What we can learn from Shulamith Firestone, and how we can fight the system in 2022.
Ladies, we are in serious danger. In June of 2022, SCOTUS voted to end Roe V. Wade, banning abortion at the federal level. The decision to keep abortion legal was left to the states. Nearly half of the states immediately took action, either partially banning abortion, or completely banning abortion (regardless if you've been raped or the victim of incest).
SCOTUS isn't done yet in their genocide of women's rights. It is being reported that same-sex marriage, contraception, and interracial marriage are next to be eradicated. What's going to be talked about after that? A woman's right to vote?! Are they going to count 100% white male/female/cis/Protestant voters instead?
SCOTUS makes me seriously sick to my stomach.
Shulamith Firestone is one of the most prolific radical feminists to ever set foot on this planet. Her contribution to feminism is absolutely iconic. If Shulamith Firestone were alive today, she would be furious at what the Republicans and SCOTUS have done. She would tweet that the Republicans are using their white/male/female/rich privilege to "parasitically feed on the emotional strength of women."
She would say that women will become even more oppressed now that Roe vs Wade has been overturned.
Firestone would quote her own groundbreaking book "The Dialectic of Sex," saying:
"Just as to ensure elimination of economic classes requires the revolt of the underclass (the proletariat) and, in a temporary dictatorship, their seizure of the means of production, so to assure the elimination of sexual classes requires the revolt of the underclass (women) and the seizure of control of reproduction: not only the full restoration to women of ownership of their own bodies, but also their [temporary] seizure of control of human fertility—the new population biology as well as all the social institutions of child-bearing and child-rearing. ... [T]he end goal of feminist revolution must be, unlike that of the first feminist movement, not just the elimination of male privilege but of the sex distinction itself: genital differences between human beings would no longer matter culturally."
She would tell the world:
"We can no longer justify the maintenance of a discriminatory sex class system on the grounds of its origin in Nature."
We cannot be used in order to meet a quota, we cannot be used to win an election, and we cannot allow a man to use our own emotions against us. Shulamith Firestone would tell feminists today that we need to fight louder and harder. We are fighting a massive war. She would remind us that "Power, however it has evolved, whatever its origins, will not be given up without a struggle." We cannot give up power to the enemy. We cannot settle for living in a patriarchal society, void of all women's rights.
Ladies, "feminists have to question not just all of Western culture, but the organization of culture itself, and further, even the very organization of nature. Many women give up in despair; if that's how deep it goes, they just don't want to know (about it)."
Does anything in the country make sense? Do you really want to submit to a man who sees you as less than he is? You are nothing but slaves to the right-wing agenda. You cannot let him do that to you, to your girlfriends, to your sisters, your mothers, your nieces, your daughters, etc. We deserve better. YOU deserve better. You don't deserve to be in a country that is 100% phallocentric. We need to turn things around. Read up on feminism, vote blue at the polls. RESIST the Aryan doctrine that the right-wingers preach. Spread the word!
Shout louder. We are in the fight of our lives. We need to make Shulamith and the rest of our feminist mothers proud!
October 2020: Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed to succeed the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg as Supreme Court Justice. This is a lifetime appointment. Amy Coney Barrett brought with her a bag full of right-wing agendas, including overturning women's rights, overturning racial justice, overturning LGBTQIA+ rights, and overturning the Affordable Care Act.
Women have fought so hard to make the progress that we've made, and in a very short time, all of that progress has been threatened.
Many are scared of losing their basic human rights. In fact, abortion will become federally illegal in this country as of this summer. It will be up to the states to decide. Right now, more than half of the states will be making abortion illegal. With it being a governor election year, many more states will join those who oppose abortion (I live in CT and there is a strong Republican contender opposite our current governor Ned Lamont. Everyone is currently sick of Lamont, so there is a good chance the Republican contender will win in November. This means, a long-time democratic state such as CT will make abortion illegal).
Outrage has permeated social media, and the sound is deafening. To make matters worse, the Supreme Court is looking to end gay marriage, limit voting, storm our bedrooms to make sure we are having heterosexual vanilla sex, and there is talk that the Supreme Court could make interracial marriage illegal.
