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The Conflict by Elisabeth Badinter – review ›

Badinter’s concern is not to discourage the minority of parents for whom such natural parenting methods prove easy, satisfying and convenient, nor to persuade women against having children at all. Her focus is the woman in the middle, who finds herself subject to the “conflict” of the title: trying to live up to the standards of a culture of “overzealous motherhood” that can require obsessive levels of immersion and self-sacrifice, while simultaneously preserving her own “personal pursuits” – her career, her sex life, her identity as an independent adult woman.”

I think I’ll read this when I decide to have children. The current culture around child-rearing is overwhelming; I identify with this conflicted “middle” woman.

LRB · Mary Beard · The Public Voice of Women ›

While wearing their pretty dresses, they ruined lives. If we’re going to talk about slavery and the people that upheld it, we should talk about everyone… we must take accountability and not hide behind the gentle stereotypes that present day feminists struggle against: women are fully capable of committing acts of savagery, fully able to dehumanize other human beings… The privileges white supremacy afforded were not handed only to men: women accepted (and accept) those benefits that provide them status and wealth.


Beyoncé's super secret album just dropped this morning, causing quite a stir.In one of the songs, “Flawless” she samples Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's TEDx talk on feminism. In the song she says:

We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller

We say to girls – you can have ambition, but not too much

You should aim to be successful but not too successful otherwise you will threaten the man

Because I am female I am expected to aspire to marriage

I am expected to make my life choices always keeping in mind that marriage is the most important

A marriage can be a source of joy and love and mutual support

But why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage and we don’t teach boys the same?

We raise girls to see each other as competitors not for jobs or for accomplishments,

Which I think can be a good thing

But for the attention of men

We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings in the way that boys are

Feminist: A person who believes in the economic, social and political equality of the sexes.

If you haven’t yet, check out Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s interview on Fresh Air for her newest book Americanah. The book also made the NPR best list for 2013.



Joan Crawford in Possessed (1931)

82 years later and it’s still relevant

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Some people say that beauty is a curse. It may be true, but I’m sure I should not have at all minded being cursed a little. And I know several persons who might well say the same. But, anyway, I wish some one would write a book about a plain, bad heroine so that I might feel in real sympathy with her.

Mary MacLane

From I Await the Devil’s Coming: the “shocking, brave and intellectually challenging diary of a 19-year-old girl living in Butte, Montana in 1902.” I am looking forward to reading this!

We are relentless, judgmental with ourselves, and forgiving to others. We never want to be as passive-aggressive as our mothers, never want to marry men as uninspired as our fathers. We carry the world of guilt — center of families, keeper of relationships, caretaker of friends — with a new world of control/ambition — rich, independent, powerful. We are the daughters of feminists who said, “You can be anything” and we heard “You have to be everything.”

We must get A’s. We must make money. We must save the world. We must be thin. We must be unflappable. We must be beautiful. We are the anorectics, the bulimics, the overexercisers, the overeaters. We must be perfect. We must make it look effortless.

Courtney Martin

Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters (2007)

Affection is only one ingredient of love. To truly love we must learn to mix various ingredients—care, affection, recognition, respect, commitment, and trust, as well as honest and open communication. […]

Most of us learn to think of love as a feeling. When we feel deeply drawn to someone, we cathect with them; that is, we invest feelings or emotion in them. That process of investment wherein a loved one becomes important to us is called “cathexis.” In his book* [M. Scott] Peck rightly emphasizes that most of us “confuse cathecting with loving.” We all know how often individuals feeling connected to someone through the process of cathecting insist that they love the other person even if they are hurting or neglecting them. Since their feeling is that of cathexis, they insist what they feel is love.

When we understand love as the will to nurture our own and another’s spiritual growth, it becomes clear that we cannot claim to love if we are hurtful and abusive. Love and abuse can not coexist. Abuse and neglect are, by definition, the opposite of nurturance and care.

bell hooks - all about love, 2000
[*M. Scott Peck - The Road Less Travled, 1978]  (via jenniferbundock)

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“Judge women as people not as wives”

“MAKERS: Women Who Make America” premieres TONIGHT at 8pm. Watch a preview.  


Just saw the Makers documentary on PBS. It was really informative, interesting, and inspiring. There were some issues (they kind of ignored contemporary feminism and the intersectionality of oppression) but I would still urge everyone to watch it. 

A woman from the audience asks: ‘Why were there so few women among the Beat writers?’ and [Gregory] Corso, suddenly utterly serious, leans forward and says: “There were women, they were there, I knew them, their families put them in institutions, they were given electric shock. In the ’50s if you were male you could be a rebel, but if you were female your families had you locked up.

Stephen Scobie, on the Naropa Institute’s 1994 tribute to Allen Ginsberg  (via thisisendless)


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I’m just frozen. Absences of women in history don’t “just happen,” they are made.

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People don’t wanna be compared to the teenage girl; the teenage girl is hated, teenage girls hate themselves. If you listen to a certain kind of music, or if you express your emotions in a certain kind of way, if you self harm, you write diaries, all those kind of activities are sort of laughed at and ridiculed because they’re associated with being a teenage girl. Even just things like being cripplingly self conscious or overly concerned with our appearance, that’s considered like a teenage girl thing and therefore its ridiculous, it’s stupid, it’s not relevant or legitimate, and you know, what we needed at that age was legitimisation and respect and support but all we got was dismissal and ‘oh you’re such a teenage girl.’

Something to think about


Men who want to be feminist allies do not need to be given a space in feminism.  They need to take the space that they have in society and make it feminist.  That’s what women had to do in the first place, and women have fought much too hard for what little space they have to be giving it to men. 

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The goal of feminism is equality. To achieve this, women must be seen as full human beings and rational agents. Discussing a single collective experience, motivation, perception, or behavior true to all women is antithetical to every facet of feminism.



Gloria Steinem [x]

This is completely true. If people have the option to decide WHEN to have children it changes EVERYTHING we are capable of doing in the world. And that scares the shit out of republicans because it means old, white, cis-men aren’t going to have as much power as they used to. That’s why republicans don’t like people of color and would rather ignore systemic racism than try to fix it.



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