The guy was very fit, not struggling with the slow 11-minute pace the way I was. He stayed beside me or a few steps back. At the corner I sped up and made a right around him. For a little while I though he’d stopped following me. But he had not….
While I’ve never been followed, I definitely put safety at the forefront when running. I find that men like to catcall and/or stare me up and down as I’m running past them. I live in an area where lots of people just hang out on street corners for fun. I cross the street whenever I’m running past a man and that still doesn’t always stop them. I’m not ready to stop running outside because it restores my sanity. It is really telling how entrenched we are in rape culture that something I do entirely for myself is still affected by my concern for safety.
And how hard is it to land even a minimum-wage job? This year, the Ivy League college admissions acceptance rate was 8.9%. Last year, when Walmart opened its first store in Washington, D.C., there were more than 23,000 applications for 600 jobs, which resulted in an acceptance rate of 2.6%, making the big box store about twice as selective as Harvard and five times as choosy as Cornell. Telling unemployed people to get off their couches (or out of the cars they live in or the shelters where they sleep) and get a job makes as much sense as telling them to go study at Harvard.
Why, for example, does a twenty-two-year-old man pursue a sixteen-year-old adolescent? Because he is stimulated and challenged by her? Obviously not. They are at completely different developmental points in life with a dramatic imbalance in their levels of knowledge and experience. He is attracted to power and seeks a partner who will look up to him with awe and allow him to lead her.
Why Does He Do That?: Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men, by Lundy Bancroft (via seebster)
It found that PTSD was diagnosed in 20 to 30 percent of the Vietnam vets (…).The article also reported that PTSD is found in less than 5 percent of the general population - but is found in two-thirds of prostituted women.
Let that sink in - a higher percentage of prostitutes suffer from PTSD than Vietnam vets. May the men that caused this (pimps and johns) be punished, and the women forced to do such work be freed.
Happy 8th of March - accept no prostitution defense bullshit
People might say these are small peanuts, but language is never small. Language shapes how we view things before we even know we are viewing them. How we name something determines how we value it. If women’s last names are consistently absent from history, never passed down, then where is their—our—value?
I have this memory of driving with my mom, sitting in my carseat while my mom explained to me what a maiden name was. She told me all about how some people hyphenate their names and some people take the wife’s name. Good parenting mom. At least for a little while, I thought a husband taking his wife’s name was totally normal, just not what my parents chose. If only it were that ideal.
Eventually somehow I learned that most wives take their husbands names and children get dad’s name. And it gets really complicated when you want to do something different. It is something that my friends and I, as we approach a stage in our lives where this might begin to matter, have a lot of conversations about. If we hyphenate our names, what happens when our kids get married and have kids? If we keep our name, which last name goes to the kids? How do we do that equitably?If we create a new last name, that will erase the history of our families’ names, which can be really important for a lot of families.
It is such a personal decision, but it has such a big impact on women as a whole. It seems like it would be a trivial decision, but names are so important for so many reasons. What would you do?
Putting a song out about trying to shake off traditional ideas of femininity, only to find you are ultimately ensnared in the trappings of womanhood by your own biology, is definitely bold and definitely interesting.
I basically cannot stop listening to this song. The above quite sums up my feelings quite nicely. It also doesn’t hurt that the video is full of some fantastic women showing that women are in fact funny and complex people.
No, not all feminists are lesbians. But if we were, how would that make the fight any less valid? Is our purpose somehow solidified and scaled by how much we are personally invested in men? And if that is so, don’t you know see why we need feminism?
It’s why we launched in Dollar Tree recently. My dad needs to be able to buy this mayo and not even think about whether it is healthy or affordable. Food should be healthier and more affordable for regular people or it won’t even mean anything.
Hampton Creek CEO Josh Tetrick • Discussing why his company chose to introduce its plant-based mayonnaise Just Mayo—which relies on food science to match its egg-based equivalent as closely as possible—to Dollar Tree, a store that sells most of its items for just $1 each. Tetrick’s approach here, inspired by his dad’s own choice to shop at Dollar Tree, is unlike most veggie food companies; he says that’s important, because his goal is ultimately to bring his vegan food substitutes to the mass market. (via titotito)