“I think a lot of people are still looking for a singular definition of feminism that will represent everyone and meet everyone’s needs. I don’t think this exists. Sometimes I’ll read critiques of events like SlutWalk or people like Naomi Wolf and the complaints will be that not everyone’s viewpoint or understanding is being represented. Well, duh. Womanhood (whatever that is) is a diverse experience. To try to encompass it in a single comment would be grossly reductive. I think we need to move away from feminism as a platform and start thinking of it as a discourse. More than one person can be right. What feminism means is highly contingent on personal experience.”—Jamie Keiles
The event demonstrated that a commitment to banning all abortion, even in cases of rape, incest, and threats to a woman’s health, is now the normative position among the party’s presidential contenders.
“And while the whole woman-on-a-pedestal thing is often shrouded by ideas of romance, it’s anything but. Because notions of pedestals and chivalry operate under the assumption that women are inferior. While holding women up to high standards may not immediately seem like it’s degrading … What it’s actually doing is saying that women are children, not fully formed people. We have to be protected. We have to be coddled. We have to be treated with kid gloves.”
“He showed the words “chocolate cake” to a group of Americans and recorded their word associations. “Guilt” was the top response. If that strikes you as unexceptional, consider the response of French eaters to the same prompt: “celebration.”—
“Why do TV producers think it’s “empowering” to put women in a skimpy outfit? NBC’s The Playboy Club and ABC’s Pan Am and Charlie’s Angels all sang that tune with varying degrees of failure. The creators and stars of each show promised “modern women” who “were really free and in charge of their lives.” In truth, Playboy Club’s lead Bunny relied on a man to overcome a crisis; Pan Am stewardesses got to travel the world — by serving refreshments (and affairs) to passengers; and no matter how you reboot it, Charlie’s Angels is essentially about three scantily-clad women following the orders of a dude named Charlie. It’s one thing to reinterpret an era for television, but to tout the shows as being pro-women is ridiculous.”—TV Guide, The Worst of 2010 (via tristanisagaywerewolf)
Describe any abuse you saw going on during a porn production.
RM: I watched a girl get slapped by her boyfriend hard enough to break her jaw. It made me want to rip his head off. Once I was with a girl getting gang banged in her mouth, vaginally, and anally while she vomited all over us. I had feces on my penis and vomit on my face and they still wanted us to keep going at it while she was limp and fainting. The director wanted the money shot or he would have to call us all back for another day. Do it or don’t get paid. That’s the mentality of the porn industry.
A member of UVM’s Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity recently sent a survey to his brothers, in which the final question listed was:
“If you could rape anyone who would it be?”
This egregious expression of rape culture is only the most recent example of systemic sexism at UVM. The past year alone has witnessed rape, multiple sexual assaults, and anti-abortion chalking in public spaces. While the university administration has laid off long-time Women’s and Gender Studies faculty and supported sexist institutions like Sigma Phi Epsilon, it has refused to take concerted action to combat sexism and rape culture. We demand that instead of diverting resources into vast salaries for its administrators, UVM should launch an aggressive campaign against sexism and rape culture, and it should expand institutions such as Women’s and Gender Studies and the Women’s Center at UVM. Furthermore, UVM must immediately disband Sigma Phi Epsilon. An institution that discusses who it wants to rape has no place at UVM or in the Burlington community.