30th July 2012
Quote reblogged from THE CRITICAL DISTANCE with 14,668 notes
We don’t lift weights in order to look hot, especially for the likes of men like that. What makes them think that we even WANT them to find us attractive? If you do, thanks very much, we’re flattered. But if you don’t, why do you really need to voice this opinion in the first place, and what makes you think we actually give a toss that you, personally, do not find us attractive? What do you want us to do? Shall we stop weightlifting, amend our diet in order to completely get rid of our ‘manly’ muscles, and become housewives in the sheer hope that one day you will look more favourably upon us and we might actually have a shot with you?! Cause you are clearly the kindest, most attractive type of man to grace the earth with your presence.
— Zoe Smith
, 18 year old weightlifter currently representing Great Britain at the Olympics, responding to tweets labelling her muscles “unattractive” and “unfeminine”. (via rawwomen
30th May 2012
Post with 13 notes
Seriously every time some asshat whines about “those Tumblr girls and their eyebrows” I am all like WELL I AM GOING TO PAINT MINE ON WITH A FUCKING MAGIC MARKER AND GO GLARE AT BROS because clearly these whiny dudebros can’t handle a tough person with fierce eyebrows
28th May 2012
Chat with 9 notes
FML, library edition
- (Scene: an elevator at work)
- Older patron I have known at least a year: *smirks*
- Gorgonetta: Hi, how are you?
- Patron: How do you get that to stay on your head?
- Gorgonetta: I'm sorry?
- Patron: Is that actually your hair?
- Gorgonetta: Why yes, yes it is.
- Patron: I have a question for you.
- Gorgonetta: Uh huh.
- Patron: Are you gay?
- Gorgonetta: Well that's a very personal question!
- Patron: Because I can't imagine why you'd want to do that to yourself. You were fine before.
- Gorgonetta: ...
- Gorgonetta: *walks away*
- I keep thinking up excellent alternative endings for this!
- Gorgonetta: Actually, I'm a genderfluid, repressed bisexual.
- Gorgonetta: Technically, the term would be "queer," but personally I prefer "monster."
- Gorgonetta: Didn't your mother teach you any manners?
- ...alas, these would all get me fired.
19th April 2012
Photo reblogged from Fancy THAT with 326 notes
Lyudmila Pavlichenko [1916-1974]: Successful Sniper during the second World War at age 24, History Student, Wartime Diplomat
An excerpt from her bibliographical profile within the Military Channel reads:
When Russian sniper Lyudmila Pavlichenko was interviewed by Time magazine in 1942, she derided the American media.
“One reporter even criticized the length of the skirt of my uniform, saying that in America women wear shorter skirts and besides my uniform made me look fat, ” she said.
The length of skirt probably didn’t matter to the 309 Nazi soldiers Pavlichenko is credited with killing, or to the many Russians she inspired with her bravery and skill.
Media, why so incredibly stupid?
Lyudmila, how so awesome?
12th April 2012
Photo reblogged from nope with 14 notes
[Smartphone screenshot, apparently comments on nail art tutorials. A nice person named Vanesa has left a friendly comment, and some dudebro advertising “ayurvedic treatment for infertility” (oh boy) has helpfully pointed out that nail art designs “do not necessarily attract men.”]
Just flipping through some nail art tutorials and this was at the top of the comments section on one page. WHAT, MY NAIL ART DOESN’T MAKE MEN WANT TO FUCK ME? THEN WHY EVEN BOTHER? Lord knows everything ELSE I do is for the sole purpose of pleasing strange men, like dying my hair, putting on pants, and scooping my cat’s litter. AM I RIGHT LADIES? Jesus christ.
yes yes yes ALL WE EVER DO IS FOR MEN
EVEN EXISTING IS FOR MEN
WAIT SHIT DOES NAIL ART REPEL MEN
HOT DAMN, GONNA GET ME SOME FUCKIN’ NAIL ART AW YEAH
8th April 2012
Photoset reblogged from Loki and the Pussycats with 5,841 notes
Young women arrested on a Chicago bathing beach for wearing “lewd” bathing suits, 1922
Note how whomever’s tugging them along there seems to be gripping their arms hard enough to leave visible indentations. Note also how in the top photo there is a man standing behind those women wearing a bathing suit that resembles the ones they are wearing almost exactly in terms of cut, design, and coverage, and yet he’s apparently not being arrested.