Andrea Dworkin was among the mothers of second wave radical feminism. Her works inspired many of today's feminists, including myself. Dworkin devoted her life to resisting male supremacy, and while Amy Coney Barrett is a woman, she follows a patriarchal rhetoric. Donald Trump chose Amy Coney Barrett because she is an easily manipulated mouthpiece who freely submits herself to men.
"Sexism is the foundation on which all tyranny is built. Every social form of hierarchy and abuse is modeled on male-over-female domination." -Andrea Dworkin
Trump also chose her because she would help him raise more money for his 2020 campaign. He objectified this handmaiden in order to win some dick-measuring contest against now-President Biden.
"Money speaks, but it speaks with a male voice." -Andrea Dworkin
When Trump was President, he fed the masses with false hope, saying that the pandemic was almost gone, and it was no longer a threat. He also fed these people with "fake news" about the Democrats, saying that we were "losers."
Andrea Dworkin would tell you:
"The genius of any slave system is found in the dynamics which isolate slaves from each other, obscure the reality of the common condition, and make united rebellion against the oppressor inconceivable."
Trump isolated those who happily follow him, from those who don't follow him at all. He obscures the reality we have all faced in the last few years, and he claims that Biden is an oppressor.
Andrea Dworkin would tell Americans:
Andrea Dworkin may have passed away in 2005, but her words are timeless. We need to heed her words and fight for our lives. Under the phallocentric tyranny the Supreme Court is making into law, we are not safe. We must "Resist" this tyranny. We shouldn't "comply" with the current government we have. We need to make a change, and that starts with standing up, and voting.
#AndreaDworkin #feminism #feminist #radicalfeminism #liberal #womensrights #roevwade #LGBTrights #smashpatriarchy
Texas Governor Abbott's war against women knows no bounds! Find out his preposterous promise to victims of rape.
It's not enough that Governor Abbott signed one of the harshest anti-abortion laws into effect. Now, he is covering his ass by saying that he vows to "eliminate all rapists from the streets of Texas by aggressively going out and arresting them and prosecuting them and getting them off the streets."
The new law in Texas outlaws ALL abortions after 6 weeks. Abbott justifies his new abortion law because it gives women a 6 week timeframe to get an abortion. I guess he didn't take into account that the majority of women in their childbearing years do not find out they are pregnant until long after 6 weeks.
When it comes to victims of rape, these women are traumatized enough.
Imagine you were raped, and you find out that you're 7 weeks pregnant, and the baby you're carrying is from the rape. The government is now FORCING you to carry this baby to term. You have to carry the reminder of your violation under your clothes, while your rapist roams free to rape (and impregnate) other women. You are living in a hell that you can never escape from.
On a side note, many men and some women believe that the only women who are raped, are the ones who wear scantily-clad clothing. This is beyond false and incredibly insulting. Anyone can be the victim of a rape. You could be dressed head to toe in sweats, and be raped on your way home from the park. Also, a good majority of women know their rapist. The rapist could be a "friend," a boyfriend, a spouse, and even a family member. Even if you are in a relationship, and your partner takes advantage of you without consent, it is considered rape.
If Abbott thinks that cracking down on the streets is going to "eliminate ALL rapists," he is out of his goddamned mind. He enables these rapists by clinging to the teet of misogyny. He protects all men, including rapists. Abbott does not care about women at all. Has he ever talked to a victim of rape? He should go to a crisis center and listen to the stories of what these women went through.
If he really wants to get rapists off the streets, he might want to start with resigning and going into hiding, along with the other politicians. Politicians are the biggest rapists of them all. They rape women, and people of color, of their basic human rights (along with Abbott's war against women, he also signed a voting law, which makes it harder for people of color to vote).
Abbott is making a broken promise to women everywhere. He isn't going to have law enforcement on the streets, arresting all rapists. His law enforcement is going to do what they do everyday: racially profile every person of color in Texas, and blame women for being victims of violence.
My hope is that other states see the hatred that the Texas Governor has against women and people of color, and not follow his lead. We have enough going on in this country. If the conservatives want to continue this war against women and people of color, they are asking for a world of trouble.
#Abbott #abortion #womensrights #misogyny #feminism #roevswade #racism #patriarchy
On Sunday, the world lost an incredible woman. Egyptian feminist and writer Nawal el-Saadawi died at the age of 89. A cause of death was not given.
