If you witness a car wreck, and one person is laying with a big gash in their arm, and another person is laying there with an ever bigger gash in their arm, do you completely ignore the first person because the second person is “suffering more”? Women suffering in developing countries don’t erase the women who are suffering in developed countries. There is no first world/third world/etc. We are all on the same planet and patriarchy effects us all. The way it effects us may vary, but it is ignorant and cruel to tell a person in America who IS oppressed by kyriarchal systems to stop complaining because other people thousands of miles away have it worse. That is such a problematic and harmful fucking attitude.
Remember Savita Halappanavar in Ireland who died a preventable death because the hospital refused to perform a life-saving abortion on her? Did she suffer less than a woman who died from lack of a life-saving abortion in a poorer country? How about the fact that in America, 15% of people live in poverty. 1 in 6 households experience food insecurity. Households with children were more likely to experience food insecurity than childless households (20.6 percent vs. 12.2 percent). The reproductive rights of women and people capable of pregnancy are constantly under attack. LGBTQIA people still experience violence and harassment. Social services are constantly being reduced and cut, while the rich get richer. America is an oligarchy, which means there are enormous groups of people lacking the equal right to be free from violence, hunger, poverty, harassment, abuse, and violence, let alone the opportunity to be educated, gain comfortable and sustainable employment, have their most basic survival needs met, etc.
I write mostly about America and other developed, English-speaking countries because I live in America, speak English, and I experience and understand the issues faced in those countries better than places I don’t live and cultures I don’t understand. I don’t write posts about things outside my culture that I don’t feel capable of covering. I do reblog the posts from others about them. If you are wanting to make a request for me to write more about global feminist issues, maybe make a direct request instead of framing it in such a hugely divisive way that erases the ridiculous amount of suffering experienced by people in developing countries because of patriarchal social structures??
adorable graphic by Megan Gatts
Slurs are not just “bad words”. They’re part of systemic dehumanization of entire groups of people who are and have historically been subjugated and hated just for being alive.
First of a three-part series of spreads of my take on Rapunzel set in India. The book is geared toward a younger audience so I went with younger protagonists as well!
Lupita Nyong’o named People’s Most Beautiful Person
TODAY: Lupita Nyong’o is People’s Most Beautiful person for 2014, the magazine revealed Wednesday morning on TODAY. The Oscar winner with the perfect smile and the style to match beams from a cover that promises “her inspiring story.”
Photo: Getty Images via NBCNews.com
"Despite the outcries of people claiming that it would be "encouraging an unhealthy lifestyle", I do really believe that Disney should make a plus-size female character… Who ISN’T a villain or a side character! In a culture that tells people that they are inherently "bad" and not pretty if they don’t have a certain body type, I think it would present a really positive message to young people"
YAAAS YAAAS YAAAS YAAAS. Telling girls they all have to be skinny isn’t okay, but telling them they all have to be “healthy” isn’t okay either. First of all, “healthy” is a lifestyle, not an image. So we need to stop pretending that we can draw a picture of a “healthy” girl. “Healthy” is different for every girl, just like body type. And frankly girls have better things to do than worry about what their bodies look like, even if they are concerned with being healthy. You can be underweight and live a good life. You can be overweight and live a good life. You can eat ice cream and live a good life. You can run every day and live a good life. So we need to stop pretending that telling girls that “looking healthy” is any better than telling them to look skinny because it isn’t. The problem isn’t just that all girls can’t be skinny, it’s that all girls cannot be one image, even if that one image is “healthy.”
white women of hollywood, reducing japan and japanese culture to cupcakes, sexy ”costumes” and submissive sex-kittens since god knows when
we’ve moved from sex accessory in a white man’s arms to fashion accessory slung on a white woman’s shoulder whoooooo
Fun fact: Moana is Polynesian for ocean, seems fitting as Moana is a sea voyaging enthusiast, and crosses the seas on an epic journey to help her family.
Ok I need to correct y’all. Polynesian is not a language. It’s like saying Asian or Hispanic is a language.
In various languages across the Polynesian islands, “Moana” means “ocean.”
Kind of like the word “Amor”. Different languages same meaning, catch my drift?