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radfem related ask meme!

i always see lil ask memes floating around and i personally love asking n answering questions and finding out more about the people who fill my dash so i decided to make an ask meme just for us radfem ladies <3 xx 

ya’ll know the drill, put the numbers in an ask box to get the question answered and reblog for some supportive (and maybe a lil curious) peeps in ur box! (also feeel free to ask me any of these, goes without saying)

  1. how did you find radical feminism & what was your first impression of the movement? 
  2. when did you begin to call yourself a radical feminist? 
  3. how long have you been a radical feminist?
  4. were you previously a lib fem? 
  5. who is your favorite tumblr radical feminist?
  6. radical feminist must reads? (or must watches?) 
  7. best experience as a radical feminist?
  8. worst experience as a radical feminist?
  9. your opinion on what the most pressing issue for the feminist movement to solve. 
  10. best radical feminist meme.
  11. radical feminists you look up to?
  12. favorite herstory moments? 
  13. how does your country affect your viewpoint of feminism? 
  14. do you believe liberal feminists are feminists?
  15. what was your Peak Trans? 
  16. what do you do for women in your everyday life? 
  17. suggestions for baby radfems?
  18. favorite feminist artists/art pieces? 
  19. your feminist anthem (can be a song, poem, speech, book, etc.)
  20. what parts of radical feminist do you agree with most passionately? 
  21. what parts of radical feminism do you disagree with? 
  22. what parts of radical feminism confuse you (or confused you when you first learned about them)?
  23. are you GNC? how does this affect your viewpoint of feminism? 
  24. are you LGB? how does this affect your viewpoint of feminism? 
  25. are you mentally ill? how does this affect your viewpoint of feminism? 
  26. how does your race affect your viewpoint of feminism? 
  27. what do you wish radical feminists talked about more?
  28. what do you wish radical feminists talked about less?
  29. do you have more radfem friends online or in real life?
  30. your liberal feminist pet peeve. 
  31. are you “out” as a radical feminist? 
  32. how do you feel the issue of gender should be tackled?
  33. how do you feel the issue of sex work should be tackled?
  34. how do you feel the issue of male violence should be tackled?
  35. how do you feel the issue of kink should be tackled?
  36. best thing about being a radical feminist?
  37. worst thing about being a radical feminist?
  38. do you like discourse? 
  39. when were you most proud to be a woman?
  40. something you wish you could tell your younger self. 

feel feel to keep adding to this!!! 

zacharyhutchinson  asked:

how would you define nu-radfem?

so the thing is despite what people love to tell me, i’m actually pretty familiar with radical feminist writings. and one thing this has led to is me noticing a qualitative shift in the nature of radical feminist discourse between the 1970s-90s block and the 2000s-10s block. this shift is marked by a general move away from analyzing patriarchy as a violent totality and toward attacking certain scapegoated figures–women who are blamed for the entirety of patriarchy (this was pretty much always present in some elements of radical feminism, but it was only a minor vein prior to more recent developments). the primary targets are trans women and sex workers, although a number of others are also attacked, including some groups of disabled women. this move is also marked by a collapse of analysis of patriarchy–the perfect example being that most nu-radfems will insist to trans women something along the lines of “science is indisputable”, which is the complete opposite to the practice and spirit of the original radical feminist movement, aimed at critiquing, undermining, and overthrowing all patriarchal institutions.

on a fundamental level, this shift has changed how radical feminists approach relationships with men. in the original radical feminism, relationships with men were suspicious at best. radical feminists, seeing how relationships are a site of material exploitation, advocated a sort of strike, in the form of, among other things, refusing to date men (political lesbianism). the nu-radfem philosophy considers relationships with men to be a somehow necessary part of patriarchy, and considers any advocacy regarding relationships to be “victim blaming”. in addition to denying women autonomy, it imagines a totalizing force of patriarchy-as-asymmetric-sexual-relation, which is why it often treats lesbian sexuality as suspicious at best–it’s not uncommon to see nu-radfem discourse about the “lesbian gaze” and other ridiculously lesbophobic ideas. this is part of a general shift of membership from lesbians organized and positioned against the system of gender to straight and bi women positioned only against certain elements of that system (although there are also plenty of lesbians who find themselves able to assimilate in the new man-centered radical feminism).

a part of this shift towards a radical feminism which is nonthreatening to men but polices women’s behaviors has also been the acceptance and inclusion of trans men and cafab nonbinary people. in fact, nu-radfems often advocate for trans men, defend violence by them, and try to help maintain trans male predators’ access to women’s spaces. it’s not surprising that patriarchy-friendly nu radical feminism is quick to gain members, since it promises more ~~radical politics~~ without one actually having to critically examine one’s own life and how one supports patriarchy. instead, the problems of women’s behaviors can be infinitely deferred onto “bad” (more marginalized) women, which is why nu-radfem praxis mostly consists of harassing marginalized women with moralizing discourse and efforts to erode their social capital. in terms of their effects, nu-radfems may actually be better assimilated into patriarchy than libfems.

anonymous asked:

How come there aren't many black radfems?

