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That awkward feeling when you realize that, no matter what it is, someone will get off to it.
I’m certain there is someone who gets off to this.
I would like everyone who thinks feminism is stupid to take a good, long look at this image:
How about this picture? Why does it have more thumbs down than up? Because people do not respect the fact that rape is a horrible, horrible thing that should not be joked about, and apparently thinking that makes you “too sensitive.”
Read the comments on this image and I think you will see how little people understand about what women are trying to say and how these things make them feel. You will see that I am not grasping at straws or making this up. I have read nearly every comment in here, and about 80% of them disgust me due to their stupidity, ignorance, and insensitivity. Those who actually make positive, reasonable statements get downvoted, and anything that hurts the narrow minds of bigots too much is deemed “wrong.”
These are not outdated issues. These are very current problems, and yes, sometimes it seems like those who are attacking women are in the minority, but if you look closely there are attacks on women everywhere in the media and in society. You think you’re so clever, but the proof is in the pudding. Look at these comments. Which ones have negative ratings? The ones that actually support legitimate feminism. And who gets the thumbs up? Fucking sexists who think this is a joke, who think that it is okay to devalue and invalidate women as human beings.
Just read some of the comments on here invalidating women’s issues. This one reads, “I need feminism because I hate human nature and I want to force everyone to change until I do.” So, it’s just human nature for boys to be abusive towards girls? It’s totally normal and we shouldn’t bother trying to change it?
Or this image. Yes, other women have worse problems to deal with but that does not mean that the way this girl is treated is okay. It’s not okay for people to tell her that she should give up on pursuing her interests in education or a career in exchange for letting some lucky guy have lots of sex with her.
This one seems to claim that societal pressure on women to get married and have children, and being called selfish or undesirable if they choose not to, is not a problem. People are still under the delusion that a woman’s body is not her own, that it is not her choice what to do with it, and if she decides she doesn’t want to bring more humans into existence, she is a bitch who doesn’t care about anyone but herself and is going against the natural order of life. (cont.)
Or when you tell women that they need to shave their legs or starve themselves or get a thigh gap in order to be beautiful. Not everyone is skinny. Stop teaching girls that there are only a few desirable body types; every body can be beautiful if the person inside it has a kind heart and a confident mind, and I don’t care how fucking stupid that sounds. Because when you tell girls that they need to be skinny or curvy or whatever, they develop complexes. “My belly sticks out too far. My boobs are too small. My thighs are too fat. My legs are too short. I’m ugly.”
They lose the ability to be confident in themselves, because they are being taught the part of themselves they are presenting to the world is unattractive and undesirable, that they are unattractive and undesirable. “If your outside is so bad, why should we care about anything on the inside? Why should we care about your opinions or your happiness or your rights?” And so they keep quiet, and suffer in silence, and any time someone hurts them they tell themselves they deserve it.
These girls are not just “whiny bitches” trying to get the internet to feel sorry for them. They are girls and women who have feelings and rights that are being infringed upon and sometimes it feels like nobody cares. It sickens me so very much to see how many people would pass off these issues as a joke. It’s not funny, it’s not okay, these comments right here are the reason why we need feminism.
To anyone who dares to invalidate women’s issues, I would like to give a great FUCK YOU. Just because women in western nations aren’t being immolated for seeking education, or imprisoned for their own rapes, does not mean that their struggles are any less legitimate.
The problems that women must face are very real, and they are all very self-reinforcing. It’s an endless negative feedback loop when you tell women to quit whining about problems that don’t really matter, when we tell them that their voices are not important, that the issues they are describing are either contrived or their own faults.
Yes, some women do over-exaggerate every little way in which “society” mistreats them, but that does not mean women do not face adversity or that their problems are fabricated. For instance, the emphasis on beauty is highly damaging to women when it results in statements like, “You’re so pretty, why are you wasting your time getting a PhD?” Because we all know that really means, “An attractive woman like you should give yourself up to a life under the control of a man, because any man would love to have sex with you; don’t bother focusing on your interests, education, or career!” (cont.)
Furthermore, that anyone can look at a case of rape and not think the perpetrator should be punished severely for his crime sickens me to my core. That someone could not understand why rape is such a horrendous atrocity or why women “get so upset about it” makes me want to claw at my face, because I am certain that the world is ending when legal loopholes and societal double-standards say it is okay for a man to do anything like this to a woman (or another man, because that is equally as terrible; but the standard comes from the idea that it is acceptable for men to physically dominate, abuse, and overpower women, and as long as we keep teaching our young boys that being rough is the only way for them to show affection, this will continue).
Yes, while rape is clearly frowned upon and largely illegal, do you have any idea how difficult legal proceedings can be for a rape victim? First of all, when reporting rape, the cops do everything they can to make you, the victim, feel like a criminal.
Next, actually getting an arrest on the perpetrator is extremely difficult, especially if it was someone you knew. I’m sure you’ve all heard about the case in Cali where a sleeping woman got raped by her boyfriend’s brother. The man did not have to pay for his crime, because apparently it is not illegal to impersonate a woman’s boyfriend in order to have sex her.
Also the case in that small town, I don’t recall the location off the top of my head, wherein a high school football team raped a drunk girl at a party, even taking pictures and videos and acting like they were the coolest guys in the universe for it. And yet those boys still get treated like heroes and the girl gets called a dumb slut for getting drunk and “letting” it happen. No one has called them out, no one has said, “Hang on, what you did was absolutely reprehensible; you are not cool, you are not noble, and you do not have the right to do that to a girl’s body. You did this, this is your fault, not hers, and you are the ones who should face punishment.”
Here’s the thing. When we’re younger, guys tease and push girls. Everyone laughs it off: “Oh, that’s how he shows he likes you!” “Boys will be boys.” But what we are really saying is that it is acceptable for males to abuse females, that when they get older they should continue that behavior in order to get girls’ attention.
What of the boy who pushed the girl off the swing set in grade school? When he gets to high school, do you think he is going to care when the drunk girl at the party tries to say no? When he gets married, do you think he is going to care when he hits his wife until she bleeds?
That is what we are teaching our boys when we reinforce this kind of behavior, that it is perfectly normal to treat women this way. That it’s just human nature for men to dominate women, and we are teaching them this from the moment they are children. How can you read this and not understand how much of an issue this is?
Hey guys, am I doing it right?
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