For the Men Who Still Don’t Get It, Carol Diehl. (via ashemo)
JEEBUS. IT’S PERFECT.(via angrywomenoftumblr)
It is when a woman becomes a conscious agent in the act of abortion that she becomes subject to suspicion and condemnation. Women’s active involvement in life-giving matters threatens the entire system under which we live because it challenges male control.
[This was written in a ciscentric context. There are those who can become pregnant who do not identify as women, and there are women who cannot become pregnant.]
Patriarchy and victim-blaming: In a nutshell.
When I was walking around town yesterday afternoon, I watched a student cross the road about 100 yards away from the lights and found myself thinking “really, you can’t just take care of yourself and cross where you’re supposed to and not put yourself in danger? If you get hit now, you’ll probably be blamed, and that makes sense.”
Because we all accept that on the roads, cars have right of way over pedestrians. It is their understood right to drive right the hell on, and if you get in their way then you’ve knowingly put yourself in harm’s way.
Because we all knowingly accept that cars are all powerful on the roads.
So essentially, what you’re doing when you say “she should’ve known what she was getting herself in for when she wore that tight skirt, that’s just asking for trouble” is that men own the outside. Men are all powerful out-of-doors (and maybe inside, too, but I don’t have the strength to make that argument), so if you stumble onto their path, you’re putting yourself in danger because they have right of way.
This is what patriarchy means, in practice. This is why I can’t accept that you have any logical reasoning powers at work when you say that patriarchy is dead.
Exactly this. This is why I despise it when men refuse to have a conversation with me about these issues and instead play dumb.
bell hooks (via bullshitwonder)
THIS. This is such a critical point to consider in discussions about marriage equality. Is fitting into a patriarchal system really progressive or are there other ways to gain equality without replicating what is already broken. Regardless of my personal feelings on the matter I absolutely agree though that it is at least important to think about marriage in the way hooks asks of us, even if we choose to marry or not.(via agradschoolbreakup)
today against pre-marital sex by women, contraception, and especially
abortion. Abortion is the flashpoint in this war, because the
patriarchal right-wing can’t stand the thought of women having the power
to abort men’s babies - the ones put there by men’s actions, by men’s
seed. A woman deciding to have an abortion is the ultimate insult to
male authority. Joyce Arthur (via zeitgeistmovement)