A woman’s worst nightmare? That’s pretty easy. Novelist Margaret Atwood writes that when she asked a male friend why men feel threatened by women, he answered, “They are afraid women will laugh at them.” When she asked a group of women why they feel threatened by men, they said, “We’re afraid of being killed.”

http://www.pbs.org/kued/nosafeplace/articles/nightmare.html (via alullaby)

This reminds me of a discussion we had in school, and one girl was talking about living in fear of her safety because she is a girl, and this guy chimed in and was all “It’s hard for guys too! I’m so awkward around girls! It’s embarrassing!” Yeah, not the same thing, exactly?

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This reminds me of an article about online (heterosexual) dating that I read a while ago. It listed men’s and women’s worst fears about meeting someone from online. The highest ranked fear that men had was that their date would be fat, whereas the highest ranked fear that women had was that their date would turn out to be violent and kill them. 

I think that says a lot. 

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Always reblog. Also, this is the dynamic between most privileged and oppressed groups. I don’t feel like most people understand that.

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ubuntuliberation:


"The average prison sentence for men who kill their intimate partners is 2 to 6 years. Women who kill their partners are sentenced, on average, to 15 years.17 A pair of Maryland cases vividly illustrates this inequality in sentencing.18 In one case, a judge in Baltimore County, Maryland sentenced Kenneth Peacock to 18 months for killing his unfaithful wife. The very next day, another judge in the same county sentenced Patricia Ann Hawkins to three years in prison for killing her abusive husband. Significantly, the prosecutor in the Peacock case requested a sentence twice as long as the one imposed, while the prosecutor in the Hawkins case requested one-third of the sentence imposed.”  “As many as 90% of the women in prison today [2008] for killing men had been battered by those men.15” ~ The Michigan Women’s Justice & Clemency Project

ubuntuliberation:

"The average prison sentence for men who kill their intimate partners is 2 to 6 years. Women who kill their partners are sentenced, on average, to 15 years.17 A pair of Maryland cases vividly illustrates this inequality in sentencing.18 In one case, a judge in Baltimore County, Maryland sentenced Kenneth Peacock to 18 months for killing his unfaithful wife. The very next day, another judge in the same county sentenced Patricia Ann Hawkins to three years in prison for killing her abusive husband. Significantly, the prosecutor in the Peacock case requested a sentence twice as long as the one imposed, while the prosecutor in the Hawkins case requested one-third of the sentence imposed.”

“As many as 90% of the women in prison today [2008] for killing men had been battered by those men.15”

~ The Michigan Women’s Justice & Clemency Project

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thepoliticalfreakshow:

Something’s wrong with this picture. Racism[and sexism] still exists in America. Deny it all you want, it’s still here!

thepoliticalfreakshow:

Something’s wrong with this picture. Racism[and sexism] still exists in America. Deny it all you want, it’s still here!

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bitchouttahell:

pretty much the only options after you search “plus size swimwear”

bitchouttahell:

pretty much the only options after you search “plus size swimwear”

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birdmanhandrubs:

realinternetho:

writeswrongs:

A jury in Bexar County, Texas just acquitted Ezekiel Gilbert of charges that he murdered a 23-year-old Craigslist escort—agreeing that because he was attempting to retrieve the $150 he’d paid to Frago, who wouldn’t have sex with him, his actions were justified.
Gilbert had admitted to shooting Lenora Ivie Frago in the neck on Christmas Eve 2009, when she accepted $150 from Gilbert and left his home without having sex with him. Frago, who was paralyzed by the shooting, died several months later.
Gilbert’s defense argued that the shooting wasn’t meant to kill, and that Gilbert’s actions were justified, because he believed that sex was included as part of the fee. Texas law allows people“to use deadly force to recover property during a nighttime theft.”
The 30-year-old hugged his defense attorneys after the “not guilty” verdict was read by the judge. If convicted, he could have faced life in prison. He thanked God, his lawyers, and the jury for being able to “see what wasn’t the truth.”

im so sick to my stomach

What. The. Fuck.

birdmanhandrubs:

realinternetho:

writeswrongs:

A jury in Bexar County, Texas just acquitted Ezekiel Gilbert of charges that he murdered a 23-year-old Craigslist escort—agreeing that because he was attempting to retrieve the $150 he’d paid to Frago, who wouldn’t have sex with him, his actions were justified.

Gilbert had admitted to shooting Lenora Ivie Frago in the neck on Christmas Eve 2009, when she accepted $150 from Gilbert and left his home without having sex with him. Frago, who was paralyzed by the shooting, died several months later.

Gilbert’s defense argued that the shooting wasn’t meant to kill, and that Gilbert’s actions were justified, because he believed that sex was included as part of the fee. Texas law allows people“to use deadly force to recover property during a nighttime theft.”

The 30-year-old hugged his defense attorneys after the “not guilty” verdict was read by the judge. If convicted, he could have faced life in prison. He thanked God, his lawyers, and the jury for being able to “see what wasn’t the truth.”

im so sick to my stomach

What. The. Fuck.

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gracebello:

Most minimum wage earners are adult women, not teenagers.

gracebello:

Most minimum wage earners are adult women, not teenagers.

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Great quote:

sunshineuncertaintyprinciple:

matthewiswiser:

Before Roe V Wade, a woman had 2 choices, have sex and risk getting pregnant or not have sex period. Since then so many advances in birth control have made it much easier to avoid getting pregnant, the fact that we are still aborting over 300,000 babies a year may be due more to a lack of personal responsibility than to a true necessity. Choice doesn’t begin at conception.

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Before Roe v. Wade gave all women* the right to have abortions safely and legally, women* faced with unplanned pregnancies still had three choices: adoption, parenting, and illegal abortion.

Statistics about illegal activity are always difficult to gather, but our best analyses of data indicate that up to 1.2 million abortions occurred annually in the 1950s and 60s. That means that the same number of abortions are occurring now as they were in the decade before Roe.

Roe didn’t end some magical fairytale period wherein women* universally chose between abstinence and motherhood. Roe ended a horrific chapter of our history wherein women* were forced to risk injury, infection, and death in order to make choices about their bodies. In 1965, illegal abortion accounted for 17% of deaths due to pregnancy and childbirth, and that only counts the deaths that were reported; the actual number was likely much higher. Thousands of others were admitted to hospitals for septic and incomplete abortions at rates as high as 1 septic abortion admission per 14 births. 

People today seek abortion for the same reasons they sought abortion pre-Roe: they cannot afford a(nother) child (61% of abortions are for people who already have at least one child, and 69% of abortions are for people below 200% of the federal poverty line-, $21,000 for a single person). 

And the people having abortions today understand the necessity of contraception- more than half of U.S. abortions are for people who were using some form of contraception when they got pregnant.

People who support reproductive freedom and choice do not only advocate for abortion rights- we advocate for the right to use (and have health insurance cover) birth control. We advocate for the right to comprehensive sexual education. We advocate for the right to social services so that low-income parents can care for their children.

We know that choice begins far, far before a pregnancy begins, but we also understand that choice does not end at “conception.”

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At MacKinnon’s (1987) request, and based on a random selection of 930 San Francisco households, Russell calculated the likelihood of a woman not being sexually assaulted or harassed in her lifetime. It was only 7.8 percent.

Dee Graham, Edna Rawlings & Roberta Rigsby. Loving to Survive: sexual terror, men’s violence, and women’s lives. NYU Press. July 1 1994. (p. 16)

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anedumacation:

Kanye West getting deep on twitter

Kanye West is the Kanye Best.

He’s actually one of those creepy guys who brags about having sex with and “turning” lesbians, but this is a step in the right direction.

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