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goddessbone:

"Dance of the Witches in Front of Chicago Federal Building, Oct. 31 1969."

Discovered this amazing feminist group called, “Women’s International Terrorist Conspiracy from Hell” or shortly entitled, “W.I.T.C.H” while reading about the Weathermen the other day. They mixed street theater and protests which usually included witch costumes and chanting hexes. 

I’m really surprised Tumblr doesn’t talk about this group more so you can read a little bit more HERE

WITCH lives and laughs in every woman.  She is the free part of each of us, beneath the shy smiles, the acquiescence to absurd male domination, the make-up or flesh-suffocating clothes our sick society demands.  There is no “joining” WITCH.  If you are a woman and dare to look within yourself, you are a WITCH.  You make your own rules.”

What a time to be alive. 

(via postmodernismruinedme)

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Sampat Pal Devi, 47

I am the commander of the Gulabi Gang. I started the association in the 1990s, but I named it the Gulabi Gang two years ago. We aim to empower women, promote child education with an emphasis on girls, and stop corruption and domestic violence. I visit numerous villages every day and meet the various members of the gang. We have gang meetings where we decide the plan of action if we hear of something that we oppose going on. First we go to the police and request that they do something. But since the administration is against the poor people of our country, we often end up taking matters into our own hands. We first speak to the husband who is beating his wife. If he doesn’t understand then we ask his wife to join us while we beat him with lathis. Our missions have a 100 percent success rate. We have never failed in bringing justice when it comes to domestic problems. Dealing with the administration is the tricky part since we cannot always take the law in our hands—especially with such corrupt lawmakers. We did beat up some corrupt officials but we were ultimately helpless. The goons of the corrupt officials and the political parties constantly threaten me. Once, a few goons came and threatened to shoot me down, but the women came to my rescue and threw bricks at them and they ran away. They haven’t come back since. Although most of the time I travel alone, I am not scared of anyone. My women are with me, and they are my strength. My family didn’t always support me going out and doing what I do, but when I resisted and explained to my husband, he understood and has supported me since. It isn’t easy to do this. I have no money. I travel everywhere on an old bicycle. Some of our supporters help us with small donations and charity. I want this movement to carry on and would like support from international or local agencies.

www.vice.com/en_uk/read/flux-pink-indians-v15n2

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Alison Bechdel: “Here’s a little something I ran across recently that I thought you might find amusing. It’s from the 1991 April Fool’s issue of the Madison Insurgent, a progressive paper that DTWOF once ran in. Someone–I’m not sure who–did this rather delightful all-male spoof of the strip.”

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dezsa:

subconciousevolution:

Amsterdam, August 2013

[Jelentsen a feminizmus újra fenyegetést!]

(via mikroblogolas)

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I’m tired of the lack of working class women’s representation in feminist spaces. I’m tired of working class women’s erasure from feminist history. I’m tired of seeing images and reading articles about owning class ladies & their achievements- don’t misunderstand me, I’m full of respect for these women’s achievements, but I know that not only were they were enabled by armies of working class women cleaning their homes & caring for their children, but that their wealth & that of their families was built on the economic exploitation of working class women & children in the UK & in colonised countries. Working class women are the majority & a movement ignoring them is ignoring the majority of women.

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http://dangerlass.tumblr.com/post/78028509819

coleytaylor:

acoolshark:

I seriously do not get the whole thing with “HOW DARE YOU REBLOG THIS POST ABOUT FEMINISM THAT YOU AGREE WITH!! A RADICAL FEMINIST/TERF MADE IT” like you do realize that you’re not supporting their entire system of beliefs and ideology by reblogging a text post…

I think it’s about safety - if I reblog a post from a TERF blog (something which I have done in the past) that makes a really good point about rape culture or whatever, then on some level I’m endorsing that blog. If a trans* woman who’s chosen to follow me clicks on the link she’ll then find herself on a blog that expresses transphobic hatred towards her. I don’t want any of my followers inadvertently ending up on blogs that are going to make them feel unsafe or disrespected so therefore I need to take responsibility to check out who I’m reblogging, in order to show respect and care towards my followers.

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Interrogating Intersectionality; and Julia Serano's 'Excluded'

radtransfem:

Natalie Reed’s done some writing which meshes with the talk on my twitter/blog back in early November about what it means when white feminists claim to “be” (not do) intersectionality. Here’s my post, here’s a post by strugglingtobeheard I reblogged, and here’s the link to Natalie Reed’s Interrogating Intersectionality; and Julia Serano’s ‘Excluded’.

