Women Who Weld

Ten years after becoming a proud member of the Ironworkers Union Local 377, Diana decided it was time to be her own boss. Venturing out on her own to open DC Metal Work, a metal fabrication company that’s stood tall amongst a male dominated field. 15 years later, Diana’s deep sense of accomplishment is why she’s always eager to provide other females with the encouragement and gentle nudge they might need to join the trades. She even shares her welding chops and experience with students at the Oakland-based school of crafts, The Crucible. That is, when she isn’t too busy passing down the blue-prints to the way around the workshop to Diana’s 9-year- old daughter Lucy.

anonymous asked:

I know Ukraine isn't in the EU, but they have ever closer trade & other cooperation with the EU (which I'm fine with) and have been granted freedom of mivement within the EU same as all other EU citizens have (not fine with), I'm merely saying they shouldn't be let into the EU until most of their population agree with EU values (which we don't have rn re: LGBT issues, racism, women's rights) and I think the same with Serbia, bc if we don't do that further down the line we have problems

well freedom of movement is okay tho? I mean I’d rather know that people who get politically persecuted in ukraine can go to the rest of europe than having to stay there just in case but like… anon there’s a thing which might now sound like I’m some kind of horrible elitist and whatever, but thing is: if you wait for people to change their mind about political issue, you’ll never get anywhere. some things have to be done by governments/people paid to do that job and they have to be superimposed from the upper floors. 40% of people in Italy might not have agreed with civil unions, we still had to make them law because the EU was rightly fining the shit out of us, just to say one. I doubt all of the US agrees with same sex marriage, but the supreme court approved it anyway and the ones who don’t agree voted trump figuring he could take it back and he can’t, and they’re gonna have to learn to deal with it. did everyone agree with the civil rights movement? no, and it didn’t eventually matter.

like, waiting for the citizens to change their mind isn’t what’s going to work. it’s forcing their governments to follow the ethics code if they want to be in the EU which would eventually force people to accept it and move on and be more open. it’s not a thing that should concern the citizens, it concerns how the EU works and I honestly hope that after the german elections the higher-ups sit down and rethink the entire strategy and start fining hard. that said I don’t mind non-EU countries being in the eurozone if it makes the economy better and if it might make them want to join AND CONSIDER UPHOLDING THE EU VALUES BY LAW…

I think it’s men’s responsibility to make you trust them, and make you feel their loyalty. By showing you that they are devoted only to you, demonstrating they only have eyes for you, through the way they behave and interact in this world. Barring some serious possessiveness issues, most women I know are emotionally stable. And when these women express concern about their man straying, even as a joke, I don’t doubt their self esteem. I doubt that their partner is doing everything needed to quell that fear. These fears stem from subtle things, like objectifying women: from looking that way at a passing woman, or objectifying an actress while watching a movie, or by generally talking about women in a objectified way (including sexualization of typically non-sexual traits or sexualization of an archetype). And also by not validating your partner frequently, your love for them and attraction to them, and only them. If you believe you are lucky to have them, believe them to be the salt of this earth, and tell them so, then there’s no way a woman would have fears about a man’s loyalty.

I love Tumblr feminism but it is so damn West-centric. 

I realise, I realise perfectly, that women get raped and murdered and tortured in the West too. And I am in NO WAY undermining any of that. But feminism is such a complex issue and I’ve come to realise that feminism for one woman is not feminism for the other. 

For one woman, feminism is the right to wear the tightest, shortest clothes and not be degraded or attacked for it. For another woman, it is literally the right to be born. No feminism is more or less “valid”. Please don’t misunderstand me. I’m not saying that your rights are any less important. But feminism is so layered, and I find that–at least on tumblr–much of feminism’s other sides aren’t talked about as much. 

I can only speak reliably for women of my own country. 

