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Two twenty-something feminists fighting patriarchy one blogpost at a time

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What It's Like To Run While Female

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.

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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 Don’t the Unemployed Get Off Their Couches?" and Eight Other Critical Questions for Americans (via seriouslyamerica)

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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)

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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.

Vednita Carter

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

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"sex work is a job like any other"- no, it’s not (via plansfornigel)

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What Happened When We Gave Our Daughter My Last Name

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?

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Jenny Lewis Combines Gender-Bending and Female Stereotypes in 'One of the Guys'

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.

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lennydonttouchthat:

The abuse of disabled children is generally not looked on as ‘abuse’ but as ‘desperate parents.’

This includes the social workers who could revoke custody rights, the judges who give light sentences and the prosecutors who don’t push as hard as they can.

The abuse and even murder of disabled children is government-sanctioned.

At least in my state, judges are the ones who revoke custody rights; social workers can only recommend it. But, everything else is on point.

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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)

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