Whether or not you're willing to admit it, whether or not you even realize it, you are oppressed. I mean look at the ridiculous dress code, being forced to cover everything from toes to hair, just put on some pants already and don't wear long sleeves when it's too hot, it's not healthy! Being forced to be a housewife and bear children, you're living like it's 1950. You are supporting patriarchy and holding back feminism by adhering to a patriarchal religion.
I’m being oppressed by dressing how I want you guuuyyyzzzzz…. :( I don’t know how I stand it.
Also, literally nobody is making me get married? I’ll get married and have children because that’s what I want out of life, but those aren’t the only things I want, for crying down the sink! My ambitions won’t end the moment I get engaged, because I’m an actual human being, not a weird cause for you to champion without my say-so. Get lost, I’m not interested.
Look honey, it's not your fault that you don't recognize your own oppression but you and other women like you need help. Religion is merely a farce created by men to control women. The feminist cause wants to help you, that's what we're here for. Of course you think you're husband will let you chase your ambitions once your married but that's not how religious marriage works. You'll be nothing but a trussed slave and that's a tragedy.
Can someone please tell Jacob he is oppressing me he still hasn’t messaged me back and I’m thinking this is to do with our horrible patriarchal religion.
Jacob! Young man, what do you have to say for yourself
Oh you poor girl. I hope one day you'll realizing how vile and silly the Jewish religion is because you need help. You could have such a full, happy life but instead you've confined yourself to misery and you don't even know it.
1/10 trolling try harder next time
I assure you I am not trolling, I want to help you and women like you. I have no problems with Jews but I do have a problem with Judaism and organized religions that inherently oppress women.
Kay sure… how about you help by listening to us, rather than fighting for us? I’m not feeling particularly oppressed, here. Are you?
did anon seriously think sending me anonymous messages telling me my entire culture was Wrong would make me want to convert? Oh, goyim…
breaking news an anti semitic anon has caused jews everywhere to decide to be atheists OH NO IT'S HAPPENING TO MEEE *all memory of anything relating to judaism in my life is suddenly gone and i am now a free un oppressed woman*
oh, teach me your ways, un-oppressed one! is there hope for one such as me, comfortable in her religion and proud of her people? or will i have to moulder in the cave of deluded yidden… only time will tell.
Oh honey, I don't want you to convert. I want you to be a secular, free independent woman who doesn't rely on a misogynistic culture of lies and rules designed to keep you oppressed. Surely deep down you realize organized religion is a farce created by men? It's so obvious. If you weren't tied to a backwards culture that didn't allow women education you'd be able to comprehend better. I'm so sorry, please learn to accept help when it's extended. That is what feminism is here for.
white feminism has reached its zenith
I am not certainly not antisemitic, I do not hate Jews, I want to help their women. What I hate Judaism, Islam and any organized religion. They are forms of misogynistic, systematic oppression.
'I'm not raaaaaacist, I just hate these two heavily racialised religions…'
though i too was once proud of my religion and my people i have seen the light and become a truely liberated woman 100% of anti semitic feminists agree that it is the right course of action so let go of the misogynistic tethers of religion and truely free yourself from your harmful self oppression like i did
assimilate and let go of your culture i a random anon know far more about it than you do
HELP THE SECOND STAGE IS HAPPENING I FEEL MYSELF BECOMING KNOWLEDGEABLE I NOW UNDERSTAND MY WROOONGS OH THE LIGHT OF SEEING THE WORLD FREE FROM THE HORRIBLE LIES THAT RELIGION TOLD ME I NOW AM EDUCATEEED
at the third stage, you ascend to a higher plane of existence, like on the original Stargate show.
i hate judaism but im teeeechiiincally not anti semitic right? -actual quote from the anon
i know, like how do you even rationalise that what even
I am not antisemitic, I am antireligion. All I want is to end the systematic oppression of women inherent to Judaism and Islam. It is my life's mission and one day I hope to save all of the women like you, women who trapped and hurting and don't even know it.
Did you know Judaism and Islam are the only perpetrators of misogyny ever? GREYFACE TELLS ALL!
oh g-d of course anon doesnt include christianity just islam and judaism yet somehow aren't anti semitic or islamaphobic right? anti religion yet only against the two religions with the most hate and violence directed towards them? totally just looking out for women right?
i know, right? noooo bias there, no siree….
You can still be a Jew, you can eat bagels and gettlefish and all of that, but you should be able to wear regular clothes without having rocks thrown at you, have intercourse without needing to do it through a cloth with a hole, not be forced to live separately from other people once a month. It's barbaric. Help me help you. Help me help women like you. This is going to be my career, rescuing the downtrodden women of archaic religious cults.
