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Ohio Rep. Teresa Fedor stood before the state senate this week and, for the first time, shared her account of being raped in the military and subsequently deciding to have an abortion. Fedor was speaking against a controversial bill — which the House later approved — that would ban abortion as soon as a fetal heartbeat is detectable, as early as six weeks into a pregnancy.

And a man in the audience laughed at her.

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Exhibits A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H and I as to why the Star Wars fandom is still a toxic fucking cesspit of misogyny and dudebro entitlement. Same as it was sixteen tears ago, when I first made the mistake of wadding in.

TL;DR 4chan rigged a fanpoll between Padme Amidala and Jar-Jar Binks to have him win by a landslide and the True Fans(TM) of the Star Wars subreddit are, of course, having a field day. Do I need to point out why minimizing the impact and in-story importance of the Prequel Trilogy’s only notable female character and member of the main trio and reducing her to just ‘someone with fancy outfits’ is an active gesture of sexism and misogyny? Well, do I?

It’s a mighty fine coincidence that all of these douchebros — who up until now were keen to screech their undying hatred of Jar-Jar from the rooftops and invade any PT-related discussion with their venom toward him — suddenly say ‘oh, he was an interesting guy.’ Funny that, wouldn’t you say? Made even funnier by the fact that all of the material that does give Jar-Jar depth and actually fleshes him out, as compared to what we saw in the films? All of that material comes squarely from the Clone Wars animated series… which also greatly developed Padme and gave her a significant role to play. Fucking hilarious how it doesn’t seem to count at all in her case, however. I wonder why that is?

Don’t get me started on her importance in the films and the fact that she was anything but a dull character. Under-used? Yes, very much so, especially in ROTS, where the decision to cut her scenes in helping set up the first groundwork of what would develop into the Rebel Alliance later on was the greatest editing mistake in the film. Still, this doesn’t change her role in the other two films, particularly TPM, in which a 14 year-old female planetary sovereign has the strongest case for ‘main character’ status. Perhaps these chucklefucks wanted a carbon-copy of Leia? I have Carrie Fisher’s (often ignored) commentary to quote here:

“The only way they knew to make the character strong was to make her angry. In Return of the Jedi, she gets to be more feminine, more supportive, more affectionate. But let’s not forget that these movies are basically boys’ fantasies. So the other way they made her more female in this one was to have her take off her clothes.”

Carrie Fisher Talks Feminism And Gold Bikinis In Vintage Return Of The Jedi Rolling Stone Interview

I love Leia as an icon in geek culture, but that hardly means that she is above criticism as a character — and one point I was glad for in the Prequel Trilogy was the fact that her mother was allowed to be her own person, independent from her daughter’s characterization and free of this notion that a ‘strong female character’ needs to be written first and foremost with aggression in mind, in lieu of more nuanced, complex characterization (which, as Carrie says, we eventually did get for Leia as well). Padme is allowed great complexity from the word go, starting from her duality as both planetary monarch and girl-in-a-strange-land-and-in-disguise and ending with her return to Naboo, betting on an plan even more uncertain than the one proposed by Qui-Gon on Tatooine.  

But no, apparently not one thing of the above exists for the knuckle-draggers cracking their ‘hilarious’ jokes about maternity leave. Nerdbros and the depth of their disgusting sexism never fucking cease to amaze me.

Also, bonus jab at the Prequel Appreciation Society. Because we all know how it is with the most viciously vocal members of the Star Wars fandom, don’t we? Gargle the balls of the precious Original trilogy and never dare enjoy Star Wars in any other way than that prescribed by the purists… or else!

Things that are misogynistic: actively fighting against women’s rights to work or go outside without an escort, advocating for violence against women, believing women are inferior to men.

Things that are not misogynistic: identifying that the actions of feminists are abhorrent and choosing not to identify as a feminist.

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'Why do you hate school so much?' 'Kids will be kids!' 'Why are you so offended'

I’m sick to death of school. I go there to get a good education, and it should be a place where EVERYONE is safe and feels accepted. But on a daily basis, I am faced with homophobic, transphobic, racist, misogynistic, slurs and shaming, and down right bigoted and ignorant behaivour. To which they receive NO repercussions. My friend was sexually assualted for godsakes, and the kid is back after a few days?!

Me, along with the other girls in my year, were taught by a teacher that your dignity and self worth is based on what you wear.