Nawal el-Saadawi grew up in Arab patriarchal culture. As a young girl, she was subjected to female genital mutilation (she later became a campaigner AGAINST FGM while working as a doctor in the 1950s). She fought the religious system, much to the disdain of religious authorities and governments.
In 2018, el-Saadawi spoke about her travels. She said that she realized that all girls are brought up in similar ways as she was (patriarchal, capitalist, and religious systems).
Her viewpoints landed her in deep trouble with Egyptian authorities. She was let go from the health ministry during the 1970s, and jailed in the 1980s. Her arrest was due to her criticism of President Anwar Sadot, shortly before his assassination. She spent a portion of the 1990s in exile after she received death threats from Islamic militants.
El-Saadawi wrote several books in her life, including "Women and Sex," and "The Hidden Face of Eve." In Egypt, she was known as a troublemaker who advocated for Western views. Honestly, extremist regions NEED a little westernizing. Women have been treated like second class citizens for far too long. Equality isn't just a Western campaign. It's a global campaign. I applaud and I am grateful for all of the work that Nawal el-Saadawi had done in her life.
May Nawal el-Saadawi rest in power, and in peace.
My heartfelt condolences to her loved ones. This is a painful loss!
#NawalElSaadawi #feminist #feminism #activism #writers #women #patriarchy
Burger King tweeted "Women belong in the kitchen" on International Women's Day, and BK is getting flame-broiled for it.
Yesterday, we celebrated women and all of the accomplishments we have made. We also reminded ourselves of the work we have ahead, if we want to achieve equality. Unfortunately, Burger King UK decided to use misogynistic clickbait in order to get free press.
Yesterday, Burger King UK tweeted this:
Then they added the rest of their tweet in subsequent tweets.
If you count the characters in all 3 tweets, they had enough characters to condense the tweets into one tweet. All they wanted was free press, and to cause controversy.
Their attempt to clean up their first tweet wasn't a good attempt. It was a continued dig at women's expense. It was patriarchy.
Burger King UK tweeted a half-assed apology, saying that they heard everyone and they wanted to bring attention to woman by throwing money at them, and keeping them in the kitchen...or something like that.
They responded to their own tweet by saying that they received abusive comments in their original tweet, and that their space isn't open for that. Huh.
Yet, you open your space for misogyny, patriarchy, and half-assed apologies. Get the fuck out of here! You reap what you sow.
Burger King, you have become the jackass of the fast food world. Unless you come back with a MUCH BETTER apology, and a PSA, you will continue to lose customers. I've seen the comments on the apology thread. Hundreds are boycotting you. I've frequented Burger King UK in the past (I visited the UK in 1999, and went to BK on a regular basis). Not only will I boycott Burger King UK, I will boycott Burger King altogether. I will tell others to boycott your misogynistic company.
Women are (were) your customers too. Perhaps if you thought with your mind, instead of your penis (corporate BK is run by men) and wallet, you might find other ways to generate press. Perhaps you can join humanitarian efforts. Not sure if you knew this, but the world is dealing with a health crisis at the moment.
Do better, Burger King. Educate yourselves.
#BurgerKing #misogyny #sexism #patriarchy #boycottburgerking
On this day 77 years ago, one of the most influential feminist icons was born. Angela Davis has been a leader in the women's movement, social justice, and politics. She was one of the first feminists I learned about in my women's studies course in 2008, and I fell in love with her passion.
If you want to learn more, I highly recommend the following books:
Below are some quotes that I absolutely love:
Happy birthday, Angela Davis! Love you and thank you for everything you have done for the world! <3
First Lady Dr. Jill Biden was the victim of blatant misogyny in WSJ editorial.
This morning, I read a pretty repulsive editorial in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ). It was written by Joseph Epstein, and published last Friday.
Epstein started the article with: "Madame First Lady-Mrs. Biden-Jill-Kiddo."
Epstein goes on to offer a bit of advice: "Any chance you might drop the 'Dr' before your name? Dr. Jill Biden sounds and feels fraudulent, not to say a touch comic."
