not just followers, everyone.
I’m here if any of you need to talk<3
The best part is, this post actually does something, it offers support, unlike one of those useless “reblog if you care” posts.
Favorite Movies: 13 Going on 30 (2004)"I wanna be 30! Thirty and flirty and thriving."
I’ve just realized I spent all of my afternoon arguing with a couple of asinine, homophobic, misogynistic racists and that gave me a big headache.
But at least I got to say goodbye with the classic “I shall now bathe in the blood of my enemies”.
Oversimplification is, perhaps, one of the things that I struggle with the most within movements that I would otherwise support/identify with.
- Gay marriage is wonderful for anyone who wants to get gay married. But most of the messaging ignores other issues, silences voices within the queer community, and utilizes harmful stereotypes.
- Sex positivity is amazing and I think anyone who wants to use their bodes to get pleasure how they want and when they want is fabulous. But sometimes the “yay sex!” message seems to have no room for survivors of sexual assault, for criticism of problematic kinks or (certain kinds of) porn, or for asexuality.
- Body love and body positivity is so needed and so critical and I am so thrilled when people are able to show others their self-love and encourage other people to find it. But, we do live in a society that places so much emphasis on outward appearance and by also emphasizing that, it can hurt/be problematic for some people, and that is often times unacknowledged.
- Feminism is so needed for a million different reasons and it’s important that women’s voices are respected and heard. But, it cannot just “simplify” itself to be about “all women” and really just ignore the struggles that women face who are part of groups that are oppressed in many ways.
I am far from being a expert on the subject, but I would like to point out that a lot of feminist movements are all about importance of approaching the issues in a intersectional way.
I agree with most of this post, but I feel like saying that modern feminism is, in general, “simplifying” the struggles of women* who belong to ethnic or other social minorities is ignoring a lot of good people out there who are doing precisely that.
(also, I believe the sex positivism critique greatly benefits from this too)
This is an enormous chain and I’m sorry, but I need to say this:
The laws in the Old Testament were set forth by god as the rules the Hebrews needed to follow in order to be righteous, to atone for the sin of Adam and Eve and to be able to get into Heaven. That is also why they were required to make sacrifices, because it was part of the appeasement for Original Sin.
According to Christian theology, when Jesus came from Heaven, it was for the express purpose of sacrificing himself on the cross so that our sins may be forgiven. His sacrifice was supposed to be the ultimate act that would free us from the former laws and regulations and allow us to enter Heaven by acting in his image. That is why he said “it is finished” when he died on the cross. That is why Christians don’t have to circumcise their sons (god’s covenant with Jacob), that is why they don’t have to perform animal sacrifice, or grow out their forelocks, or follow any of the other laws of Leviticus.
When you quote Leviticus as god’s law and say they are rules we must follow because they are what god or Jesus wants us to do, what you are really saying, as a Christian, is that Christ’s sacrifice on the cross was invalid. He died in vain because you believe we are still beholden to the old laws. That is what you, a self-professed good Christian, are saying to your god and his son, that their plan for your salvation wasn’t good enough for you.
So maybe actually read the thing before you start quoting it, because the implications of your actions go a lot deeper than you think.
This is a theological point that doesn’t come up often enough.
As a medievalist who’s been reading the Bible way too much, I approve of this.
"What is the appropriate reply to make to a man who says he loves you?
Thank you. You are very kind.”
-The Princess Diaries 2001
Sons of the bat
The first dozen times I heard this, I was horrified. But I heard it over and over again. I realized that many young men are not being taught the impact that sexual assault has on a woman. They are inundated by sexual imagery in the media, and often come to the (incorrect) conclusion that having sex is not a big deal. This, no doubt, is why the number of sexual assaults is so high. ❞
Laurie Halse Anderson, author of Speak, on the question “Have any readers ever asked questions that shocked you?”
Read that again. Read it again, and again, and again. Over and over guys have asked her why Melinda was so upset about being raped. This is a girl who went to a party with friends. She was thirteen. She had a drink, because everyone else was. And a senior held her down and raped her while she was too drunk to get away.
And guys don’t understand why she was upset.
Read that again and then come back and tell me again why I should just shut up and take a joke when a comedian blows off rape as a big deal, or women’s bodies are casually treated as commodities in media. Remind me why I shouldn’t care about the very real harm that society’s treatment of women and sexual assault does.