Okay, this is actually genuinely offensive. Where on Earth did you learn about Judaism, Stormfront? For G-d’s sake, choose another career at the very least- nobody will want to be rescued by you.
These anons today are even more ludicrous than last week's neo-nazis. Seriously talk about being so "open-minded" that your brains fall out and your mind closes again behind them.
Tell me about it, I have a permanent look of disgust etched onto my face by now.
Don't let them bother you. That one is literally a xtian-atheist religious missionary. Just treat them like you would any other xtian missionary.
'Nope, I don't want your holy book… I've already got one…. it's vintage…'
wtf anon and ur stiiiiill not anti semitic? i'm waiting for what exactly anons definition of anti semitism is or does it even exist since how can you oppress someone who wants to oppressed or whatever they are trying to say jewish women are doing
it’s a horrible, horrible journey of ‘not antisemitic i swear’ and i can’t get off
I want to be offended but all I can focus on now is gettlefish. Seriously. GETTLEFISH
It’s like kettle crisps mixed with gefilte fish, I assume.
anon is just jealous of the way i work this super cute skirt with my bright colorful tights and that my marriage will be more emotionally fulfilling because it's not about sex all the time (it's also been proven that because a husband and wife can't have each other sexually all the time they appreciate it more when they do)
Oh my gosh, talk frum fashion to me! And I’ve never heard of that second point- I shall Google at once!
is gettlefish like non kosher gefilte fish?
I think this is one of those things that ‘everyone knows’ about Jews except for Jews
oh like hanukkah trees? (always spelled that way because fuck the original hebrew spellings lets at 2 k's for the hell of it because goyim)
yep, that’s totally A Thing, because judaism is christianity in a funny hat.
I don't know what Stormfront, I'm a New Age nondenominational culturally Christian atheist Buddhist. As I've already explained to you I am not antisemitic or islamaphobic, I am anti-Judaism and anti-Islam. Goodness, I wish you were allowed an education where they teach you these things. I don't have a problem with the secular women and I want to help the poor souls who are 'religious' (rapped). It's the men I take issue with, for forcing girls with potential into little more than slaves.
Rapped? Did Tupac put you up to this or something? And good grief, that first sentence is the most white-goy line I have ever read.
help i think i actually got second hand white goy from that first sentence im dying
do you have a weird urge to get a backwards hebrew tattoo? we’ll find a cure, i swear
Before your anon I was living my life as a poor, oppressed woman, trapped by the men in my life forcing me to observe archaic rules. This, despite the fact I am a baalat teshuva who was inspired by women and doesn't actually have any men in my life. Not married and absent non-Jewish dad, but they're both oppressing me quite a lot. Thanks to the anon I've realized I can again be free. I will give up my meaningful and beautiful culture that I love. I shall eat gettlefish and run wild.
The sarky responses to my anons are the actual best thing. And seriously, someone needs to come up with a recipe for gettlefish, pronto.
for gettlefish you should first go to your local store and pick up a few things, gefilte fish, matzo ball mix, latke mix, bagels, lox, chopped liver and cream cheese (just to make sure it isn't kosher). Now go home, and get out a very large mixing bowl and put all of the ingredients into it and mix thoroughly. Place in a large casserole dish and bake until crispy and then eat because it is the single most jewish food in the world according to goyim, add some bacon if you really want to
That’s so disgusting I dare someone to make it
make it and send to the anon
Where do I send it? The Castle of Denial?
I literally can't stop laughing. They probably mean to write trapped but I prefer to think they put 'rapped' in parentheses because they want everything in that sentence to be rapped out loud as you read. Break it down now, rap about helping the poor souls.
lay me some tasty beats, jumblr. “I don’t like your people but I’m not racist, I swear…”
I think your anon is magic. I was a happily oppressed religious women but then I read everything she wrote and
suddenly the world is new, suddenly I am new. My curly hair became straight! My skirt disappeared and was replaced by skinny jeans! I don't know if I can handle all of this freedom yet though, not without a man to guide me. Change me back, oh powerful saviour anon! I'm not ready!
Please, we need you to be our white saviour! Oh, whatever shall we do?
What the actual fuck is a "New Age nondenominational culturally Christian atheist Buddhist"? Is that a thing?
Apparently so… oy.
HELP! I chose to practice modesty by covering my hair on holy days and I think I've oppressed myself! Already men are making me little more than a slave although I have an education and so much potential. Damn my religious choices!
Gosh darn it straight to heck! Deciding for yourself how you want to be seen, how dare you! That’s for the New Age Christian Buddhist whateveritwas to do!