He went onto slam her degree and her dissertation. He said that a "wise man," probably his God Trump, once said that "no one should call HIMself Dr unless HE has delivered a child."
After that paragraph, he talked about how he has an HONORARY doctorate and was sometimes called "Dr Epstein" when he was a University teacher, and when he worked at the American Scholar. He then talked about how the Ph.D has become bastardized, and it seemed like anyone could get one for anything. Epstein, you received an honorary doctorate, one you did NOT work for. Jill Biden worked fervently for her degree. She earned her title.
Just because she doesn't have a medical degree, it does NOT discredit her MD status. She teaches the next generation to be upstanding citizens, unlike Epstein, who can only watch as a WOMAN becomes more successful at life than he will ever be.
Degrees are earned. I earned my Undergrad degree. I earned my certifications. I worked damn hard for all of it. Epstein didn't earn his honorary degree with hard work. More than likely, he gave a sizeable donation in order to earn his "doctorate."
Jill Biden is a Doctor of Education. She may not have delivered a baby, but she teaches these babies when they are older. Doctors heal physical and mental ailments. Teachers instill a purpose in students' lives.
Mr. Epstein is a desperate Trump supporter, who is on the last leg of his life. He has nothing going on. He is a lonely and bitter old man. To demean a woman who hasn't done anything to you is just callous. Dr. Jill Biden may be the wife of our incoming President, but she is a strong woman who has her own life. She has her own identity.
This is why we need feminism. Society does not want women to have an identity separate from a man. We are expected to do everything a man says we are supposed to do. When a male president is sworn in, the wives pause their careers and do the typical First Lady work. I love the fact that Dr. Jill Biden is challenging that stereotype.
The Trumps and Epsteins of the world need to sit down and shut up.
On Tuesday, the country of Scotland became the first country to make period products free to anyone that needs them. The country is hoping that offering these products will help end "period poverty."
Scotland's first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, proudly voted for this "groundbreaking legislation" that is an "important policy for women and girls."
In 2018, Scotland made history by providing free sanitary products to all schools, universities, and colleges via a government program. England and Wales enacted similar programs at schools in 2019.
Scotland's legislation will also have a variety of period products available, and products can be delivered to a person if need be.
This law is so incredibly helpful to females. There are so many girls and women who have no means of support during their periods. Having these products will help improve the quality of life of females in Scotland.
I have seen horror stories in other countries, where women have to stay home from jobs because they have no sanitary products. Girls end up missing a lot of school because they do not have sanitary products.
I hope this type of legislation is approved in more countries. Thank you, Scotland, for taking care of females!
#Scotland #sanitaryproducts #tampons #maxipads #periods #menstration #womensrights #womenshealth
The sexualization of art pieces continues.
Artist Maggi Hambling has found herself the victim of online criticism after she created a statue for feminist icon Mary Wollstonecraft. The statue was unveiled on November 10th in London, and was immediately met with widespread criticism.
Novelist Jojo Moyes said that it would have been better to "commemorate Mary Wollstonecraft with her clothes on." Many agreed with this sentiment.
Hambling responded to the criticism, saying that people have "missed the point" of the statue.
Hambling defended her work to the Evening Standard, saying: "You can’t be naked enough can you? The point is that she has to be naked because clothes define people. We all know that clothes are limiting and she is everywoman. As far as I know, she’s more or less the shape we’d all like to be."
She added that the statue isn't of Wollstonecraft. The statue is of "everywoman."
"She’s everywoman and clothes would have restricted her. Statues in historic costume look like they belong to history because of their clothes. It’s crucial that she is ‘now’. The whole sculpture is called ‘for Mary Wollstonecraft’ and that’s crucially important. It’s not an idea ‘of’ Mary Wollstonecraft naked… the sculpture is for now."
I feel that!
For those that do not know who Mary Wollstonecraft is, she is known as the "mother of feminism." She was a pioneer of human rights. Wollstonecraft published a book called "A Vindication of the Rights of Woman" in 1792. It was the earliest published work that called for gender equality.
The book inspired women suffragists 100 years later.
I love the meaning behind Hambling's statue, and it is so relevant today.
