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Jessica Rey presents the history of the evolution of the swimsuit including the origins of its design, how it has changed overtime and the post-feminist association of the bikini symbolizing female empowerment. She refers to neuro-scientific studies revealing how male brains react to images of scantily clad women versus images of women deemed modest and what the implications of the results are for women in society.

(Note: As the OP, I disagree with Rey’s approach to putting the onus on women to alter ourselves rather than to alter the male perception of women – brain wiring has plenty to do with socialization and if we worked against the culture that fuels men’s objectification of women, women’s clothing choices would matter far less in terms of how men perceive us and determine how to interact with us).

Jessica Rey - The Evolution of the Swim Suit

When it comes to objectification, this is a great example of why comparing male strip clubs to Hooters is a “false equivalent.”

p.s. I saw this on FB and it wasn’t cited, but just found out this was also posted on tumblr several months ago by shatteredjunk.tumblr.com. Given the huge amount of notes this has gotten it seems like this needed to be posted again instead of just reblogged.

Found this in my brother’s room this morning. I have never felt so disappointed in my life that that little fucker supports rape culture. Look at her damn outfit. This game was made to sexualize women and make men comfortable with treating women like scantly-clad objects.

Fuck this world. Fuck the patriarchy. I can’t handle this bullshit anymore.

Porn teaches men they are gods. Pop culture teaches men that the epitome of success is to be surrounded by naked women, fawning over you. Prostitution exists because we, as a culture, very much believe that women exist to pleasure men. We tell women that they have to “work” in marriage, to keep their men happy, to keep them from straying — buy sexy lingerie, try threesomes, try anal, perform every porn fantasy he has — he needs it, he deserves it, it is your job.

We can continue to skirt around these truths — that the sex industry and our patriarchal culture breed men like Rodger — but expect more violence, more deaths, more rape, and more abuse. Our world is rife with Elliot Rodgers. We create them every day. They aren’t going anywhere.

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Meghan Murphy: Male entitlement begets male entitlement: On Elliot Rodger, misogyny, and the sex industry (Feminist Current)

Meghan Murphy articulates, not for the first time, how male entitlement to women’s bodies is devastating and dangerous for women everywhere.

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Report this twitter page called “World cup Candy" right the fuck now. It’s super disgusting. I am fuming with anger right now. Women can’t even enjoy a fucken god damn game of soccer without men taking photos of them "looking hot" or take a selfie and have it uploaded somewhere else with out their consent.

This is also fetishation of WOC as well. Notice how a Brazilian women that has a “nip slip” is set as their tweet con. They posted many over sexualized photos of WOC, also along with olive skin white women. 

They fucken described us Portuguese women as “exotic”. 

They fucken hastag a racist slur with the photos of the Japanese women. 

And from the looks of it the photo of the Brazilian and English girl, along with the photos of the Japanese girls. Not sure, but they look young. 

And furthermore on this, they fetishize same sex couple women. Sorry dudes, lesbian, and polysexual women don’t exist and do PDA stuff to cater to you. as a bisexual women I’m even more disgusted. 

you can report them here 

Please spread this around. 

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For ONCE, a positive Facebook experience.

I guess this girl got hacked and this gross-sounding scam link was posted into a local nightlife group.

Fortunately, both men and women alike came together to decry the inherent sexism and foulness of the fake link.

How often do you see multiple people of all genders calling out sexism and objectification on Facebook, huh?

Needless to say I was pretty excited when I came across it.

[Submitted by anon]

Watch on globalsexualitiesqsx112.tumblr.com

Twerk It Girl

Self-proclaimed “twerk scholar” Kimari Brand created this five-minute documentary on twerking as a feminist issue while studying at University of Texas. Brand used her experiences—including a course on feminism and performance art, her study abroad experience studying Caribbean culture, and her own experiences as a black woman—to argue that twerking is empowering, and not demeaning. The fact that twerking is appropriated as extremely sexualized and as pertaining to low-income people of color have given it stigma, which Brand fights against. I love this documentary because the represented groups are women of color who are being empowered and not exploited by the content creator—a scholar and woman of color herself.

