries
- Orphan Black
- Grey’s Anatomy
- Masters of Sex
- The White Queen
- How to Get Away With Murder