1. Radical Sister: Why pornography is oppressive




    Porn actresses can only give consent by contract, but a contract does not constitute meaningful consent. A meaningful consent is such that it can be withdrawn anytime, including during a sex act. 

    Of course. Porn actresses have the right to withdraw their consent at any point, as much as any other worker has the right to walk out on their job (assuming that doing so won’t endanger other people—airline pilot shouldn’t be allowed to parachute out of a plane during a flight, for example).

    Perhaps what you are trying to say is that workers’ rights are not always fully respected in porn, but that problem is hardly unique to the sex industry. We need feminist, labor, and other social justice movements to focus on challenging abuses of workers’ rights within porn or in any other industries, rather than treating porn actresses as inherently having no rights.

    A porn actress has to follow instructions given by directors.

    That’s what workers do in any capitalist workplace: workers follow instructions given by their bosses. This supervisorial authority can be abused, which once again leads to why we need social movements and labor rights protections. Porn may be a unique work environment, but abuses of workers’ rights that take place there are similar to any other workplace, especially those that are considered low-status.

    There is no way a consumer can tell the difference between actual rape performed in front of a camera and sex acts the porn actress has consented to.

    Once again, this is often true in many commercially produced product, whether it is porn or athletic shoes or pineapples: we often do not know conditions under which these products have been produced, including the possibility that they were produced by slave labor.

    There are some ways around this, although not perfect: for example, you could decide to buy only from companies that have transparent labor practices and sourcing. It might be more difficult to find suppliers of ethically produced porn, but there will be more of these if more porn consumers demand it.

    In the meantime, it makes no sense to hold consumers of porn to a higher standard of ethical consumption, because that is a double standard. At most, I would urge consumers to boycott any companies that are known to have problematic labor practices, whether they produce porn, shoes, or fruits and vegetables.

    good commentary by emigrl

  2. Gender essentialism and the feminist housewife
  3. "

    I like makeup. I wear it almost every day. I think eyeliner is the best. I really like being able to cover up my zits and under eye circles. Does that make makeup an inherently ‘good’ thing? Does it mean that makeup is feminist and progressive because I am feminist and progressive? Does it mean that the only possible reason I could ‘enjoy’ wearing makeup is because I like it, point blank? No. Of course not. I wear makeup because I grew up in a culture that scrutinizes women’s looks and values their appearances above all else. I live in a consumer culture that invents flaws and insecurities in order to be able to sell us things that will ‘fix’ our flaws.

    So makeup isn’t really the best. There are many aspects of the beauty industry that can and should be critiqued. But does that make me a terrible person because I wear makeup? No. Does it mean I’m not a real feminist because I wear makeup? Of course not. But it also doesn’t mean it’s perfectly fine and awesome and that I shouldn’t explore or acknowledge the fact that I wear makeup because I was taught and bought into the idea that, in one way or another, I was going to be judged based on my appearance and that I’ve been convinced and have convinced myself that I needed to wear makeup in order to avoid looking ugly and sick.


    It’s Not About You: Beyond Kink Shaming by Meagan Murphy on FeministCurrent

    This is actually a piece about BDSM, but I liked this bit and I think it makes a good argument for how one can be critical of a practice and not be saying that those who engage in it are terrible people. Also, more generally, the idea that not all choices are feminist and choices don’t exist in a vacuum, etc etc.

    (via mrsdalloway)

  4. Bring your feminist self to work (every) day
  5. blackhistoryseries:

#Art Shirley Chisholm Tribute #BlackHistory #AmericanHistory #Leadership 
  6. papermag:

Here’s an amazing short documentary on New Orleans sissy bounce — worth watching.
  7. superqueerartsyblog:

✿ Walking talking queer encyclopedia with a healthy rose-cheeked smile! ✿
  8. Boston fraternity raises over $16,500 for trans brother’s surgery


    A college fraternity in the US has raised over $16,500 to cover the cost of surgery for new member Donnie Collins, who is transgender.

    As of Wednesday, the Phi Alpha Tau fraternity at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts, had raised over $16,500 (£10,800) in donations for Donnie Collins, 20, a sophomore pledge seeking top surgery as part of gender reassignment.

    Mr Collins had told Out.com that he had been paying for hormone therapy out of his own pocket since December 2011, as he was barred from using his mother’s health insurance to cover it.

    (Source: femmadilemma, via caffeinatedfeminist)

  9. soirart:

“We can ALL do it!” bysoirart
  10. feministryangosling:

Indiebound • Barnes and Noble • Amazon.co.uk • Amazon.com
  11. "The label made me write a letter to pass out to radio stations…swearing that the phrase was actually ‘being stone’ — not ‘stoned.’ True story."

