female centric

Unfriendly fucking reminder that TERFs, SWERFs, and really any other self identified “radical feminists,” “gender abolitionists,” “womyn-born-womyn,” or anyone whose feminism is “female centric” (ie excludes trans women) are not fucking welcome here. You are not welcome to this space, to my posts, or anywhere near me. Get lost.

in ancient egypt, queens wore lipstick
in ancient greece, it was the prostitutes
the first lipstick law came from greece
where prostitutes could be prosecuted
for appearing in public without lipstick
and pretending to be ladies
but enough of that. those are the facts
simple, blunt, laid bare.

on my dressing table, i have more than 10 shades of red
i can name them all
russian red, classic cream in devil, red dragon, hexagram
and then of course, there are the shades of doll, candy, heat, kisses
i know when to use each and every one.

too dark
too light
far, far too loud
(what do you think people will see
if you parade around with that shade on your lips?)
(a red lipstick
is the only thing you need to complete
your best outfit)

tell me
which one am i?
sacred queen or common prostitute
(they still describe my clothes
as trash and whore)
when i pick up a brush
and dip it in a tube
run a stick across my lips enough times
that sometimes it feels that the colour will never fade
what do i stain myself with
blood or rubies?
am i meant to belong to the gods or men?

or am i instead
lioness given form
colouring my lips with ruby red blood
sekhmet draining the world dry
aphrodite ruining with love.

i have more than 10 shades of red lipstick on my dressing table
apart from countless other colours
i can name them all
know when each must stain my lips
i still don’t know what that says about me

(apart from the fact
that i am neither queen nor prostitute
or i should say
not only

i am

-Rishika Aggarwal (you never thought my blood would run thick like the makeup i wear) © 2015


Female-Centric Films with Strong Bechdel Passes ✷ Practical Magic (1998)

Of course you’re going to see me again! We’ll grow old together. It’s going to be you and me living in a big house, these two old biddies with all these cats. I bet we even die on the same day.

We need to have a talk

Why is no one discussing Sirens? A show available on Netflix that is amazing.

It’s about EMTs and the shenanigans that happen on and off duty, but more importantly. It has:

A gay, black, non-stereotypical man:

An openly asexual woman who is treated with respect:

A female cop who’s not a damsel in distress and calls everyone out on their shit:

A Puerto Rican who’s a bit of a pansy and airhead, but openly checks out both guys and girls:

And it’s overall pretty great, check it out:

- viper-tongued me, tongue like snakes me, poison-worded me.
teach me to speak and i will utter bitter-worded curses. did you forget that power flows through my fingertips like electricity through wires?

(“double, double toil and trouble -”
i make my promises and do not forget. my tongue is thorned but true and you would do well to keep your memories as sharp as i keep mine.)

- my fingernails are dipped in blood do you like the way they taste do not forget we promised to meet to drink malice tonight -
do you not see the truth in my words just because my thoughts do not work the same why as yours; because they are rainbow-touched voices calling me to rewrite the slate?

(“clothed hyena -”
i am more than animal given flesh, i am the nightmare-truth you cannot forget that leaves you gasping for air in the middle of moon-shattered nights.)

- there is nothing that tastes as sharp as the taste of fear.
snake-eyed, tiger-clawed, my nails leave poison sores of thoughts. i dare you to look at me and imagine the world laid bare.

(medusa is your darkest dreams brought to life with the power to stop all your powers right in their tracks.
my monstrosity, oh the thing that terrifies you about me is knowing that you cannot bare to look at me without seeing the shattered flesh of the broken, the chunks that have been rent and are still missing from this body that you destroyed.)

do not tell me to stay quiet
i do not know the meaning of silence
voices live inside of my heart, soar
in the depths of my soul.
do not tell me to stay quiet
my words are bone-deep
i dare you
outspeak me.