It is honestly dangerous for me to be out of the house, alone, after a certain time of night. It’s risky for me to get wet in the rain because I’d look “sexy” and therefore I’m “asking for it”. In the burning heat of summer, I have to think twice about wearing anything short or sleeveless or in any way comfortable, because it would be “indecent” of me. It’s dangerous for me to wear a skirt, or a dress, unless I’m moving from a car to an indoor area, I’m cat-called on my way to college when I’m literally just wearing a pair of jeans and a t-shirt, it’s dangerous for me to enter a taxi alone because I’m at the driver’s mercy, it’s dangerous for me to turn a man down because I could literally HAVE ACID THROWN ON MY FACE, and when I talk about issues like rape, powerful men in powerful offices in the country literally try to blame anything else but the rapist, including (and this is what an actual politician said), “spicy chinese food that gives men fire”. In my country it’s illegal for pregnant women to do a sex determination procedure because most people, when finding out that the unborn child is female, abort her. Doctors take bribes and do the test anyway. Aborted female foetuses are often fed to stray dogs or thrown into sewers. Female babies that are born are often murdered. There are places where local village councils don’t allow women to own mobile phones because it would give them too much freedom. Women are pulled out of school–children!–and young college students, to get married, because a woman’s only job is to give birth to a boy, and why not start right after her body is able to carry a baby, right? Martial rape isn’t against the crime, because some lawyers and judges literally can’t wrap their head around the fact that married women can be raped by their husbands.  Lesbians–they’re not even allowed the freedom to have sex. (Section 377). Trans women, are of course, not even considered human beings. 

And as bad as the women in my country have it, I realise that I am, in fact constitutionally, granted SO much more freedom than women of other countries. The law gives me the right to wear what I want, go where I please, drive a car, be alone. The law gives me freedom, even if my society does not. As a cis, straight woman, I am not considered an abomination against nature. And therefore when I read about the lives of women in countries worse of than mine, I am reminded that I am, in fact, endlessly privileged. My nationality grants me equal status with a man, my parents–progressive and feminist as they are–give me freedoms that even some of my friends don’t have (such as the freedom to choose the man I marry), my education and financial status give me the freedom to dream of what I can be in the future. I am lucky.

Feminism for women in my country is when a girl’s father tells me, “I’m going to educate my daughter like a boy, I want her to become a government servant.” I don’t think, how dare he choose a profession for his daughter, she has the right to choose! I think, wow, he’s giving her an education. 

Feminism for a woman in my country is when I tell my Australian cousin that, “it’s actually getting MUCH better. Child marriage has reduced.”

Feminism is when I have to explain to a New Zealander that, my father doesn’t force me to do anything. He doesn’t dictate the clothes I wear or where I go, or who I meet. I listen to him because I love and respect his judgement, and I know that when he looks at the crop top I’m wearing and asks, in badly-hidden surprise, “You’re wearing that?” it’s not because he has a problem with me showing skin, it’s because he’s terrified of me getting raped or killed. And when I talk about boys with my mother, it’s not because she’s forcing me to get married at the age of 18 to a man of her choosing, it’s because I have a crush and I want someone to talk to. That is more than what I can say for over 50% of my friends. 

No “version” of feminism is inherently more valid than the other. But Western feminism tends to discuss issues like equal pay and sexualisation in media, which are literally so far out of the issues women from less liberated societies face. And I believe that those women deserved to be acknowledged as well. 

Feminism should be about all women, of all backgrounds, otherwise we might as well not bother. 

It’s got nothing to do with me. I keep saying it’s got everything to do with this community and what we can achieve when we work together and so much of it as you know is being led by strong and determined women in this community who have been organizing and active who recognize that we can’t — we can’t go back in time.

Political newcomer Jon Ossoff, speaking ahead of a special election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District.

In several ways, this closely watched special election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District is a microcosm of national gender politics right now. Many liberal women see themselves as fueling what they call the “resistance” to President Trump and the Republican agenda, and they paint the GOP as a political force with a decidedly anti-woman agenda. The Republican side fights against that “war on women” messaging, and many women furthermore resent the idea that they’d ever let gender be a factor in their political lives. And on both sides, abortion and Planned Parenthood loom large.

