Of course, this is one of the profound ways in which oppression works—to mire us in body hatred. Homophobia is all about defining queer bodies as wrong, perverse, immoral. Transphobia, about defining trans bodies as unnatural, monstrous, or the product of delusion. Ableism, about defining disabled bodies as broken and tragic. Class warfare, about defining the bodies of workers as expendable. Racism, about defining the bodies of people of color as primitive, exotic, or worthless. Sexism, about defining female bodies as pliable objects. These messages sink beneath our skin.
There were many out women who kicked ass and made headlines this year.
“Too many ads for charities use what I call “poverty porn” to get at viewers’ wallets for hefty donations. Depressing music, sad-eyed children, starving animals … the list goes on. But who wants to be pitied!? Here’s to respecting people, not pitying them.”
“Fewer black women in the United States are being infected with HIV, but the number of young gay and bisexual men infected is rising, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday.”
Our second interview with tiona.m (Multi-media artist, Executive Producer/Director of Harriet’s Gun Media™) is up on the site! Click through for beauty and wisdom!
our second interview is up y’all!
When women of color, sex workers, rural women, young women, undocumented workers, transgender people or the otherwise marginalized lose their rights because they are implicitly assumed to be sluts, will we stand up for them too?
Sarah Seltzer on Sandra Fluke and privilege
On Sandra Fluke & privilege
OUTmedia has been proud to support women in the arts during this all important month and strives to give voice and empowerment to female artists, not just in March, but throughout the year. OUTmedia continuously works to break though marginalization of cultures through its diverse talent “one act at a time,” promoting diversity awareness and honoring our multple rich histories and identities.
In the last half century alone, more women and girls have died as a result of gender discrimination than all the men who died in all the battles of the 20th century, and more girls were killed in any one decade than all of those who died in the genocides of last century - girls are the most marginalised and discriminated group around the world.
Not many of us here on Tumblr remember when abortion was illegal here in the USA. We have been lucky enough to grow up after Roe V. Wade. We have been lucky enough to have the option of abortion available to us.
But, I know someone who does remember - My mother.
My mother told me stories. Stories about friends and girls she knew that had no safe and legal option to ending an unwanted pregnancy. Some of them died trying to get the help they needed. They would be found dead in their homes, in back-alley abortion houses, dumped at emergency rooms like bags of trash. Then there the others. The ones who survived, but couldn’t have any children in the future. Still, there were others. The ones who were unable to hide their pregnancy any longer and would be thrown out of their parents’ homes or they would just disappear until after they gave birth. Many times they came back without their babies. They were drugged during labor and the children taken from them. These women ended up outcasts in their own communities. They were turned down for jobs, not allowed back in school, harassed on the streets. And there were still others! These women were forced into marriages in the name of propriety and family values. These women were forced to live with men that abused them and their children. These women were forced to give up their dreams, careers, and friends. AND THERE WERE STILL OTHERS. These women died during childbirth due to health complications. The list goes on, people.
This is what the GOP wants for women. Not only that, but they want it to be legal for someone to kill another person if they feel an “unborn child” is in danger. They want it to be legal to murder women who provide or seek out abortions.
This is a declaration of war. Make no mistake. The GOP views us nothing more than mere breeding mares. We’re incubators with legs. We’re walking wombs to them and nothing more. Our lives mean nothing to them. They value the idea of a potential child more than the lives of living, breathing, women who already have families, dreams, jobs, children.
We have to fight back. We have to stop the GOP from taking away our rights and sentencing us to living out our lives based on their outdated and sexist world view.
Fight back by voting.
Fight back by protesting.
Fight back by calling, e-mailing, and writing your representatives.
Tell them we will never go back.
Tell them we won’t allow this war on women to continue.
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