I'm sorry to see that you and your friends have resorted to making fun of good intentions. You may not think you need my help but me and other feminists will continue fighting for you nonetheless. I promise that one day we will create a world where you can be free from the bonds of oppressive misogynist religious law and archaic cultural traditions. You are only using negativity to lash out because you fear change, as your religion has taught you. But change is good and it will free you.
ngl i laughed
I feel like calling you honey just makes the whole thing so patronizing like stop listening to that religion that tells you what to do, I'm going to tell you what to do instead.
i knooow! like they don’t even know me! it’s gross as heck frankly- but i’m glad my followers are finding it funny.
help though im a lesbian my religion is compelling me to marry a man and become his subservient wife saaavee meeeeee
Must…. resist….. anon’s interpretation…. of my religion!
Oh..oh my goodness, my magen david necklace was sooo tight and it was choking me but that anon magically broke it and now i can breathe thank g-d or wait am i not supposed to do that anymore
Thank Richard Dawkins, probably.
anon nooo even though my religion teaches to question our laws and to change with the times it is suddenly morphing into everything you say it iiisss
Anon is, in fact, Haruhi Suzumiya
Laughing is only a defense mechanism but one day you will be grateful for our movement :). There is an ever growling movement of feminist women against organized religion like yours whose mission is to save women like you. We are very well educated about Judaism and your culture and we will help you to adjust to the modern world. Misogyny and systematic oppression of women through forced dress codes and throwing rocks won't happen to you, no one will hurt you. You don't have to fear change.
Seriously, who keeps spreading the idea that religious women can’t be feminists? This is frankly depressing, and why we need to educate goyim to free them from their horrible, misogynistic, blinkered ideologies :(
It's hard to be convincing when they're sending asks on Anon. Like that's the least personal thing you could do.
I know, eh? When it started, I was actually pretty sure they were that ‘women don’t need feminism’ blog from a couple of hours ago, but now I’m not so sure…
white feminist goy barbie, she talks! you pull her string and she spouts nonsense!! (idk if anon is actually a she but like you get my point)
I kind of hope so, actually, because think of how much more creepy and paternalistic it would be if anon was male.
As opposed to cultural Christian atheist Buddhism, which is entirely disorganized.
*sniggering* Anyway, correct me if I’m wrong but isn’t the Dalai Lama very much against converts to Buddhism?
I somehow seem to have put on a long skirt. Someone please send a secular white "feminist" to help me.
I keep thinking of that Monty Python skit, you know, with the peasant shouting ‘Help! Help! I’m being oppressed!’
Honey, you're being silly! I already have an education because in out free feminist culture women are allowed to learn. You can do it too! And of course a religious women can't be a feminist, it's the exact opposite of feminist. Religion, especially Judaism and Islam, is the source of all misogyny in the world.
To be honest there are so many people mocking you in my inbox I thought this was a parody. I am still not quite sure. And.. so do I? Dad’s a university professor, and I got early admission to his uni- had my first class yesterday, actually- where I’m reading Sociology and History. Also, pretty sure a good definition of feminism is that women can do as they please, whatever that means to them.
It's all a lie! You've been taught lies your entire life! White goyishé feminists know more than you do about the tradition you were raised in again and again for the past 3326 years. Definitely.
No, what are you talking about, they skim-read a Rationalwiki article once! They’re totally qualified to tell me how to live my life!
I'm wearing a kippah and a mini skirt at the same time. I'm only have oppressed on my mothers side.
:D but oppression is passed down through the mother, donchaknow
yeah for all you know anon is a really creepy guy looking to harass jewish feminists and give feminists a bad name
yeah p much
thats religious misogyny at work, the only true feminist religion is spiritual christian influenced combined with a bastardized eastern """"spiritual"""" religion entirely divorced from from it's actual source and rules and replaced with new ageyness and a hint of racism :)
'Hey, mum and dad! I'm rebelling against you by converting to a watered-down version of a religion I barely understand!'
*sighs* Now I have to go tell the three female Rabbis I know personally that none of them should have received an education, because a got on the intertextuality knows Judaism better than us
It’s such a drag being oppressed like this, no?
Wtf the fuck is "free feminist culture"? I'm laughing so hard. Also kinda offended that anon is equating education with knowledge. Like a lot of people can't afford college or have learning disabilities but they're their own people, fuck off.
anon is patronising as heck- go ask them, I don’t know.
Yes, I see you and the many people mocking me on your blog but I really don't mind because I know that you don't know better. I'm not a man or looking to undermine feminism - why would you even think that? You're a bit paranoid aren't you? Feminism is about female freedom and my life is dedicated to helping women achieve that. Judaism inherently undermines female freedom and that is want to eradicate it and rescue women from it. It's not antisemitism.