Black women have been fetishized, objectified, and exploited for their physical features for centuries—perhaps one of the clearest examples of this is Sara Baartman, “a Khosian woman who was taken from Cape Town to Europe in 1810, where she became a traveling human exhibit of racial and sexual difference. […] she was ‘inscribed as the iconic figure of African womanhood in metropolitan fantasies: as fundamentally primitive and lacscivious” (Munro 390). This stereotype of women based off of the example of Baartman “shaped the ways in which black female bodies are viewed: with an emphasis on the rear end as a signifier of deviant sexuality. As a result, such associations of black female sexuality with animalistic characteristics emerge not just in pseudo-scientific studies of human anatomy but also in popular culture” (Munro 390). It is in this very way that twerking is seen as sexualized, when in reality it is merely “performance art,” as Brand says.

Source: Munro, “Caster Semenya: Gods and Monsters”

fforever-lost said:

Today at the store, I walked past a man with his 16 year old ish son taking a photo of a women's ass in front of him in line. I wanted to stop him, but I was too disgusted by the fact that the man was doing it around his son, and they were giggling.

Next time something like this happens, yell loudly to the lady “Hey lady!  This gross creep with the teenage son is taking photos of your ass!” for everyone around to hear.  Public shaming of creepers is generally a good tactic.

Passages in many of these pieces that essentially boil down to “once I realized I wasn’t entitled to women, I got one, and that saved me” merely entrench the notion that women are prizes for straight men to be won, if only they figure out the magic combination to get in a lady’s pants.

That’s not a message which in any way supports women’s humanity and agency. It still treats us like a sex class. Like prizes. Like property.
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HOW TO SPOT A DOUCHE:

  • Thinks it has a right to your body because it finds it hot
  • Thinks it has a right to your body because you spoke to each other one time and you were being polite
  • Has a partner but goes behind its partner’s back by writing these stuff to you
  • Knows that you have a partner but it’s okay because “your boyfreind dosent need 2 know anything”
  • Calls you “hun” directly after you told it to stop calling you “baby”
  • Thinks that “no” means “please continue trying to talk me into it”
  • Tries negotiation, like “just 1 pic?” and “if you do this one thing, then I’ll leave you alone”
  • Feels like what it wants is worth more than what you want

Maybe my “boobs are like a phanomen”, whatever that is, but they are not for you.

"I need feminism because… My choice of attire is not invitation for you to stare."

C’mon, really? Don’t act like you aren’t guilty of the very same thing.

When you see those dapper looking gentlemen sitting in backstreet cafés, with their cold pressed coffee in one hand while simultaneously writing poetry with the other. Everything about them is perfect. From their antique leather case to the tiny infinity tattoo on their finger. Don’t pretend like you don’t swoon as they periodically fix their Ray Ban glasses into place every time it slides to the tip of their nose, causing their tweed plaited bracelets to fall back down to their pale forearms. Don’t act like you aren’t currently imagining what it would be like to have this fine specimen of a man start a conversation with you, and all of a sudden that very same evening he is making slow, sweet love to you in his wood cabin on the edge of the woods. Before you know it, your lady parts are getting a little wet before your coffee even arrives. You can’t help your bodies natural response to stimulants. But of course, you couldn’t stop staring because this guy was clearly dressing to impress, right?


Again, don’t act like you don’t get turned on by men with hot bodies while they are simply trying to enjoy their day at the beach without being the target of your lustful stare. Their chiselled chests, all smooth and golden brown. Don’t pretend that you’ve never looked at a man like that and fantasised about him literally sweeping you off your feet with his strong muscular arms, and suddenly you are in a private, secluded beach where he is slowly kissing every inch of your body as you lie in the soft sand. Before you know it, your lady parts are getting a little wet and you aren’t even in the ocean yet. But of course, he should have worn a swim vest because his bare chest was basically an invitation to stare, right?

Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, Misha Collins. Don’t act like you don’t google image these guys obsessively and memorise every single detail of their bodies. Don’t pretend like you haven’t used their public images to help yourself get off when you need a little private lady-time. But of course, they shouldn’t have been actors who are constantly in the spotlight if they didn’t want people to notice them and lust over them, right?

Unfortunately, everyone has the right to stare. At anything.  You cannot police somebodies right to look at whatever is in their field of vision. Especially when you abuse this very same right, for the exact same reasons. Don’t be a hypocrite. 

- fraudulentfeminist


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