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Feminism Fails #2

Video game characters. Guess what, both genders (yes there’s only 2 genders you attention-seeking dipshits) deal with ridiculous images in games, but typically they ARE obtainable. You know what the secret to that is? Getting off your blister-covered ass and exercising instead of spouting liberal propaganda on Tumblr. The more you fucking know.

Nikki Bella is beautiful.

Brie Bella is beautiful.

Charlotte is beautiful.

Alicia Fox is beautiful.

Paige is beautiful.

Becky Lynch is beautiful.

Emma is beautiful.

Natalya is beautiful.

Sasha Banks is beautiful.

Naomi is beautiful.

Tamina is beautiful.

Summer Rae is beautiful.

Lana is beautiful.

Bayley is beautiful.

Dana Brooke is beautiful.

Eva Marie is beautiful.

Every single woman on the WWE roster, main and NXT, is an amazing, gorgeous, strong women who deserve literally nothing but respect and I absolutely will scream about this until my throat hurts.

FEMALE WORLD LEADERS CURRENTLY IN POWER

“The following is a list of female presidents, prime ministers, and other heads of state who are presently in power as of January 22, 2015.

All data comes care of Rulers.org, WorldStatesmen.org, or Regnal Chronologies.

CURRENT TOTAL: 22 [out of 192 countries in the U.N. - PF]

We are currently living under a record-high number of simultaneous female world leaders.

For several years now, the stable status quo has been around 20 female world leaders at any given time. For much of 2014, the number was 22 — a record high.”

There is a TON of interesting info on the page - check it out here

WILL THE U.S. JOIN THE LIST IN 2016?

NC I just found out my brother has stomach cancer. The same thing my mother died from and they found out the same way my mother found out. With internal bleeding from a ulcer. It’s hard dealing with it. Going through the same thing I went through 11 years ago. And so is my family. Being strong in front my brother is hard. He’s Only 23 I know he’s scared but he’s in great spirit. I’m praying for his recovery.

The symbolic heft of Sarah Robles.

By Lisa Wade, PhD

In May of this year the baseball team at Our Lady of Sorrows, a high school charter in Arizona, was scheduled to play a championship game against Mesa Preparatory Academy.  Claiming a religious tenet forbidding co-ed sports, they forfeited the final game of the season.  Mesa’s second baseman, you see, was a 15-year-old named Paige Sultzbach.

This was not an isolated incident.  In 2011 a high school threatened to forfeit a junior varsity football game unless a girl on the opposing team, Mina Johnson, sat out.  Johnson, a five-foot-two-inch 172-pound linebacker on the opposing team, had “gain[ed] a reputation in the league as a standout junior varsity player”; she sacked a six-foot quarterback in her very first game.

Nevertheless, not wanting to be the cause of a lost opportunity for her team to play, Johnson sat out.  The opposing team still lost to hers 60 to zero, but apparently that was less humiliating than losing to a girl.

In my sociology of gender textbook I discuss the practice of segregating sports by gender.  Both those on the political left and political right tend to think this is a good idea.  Conservatives tend to think that women are more fragile than men, while liberals want women to have the same opportunities.

Ensuring that men never compete alongside or with women, however, also ensures that the belief that men would always win goes unchallenged.  In other words, because we already assume that men would win any competition with women, it is men, not women, who have the most to lose from de-segregating sports.  If women lose, the status quo — believing women are physically inferior to men — simply remains in place.  But if men lose, the assumption of male superiority is undermined.

Women’s participation in non-team sports, of course, potentially challenges these assumptions in a different way.  While some of these sports try to write rules that ensure that women never measure up to men (e.g., body building has a cap on how muscular women can be), others lay these comparisons bare, which brings us to Sarah Robles.  Robles, a weightlifter, out-lifted all Americans of both sexes at last year’s world championships.  “On her best day,” writesBuzzfeed, “she can lift more than 568 pounds — that’s roughly five IKEA couches, 65 gallons of milk, or one large adult male lion.”  You’ll see her at the Olympics in London.  The picture above is her lifting an easy 317 pounds.

The Buzzfeed article focuses on how a main source of revenue — corporate sponsorship — is likely out of reach for Robles.  Companies don’t like to support athletes who challenge our beliefs about men and women.  And Robles certainly does.  She’s proof that women can compete with men, at their own games even, and win.

Thanks to Kari for the tip!

Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.