Alongside Jews, there are atheists, Muslims, and Christians mocking you. Quit while you’re… well, I can’t actually say ‘ahead’, really.
I don't mind the mockery. I have my cause my cause is you and your fellow oppressed females or Judaism. It doesn't matter if you think you don't need it, a feminist fights for the freedom of all women no matter what. You haven't been taught this but you are woman who has value. You deserve a life without men who shame you for existing and think you have no worth except that which comes forth from your womb.
but… you are the only one saying this… can you save me from *you*, please?
for $8000 a month i will stop oppressing myself anon
yes please anon pay my uni fees
I am a Jewish feminist am I causing global warming
I want to make a joke about Moses and rising sea levels here….
Oh honey, let feminism help you be truly free from the bonds of patriarchal religion.
we’ve been around a few thousand years, your patronising wheedling isn’t gonna stop that.
In all seriousness, what I find most fascinating about the anon is that for someone who claims to want to free me from those telling me what to do etc., she/he is telling me exactly what to do! For someone who claims to want everyone to be free, she/he is not allowing me the freedom to do what I want. In other words, hypocrites will be hypocrites.
Goyim gonna goy
Anon does know that Judaism is a matriarchal religion, correct? That women are revered and are incredibly valued by Jewish society?
what are you talking about religion is BAD forever
For all who are trying to say that she is not free while being Jewish is the worst thing you could say. Being free means she can choose what religion she follows. Also the Jewish faith is not oppressive I actually know a female cantor/rabbi who is amazing at what she does. You are being oppressive by telling her she can't be what she wants and saying that you are not being racist even though all your support is stereotypes and from the 1900's get with the time! Take this as a warning
Thanks so much, anon! I mean I’m opinionated as all heck, if I didn’t think i was being respected I’d leave, believe me.
Welcome everyone! Today (while a little late) I’ll continue a new weekly segment called “Let’s Talk”, where I basically do a character analysis and have a discussion as to where that character came from and where they are now. I’ve done some similar pieces, including one on Stephanie Brown and one on Catwoman after she was revealed to be bisexual (click the links if you want to check those out!).
This week I’ll start off with perhaps DC’s or, dare I say it, all of comic books’ most popular female character: Harley Quinn! Click “Read More” to continue!
Sometimes the real disability struggle is getting your camera set up to take #hospitalglam selfie-portraits with limited table space in the clinic room.
But sometimes it’s when you go into the hospital for what’s supposed to be a routine check-in and leave needing to schedule a minor surgery.
It’s been a weird day.
image description 1: a woman [me] wearing a hospital gown and standing next to a patient table. My left hand is on my hip and my right arm is resting on a speculum light. I’m looking over my left shoulder and my eyes are closed. Behind me, several medical instruments are hanging on a beige wall.
image description 2: a woman [me] wearing a hospital gown and sitting on the patient table. There is a large sheet of paper covering my lap. My right foot is in the stirrup and my right arm is behind me, propping me up. My left elbow is resting on my knee with my left hand in my hair. I’m looking backwards over my right shoulder.
All I’ve ever wanted was to be normal, but that was never in the cards for me.
12 years ago, I sprained both ankles in a two-week period. I didn’t know it yet, but this was due to weakened joints from a genetic disorder that had been in my body since birth. As a result of these injuries, I had to abandon my spot on the crew team and stop swimming. I would never walk the same again.
6 years ago, right after I graduated from college, I could barely walk. I struggled to get from my apartment to a pharmacy only two blocks away; I’d often have to drive there. One short workout would put me on bed rest for a week.
4 years ago today (June 20th, 2013) I was finally diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), a degenerative condition that manifests in my connective tissue and leads to subluxations, chronic pain, and a host of other symptoms.
Soon after that, diagnosis in hand, I started physical therapy and slowly brought my mobility back.
Today, I am stronger than I ever have been. I can swim 1.1 miles in 25 minutes, run 2 miles in the same, lift weights (little ones, but still), and walk without my wheelchair or cane.
I still have the condition and I still have the chronic pain, but I was able to work and improve and get myself to this point.
EDS is degenerative; there’s only so much I can control. Eventually this condition will get worse - it already has in some parts of my body. What I’m doing today is strengthening what I can to combat faster degeneration, building muscle around my ligaments to support them and keep them in place, and working to keep myself as mobile as possible.
I may not be ‘normal,’ but I can be strong.
[image description: a woman (me) standing outside, smiling and wearing a backwards grey hat, sunglasses, a black tank top that says ‘THE FUTURE IS ACCESSIBLE’ in white letters, a red checkered flannel, and denim shorts.]
