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Fandometrics In Depth: Feminism Edition

Tumblr has always been a place where feminists could connect and speak freely. And as Tumblr has grown, so have the allied communities and the size of the conversation. From 2013 to 2015, year-over-year growth in the number of original posts tagged #feminism increased at an average rate of 4.22%.

That changed in 2016. As Tumblr discussed the US presidential election and its impact on women’s rights, access to healthcare and the importance of consent, the rate of original posts tagged #feminism grew 20%, five times the growth of the previous three years. Looking at the entire ecosystem of Tumblr tags, original posts and reblogs about #feminism accounted for triple the amount of conversation it did in 2015.

Originally posted by somethingincrediblyright

2016 also saw a change in Tumblr’s understanding of what feminism means.

The term intersectionality describes the overlapping systems of oppression at play in society—it’s the idea that gender inequality, racism, class status, and other injustices are inseparable from one another and can’t be studied in isolation.

Between 2014 and 2016 there was a modest increase in engagement around #intersectionality. Original posts increased 13%, while searches increased 44%. But then came the Women’s March. On January 20th, 2017, engagements around #intersectionality spiked 5191% from just two days before. Since then, the whole tone of the #feminism conversation on Tumblr has changed.

In 2017 so far, people are talking about intersectional systems of oppression 21% more than they have in the last four years combined.

Originally posted by micdotcom

How does that change in tone manifest itself? Here’s a sampling of posts that have gone viral since the March:

Continuing the conversation

If you’re interested in joining the feminist conversation on Tumblr, there are tons of places to start. In addition to the #feminism and #intersectionality tags, you can head to tags like #wage gap and #pro choice to learn more about specific issues. There are also dozens of Tumblrs that dive deep into the conversation:

  • Feminist Frequency (@femfreq), a place to talk about feminism in gaming
  • Celebrating Amazing Women (@celebratingamazingwomen), which highlights women who have changed history on their birthdays
  • Whovian Feminism (@whovianfeminism), which looks at inequality through a fannish lens
  • Empower. Volunteer. Unite. (@ucf-now), the official Tumblr of the University of Central Florida’s National Organization for Women chapter, and
  • Action (@action), our hub to help connect you to the resources you need to become an agent of change.

Valentina Tereshkova (b. 1937) is a Russian cosmonaut, the first woman to have flown in space. She achieved this on 16 June 1963, when she was launched into space aboard the Vostok 6 spacecraft.

She was part of a group of five, called the female cosmonaut corps, recruited specifically for the purpose. She spent three days on her flight, during which time she orbited Earth 48 times. She also obtained a degree from Zhukovsky Air Force Academy as a cosmonaut engineer.

theendeavor  asked:

Hi! I wanted to know why you (and others) are upset about Joss Whedon directing Batgirl? I never heard he was sketchy before.

Omg Joss. My worst ex. My most tumultuous relationship with the greatest betrayals.

Here’s the thing about Joss. I was a PEAK Whedon fan, I was a devotee. I was really sure he was a dream come true. Here’s a dude making mainstream geek content who was raised by a serious feminist, who supports woman-devoted charities like Equality Now, who writes directly to my aesthetic by creating teeny little super powered female characters who can kick your ass up your throat. I loved Buffy, I loved Angel, I love Firefly, and Dollhouse, and even Avengers 1 for a long time.

So believe me when I say he deserves the anger that is directed at him.

1. Buffy is an interesting, deeply flawed peice of media with definite feminist aims, but it is also deeply racist, dabbles in various kinds of sexism, and riddled with problems.

2. I’d actually be alright with that existing in the mid 90s because I know what the atmosphere was in television and Buffy was legitimately hard to get made, EXCEPT- nothing about the way that Joss does things has changed since then.

3. In some ways his feminism is WORSE? Like he’s always had hangups about pregnancy and birth that were confusing and offputting, but he’s never had a female character call herself a monster because of her own infertility- until he did exactly that in Age of Ultron.