—  OUTSPEAK ME / Rishika Aggarwal © 2015

I’m sorry but I fail to see how Chimamanda’s views make her a terf. She’s very gender critical lite~~ imo. If any of you bothered to see her expansion of her thoughts on her fb page, you would know that she doesn’t say ‘trans women aren’t women’ at all. She believes trans women experience misogyny, and experiencing misogyny is inherent to the lived experience of being a woman. She simply tries to say that trans women are another valid intersection within womanhood.

And this just lets you know how these gender politics are going to shit. Again, trans activists and trans women won’t let a female woman give any political critique on the ideology of transgenderism, but many trans activists will happily comment on bio female centric issues they don’t experience for themselves. It’s a disgusting silencing tactic and I’m sick of it.

Watching Dangal tonight, I had tears in my eyes from the first scenes and didn’t stop crying up until the credits rolled. It was such a moving story, and one that was so rare. Bollywood almost always sexualises its female leads and ensures that men stay front and centre. But here we had two girls being portrayed as multi-dimensional people and proving society wrong. It showed us how much harder women have to work to reach the same platform as men. 

The cinema was packed with desis, and plenty of desi men who had paid to see a female-centric film. There were frequent outbursts of applause throughout the movie as well because it was so uplifting.

There were also uncomfortable scenes of a father letting his ego and his own dreams get in the way of his daughters’ well being. There was a brilliant scene in the end that demonstrated how Geeta didn’t need to rely on her father’s guidance to win gold and that she only has to rely on her own talents to succeed. 

10/10 beautiful would watch again a hundred times love you amir khan 4eva

-but you were made to destroy
the unbreakable, kill the unkillable
to tear down towers with a tilt of your head.
you were made to conquer that which
can never be brought to heel.
you were made to walk out of the quiet
and into a war.
“hail,” they cry. “hail, warrior princess.”
—  stay / Rishika Aggarwal © 2015

so starkid finally uploaded Firebringer onto youtube and basically confirmed that 2017 is blessed like omg what a show!!??? so good???? so many women????? 

this is definitely their most female heavy show and actually one of the most female-centric cast shows i’ve seen around in a while which was really nice to see, especially from starkid who typically have a male-centric plot/cast (obviously because their creative team is predominantly men which is fine but it’s nice to see them branching out!).

but yeah i loved it a lot and there may be some firebringer spam ahead be warned :)

In celebration of Halloween, I’ve compiled a list of horror films from several different sub-genres along with links to their respective IMDB pages. Please note that the films listed below may contain scenes that some find triggering, disturbing, or upsetting; if you have any concerns over a film’s content, I highly encourage you to research it prior to watching in order to make as informed a choice as possible. 

PSYCHOLOGICAL HORROR: films that inspire fear and tension by creating an unsettling atmosphere.

FEMALE-CENTRIC FILMS: horror movies featuring women in starring roles outside of the “final girl” trope.

GRAPHIC HORROR: films containing depictions of extreme acts, like heavy violence, body horror, and gore. Not recommended for those offended or disturbed by explicit, potentially-upsetting media.

HORROR ANTHOLOGIES: also known as “portmanteau films”, these movies contain multiple short segments that are sometimes connected by a main plot.

THRILLERS: scary stories with a suspenseful plot.

MOVIE MONSTERS: horror films starring a variety of creatures, from vampires and werewolves to Lovecraft monsters and evil clowns.

HORROR CLASSICS: definitive movies from the pre-1970’s horror era.

SUPERNATURAL HORROR: all things paranormal, ghosts and ghouls.

OCCULT AND POSSESSION: movies with rituals, demons, and possessed souls.

ZOMBIES: a category encompassing everything from Romero’s undead to the living infected.

FOUND FOOTAGE: movies comprised of camera footage filmed by hapless characters.


maybe y'all keep accidentally reblogging radfem ideology because you agree with it when it isn’t stigmatized by names that depict a monster out of an ideology. maybe female-centric feminism just makes sense to you?


Men In Disney Movies Are Talking More Than You Think

Little kids (and adults) might adore Disney Princesses. But there’s a major problem with some of our favorite supposedly female-centric films: how much time men spend speaking versus women per classic movie. It turns out women actually got LESS speaking time as women’s political rights progressed.