About 5 years ago (I want to say it was August of 2012) I wrote a post on my personal tumblr that said something like “I’ve been posting about disability more and more…should I make a disability-focused blog?” I got a message from @wheeliewifee, a blogger I had never talked to before, saying YES and encouraging me to get started. I didn’t know it then, but it was the start of a new point in my life.
Stacy pulled me into a community I didn’t know I needed. Thanks to her, I’ve been invited to speak on national radio stations about disability, moderate a support group for female and femme-identified people with chronic conditions, and have made friends all over the world.
…and last week, I finally got to meet her!!! I flew out to Salt Lake City to celebrate her birthday and we spent four days sightseeing, snuggling, and celebrating. My life is better because of her and this was a trip I will never forget.
Went for a 2.5 mile run with my boyfriend and then spent an hour in the city walking along the piers/waterfront later that night
Lifted weights, did tricep dips, and did sit-ups while watching football (instead of just sitting on the couch and not moving like usual.)
Cooked myself a healthy dinner with enough leftovers to last the week
Woke up an hour early, at 5:45am, to do 25 minutes of core/cardio videos before going to work
Walked downtown (1/3 mile each way) to my local pharmacy clinic to get my flu shot
Baked a dozen scrambled egg muffins to freeze and defrost for breakfast this week (I’ve done this every week since January.)
When I set my New Year’s Resolutions to be healthier back in January, I NEVER imagined that my life could look like this. (Walking to the clinic? Regular meal prep? Going on a RUN???) I’m mad proud of the progress I’ve made, so yeah I’m gonna brag about it.
Have you ever used KT Tape? They used it on my knee after I sprained it and I swore that they were using some sort of dark magic or something. I recently remembered it again and am now literally taping my joints together to alleviate some pain. Currently have my hip, shoulder, and knee taped up. Bit of a hassle when first taping, but once it's on, it's like freakin dream. Like, for once I want to cry because of the relief rather than the pain! I only wish it wasn't so expensive...
I actually haven’t! I keep thinking I should try it since I’ve heard how helpful it can be from all my EDS friends, but I don’t own any and have never gotten around to finding some. I have to admit, the cost is a huge barrier, but you writing in today might have convinced me to suck it up and give it a try once my finances settle a little more (in like a month or two?)
Hello everyone! I’m in Japan this week so I’m not on tumblr much at all (blog is running off the queue.) I know I’ve got some messages to respond to when I’m back home, but for now please enjoy this photo I took in a cute store called Loft which was far bigger than I thought it was.
Image description: a packet of around 30 spoons in a sealed plastic bag with the label “Leisure Spoon” in white text on a green box. There are also cartoon pictures of houses and trees on the bag. The bag is on a display hanger in a store aisle.
Just wondering how your knee is doing. I know healing can be super slow, but I certainly hope you're doing well.
Thanks for checking in! I was actually just about to write/post an update this morning. My knee has been hella unstable since last week’s subluxation injury. This week has also been incredibly intense. On Tuesday morning, I flew to Seattle to go to a concert with my best friend. I flew back early yesterday and drove from the airport straight to work.
There was SO MUCH walking (from my parked car to the terminal, from my gate at Seattle to the light rail, from the train station to my friend’s apartment, and then all that in reverse on my way to work on Wednesday) and my knee keeps slipping and sliding around. The concert was seated, but we did walk from my friend’s apartment to the theatre, so that was… a lot.
I’m going to ANOTHER concert tonight, so I don’t know how I’m going to survive that, but my sister called the venue yesterday and it’s apparently very accessible and accommodating, so that’s good! It’s more bar/club-like, but they said they have seats on the side with good visibility of the stage and that they could reserve some for us, so I feel a bit better about that.
Luckily I have zero plans this weekend other than staying in bed and letting the boyfriend cook for me, so I’ve got lots of recovery time ahead. Thank you again for asking!!
Someone else with EDS whose tried Kt tape! Be careful - If plasters etc. Don't stick to you, it might not either, my skin is too smooth so it just rolls off. However if you can get it cheap to try I reccomend it
I know many people with EDS seem to have problems with things sticking to them, but that hasn’t been a huge issue for me personally, so I’m not too concerned about that. My main concern is making sure I know how to actually use it!
Stevie Wonder is presenting at the Grammys tonight and when he opened the envelope, he showed it to everyone and yelled “HA HA NONE OF YOU CAN READ BRAILLE.” After the laughter died down, and before he announced the winner, he said, “I do want to say that…we all need to make every single thing accessible to everybody who has a disability.”
At the Grammys.
Which has a worldwide audience of tens of millions.