13 posts tagged feminism
“The Bible teaches that woman brought sin and death into the world, that she precipitated the fall of the race, that she was arraigned before the judgment seat of Heaven, tried, condemned, and sentenced. Marriage for her was to be a condition of bondage, maternity a period of suffering and anguish, and in silence and subjection, she was to play the role of a dependant on man’s bounty for all her material wants, and for all the information she might desire. … Here is the Bible position of woman briefly summed up.”
“Why is it always something that is “lost”? You don’t “lose” the first time you ride a bike or the first time you swim in the ocean or the first time you drive a car. You don’t “lose” your first kiss. You don’t “lose” the first time you fall in love. They just happen. They’re just life. So why is it that the first time you have sex you’re supposed to have lost something so sacred? Why is it that society acts like girls who have had sex have forever lost this mythical “virginity” and they are no longer as pure and complete as more “wholesome” girls? Because if society acts like having sex makes you lose everything pure and moral about you, it makes you ashamed. Because if women are afraid of their sexuality, you can control them. If you don’t have sex, don’t have sex. If you do have sex, be careful. But don’t act like you’ve lost or kept something based on your decision.”
“Essentially, the idea of a “slut” is a myth told to women to keep them in their place. Just as Santa will not actually bring you coal on Christmas if you break a few of the house rules, you will not actually turn into an intrinsically tainted, unpalatable creature if you break one of society’s rules and have sex with one too many men. The word “slut” isn’t a criticism for having too much sex necessarily, but for being a woman: a real, living, breathing woman with quirks, foibles, normal sexual feelings, and personality; and failing to live up to the societal ideal for a woman: the passive, pliable, perpetually innocent, and sexually available Barbie doll.”
“The pope. The cheeky, interfering pope is coming over to Britain and he’s criticised the Equality Bill. He said it’s an infringement of religious freedom. Basically he’s saying he doesn’t like the extension of gay rights and equality for women. That’s what he said, he’s interfering. I don’t think anyone should take any notice of him. Those are the laws of this country… I think the pope should just shut the fuck up.”
“Being born a woman is an awful tragedy… Yes, my consuming desire to mingle with road crews, sailors and soldiers, bar room regulars - to be a part of a scene, anonymous, listening, recording - all is spoiled by the fact that I am a girl, a female always in danger of assault and battery. My consuming interest in men and their lives is often misconstrued as a desire to seduce them, or as an invitation to intimacy. Yet, God, I want to talk to everybody I can as deeply as I can. I want to be able to sleep in an open field, to travel west, to walk freely at night…”
… [T]he existence of greater crimes does not excuse lesser crimes, and no one has even tried to equate this incident to any of the horrors above. What these situations demand is an appropriate level of response: a man who beats a woman to death has clearly committed an immensely greater crime than a man who harasses a woman in an elevator; let us fit the punishment to the crime. Islamic injustice demands a worldwide campaign of condemnation of the excesses and inhumanity of that religion.
The elevator incident demands…a personal rejection and a woman nicely suggesting to the atheist community that they avoid doing that. And that is what it got. That is all Rebecca Watson did. For those of you who are outraged at that, I ask: which part of her response fills you with fury? That a woman said no, or that a woman has asked men to be more sensitive?
I think reasonable men will be quite capable of both opposing Islamic fundamentalism with vigor and refraining from driving away their godless colleagues with petty harassment, colleagues who may well be even more fervent and dedicated to our common cause of promoting equality all around the world. These are not mutually contradictory actions. They are complementary and necessary. Our goal isn’t to set the bar of equality at a level slightly higher than the situation in Saudi Arabia, or to some point somewhere around the significantly more enlightened (but still not adequate) level in America, but at a point where every woman has the same rights and privileges as every man, where women don’t have to fear being raped, and yes, where women don’t have to face this dismaying, depressing, common situation of seeing their autonomy disrespected and their compatriots rushing to excuse loutish behavior.”
There is a country where the leading cause of death of pregnant women is murder by a partner. In this same country, more than a million women were raped in 2008 and women are much more likely to live in poverty than men. Local laws don’t protect their right to bodily freedom and integrity; some rape laws even state that once a woman initially consents to sex, she doesn’t have the right to change her mind.
You may have caught on by now — yes, I’m talking about the United States.”
“‘That’s life!’ Fuck life. Cancer is life! That’s life, too. You don’t give a fuck about “life” when you use your bacterial scrub and genocide fuckin’ single-celled organisms. You don’t give a fuck about “life” when you’re shoving steak into your mouth. You don’t give a fuck about “life” when you’re going through chemotherapy for your fuckin’ cancer. But all of a sudden, when the life has the potential—the potential—to become a human being ONE DAY, then it’s special. Even though it’s a parasitic organism living off of someone else. If that person doesn’t want to support that life, what business is it of ours to come and say, “No, you have to [give birth]”? Especially given the fact that if that person does have that unwanted child because of state mandate, you think they’re gonna raise that child well, give that child a good life? Then people start talking, “Ooh, adoption! What about adoption?” Our orphanages are fuckin’ filled to the brim! You know how many kids there are in the fuckin’ system? Adoption is not a viable option at this point.”
“From an early age, boys are fitted with emotional straight-jackets tailored by a restricted code of behavior that falsely defines masculinity. In the context of “stop crying,” “stop those emotions,” and “don’t be a sissy,” we define what it means to “Be a Man!” Adherence to this “boy code” leaves many men dissociated from their feelings and incapable of accessing, naming, sharing, or accepting many of their emotions. When men don’t understand their own emotions it becomes impossible to understand the feelings of another. This creates an “empathy-deficit disorder” that is foundational to America’s epidemic of bullying, dating abuse and gender violence. Boys are taught to be tough, independent, distrusting of other males, and at all cost to avoid anything considered feminine for fear of being associated with women. This leads many men to renounce their common humanity with women so as to experience an emotional disconnect from them. Women often become objects, used to either validate masculine insecurity or satisfy physical needs. When the validation and satisfaction ends, or is infused with anger, control or alcohol, gender violence is often the result.”