I’m not sure where you are coming on that info?

I know a shit ton of them.  Starting with Audre Lorde (this exchange is EVERYTHING.  Read every word.  Her teachings and words remain my rad fem literacy) to Sister Outsider (see what just happened there?  We are the latest in a long line) we are here.  

In her 20-something words:

In recent years, since the rise of third wave feminism, radical beliefs have fallen out of fashion. At best, radical feminism is presented as being outdated – at worst, full of bigotry and extremism. Radical feminists are attacked by social conservatives and liberal feminists alike and, not so long ago, I bought it. I didn’t want to be lumped in with the prudes of yesteryear by either side, so I parroted narratives of agency and empowerment. And then I looked behind the curtain. I started to wonder about the context in which the all-important choice is made, whether more choices are open to some women than others and on what basis. I began to wonder why so many self-proclaimed intersectional feminists – in this instance, white women – are so eager to assume that marginalised women have the same range of opportunities in deciding which choice to make.

I think there is a real push to erase women of color in the movement because we destabilize what a lot of white transactivists would like to push.  That is, that the second wave was only white people, that radical feminism isn’t intersectional, that lesbians (we are QUEERS!) are racists.  

Cause as we know, these white liberal feminists are all soooooo on point.  Like that time that they said that the artists of color who continued to support Michfest even with the constant threats and boycotts and cancelled gigs only did so because they were too poor not to (I shit thee not):

In the last two years, many of the performers have withdrawn from the fest, including the Indigo Girls, Nona Hendryx, and JD Samson. Many women of color performers did not, arguing that they too supported trans women but couldn’t give up the income they made from the festival. They made economic choices that often came with a political backlash. Many, if not most, performers who stayed on did so with a statement in support of trans women and the festival.

Mind you, Michigan paid a pittance for performers.  It was not money that would pay your rent.  But, as I said at the time, I guess we all just know that WOCs just so damn poor they can’t have politics (to which Fannie Lou Hamer and Shirley Chisholm, and on and on just spun their ways through the earth).  And guess there was no need to go talk to Stacey Anne Chin, or Toshi Reagon, or Medusa, or DJ Remarkable, or Hanifah Walidah, or all the other WOC who went to fest for YEARS and continued to despite the pressure because they understand the reason for separate space.  This was a blatantly racist lie, and that’s the kind of shit that is always going down.

So whenever you hear things like “there aren’t any” ask yourself what the sources is.  We are here.  We always are.  But we are an inconvenient truth.  And so we get erased from the conversation.  Old tricks, new dog.

Feminism is hated because women are hated. Anti-feminism is a direct expression of misogyny; it is the political defense of women hating.
—  Andrea Dworkin (September 26, 1946 – April 9, 2005) was an American radical feminist and writer best known for her criticism of pornography, which she argued was linked to violence against women.
Don’t worry about your body.
It isn’t as small as it once was,
but honestly, the world
needs more of you.
You look in the mirror
like you’ve done something wrong,
but you are perfect.
Anyone who says otherwise
is telling a lie
to make you feel weak.
And you know better.
You have survived every single day
for as long as
you’ve been alive.
You could spit fire
if you wanted.
—  Clementine von Radics, “A Poem For My Mother When She Doesn’t Feel Beautiful”

anonymous asked:

hc's for the paladins reactions to finding out their s/o has glow-in-the-dark freckles and eyes

this is so interesting im cryign omg / once again typed on my phone bc it’s 2:15 am and i don’t have my laptop

shiro:
> honestly he thinks it’s the coolest thing.

> probably counts your freckles like their stars in the night sky he’s so cute i love him

> if you’re insecure about it, he gives you All The Validation because he wants you to feel good

keith:
> woah?? glow in the dark eyes???? that’s peculiar

> he doesn’t act like he thinks they’re cool, but he actually does

> probably likes having your around when it’s pitch black because he knows you’re still around protect him he’s a muffin

lance:
> DUDE?? THAT’S SO COOL!!

