… it’s the men who have to break through to a new way of thinking about themselves and society. Too bad the women can’t do it for them, or go much further without them. Because it’s awesome to consider how women have changed the values of every part of our society since we broke through the feminine mystique only two generations ago. But it can’t go on in terms of women alone. There’s a new urgency coming from the changing situation of men, threatening women unless men break through…
But for men whose project was laid out in that no-longer-to-be-relied-on lifetime career, there’s chaos now. They need the flexibility women were forced to develop raising kids, fitting profession, job, and family together somehow, inventing a changing pattern for life as it came along.
The question is, when will men turn on the culture of greed and ask, “Is this all?”
”—Metamorphosis: Two Generations Later (prelude to The Feminine Mystique) by Betty Friedan, April 1997
I still remember how guys in high school treated girls when I was there. You’re purely there for their pleasure. You’re not meant to think. The stares, the taunts, the straight up harassment… girls put up with it b.c many of them have such low self-esteem and just want to be liked. It’s sad.
This map is an affectionate representation of Greenwich Village printed in a 1925 issue of Quill magazine. Billed as almost accurate, the map was sketched by the magazines publisher, Robert Edwards.
I looked into the Historical Society link they have in this article and some great stuff came up! I lived in Greenwich Village in 2004 and NYU has just exploded over the whole thing. I think if I ever win the lottery, I’ll buy some random cheap land somewhere and recreate the REAL Greenwich Village!
John Lloyd:Lastly, here's a Freudian question for you. Freud once said, "The great question that has never been answered, and which I have not yet been able to answer, despite my thirty years of research into the feminine soul is: what does a woman want?" What do you feel about that?
Natalie Haynes:I think... a woman wants not to be treated as some sort of exotic sub-species by a coke-addled creep like Freud.
Freud was def effed up. It must've been vagina envy.
“My mother, who is the personification of true Christianity. Your willingness to embrace that which you don’t understand with unconditional love is a template that the world could benefit from employing.”—Billy Porter, Tony’s Acceptance Speech - June 9, 2013 (via throughtosomethingnew)
“When women are sexualized, it reinforces the idea that women exist just for a man’s needs. … Even in princess movies, however harmless they may seem, still show girls sexually. In G-rated movies, female characters look just as sexy or revealing as they do in R rated movies, a study shows. These characters, with busts big and waists small, ride off into the sunset at age 16 with a prince they barely know.”—
SPARK at the 57th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (via misterbone)
Because to men, a key is a device to open something. For women, it’s a weapon we hold between our fingers when we’re walking alone at night.
Because the biggest insult for a guy is to be called a “pussy,” a “little bitch” or a “girl.” From here on out, being called a “pussy” is an effing badge of honor.
Because last month, my politics professor asked the class if women should have equal representation in the Supreme Court, and only three out of 42 people raised their hands.
Because rape jokes are still a thing.
Because despite being equally broke college kids, guys are still expected to pay for dates, drinks and flowers.
Because as a legit student group, Campus Fellowship does not allow women to lead anything involving men. Look, I know Eve was dumb about the whole apple and snake thing, but I think we can agree having a vagina does not directly impact your ability to lead a
Because it’s assumed that if you are nice to a girl, she owes you sex — therefore, if she turns you down, she’s a bitch who’s put you in the “friend zone.” Sorry, bro, women are not machines you put kindness coins into until sex falls out.
Because only 29 percent of American women identify as feminist, and in the words of author Caitlin Moran, “What part of ‘liberation for women’ is not for you? Is it freedom to vote? The right not to be owned by the man you marry? The campaign for equal pay? Did all that good shit get on your nerves? Or were you just drunk at the time
of the survey?”
Because when people hear the term feminist, they honestly think of women burning bras. Dude, have you ever bought a bra? No one would burn them because they’re freaking
Because Rush Limbaugh.
Because we now have a record number of women in the Senate … which is a measly 20 out of 100. Congrats, USA, we’ve gone up to 78th place for women’s political representation, still below China, Rwanda and Iraq.
Because recently I had a discussion with a couple of well-meaning Drake University guys, and they literally could not fathom how catcalling a woman walking down University Avenue is creepy and sexist.
Could. Not. Fathom.
Because on average, the tenured male professors at Drake make more than the tenured female professors.
Because more people on campus complain about chalked statistics regarding sexual assault than complain about the existence of sexual assault. Priorities? Have them.
Because 138 House Republicans voted against the Violence Against Women Act. All 138 felt it shouldn’t provide support for Native women, LGBT people or immigrant women. I’m kind of confused by this, because I thought LGBT people and women of color were also human beings.
Because a girl was roofied last semester at a local campus bar, and I heard someone say they think she should have been more careful. Being drugged is her fault, not the fault of the person who put drugs in her drink?
Because Chris Brown beat Rihanna so badly she was hospitalized, yet he still has fans and bestselling songs and a tattoo of an abused woman on his neck.
Because out of 7 billion people on the planet, more than 1 billion women will be raped or beaten in their lifetimes. Women and girls have their clitorises cut out, acid thrown on them and broken bottles shoved up them as an act of war. Every second of every day. Every corner of the Earth.
Because the other day, another friend of mine told me she was raped, and I can no longer count on both my hands the number of friends who have told me they’ve been sexually assaulted. Words can’t express how scared I am that I’m getting used to this.
Because a brief survey of reality will tell you that we do not live in a world that values all people equally and that sucks in real, very scary ways. Because you know we live in a sexist world when an awesome thing with the name “feminism” has a weird connotation. Because if I have kids someday, I want my son to be able to have emotions and play dress up, and I want my daughter to climb trees and care more about what’s in her head than what’s on it. Because I don’t want her to carry keys between her fingers at night to
Because feminism is for everybody, and this is your official invitation.
I haven’t seen all of the films on this list so I may have to watch a few but for more great feminist movies, there’s plenty from the 30s/40s especially pre-code. I also thought of Under the Tuscan Sun, Enough, and The Ramen Girl… and then of course, there’s always Hermione in the Harry Potter films.
Mika’s vaudevillian concert, the art deco doors in Northern Liberties, Lolita fashion, the 1930s sign for the police station I spotted while on the bus, my friend’s skirt with the pockets, beer mushroom bruschetta, peplum being in style again, the “Reach For Me” number from the TV show Smash*, my cat’s green eyes, how hard my old dog works to take a walk (so proud of my old pup), the nice weather, that house on the corner that I never noticed with floor length windows & a Moorish front lantern, innocent love in the Diane Lane movie “A Little Romance.”
My entire life I have worn the label “feminist” proudly while most girls (and guys) my age took it to mean that I just hate men and that’s it. I am sooo unbelievably happy that people are finally realizing what being a feminist means! In fact, after being educated about the definition of feminism, a full 68% of women called themselves feminist!!! I can’t tell you how overjoyed I am!!!