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Poet Monica McClure Boldly Confronts The Problem With How We Discuss Abortion

“I was inconsolable when I missed prom and had to pay a woman to pretend to be my mother so I could gain parental consent,” Monica McClure writes in her poem, “Dead Souls.” The poem is about an abortion, and addresses the topic matter-of-factly, rather than in sentimental or political terms. The narrator simply shares her story – that of an underage teen not yet ready to be a parent – and draws blunt conclusions about the state of medical care for women in similar situations.
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New episode of Feminist Fridays! Is Steven Universe Hella Feminist? 

The first female created Cartoon Network show deals with everything from gender to LGBTQ+ relationships to cat shaped ice cream. 

i guess i also feel like, are you a man? learn to respect women and you’re gonna find a lot more peace with your own gender identity and presentation. are you a woman? learn to respect women and you’re gonna find a lot more peace with your own gender identity and presentation. have you decided that you’re neither or both? learn to respect women and you’re gonna find a lot more peace with your own gender identity and presentation. 

plus, like, you’ll be a better person to half the people you meet, so that’s great too. 

^^^ Flying upside down, no hands! ^^^^^^ 

Blue Angels pilot breaks sound, gender barriers

“When military aviation buffs pack into the Marine Corps Beaufort Air Show in South Carolina this weekend, they’ll be wowed by the Navy’s Blue Angels. But a new kind of history will also take flight in the team: a woman in the cockpit, CBS News’ Michelle Miller reports.

For eight months each year, the team of 10 pilots tours airshows around the country demonstrating staggering feats of aerial precision, sometimes as close as 18 inches apart.

“I saw the Blue Angels fly when I was a young kid,” Marine Corps Capt. Katie Higgins said. “I was definitely inspired by that.”

Higgins is a third-generation military aviator and the first female pilot in the team’s 69-year history.

“My dad was an A-7 pilot initially, and then he transferred to the F-18 Hornet, which is actually out here on the line,” Higgins said. “It’s a great family legacy to have, that’s for sure.”

Now, she’s providing the inspiration.

“I think by including a lady on the team, that just shows little girls and guys that women can do whatever they put their mind to,” Higgins said. “Little girls have told me that they didn’t even know that ladies could fly aircraft, that women could be in the cockpit.”

They’ve been in American military cockpits for more than 20 years, but it’s taken this long for a woman to become part of the Blue Angels team.

“Well, honestly, I would tell ‘em to watch the demo,” Higgins said. “They can’t tell the difference between mine and the other two pilots on here because I fly it just as well as they do.”

“I definitely didn’t come on the team to break any barriers or anything like that, that definitely wasn’t my agenda,” Higgins said. “It just so happened that I was the first female to perform in a demo here, and if that is inspiring to people, if that’s inspiring to little girls around the country, then I’m doing my job.”

Read the full piece and watch the AWESOME video of Higgings flying here

Whenever the word “feminism” is brought up in a group, there is always someone who cringes. The fact that there are still people who think that feminism isn’t needed is astounding to me. Do you even see the world that we’re living in? “But women are treated equally now…” I beg to fucking differ. A woman stands up for herself, she is called crazy. A man does the same, he is called brave. A woman shows anger and she is just on her period. A man does the same and he has a legitimate reason to be angry. A woman turns down a man, she is called a stuck up bitch. A man does the same, he just didn’t like her. A woman is proud of the body she worked hard for in the gym and wants to show it off, she is called an attention whore. A man does the same and he is praised. A woman has sex outside of a relationship, she is a slut. A man does the same and he is just being a guy, even though *news flash* girls have hormones too. A woman calls herself a feminist and she is automatically labeled as crazy or assumed to be a lesbian who hates men (which is a whole new issue within itself). A man calls himself a feminist and he is called compassionate. We need feminism because women are taught how to avoid rape, rather than men being taught not to rape. We need feminism because being called a girl is actually used as an insult. My sex is not something to be ashamed of. Your ignorance is. Feminism is not a movement against men, it is a movement towards the equality of the sexes. Because when a little boy is told that he throws like a girl, he shouldn’t take that as an insult.

The Orange Is the New Black star on why she was conflicted about posing nude.

“Going through life, you try to cover and hide, but it doesn’t really work,” says the Orange Is the New Black star, 30, who at first turned down Allure’s request to pose nude. “I said no initially, thought about it, and said no again,” she says. “But I’m a black transgender woman. I felt this could be really powerful for the communities that I represent. Black women are not often told that we’re beautiful unless we align with certain standards. Trans women certainly are not told we’re beautiful. Seeing a black transgender woman embracing and loving everything about herself might be inspiring to some other folks. There’s beauty in the things we think are imperfect. That sounds very cliché, but it’s true.” Cox wanted these pictures for herself, too: “I honestly just want to make myself happy most, and if other people like it, then that’s great. If they don’t, then I’m still happy.”

anonymous asked:

I think I'm non-binary but my friend says that I can be because I only think I am and I'm not sure. I'm really just questioning my gender and happen to prefer they pronouns over she ones. Does that make me non-binary

imma drop a giant ball of Fact on u: u dont have to prove ur gender. if u think ur nb, ur probably nb. gender is a feel. 

your pronouns do not indicate your gender.

i highly recommend continuing to explore your gender!

some good blogs are : here, here, and here

anonymous asked:

Sometimes I don't really feel like I have a gender, and sometimes I feel a bit more female, so I've started using the term 'agenderfluid', as I don't really feel like 'demigirl' fits me all that much.

i like that term! its super cool

I'd like to thank my parents, especially Ovanator and Sperminator

In a month or so, I’m going to start down a path that will hopefully lead to my becoming a Midwife. And I’ve hit upon a slight linguistic dilemma.

I’m trying to find a way to identify & differentiate between “parent who gives birth” & “parent who provides sperm” without using gendered terms. Obviously “parent” doesn’t provide enough detail, “mother” & “father” are too tied up with gender roles, and “parent A/B” type labelling only really works when discussing individual cases. For the sake of my sanity & word counts, I need a set of single word, pre-existing terms & I just can’t think of any!

I know I’ve got a few linguist, biologist & healthcare followers - do such words already exist? Is it possible for me to accurately represent my world in my school work?

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NEW VIDEO: “I USE FEMALE DEODORANT”

the gender police have no jurisdiction here. *mic deodorant drop*

anonymous asked:

hi, so ive been questioning my gender lately, and i really feel genderfluid, but i feel like im just trying to be special because i never experienced dysphoria, and one of the genders i kind of float around is girl (im dfab) idk. does that make sense?

dysphoria is not a req to be trans/nb! 

your gender is not invalid bc it involves your gaab (gender assigned at birth)

altho this is a common feel, like ur not alone