4. He literally gave a speech to a room full of feminists suggesting that we junk the word “feminism” because he was not a fan, completely ignoring that the word feminism A- doesn’t belong to him, as a man, B- acknowledges decades of history of brave and amazing women who have come before us to whom we owe so much.

5. His (rejected) Wonder Woman script basically features Steve Trevor as the main character who spends the whole movie teaching Diana about pain and suffering because apparently indoctrination into the patriarchy is the only way to fix WW. It’s also- bonus! Super homophobic!

6. EVEN HIS SHAKESPEARE ADAPTATION WAS SEXIST.

7. When faced with criticism for Age of Ultron, he had a mantrum on Twitter, blamed the studio for every problem, and then ragequit Twitter, leaving a bunch of his asshole male followers to attack the feminists he claims to support for chasing him off.

8. Firefly, his apparently “pure” vision that was not interfered with at all before it was cancelled, was a thin allegory of the reconstruction era FROM the perspective of a confederate captain basically galvanizing and idealizing the “Southern independence” lie that Americans push to pretend that the Civil War was not about slavery.

9. Literally thinks this shot is a good idea:

Originally posted by singfromthehair

Mary Leakey (1913-1996) was a paleoanthropologist who made several important discoveries related to the evolution of humanity. In 1948 she discovered the first ever fossilised Proconsul skull, an extinct ape and an early ancestor of humans.

Even though she showed a great interest in archaeology from an early age and wanted to apply to Oxford, she was discouraged to do so, and was turned away from several excavation sites until finally being allowed to work. Throughout her career she discovered fossils and stone tools belonging to different species of early hominids, some of them more than 3.75 million years old. She discovered fifteen new species and one new genus of animal.

here’s to Sybil Ludington, a 16 year old girl who rode 40 miles alone, more than twice the distance of Paul Revere, 9pm until dawn on horseback while using a stick to knock on doors so she could wake up 400 men to fight at the Battle of Ridgefield. Her amazing accomplishment and help to the Revolutionary War will not be forgotten just because the education system likes to forget that women were an amazing force throughout history.

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Purim is coming - and it’s International (Working) Women’s Day too! 🎉 💪🏽 👸🏾 ✊🏾 So I thought I would share some images of Esther as a working woman - a scribe! - in tribute to the many women who continue to mentor and inspire me. These images are from illustrated megillot from Italy, Germany, and Holland, ca. 1650-1750: the earliest images, to my knowledge, of female scribes in Hebrew manuscripts (although I’d be happy to be corrected!).

Jane Haining (1897-1944) is the only Scottish person to be officially recognized as Righteous Among the Nations for her humanitarian actions during the Second World War and the Holocaust. She was a Church of Scotland missionary and teacher in Budapest, Hungary, and lost her life for her convictions.

She was responsible for the care and education of dozens of Jewish students, and refused to leave their side when the war broke out. She was eventually captured by the Gestapo, and sent to various concentration camps. She eventually died in Auschwitz in 1944.

Edith Sampson (1898-1979) was the first black US delegate appointed to the United Nations. She was also an attorney, having completed Law School with a special dean’s commendation, all while working full-time as a social worker.

In 1924 she opened a law office that served the African-American community of Chicago. In 1943 she became a member of the National Association of Women Lawyers, one of the first WOC to do so. She was elected by President Truman to serve on the Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee of the UN in 1950, and 11 years later she became the USA’s first black representative for NATO.

Princess Aethelflaed, of Mercia

Æthelflæd, Lady of the Mercians, was born over 1100 years ago in dark-age England, an was the daughter of Alfred, the first king of England. She eventually ruled Mercia in the English Midlands from 911 until her death. She was the eldest daughter of Alfred the Great, an was born around 870 in the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Wessex. The name Æthelflæd is old English an means ‘noble beauty’ ~ an it is pronounced ‘ef-el-fled’. 

After the Battle of Edington in 878 the foundation of England was born, as the Wessex-controlled western half of Mercia came under the rule of Æthelred, Lord of the Mercians, who accepted Alfred’s overlordship. In the mid-880s, Alfred sealed the strategic alliance between the surviving English kingdoms by marrying Æthelflæd to Æthelred. Æthelred and Æthelflæd fortified Worcester against vikings raids several battle. 