  12. 16050
  13. tasteoffiction:

Whether you’re already knee-deep in young adult literature or looking to reacquaint yourself with an old favorite, the Bitch Media Community Lending Library has got you covered. We’ve put together a whopping 100 of our favorite young adult novels, featuring kick-ass teens and inspiring feminist themes. These stories will empower teenage and adult readers alike.
1. Estrella’s Quinceañera by Malin Alegria2. How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez3. Choir Boy by Charlie Anders4. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson5. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson6. Alt Ed by Catherine Atkins7. The Rhyming Season by Edward Averett8. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi9. Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale by Holly Black10. Dangerous Angels by Francesca Lia Block11. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume12. Forever by Judy Blume13. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray14. Debbie Harry Sings in French by Meagan Brothers15. All-American Girl by Meg Cabot16. Graceling by Kristin Cashore17. The Plain Janes by Cecil Castelluci and Jim Rugg18. This is All: The Pillow Book of Cordelia Kenn by Aidan Chambers19. Dancing in Red Shoes Will Kill You by Dorian Cirrone20. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros21. Magic Knight Rayearth by CLAMP22. Celine by Brock Cole23. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins24. Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech25. The Midwife’s Apprentice by Karen Cushman26. Sex Education by Jenny Davis27. Mare’s War by Tanita S. Davis28. Dreamland by Sarah Dessen29. For the Win by Cory Doctorow30. Down to the Bone by Mayra Lazara Dole31. A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly32. El Lector by William Durbin33. The Skin I’m In by Sharon Flake34. Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh35. Breathing Underwater by Alex Flinn36. Crossing Stones by Helen Frost37. Annie on my Mind by Nancy Garden38. The Year They Burned the Books by Nancy Garden39. Sticks and Stones by Beth Goobie40. Nothing But the Truth (and a few white lies) by Justina Chen Headley41. Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse42. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones43. It’s Not What You Expect by Norma Klein44. Uncommon Faith by Trudy Krisher45. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart46. Toning the Sweep by Angela Johnson47. The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson48. Another Kind of Cowboy by Susan Juby49. White Sands, Red Menace by Ellen Klages50. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’engle51. Magic or Madness by Justine Larbalestier52. Voices by Ursula K. Le Guin53. Ella Echanted by Gail Carson Levine54. Gravity by Leanne Lieberman55. Ash by Malinda Lo56. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry57. Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden58. Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty59. Sold by Patricia McCormick60. The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers61. Thunder Over Kandahar by Sharon E. McKay62. The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley63. The Secret Under My Skin by Janet McNaughton64. Night Flying by Rita Murphy65. Revenge by Taslima Nasrin66. A Step from Heaven by An Na67. Skip Beat! By Yosiki Nakamura68. Simply Alice by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor69. Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell70. Zahrah the Windseeker by Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu71. Rampant by Diana Peterfreund72. Keeping You a Secret by Julie Anne Peters73. Luna by Julie Anne Peters74. Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce75. Trickster’s Choice by Tamora Pierce76. What Happened to Lani Garver by Carol Plum-Ucci77. Imani All Mine by Connie Rose Porter78. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman79. The Ruby in the Smoke by Philip Pullman80. Beneath My Mother’s Feet by Amjed Qamar81. The Sweet In-Between by Sheri Reynolds82. Flygirl by Sherri Smith83. Lucy the Giant by Sherri Smith84. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor85. Big Fat Manifesto by Susan Vaught86. Climbing the Stairs by Padma Venkatraman87. Not That Kind of Girl by Siobhan Vivian88. Izzy, Willy-Nilly by Cynthia Voigt89. Cress Delahanty by Jessamyn West90. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld91. When Kambia Elaine Flew in from Neptune by Lori Aurelia Williams92. Blue Tights by Rita Williams-Garcia93. One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia94. Parrotfish by Ellen Wittlinger95. Make Lemonade by Virginia Euwer Wolff96. The House You Pass on the Way by Jaqueline Woodson97. Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede98. When the Black Girl Sings by Bil Wright99. Sweethearts by Sara Zarr100. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  14. "Men who want to be feminists do not need to be given a space in feminism. They need to take the space they have in society & make it feminist."

    Kelley Temple, National Union of Students UK Women’s Officer (via offices)

    ^^^^ I believe this as much as I believe anything. ^^^^

    (via feminishblog)

    (Source: marchingstars, via tumblinfeminist)

  15. ciara33lauren:

Cutest movie ever
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