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Anarchy Through Flowers: "Indian Women Alter SlutWalk to Better Match Country’s Conservatism"

The walk, designed as a protest against a Canadian police officer who advised women to “avoid dressing like sluts” if they want to be safe from sexual assault, has elsewhere involved women dressing as provocatively as they please. But in India, the SlutWalk set for this coming Sunday is getting a makeover, with student organizers saying they have tweaked the original concept to better match India’s conservative social palette.

The confrontational “slut” has been softened by adding the Hindi word for “shamelessness” to the event’s title. Women have been asked to march in their regular clothes. And weekly public debates and street theater are being promoted even more energetically than the walk itself.

Rather than focusing on clothes, the campaign is questioning gender stereotypes embedded in ancient Hindu religious epics, Bollywood movies and sexist matrimonial classified ads.

“There will be no dress code” for the march, said Umang Sabarwal, 19, the event’s chief organizer. “In India, no matter what we wear, even if we are covered head to toe in a sari or a burqa, we get molested and raped. A woman’s fight in India is more basic — it is a fight for the right to be born, education, nutritious food, work.”

(Source: fauxcyborg, via womenaresociety)

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Why Women Having a Seat at the Table is Not Enough

earlyfrost:

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freesamuel:

Yeah… except for the part where the baby doesn’t LIVE INSIDE THE MAN’S BODY FOR NINE MONTHS
There is a bit of a difference between deciding to have an abortion and being a “deadbeat dad.”
Furthermore, there are plenty of women who have children and then decide to “not be a mother.”
They’re called shitty mothers.
This cartoon is very vague and hardly touches upon the nuances of reproductive rights and how we should address the say that genetic donors have in the termination of a pregnancy and it’s very misleading and uninformative and it pisses me off.

Um… There are just as many ways a woman can ‘decide not to be a mother’ just as a man. Giving a baby up for adoption is deciding not to be a mother. Being a negligent parent is deciding not to be a mother. You are saying that the only way a woman decides not to be a mother is to abort.
Nice apron, by the way.

freesamuel:

Yeah… except for the part where the baby doesn’t LIVE INSIDE THE MAN’S BODY FOR NINE MONTHS

There is a bit of a difference between deciding to have an abortion and being a “deadbeat dad.”

Furthermore, there are plenty of women who have children and then decide to “not be a mother.”

They’re called shitty mothers.

This cartoon is very vague and hardly touches upon the nuances of reproductive rights and how we should address the say that genetic donors have in the termination of a pregnancy and it’s very misleading and uninformative and it pisses me off.

Um… There are just as many ways a woman can ‘decide not to be a mother’ just as a man. Giving a baby up for adoption is deciding not to be a mother. Being a negligent parent is deciding not to be a mother. You are saying that the only way a woman decides not to be a mother is to abort.

Nice apron, by the way.

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feministblackboard:

Another actress who had similar limitations due to race was Anna May Wong. She was a Chinese American daughter of a laundryman. The only way she was able to break into the movie industry at the time was through “exotic roles.” One that you may recognise is that of Tiger Lily from the hit movie, Peter Pan. She irrefutably was a leading lady with beauty and class, but she still was severely limited due to Hollywoods limited view on people of other ethnic backgrounds. An example of this of course arises in the pay department.

feministblackboard:

Another actress who had similar limitations due to race was Anna May Wong. She was a Chinese American daughter of a laundryman. The only way she was able to break into the movie industry at the time was through “exotic roles.”

One that you may recognise is that of Tiger Lily from the hit movie, Peter Pan.

She irrefutably was a leading lady with beauty and class, but she still was severely limited due to Hollywoods limited view on people of other ethnic backgrounds. An example of this of course arises in the pay department.

(Source: feminist-blackboard, via fuckyeahfeminists)

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I had to apologize for “extreme” feminists today

iamateenagefeminist:

You know the people that make statements about cutting men’s penises off and such. 

And it really fucking pissed me off and I’m mad I did it. 

Because I have been dealing with people defending men who say some heinous things my entire life. 

And I kinda wanna be like, you know, if you’re going to make me apologize for these extremist “feminists”, if you’re going to make sure that I’m not “one of those’. I want you to apologize for Tyler the Creator and Joe Francis and Dov Charney and every other male that has publicly condoned rape or domestic violence or any type of misogyny. I want to make sure you’re not “one of those men”. 

Because “those men” the ones that make “those statements” are actually in positions of power. Unlike the “feminists” you’re making me apologize for. The men who say horrible things about women actually have influence. 

And that just pisses me off. 

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