why aren't people appreciating this post

nobodiesbaby-deactivated2015092  asked:

Free bleeding is utilized by women that recognize their cycle and feel comfortable with going out. Tampons and pads are expensive, you're demonstrating classism. No one is literally blowing chunks out of their vagina. Women tend to wear thick underwear or normal underwear when they know it's light. Period blood isn't toxic waste periods aren't scary. Educate yourself before you begin making posts on this.

I’m just gonna shut this down.

I appreciate the fact that period blood is not toxic waste or anything to be ashamed of. However, allowing period blood to spill on to other materials and potentially onto surfaces that other people will touch is unhygienic. Why do you think they have to stop sports events whenever somebody spills blood on the floor? Why shouldn’t you use another person’s needle when injecting drugs? Freebleeding has the potential to spread HIV, Hep B, Hep C, and other blood-borne diseases and pathogens. I’m not demonstrating classism. I agree that tampons and pads should be cheaper so that the most poor women can afford them, and I know that this is a problem for women in other countries, particularly in Africa where women often had to drop out of school because their periods made them miss too many class days because they would have to sit in a special tent for women who had their periods until it was over. And you see, they weren’t even freebleeding. Indigenous women and early europeans made their own tampons. Now that we have more technologically advanced, sterile objects that make our lives easier, why shouldn’t we use them? 

And yes, sometimes women do, in fact, blow chunks out of their vagina. You’re seriously telling me you’ve never had to deal with clotted period  blood before? 

P.S. I hope you know that this whole rise in the “popularity” of freebleeding is due to a bunch of trolls on 4chan trying to make fun of feminists.

vintagelespionage  asked:

Hi Liam, I was wondering if you could help me understand something. I struggle to understand culture appropriation sometimes (I'm a white scottish female) because I don't really feel like I have much of a culture, the closest thing would be wearing kilts, old scots literature, ceilidh dancing ect. but if say an American were to do any of these things I wouldn't be offended. I suppose we Scots aren't often oppressed for these things so does that mean it doesn't count? I saw a post recently (cont)

(cont) about white girls wearing bindis and the girl was mad because we haven’t had to ‘take any of the oppression for that’ which is true in most cases. But then shouldn’t people wear whatever they want? If it’s not on your body then why does it bother you, y’know? People wear rosary beads and crosses as a fashion statement and it doesn’t bother me. This is when I fear I start to sound very ignorant and so would appreciate your say so I’m not a complete asshole and don’t even know why :)

It’s good that you’re worried about feeling ignorant and are seeking to correct this, rather than choosing to stay uninformed. So good on you for that!

I in no way claim to be super well-informed on this, and as a whitecishetmale am probably not the best person to ask? But I’ll do my best and leave the floor open for people to correct me, and recommend you keep an eye on the notes for better info from others.

The big problem with cultural appropriation, and why it’s not really considered an issue for us, is the institutionalised oppression associated with cultural adornments like bindis, burqas, etc. While South Asian people get abused and oppressed for wearing symbols of their faith and beliefs (especially amidst Western culture), white people get praise for wearing ~alt fashion~ and it’s pretty gross. Living in Scotland, you probably know someone who at least once has referred to a bindi with the term “P*ki dot”. I have. While disgusting slurs like this are still being used by white people, there is no justification for some to also decide it’s now something they’d like to have for themselves. It’s parasitic and weird and confusing wow

Appropriation of symbols of Christianity can’t be compared, especially in a Western civilisation, because they have little to no history of oppression behind them. It doesn’t bother you that crosses are worn as a fashion statement because people don’t, or very very very rarely, get beat up on the street for wearing one. You’ve probably never been made fun of on a playground for having one. They just aren’t comparable.

A culture is a shared experience. History, belief, upbringing, prosperity, and especially hardship are all a part of that. If you come from another background and adopt parts of that culture without experiencing all of these facets (especially as a fashion statement), that’s appropriation. Sometimes it’s beneficial! Sometimes it’s problematic, other times it’s straight-up racist. But that is for people of that culture to decide, not the people who just want to wear pretty forehead jewellery.

I don’t know if this was the post you’re already referring to but I’m gonna redirect you to this post that my friend Vondell recently reblogged for reference, because it displays a really important perspective about that idea of the way these symbols are treated in a Western society

Also something that can be applied to this discussion is this thread posted by my friend Marina, about white people’s use of the n-word, as it contains some great points about institutionalised oppression and white people’s unnecessary need to control facets of a race

Again, this is all just stuff I’ve picked up, so anyone please feel free to correct or develop on anything you see here!

ventdelanuit-deactivated2015071  asked:

Thank you for agreeing to delete the post created by a TERF. I'm not sure why people are getting angry over this, but I know those of us who aren't transphobic sure do appreciate it. :)

this blog exists to support food community for all people! if a trans person feels marginalized or excluded or afraid to participate, we are not staying true to our mission statement