Clothes on this "Mary Wollstonecraft" statue would have confined her, especially if she were to be clothed in true 1700s attire. It would have kept her back in her time. She shouldn't be kept back there. She is relevant today, as we are still fighting for gender equality in this world.
The statue represents pushing boundaries by being your true naked self. She is everywoman. We shouldn't be held back in a patriarchal society. We should be kicking down barriers! Mary Wollstonecraft was centuries ahead of her time when she wrote her book about gender equality. Such a thing was unheard of back then, and it's still a struggle today. We shouldn't be held back like women were in the 1700s. We need to make bold statements, push barriers, and be strong figures in this world.
Maggi Hambling, I salute your symbolism! The statue is beautiful, strong, feminine, and bold. She is the shape I'd like to be!
An added thought:
Why does everyone continue to clutch their pearls at a nude female body? You don't see naked male statues getting the same criticism. Double standard much?
The female body is not shameful. It's a work of art. It's an expression of freedom and power. This is why we need feminism: because both men and women are afraid of strong femininity. The fear is just another part of the patriarchal curriculum.
#MaryWollstonecraft #feminist #feminism #art #statue #MaggiHambling
Four more years of Trump would mean 4 more years of female defilement by a patriarchal society.
Today is election day, and people are waiting in line to elect local and national leaders. Trump and Biden have been pleading their cases to voters for months, and today is the culmination of all that effort.
Trump has shown himself to be a misogynistic, racist, homophobic, and xenophobic individual. He claims that women love him (and vice versa), yet he jokes about grabbing them by the pussy (sexual assault/rape jokes are NOT FUNNY). He also said he would date his own daughter Ivanka if they weren't father/daughter (do you really want an incestuous president? I sure as hell don't! That's nasty AF!), and he says the most disparaging things to women who question his motives. He doesn't condemn any violence against women, as we have seen with Governor Whitmer of Michigan. His followers orchestrated the attempted kidnapping, and all Trump did was mock her. He has disparaged Kamala Harris' name by purposely saying it wrong. He says that she isn't fit to be a President. He has insulted AOC billions of times, and he has made racist remarks about Elizabeth Warren's Native American ancestry.
If you really think about it, he slings the most mud at strong, free thinking women!
If Trump is re-elected, the next 4 years could be the darkest 4 years of our country. In 2016, Trump had A LOT on his table that he wanted to accomplish. He couldn't do anything because the Supreme Court wasn't Republican majority. With Ruth Bader Ginsburg's sudden passing, Trump wasted no time nominating the most ultra-conservative right-winger he could find: Amy Coney Barrett. Now she sits at the highest seat of the Supreme Court, and Republicans are the majority. Trump is free to put forth anything that he wants, and this country will be flushed into the shitter. He proved this yesterday when he signed an executive order for all schools to teach "Patriotic Education." In other words, you will learn Christian white history only. Trump wants to put God and the Bible in our public schools. There are THOUSANDS of religions in this country and throughout the world. I shouldn't be surprised by any of this. Just this morning, a couple of his supporters DEFILED a Jewish Cemetery by spray-painting Trump's name on gravestones. In 2016, he wanted to make abortion illegal nationwide, and punish women who get them.
Just this year, Trump told a bunch of "suburban women" that he would put their husbands back to work. In Trump's mind, women don't work. Women are barefoot, pregnant, in the kitchen, cleaning the house, and being raped nightly by their caveman husbands/slave owners.
Years ago, I read "The Women's Room," by the late, great Marilyn French. She was a radical feminist who did so much good for the second wave of feminism. In "The Women's Room," there is a quote that has stayed with me since I saw it: "Whatever they may be in public life, whatever their relationships with men, in their relationships with women, all men are rapists, and that's all they are. They rape us with their eyes, their laws, and their codes."
Donald Trump leads men with his rapey code of ethics. He puts the fear of God in women in order for them to submit to his will. He wants to indoctrinate our children with racist, homophobic, xenophobic, and patriarchal curriculums (Hitler did the same thing in Germany).
Folks, we cannot let Trump win this election. Get out there and vote. Women cannot be sent to the dark ages, and our kids deserve a well-rounded education where they can be free-thinkers. We cannot be defiled by Trump and his inhumane agenda for four more years. Vote him out! Our lives, liberties, and freedoms depend on it.