> he’s more excited about them than you are stop him what are you doing

> constantly gushing about how cool your glow in the dark features are (is there no off switch on him wtf STOP)

hunk:
> sorry have you met hunk?? he’s so giddy over it

> seriously there is no end in the constant stream of praises that are waterfalling out of him

> loves you and your glow in the dark eyes will do anything to see them again because he thinks they’re so radical truly he’s the best let him look at them forever

pidge:
> let’s be honest, they probably try to find a justification for why you glow in the dark like this

> it takes them a while to really just sit back and realize how cool it is that you glow

> talks proudly to the others about how “[name] glows in the dark. cool, right?” they’re a master bragger it’s great

reck2468  asked:

Freessshhhhh is back! Heelloo! Guess what guess what guess what. *whispers* I have your radical self on the best t-shirt EVER! 😊 I got CQ's fresh shirt as a self b-day present!

“Brah that is super radtastic man! Its totes neon rainbow colors tho right? Cause if it aint than that aint me on that shit yo! Neon or nothing brobama!”

@curioosity

 ▬ ❝Fight ya? HAH! C’mon, keep spewin’ those jokes, s’HILARIOUS. Yer gonna be a REAL comedian at this rate, rivalin’ the top dogs! Can’t wait t’see yer face on posters, proclaimin’ ‘CHECK THIS ZANY CHICK OUT: HER SCREW’S SO LOOSE, SHE CAN CRACK JOKES ‘BOUT WANTIN’ T’FIGHT THE TOTALLY RADICAL DUDE, THE BEST OF THE BEST, THE ONE, THE ONLY, TURBO!’~.❞

{listen}
i. You're Gonna Go Far, Kid  — The Offspring  
ii. I Want your Bite — Chris Crocker
iii. Super Psycho Love — Simon Curtis
iv. I Can't Decide — Scissor Sisters
v. Keep Awake — 100 monkeys
vi. In Space — Ludo
vii. Hear Me — Imagine Dragons
viii. The Sound of Drums — Chameleon Circuit
ix. The Horror of our Love — Ludo
x. Gone Gone Gone — Phillip Phillips
xi. Our Childhood, our Home — Murray Gold
xii. The Crooked Kind — Radical Face
What I’m trying to cultivate is not blind optimism or inane positivity but what the philosopher Jonathan Lear calls radical hope. “What makes this hope radical,” Lear writes, “is that it is directed toward a future goodness that transcends the current ability to understand what it is.” Radical hope is not so much something you have but something you practice; it demands flexibility, openness, and what Lear describes as “imaginative excellence.” Radical hope is our best weapon against despair, even when despair seems justifiable; it makes the survival of the end of your world possible. Only radical hope could have imagined people like us into existence. And I believe that it will help us create a better, more loving future.
—  Junot Díaz, Radical Hope: Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times  

I Miss You, Even When You’re Around. An Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind-inspired mix.

// I Sing I Swim - Seabear // Sweater Weather - The Neighbourhood // Bloom - The Paper Kites // Daydream - Tycho // Welcome Home - Radical Face // Our Deal - Best Coast // Junk Of The Heart (Happy) - The Kooks // Together - The xx // Polish Girl - Neon Indian // Better Together - Jack Johnson // R U Mine? - Arctic Monkeys // 

Listen on 8tracks here. Listen on Spotify here.

Image by Nan Lawson.

Nice Guys Finish Last

1. kill my boyfriend- natalia kills, 2. lewis takes action- owen pallet, 3. jenny- studio killers, 4. sweater weather- the neighborhood, 5. black eyes- radical face, 6. boyfriend- best coast, 7. the sailor song- the gadsdens, 8. poppies- the attorneys, 9. don’t mess with me- temposhark 10. die young (deconstructed)- ke$ha

a KeiAki mix i co-made with Bri!! (●′▽‵●) hope everyone enjoys it!

Misogynistic - The hatred or dislike of women or girls. Misogyny can be manifested in numerous ways, including sexual discrimination, denigration of women, violence against women, and sexual objectification of women. Misogyny has been characterised as a prominent feature of the mythologies of the ancient world as well as various religions. In addition, many influential Western philosophers have been described as misogynistic.

 Misandrist - The hatred, dislike, contempt for or ingrained prejudice against men and/or boys. Misandry can be manifested in numerous ways that have their parallel in misogyny including sexual discrimination, denigration of men, violence against men, and sexual objectification of men. Warren Farrell has written of how men uniquely marginalized in what he calls their “disposability,” the manner in which the most dangerous of societies’ jobs throughout history, particularly soldiering, have been performed by men. 

Arguments for Misogyny - In “The Myth of Male Power”, Dr. Farrell argues that patriarchal societies do not make rules to benefit men at the expense of women. Farrell cites many examples to the contrary, such as male-only draft registration not benefiting men at the expense of women; or men constituting 93% of workplace deaths; or being expected to risk sexual rejection, pay on dates, and buy women diamonds. According to Farrell, once married, rules made by men are more likely to lead to men losing children and their home after divorce – what he cites as another example of male disposability. Farrell contends that nothing is more telling about who has benefited from “men’s rules” than life expectancy and suicide rates – and men in both of these categories.