After her husbands health declined early in the next decade, Æthelflæd was mainly responsible for the government of the Mercian kingdom. After Æthelred died in 911, Æthelflæd then ruled Mercia as Lady of the Mercians. The accession of a female ruler in Mercia is described by historians as “one of the most unique events in early early-medieval history”. 

Alfred had built a network of fortified boroughs and in the 910s King Edward and Æthelflæd embarked on a programme of extending them. In 917 she sent an army to capture Derby, the first of the Five Boroughs of the Danelaw to fall to the English, a victory described by historians as “her greatest triumph”. 

In 918 Leicester surrendered without a fight. Shortly afterwards the Viking leaders of York offered her their loyalty, but she died on 12 June 918 before she could take advantage of the offer, and a few months later Edward completed the conquest of Mercia. Æthelflæd was succeeded by her daughter Ælfwynn.

Historians agree that Æthelflæd was a great ruler who played an important part in the conquest of the Danelaw. She was praised by Anglo-Norman chroniclers such as William of Malmesbury, who described her as “a powerful accession, the delight of the kings subjects, the dread of his enemies, a woman of enlarged soul”. Like Queen Elizabeth I, she became a wonder to historians in later ages.

English actress Millie Brady plays her the historical tv-drama ‘The Last Kingdom’

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Celebrating Black HERstory Month

Kia Stevens: Wrestled in various Japanese promotions under the name of Amazing Kong, and won many championships such as the WWWA World Heavyweight Championship,  the WWWA World Tag Team Championship, and the AAAW Tag Team Championship.

She is more known however for her work in TNA Wrestling, under the name of Awesome Kong, where she dominated the Knockouts division. She became a 2x TNA Knockouts Champion and a TNA Knockouts Tag Team Championship. 

She also had a brief stint in the WWE as Kharma. But during her time there, she became the third WWE Diva to enter in the Royal Rumble.

Additional Championships: AWA Superstars World Women’s Championship, Hustle Super Tag Team Championship, LLPW Tag Team Championship, NEO Tag Team Championship, RPW Women’s Championship.

Amy Johnson (1903-1941) was a pioneering English aviator. After being the first woman to obtain a C license, she bought her own aircraft. Shortly after she became the first female pilot to fly solo from Britain to Australia; this was only the first of her numerous long-distance records.

She flew in the Second World War as a part of the Air Transport Auxiliary and became a First Officer. She died when her aircraft crashed while flying for the ATA.

Fun Fact 61

In 1918, Azerbaijan became the first democratic country in the Muslim world and was the first to grant Muslim women equal political rights to men. It lasted for only 23 months before being invaded and incorporated into Soviet Russia.

Mary Eliza Mahoney (1845-1926) was the first African-American professional nurse in the United States. She graduated from the nursing school of the New England Hospital for Women and Children in 1879, challenging discrimination on account of both gender and race.

After graduation, she worked as a private nurse for mostly white families. In 1896 she became one of the original members of the American Nurses Association. However, since it discriminated against black nurses, she formed her own: the National Association of Colored Graduate Nurses.

For anyone who is really enjoying Harlots and wants to know more about the sex industry in 18th century England, I highly recommend Dan Cruickshank’s The Secret History of Georgian London. It’s incredibly informative and explores all aspects of prostitution in the 18th century, as well as giving short biographies of specific sex workers like Kitty Fisher, Sally Salisbury, Moll King, and plenty more amazing women.

Vigdís Finnbogadóttir (b. 1930) was the first and only female president of Iceland, and the first democratically elected female President in the world. With sixteen years as president, from 1980 to 1996, she is also the longest-serving elected female head of state.

Her presidency was the culmination of significant efforts to improve women’s rights in the country, and was influenced by the 1975 general strike, when 90% of Iceland’s women refused to work. She was so popular she was re-elected three times. She is a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, and the founder of the Council of Women World Leaders.