From: What Georgia’s Handel-Ossoff Runoff Can Tell Us About Gender Politics Nationally

Donald Trump plans to cut the Office of Global Women’s Issues from the 2018 budget

  • While his daughter was hyping his consistent advocacy for women, President Donald Trump was planning to cut the Office of Global Women’s Issues, according to a State Department budget published by Foreign Policy on Monday.  
  • The budget documents show the $8.25 million allotted to the Office of Global Women’s Issues in 2016 will be whittled down to $0 in 2018. 
  • Oxfam is calling on Congress, which will have to vote on the budget, to “stand against this reckless move,” O'Brien said.
  • A division of the State Department, the office promotes gender equality in U.S. foreign policy endeavors, funds educational and economic initiatives and endeavors to combat gender-based violence worldwide. Read more (4/26/17)

I find it interesting that Ted Cruz talks about “freedom” and “choice” and keeping the government from controlling our healthcare but also crusades for placing government in women’s healthcare by deciding whether or not a woman can get an abortion and defunding the only thing providing women affordable healthcare and birth control.

The Problem with Trying to Talk About Women's Issues
  • Woman: This is a problem for women.
  • Man: No it isn't.
  • Woman: ...Well, it isn't for most men, but many women face this issue.
  • Man: No they don't. If it were a real problem you'd tell someone about it.
  • Woman: We're literally telling you right now.
  • Man: But this isn't even an issue. I've never experienced this problem in my entire life.
  • Woman: That's because you are a man, and this is an issue that primarily affects women.
  • Man: That's sexist.

anonymous asked:

I would like to know what women's issues in the west even are. I mean, most of the things tumblrinas bitch about are either not gendered issues (like rape and domestic violence), complete non-issues (manspreading) or fake issues (the wage gap). I would like to know what I'm actually dealing with as a woman and you are pretty reasonable. - Funeral Feast anon

That’s a great question, because we do still have issues that we face. I’ll just bullet-point them, but I’m happy to talk about each in depth if anyone’s interested. They’re also in no particular order.

  • Female genital mutilation (it still happens to girls born in Western countries, although obviously it’s much more prevalent overseas)
  • The breastfeeding debate
  • The presumption that all women will want to become mothers, or that women that don’t want children are “heartless,” “selfish” or “missing out”
  • The presumption that women in opposite-sex relationships must want to get married
  • Women at the standard child-bearing age less likely to be employed or get promotions because it’s presumed that they’ll soon want time off for pregnancy
  • Women that leave childcare to fathers or other childcare means being seen as awful parents
  • Women who are shamed for wanting to be stay-at-home mothers, as though they “lack ambition” or are misogynistic just for their personal choices
  • The near-refusal of many doctors to perform hysterectomies and not taking issues with periods seriously (I can personally attest to this one)
  • Sexist dress codes in some top workplaces (i.e. expecting women to wear high heels or makeup when there’s no equivalent dress code for men)
  • The women who are abused and/or told they’re “not real women” because they hold unpopular opinions (for example: whilst I disagree with pro-life women, they are still women and don’t deserve misogynistic abuse because of their views)

And then there are examples of “negative” rights that we’re denied:

  • Female domestic abusers aren’t taken as seriously as male domestic abusers
  • Female sex offenders aren’t taken as seriously as male sex offenders
  • Female child molesters having their crimes excused unlike male child molesters
  • Unequal treatment by both familial and criminal courts
  • Sexist “quotas for women” in workplace and university places, like we’re told that we’re not good enough to get placements on our own and need special quotas to get somewhere

I’m absolutely positive that I’ve forgotten some really basic ones, too, so my apologies in advance for that. 

The thing is, we do face issues. They just aren’t the issues that feminism talks about. Plus, there are men’s issues that, if solved, would help both of us, too, like fair, unbiased treatment in both family and criminal courts, for example.

It’s wrong to say that women don’t face any problems, because we do. They’re just not “popular” to talk about.

A Rendille woman 

Location: Kenya

Photographer: Jan C Schlegel

The Rendille are a Cushitic-speaking ethnic group inhabiting the northern Eastern Province of Kenya.

The Rendille are believed to have originally migrated down into the Great Lakes area from Ethiopia in the more northerly Horn region, following southward population expansions by the Oromo and later the Somali. Traditionally, they are nomadic pastoralists, tending camels, sheep, goats and cattle. The camels are generally kept in the northern part of their territory and the cattle in the southern section. Additionally, the Rendille traditionally practice infibulation. According to Grassivaro-Gallo and Viviani (1992), the custom was first brought to the Horn region from the Arabian peninsula during antiquity, and was originally intended to protect shepherd girls from attacks by wild animals during menstruation. The tradition subsequently dispersed from there.