One rule for the rulers and another for the ruled, as always.
27th March 2012
Link reblogged from Learn Blog with 351 notes
I hope Rick Santorum goes shopping with his friends and finds a really cute dress for Spring that he can’t wait to wear and luckily the weather the next day is going to be warm enough to wear it to school and when he does he has new found confidence that only a new dress can bring and finally in last period he raises his hand only to notice he forgot to shave his armpits and he has been raising his hand in class all day and he is so embarrassed his whole day is ruined and he never wants to wear that dress again.
I hope Rick Santorum learns that heteronormative, gender-policing beauty ideals are bullshit and rocks his hairy pits with pride
But also that he loses any kind of political race that he’s in
Because he’s a terrible human being
15th March 2012
Photo reblogged from NOTHING! with 38,225 notes
[E-card showing a woman talking to a man. The woman is saying, “I see, so if I don’t have sex with you I’m a prude bitch, if I use the pill I’m a slut, if I get pregnant I’m an idiot and if I choose abortion I’m Satan. Yay.”]
10th March 2012
Photo reblogged from soyouthinkyoucan see with 14 notes
[French photo of a Mistress-at-Arms in a somewhat improbably brief costume—see below]
“The Women of The Future,” according to 1902 French trading cards
In 1902, a French trading card manufacturer released this curious batch of playing cards depicting women and their futuristic careers as soldiers, lawyers, journalists, and cigarette-chomping students. But because these cards were designed to titillate, many of these outfits aren’t entirely practical — note lack of sleeves above. On the other hand , much of the military regalia pictured will be handy in your battlefield bedroom..
Reblogging for deadpan commentary WIN.
Also though these cards have made the rounds not that long ago, and I found them interesting precisely because they showed how resilient sexism is. “Okay, ladies, you want to vote and hold property and have careers? Well, we just want to make sure that you know that we’ll always see you in terms of just how physically pleasing you are to the vast and irritating culture of Bro-dom.” See also: Hot for Teacher, Sexy Librarian, Sexy Nurse, etc. etc. etc. fetch me my axe.
6th March 2012
Photo reblogged from Cool Chicks from History with 141 notes
Mrs. Lora Wagner
In 1914, Lora Wagner was among the small group of New York City teachers who challenged the policy against employing mothers as teachers (“mother-teachers”). Lora worked right up until her due date, a violation of school rules, and gave birth just 13 hours after leaving school with plans to return to work within days. She wrote to Mayor John Mitchel, asking him to advise the Board of Education to change the policy that automatically suspended female teachers after they gave birth.
From The New York Times:
“The opponents of the mother-teacher have failed to prove that maternity makes her less efficient. There should be one rule for all. Only a few months ago we granted a year’s leave of absence to a teacher to go West to tend to a sick foster father… Is it a crime to have children?”
Dr. Ira S. Wile
A mass rally was held at Washington Irving High School featuring Charlotte Perkins Gimore, and Fola La Follete (daughter of Belle Case La Follette). Although the mayor supported “mother-teachers” he did not overrule the school board. It was not until 1915 when the courts ruled in favor of Bridget Peixotto that female teachers in New York City were allowed to give birth without being suspended for neglect of duties.
New York City then adopted a policy of mandatory two year maternity leave once a teacher realized she was pregnant. This was a step forward in that it allowed women to return to their jobs unlike the earlier policy, although the leave was unpaid. In 1937, the required leave was reduced to 18 months with the option to extend leave by choice or return early if economically necessary. It wasn’t until a 1973 EEOC ruling that the length of maternity leave became a personal choice for teachers in New York City.
Curiously, Lora Wagner seems to have managed to not take a two year maternity leave. According to Kindergarten-Primary Magazine she was back at work in March 1915 after giving birth to her son Hans on October 31, 1914. She taught at Tottenville High School on Staten Island and lived so close by that she would go home at recess to nurse. Lora employed a nurse to watch her son, explaining “I love my work and would not give it up unless I had to. I get along very well and am much better and happier than I would be doing housework, which I hate.”