Don’t you DARE tell me there is nothing wrong with the education system.

It’s truly insane to me that in 2015, we still want to act like women don’t have periods or that blood is actually just pretty blue liquid we see being poured onto pads in commercials. Not to mention, if I were to post a photo of me having fallen off a motorcycle with blood all over my jeans, no one would care, because that blood didn’t come out of (gasp) a vagina. You could argue that this doesn’t smack of the most obvious misogyny, but you would be wrong.
Encounters with the breast-feeding police

As a preface, yes, breast feeding is healthy and great and natural and stuff. I’m not criticising it. I just have a lot of concerns about how we treat mothers* who can’t do it.

An article appeared in the Guardian today written by a rather defensive-sounding “breast-feeding counselor” who is distressed that there has apparently been something of a backlash against breastfeeding because some women feel bullied into it. After a conversation started below the article on Facebook, it became obvious that some women don’t just FEEL bullied, but are actually forbidden to discharge themselves from hospital til they “prove” they can do it or even physically assaulted by nurses who are determined that the do it “properly”. Here are a selection of the comments (with names omitted because the internet is a cruel place with cruel people on it.)

Notice the running theme of physical assault here. There are a lot of people who treat us like our bodies are public property when we’re pregnant, but it seems that this mentality doesn’t even change once the baby is born. When are we going to start treating pregnant people and parents with the respect they deserve?

anonim zapytał(a)::

92% of all feminist arguments apply to men too. 80% to other genders. How bout giving Egalitarianism a try?

Ok I won’t go off on you because your motives are 100% chill but also have you seen that birdrightsactivist tweet that’s like “I am feel uncomfortable when we are not about me”

Egalitarianism, in definition, is everything I stand for; equal treatment and equal rights for all people. However it isn’t ‘all people’ who are being mistreated. It is POC, women, LGBT individuals, and countless other groups. By expanding the focus to all people it becomes easier to ignore the problems at hand. 

it is just horrible how misogynistic instagram behaves. there is this german pick up artist who posts fat shaming and sexist pictures. he says it’s okay to choke women to force them to have sex. me and my friends reported him on instagram but nothing happens. nothing. instead of deleting his profile, they are deleting pictures of women showing their period or pictures where you can see womens body hair with the explanation that these pictures are against their user-guidelines. to fight against patriarchy and sexism we need to stop people like him, we all should report him: https://instagram.com/donjon_verfuehrt/

Internet incels celebrate Andreas Lubitz, the alleged killer co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525, as a "legitimate SLAYER" and an "incel hero"

Internet incels celebrate Andreas Lubitz, alleged killer co-pilot, as a “legitimate SLAYER” and an “incel hero”

The New Incel Hero: Neither an incel nor a hero

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GOP State Rep. Says It’s a ‘Really Great Party’ If You Witness Rape on Campus

In Connecticut, lawmakers are debating a measure to define consent with respect to college sexual assault that would help prevent rapes on campus. GOP state Rep. Mike Bocchino objected by saying that there are no witnesses to rape, and if there are, it’s a “really great party”:

“No question that sexual assault is a horrific thing. No question that date rape things that happen on college campuses are disgusting. Because at the end of the day, there are no witnesses…or at least if there are, it’s a really great party.”

Connecticut Democrats, through a spokesperson, have called on Bocchino to apologize: “I assume that it was an attempt at humor, but Rep. Bocchino should know better — and his constituents elected him to know better. Campus sexual assault is not a joke. It affects both genders, but up to one in five female students are victims. It’s a serious problem, and I hope Rep. Bocchino publicly apologize for his distasteful and offensive comment.”

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Rant on BBCAN3 Misogyny

It honestly makes me disgusted that Bruno and the guys are saying, “We knew Sarah was part of the girls’ alliance because of all of the feminism stuff and shit.” Bruno is a father and it is scary to think that so many guys are spreading the idea that feminism is bullshit and that girls should be put back into their place of inferiority. Gross.

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also did you notice in the top right tweet he basically blames the ~cis white lesbians~ for all of porn's problems? it may be because of twitter's character limit but that message doesn't really seem to just reference lesbian porn, but all porn. not working with "poc, trans women, and people of size" seems like a general 'porn issue', but of course it's those nasty lesmeans who are the cause, not systematic bigotries in society and the MEN who run it and the porn industry, nope, not at all. ptth

Real.