‘In the past quarter century, we exposed biases against other races and called it racism, and we exposed baises against women and called it sexism. Biases against men we call humor.’

Religious studies professors Paul Nathanson and Katherine Young made similar comparisons in their 2001, three-book series Beyond the Fall of Man, which defines misandry as a form of prejudice and discrimination that has become institutionalized in North American society, saying “The same problem that long prevented mutual respect between Jews and Christians, the teaching of contempt, now prevents mutual respect between men and women.”

Arguments for Misandry - According to sociologist Allan G. Johnson, “misogyny is a cultural attitude of hatred for females because they are female.” Johnson argues that:

“Misogyny …. is a central part of sexist prejudice and ideology and, as such, is an important basis for the oppression of females in male-dominated societies. Misogyny is manifested in many different ways, from jokes to pornography to violence to the self-contempt women may be taught to feel towards their own bodies.”

Sociologist Michael Flood, at the University of Wollongong, defines misogyny as the hatred of women and notes:

“Though most common in men, misogyny also exists in and is practiced by women against other women or even themselves. Misogyny functions as an ideology or belief system that has accompanied patriarchal, or male-dominated societies for thousands of years and continues to place women in subordinate positions with limited access to power and decision making… Aristotle said 'Women exist as natural deformities or imperfect males.’

Instances of Misandry - Academic Alice Echols, in her 1989 book Daring To Be Bad: Radical Feminism in America, 1967-1975, argued that radical feminist Valerie Solanas, best known for her attempted murder of Andy Warhol in 1968, displayed an extreme level of misandry compared to other radical feminists of the time in her tract, The SCUM Manifesto. Echols stated,

"Solanas’s unabashed misandry – especially her belief in men’s biological inferiority – her endorsement of relationships between 'independent women,’ and her dismissal of sex as 'the refuge of the mindless’ contravened the sort of radical feminism which prevails in most women’s groups across the country.

Bell Hooks has discussed the issue of "man hating” during the early period of women’s liberation as a reaction to patriarchal oppression and women who have had bad experiences with men in non-feminist social movements, but has criticized separatist strands of feminism as “reactionary” for promoting the notion that men are inherently immoral, inferior and unable to help end sexist oppression or benefit from feminism. 

Instances of Misogyny - All three Abrahamic religions have historically devalued women;

Judaism - In ancient Judea, women were property of men, they had no choice in their husbands, and (though Jewish Talmud suggests otherwise) men could easily divorce women but not women could not leave their husbands for any reason – even abuse.

Christianity - Following in Judaism’s footsteps, Christians did not allow women to be priests; the Bible explicitly states that no women shall teach any man. 1 Timothy 2:12

However, many of the Bible verses cited today to promote misogynistic attitudes were not the words of Jesus, but of Paul of Tarsus (or rather, later edits to his writings). It has been argued that Jesus was not as misogynistic as the religion which was to take his name.

Islam - In the Qur'an, sura 4, Woman, outlines the acceptance of man as the head of the household, and that a man is allowed to have up to four wives if he supports them all equally and if he only marries his second/third/fourth wives for the purpose of supporting them economically. Wives are expected to be obedient, and husbands are allowed to beat them among other problems.

Nazi Ideology - Due to their obsession with physical strength, martial matters, etc. Consequently, they aimed to limit the role of women in society, strongly promoting the traditional gender roles with the slogan “Kinder, Kuche, Kirche.”

Phyllis Schlafly (an example of women who follow misogynistic traits) - thinks that women are only good for being mothers. Troublingly, she also believes that men have the right to rape their wives and her belief in female inferiority is shared by her son Andrew Schlafly who worships her as a goddess.

Philanthropy - Meaning “love of humanity” in the sense of caring, nourishing, and developing “what it is to be human” on both the benefactors’ and beneficiaries’ parts. The most conventional modern definition is “private initiatives, for public good, focusing on quality of life”. This combines the social scientific aspect developed in the 20th century with the original humanistic tradition, and serves to contrast philanthropy with business and government. 

Instances of philanthropy commonly overlap with instances of charity, though not all charity is philanthropy , or vice versa. The difference commonly cited is that charity relieves the pains of social problems, whereas philanthropy attempts to solve those problems at their root causes.

Conclusion - The only ones who seem to have the right idea are Philanthropists. Instead of being of Misogyny or Misandry. Please be of Philanthropy. Help benefit society for societies sake instead of for a specific genders sake because we all have temporary positions here on this world.

My question to anyone reading this post is, “Do you want to leave this world knowing your children will have to fight for issues we couldn’t solve?”