Happy Ending Override

cutebruiser:

We started Issue 6 of Cute Bruiser by saying This is the last issue, and finished with the line Goodbye forever.

I’m here to tell you that that was a big lie. We miss making Cute Bruiser and Zinefest is a few months away and we’re making another one okay. We’re making Issue 7 and we want it to be the biggest and best Issue of Cute Bruiser ever and we need you to help us out with that.
We accept visual art, poetry and prose, essays, articles and opinion pieces. We accept collage and fan art and movie screen caps.
Cute Bruiser is a feminist zine but ‘feminism’ is a pretty broad theme. For this issue we’re narrowing things down (very slightly)(hardly at all) with the theme ‘I’m a Feminist - Now What?' Let's focus on what it means to call ourselves feminists, on the ways that we can work to make real and meaningful change, whether that means saying 'sorry' less often and calling out sexist behaviour, lobbying for policy change or making plans for the revolution.

If you would like to contribute to Issue 7, send us an Ask or email: cutebruiserzine@gmail.com. The deadline for submissions is SEPTEMBER 30TH but we highly recommend you get in touch before then to let us know what you’re planning on submitting!

rapeculturerealities:

crusherccme:

found this gem in the 1996 Cornell Women’s Handbook. it’s what to say when a guy tries to get out of using a condom

… it upsets me that we live in a world where men feeling entitled to put women at risk and disregard their wishes is so common that we need multiple kinds of advice on how to have these conversations. this is a rape culture issue, it’s an issue of consent being challenged and ignored and argued instead of respected and it’s an issue of men feeling entitled to use women’s bodies as they want without regard for the consequences to those women because they don’t see women as people worthy of respect and care.

rapeculturerealities:

crusherccme:

found this gem in the 1996 Cornell Women’s Handbook. it’s what to say when a guy tries to get out of using a condom

… it upsets me that we live in a world where men feeling entitled to put women at risk and disregard their wishes is so common that we need multiple kinds of advice on how to have these conversations. this is a rape culture issue, it’s an issue of consent being challenged and ignored and argued instead of respected and it’s an issue of men feeling entitled to use women’s bodies as they want without regard for the consequences to those women because they don’t see women as people worthy of respect and care.

(via dykesupremacy)

dear-white-people:

YOU DEMANDED IT! Check out the full-length official trailer for Dear White People before it hits theaters this weekend. 

#HITSHARE #TURNUP #BELIEVETHEHYPE

(via thecoalitionmag)

At a lecture I was giving in a large West Coast university in the Spring of 2008, the female students talked extensively about how much they preferred to have a completely waxed pubic area as it made them feel “clean,” “hot” and “well groomed.” As they excitedly insisted that they themselves chose to have a Brazilian wax, one student let slip that her boyfriend had complained when she decided to give up on waxing. Then there was silence. I asked the student to say more about her boyfriend’s preferences and how she felt about his criticism. As she started to speak other students joined in, only now the conversation took a very different turn. The excitement in the room gave way to a subdued discussion on how some boyfriends had even refused to have sex with non-waxed girlfriends as they “looked gross.” One student told the group how her boyfriend bought her a waxing kit for Valentine’s Day, while yet another sent out an email to his friends joking about his girlfriend’s “hairy beaver.” No, she did not break up with him, she got waxed instead.

Two weeks after the waxing discussion, I was at an East Coast Ivy League school where some female students became increasingly angry. They accused me of denying them free choice in their embracing of our hypersexualized porn culture, and being the next generation’s elite women, this idea was especially repugnant because they saw no limits or constraints on them as women. Literally two minutes later, one of the students made a joke about the “trick” that many of them employ as a way to avoid hookup sex. What is this trick? These women purposely don’t shave or wax as they are getting ready to go out that night so they will feel too embarrassed to participate in hookup sex. As she spoke, I watched as others nodded their heads in agreement. When I asked why they couldn’t just say no to sex, they informed me that once you have a few drinks in you, and are at a party or a bar, it is too hard to say no. I was speechless, not least because they had just been arguing that I had denied them agency in my discussion of porn culture, and yet they saw no contradiction in telling me that they didn’t have the agency to say no to sex. The next day I flew to Utah to give a lecture in a small college, which although not a religious college, had a good percentage of Mormons and Catholics. I told them about the lecture the previous night and asked them if they knew what the trick was. It turns out that trick is everywhere, including Utah.

I tell this story because, on many levels, it neatly captures how the porn culture is affecting young women’s lives. The reality is that women don’t need to look at porn to be profoundly affected by it because images, representations, and messages of porn are now delivered to women via pop culture. Women today are still not major consumers of hard-core porn; they are, however, whether they know it or not, internalizing porn ideology, an ideology that often masquerades as advice on how to be hot, rebellious, and cool in order to attract (and hopefully keep) a man. An excellent example is genital waxing, which first became popular in porn (not least because it makes the women look pre-pubescent) and then filtered down into women’s media such as Cosmopolitan, a magazine that regularly features stories and tips on what “grooming” methods women should adopt to attract a man. Sex and the City, that hugely successful show with an almost cult following, also used waxing as a storyline. For instance, in the movie, Miranda is chastised by Samantha for “letting herself go” by having pubic hair.

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Visible or Invisible: Growing up Female in a Porn Culture

(via exgynocraticgrrl)

(via dragonsupremacy)

lesbipocalypse:

radical/2nd wave/lesbian feminism has literally turned around how I view women. it’s enabled so much love in my heart for other women, and opened my eyes to their struggles that I don’t share, instead of turning me against them. Liberal/mainstream feminism told me that all I had to worry about was my own empowerment, it never challenged me to think of others. And that’s something no one could take away from me

ripleyzine:
Ahh I'm coming to Wellington soon! On a two month trip around NZ from the UK :) is there anything you'd recommend I'd do? Xxx

#1 Did you bring any of your zines with you? We want them. We could do a zine swap?
#2 Hit up the Freedom Store and Matchbox Studios (Wellington’s prime zine distros).
#3 Buy some gumboots.


Pornography is the perfect propaganda piece for patriarchy. In nothing else is their hatred of us quite as clear."
— Gail Dines (via eternallyxmissed)

(via winter3000)

cbeamsglitter:

gender is not an aesthetic or an abstract concept or a set of cool meaningless post-modern labels, it is the hierarchy through which sex-based oppression is enforced and legitimized

(via punkrockfeminism)

womensliberationfront:

Liberal vs. Radical Feminism on gender, in a nutshell.

In her book, “Against Our Will”, Susan Brownmiller has a chapter where she looks at what happens to men who are raped in prison. The answer: they often become “feminine” - masochistic, “soft”, delicate etc.

Femininity is internalized abuse. It is the psychology and disposition of a masochist. It is ritualized submission.

It is seen as clearly pathological and unhealthy when manifested in men - those human beings who matter, who are entitled to real dignity. When manifested in women, it is considered “natural” - a reflection of what women really, innately are.

Abolish gender. Women and girls deserve nothing less.

(via dykesupremacy)

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marshmallowknight:

bunrobot:

marshmallowknight:

"weaponized femininity" more like "how to cater to the male gaze and Western beauty ideals while acting like it’s Totally Subversive"

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[Comic source: Kate Beaton]

(Source: transyoite, via dykesupremacy)

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