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John F. Kennedy on civil rights

And you wonder why he was shot

  1. Because a woman brought into this world will inevitably be given pepper spray “just in case.”

  2. Because by sixteen, a young girl knows how to avoid being sexually assaulted, while a boy of the same age does not fear sexual assault in the slightest.

  3. Because a girl who mocks men is a bitch, and a boy who mocks women is joking.

  4. Because a girl who has sex is a slut, and a boy who has sex is a man.

  5. Because in a murder, the killer is at fault, but the blame of rape is often put on the victim.

  6. Because we teach girls how not to get raped instead of teaching anyone simply not to rape.

  7. Because a woman should put more clothes on if her outfit makes a man uncomfortable, because his self control is her responsibility.

  8. Because feminists just need to chill out.

  9. Because a 22 year old sex-obsessed virgin can murder 7 people, and the problem is that someone should’ve just slept with him.

  10. Because not all men are predators, but yes, all women are prey.

There’s a fucking womanifesto for you.

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Brad Pitt in Killing Them Softly.

Every damn frame is dripping with truth.



If you’re black and this isn’t on your blog… -_-

The power of that symbol! We are powerful!




A silent protest in Love Park, downtown Philadelphia orchestrated by performance artists protesting the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson. The onslaught of passerby’s  wanting to take photos with the statue exemplifies the disconnect in American society.  Simply frame out the dead body, and it doesn’t exist.  

Here are some observations by one of the artists involved in the event:

I don’t know who any of these folks are.

They were tourists I presume.

But I heard most of what everything they said. A few lines in particular stood out. There’s one guy not featured in the photos. His friends were trying to get him to join the picture but he couldn’t take his eyes off the body.

"Something about this doesn’t feel right. I’m going to sit this one out, guys." "Com’on man… he’s already dead."


There were a billion little quips I heard today. Some broke my heart. Some restored my faith in humanity. There was an older white couple who wanted to take a picture under the statue.

The older gentleman: “Why do they have to always have to shove their politics down our throats.” Older woman: “They’re black kids, honey. They don’t have anything better to do.”

One woman even stepped over the body to get her picture. But as luck would have it the wind blew the caution tape and it got tangle around her foot. She had to stop and take the tape off. She still took her photo.

There was a guy who yelled at us… “We need more dead like them. Yay for the white man!”

"One young guy just cried and then gave me a hug and said ‘thank you. It’s nice to know SOMEBODY sees me.’




If Girls Hit On Guys Like Guys Hit On Girls - Video


Do you see how ridiculous this looks? How obscene?




Rape Culture? What is this “Rape Culture” you speak of?Seriously though, this is terrifying. God forbid I wear a skirt outside — I’m just ASKING   to be raped if I do that.

The 58% statistic actually terrifies me more than any other. Suddenly change the word and you don’t care? 
No one will ever be able to convince me that words hold no power.

this makes me sick to my stomach with anger and fear




Rape Culture? What is this “Rape Culture” you speak of?

Seriously though, this is terrifying. God forbid I wear a skirt outside — I’m just ASKING   to be raped if I do that.

The 58% statistic actually terrifies me more than any other. Suddenly change the word and you don’t care? 

No one will ever be able to convince me that words hold no power.

this makes me sick to my stomach with anger and fear


The “confidence gap,” the one women are supposed to learn to close, often by emulating men,  will never close until children learn who these people, and others like them, were and what they did.   This is just the short, obvious list. 

From top to bottom: Sarah Winnemucca, Mary Wollstencraft, Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, The Grimke Sisters

I speak regularly on the topic of the role of gender in culture, women’s rights and free speech.  During the past few months, every time I’ve had the opportunity, I’ve conducted a survey. I’ve asked large groups of people, including grad school, college and high school students currently enrolled, one or more of the following fairly basic questions: Do you know what A Vindication of the Rights of Women is? Do you know who the Grimke Sisters were? Were you taught the Declaration of Sentiments in school? Have you ever read Frederick Douglass on women’s subjugation?  Do you know who Sojourner Truth was? And, did you know that women went on hunger strikes, where imprisoned and force-fed fighting to get the vote in the United States less than 100 years ago? Can you name any other Native American women, especially leaders, besides, maybe Sacagawea and Pocahontas, from American history?

I chose these questions and people because they participated in or were major, public historical events that captured widespread, popular imagination. Events that were prominently featured in the news of the day and often highly controversial.  In every instance, often in elite institutions, no more than 10% of the room, usually far less, answered “yes” to one or more of these questions. In one instance, in a room of more than 100 high school students, I asked how many had learned about the Civil Rights movement. 100%. I asked how many had heard and laughed at rape jokes. 100%. I asked how many had learned about fights for women’s liberation in the United States. Maybe six hands went up, and two were teachers’.  

 Mary Wollstonecraft, an eighteenth-century English writer, philosopher, wrote A Vindication of the Rights of Women in 1792 to refute the idea that women were naturally inferior and argue for educating girls as moral agents. It was a broad renunciation of sex-based double standards and was a critical part of the British Revolution Controversy, a series of influential debates about the French Revolution. The Declaration of Sentiments was a point-by-point rewriting of the Declaration of Independence. Who takes a complete rewriting of a foundational text to include the rights of half of the population of the country out of history lessons?   It written primarily by feminist Elizabeth Stanton Cady for the Seneca Falls Women’s Rights Convention of 1848, the first mass meeting of its kind in the United States. When President Obama mentioned it during his second inaugural speech there was a whole lot of head scratching. The Conference was attended by Frederick Douglass, who, despite a later break with Cady and other women’s rights activists, spoke passionately in defense of women’s suffrage and equality. The Declaration caused a major controversy and was called by one paper, “"the most shocking and unnatural event ever recorded in the history of womanity." Nineteen forty-eight was, by the way, 40 years after women of property in New Jersey lost the right to vote, a disenfranchisement that few people are aware of.  The Grimke Sisters, Sarah and Angelina, were prominent abolitionists and feminists who publicly abjured their Southern slaveholding heritage. Their outspokenness scandalized the nation and challenged prohibitions on women speaking with authority. They were renounced by their adopted Quaker community for speaking about abolition and simultaneously harangued by abolitionists for fighting for women’s rights.  Sojourner Truth was a powerful historic figure in America, a former slave and peripatetic, compelling advocate for racial and gender equality. Sojourner Truth is, I was compelled to point out in one place, not the name of an indie band.  As to the vote, “we” did not “give” it to anyone, contrary to mainstream historical narratives about suffrage. Women of all hues faced social disgrace, imprisonment, force-feeding and death to secure it and the passage of the 19thamendment dramatically hinged on the efforts of one powerful mother to sway her son’s vote.   While the questions I ask seem to center the fight for women’s rights on a black/white narrative there is no earlier fight for women’s right in the United States that that fought by Native American women against colonialism, the effects of which you can find every day in today’s newspapers. I know, however, that the reality of our education system would result in a 100% negative response to the question, “Did you learn about the English colonists from the perspective of the colonized?” Adding women’s concerns to that query is simply asking too much.  The sexism and bias that women faced to overcome legal and social prohibitions were evident throughout the 20th century, for example in the civil rights movement,  and continue today as a result of our systematically failing to educate generation after generation about women’s fights for equality.  Without historical context, it is impossible to understand women’s contemporary struggles, especially those of women of color still living in gross disproportion with the legacy of colonialism, racism and patriarchy every day.







People have offered many potential explanations for this discrepancy, but this ad highlights the importance of the social cues that push girls away from math and science in their earliest childhood years.

Watch the powerful Verizon advertisement to really understand what a little girl hears when you tell her she’s pretty.