For what it’s worth I’ve been quiet about the subject since then, because some friends have suggested that this is the wrong time to talk about white appropriations of intersectionality when the idea is still under such overt, direct attack by white feminists - basically that any white critique (even not of intersectionality but of appropriation) is irresponsible.

I’m still thinking hard about the subject and making a lot of links, and given that Natalie’s obviously been doing the same I think/hope it’s right to link her work. However if I see anyone linking or quoting my posts or this one as a way to attack intersectionality itself, you can fuck right off (and anyone that’s being used on, please feel free to refer them right back here if you wanna).

I think there’s a particular approach to feminism which is rooted in owning class, imperialist practices of exercising individual power, and stealing resources, including cultural resources, from oppressed groups. Women whose feminist practice comes from this place hear that there’s a concept called ‘intersectionality’ and think ‘How can I use this to enhance my own personal power at the expense of others?’ ‘How can I appropriate this concept and neutralise the threat it poses to me by taking control of it’s meaning?’

In other words, you offer them a concept like this to use as a weapon to smash their own privilege and the racist capitalist patriarchy, and they turn around and hit you over the head with it.

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The pregnancy rate for teenagers who identify as lesbian or as bisexual is two to seven times greater than their heterosexual counterparts”

www.impactprogram.org/youth/higher-pregnancy-rate-for-lgbt-youth/

A friend who works with LGBT youth told me that straight boys coerce a lot of the lesbian and bi teenage girls she works with into abusive relationships and unwanted sex (ie rape) to ‘prove that they’re normal’ (ie straight).

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"We’re all formed by this world that we live in. The fact that our sexuality participates in SM scenarios and is excited by hierarchy and differentials of power and that women are trained basically from birth to eroticise powerlessness and pain should not come as a surprise. The only thing that is a surprise is that a bunch of people would call it feminism and say it’s good."

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TW - rape, victim blaming

I was taking a look at the RAINN (Rape Abuse and Incest National Network, the main anti-sexual violence charity in the USA) website just now, and was really disappointed to find a page on the site called ‘Preventing Sexual Assault’ featuring such gems as:

Try to avoid dangerous situations:

  • Be aware of your surroundings. Knowing where you are and who is around you may help you find a way to get out of a bad situation.
  • Avoid isolated areas. It is more difficult to get help if no one is around.
  • Walk with purpose — even if you don’t know where you are going, act like you do.
  • Try not to load yourself down with packages or bags, as this can make you appear more vulnerable.

Try not to allow yourself to be isolated with someone you don’t trust or someone you don’t know:

  • Try to stay in a group. If someone you don’t know or trust asks you to go somewhere together, let him or her know that you would rather stay with the group.

If someone is pressuring you:

  • Trust your instincts. Don’t feel obligated to do anything you don’t want to. “I don’t want to” isalways a good enough reason.
  • Be true to yourself. Do what feels right to you and what you are comfortable with.
  • Communicate your limits firmly and directly. If you say no, say it like you mean it. Be loud and clear, and be firm — in body language as well as words.

In a social situation:

  • Don’t leave any beverages unattended or accept drinks from open containers.
  • Have a buddy system. Don’t be afraid to let a friend know if something is making you uncomfortable, or if you are worried about your safety or your friend’s safety.

I mean seriously… Try not to load yourself down with packages or bags? So women get raped if they carry things in public? 

And then there’s Communicate your limits firmly and directly. If you say no, say it like you mean it. Be loud and clear, and be firm — in body language as well as words.

This buys straight into the myth that men don’t realise they’re raping, and that the way to prevent rape is to teach women how to say ‘no’ properly. RAPISTS KNOW. They KNOW what they are doing. They set the situation up. They plan it. Even if the woman does say no, he’ll claim that he thought she meant yes, because everyone knows women say no when we mean yes, right?

This is terrible advice, it reinforces the stereotype that most rape involves being attacked outdoors by a stranger when we’ve known for decades that most rapists are partners, fathers, friends, brothers. It tells women to be fearful, and that it is our responsibility to protect ourselves from rapists. I really hope most member centres of RAINN are smarter than this and don’t dish out this kind of counter-productive victim-blaming advice to women who turn to them for support.

And now for some real advice on preventing sexual assault:

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