Thursday 29th January 2015 @ 2:55 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

GUESS WHO SAT ON A WHEEL. Oh Roller derby. You’re so bad for me. Why can’t I quit you?
(thats days 1 & 2)

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Monday 21st July 2014 @ 3:48 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

quintessence-of-dust:

felicityperhaps:

Kacy Catanzaro: the first woman in history to qualify for Mt. Midoriyama.

I just need everyone to watch this video [x]. She’s a 5 foot, 100 lb gymnast and she beasts through this insanely difficult, heavily upper body focused course like it was her morning jog. The camera keeps cutting to these massive, musclebound men in the audience with their mouths hanging open. 

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Friday 6th September 2013 @ 5:52 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

sarahreesbrennan:

markdoesstuff:

nudityandnerdery:

Seanan McGuire went on a very long, very excellent rant on Twitter this morning, and I felt it deserved to be organized.

why i adore seanan mcguire with every ounce of my heart. i shall provide her with a cookie the next time I see her.

Co-signed. 😉

Reason #4,534,234,098 why I love Seanan McGuire.

I am so bored of the straight white male narrative. I only realised last week that I’ve barely read any fiction that has a straight white male protagonist recently. Bane Chronicles (non-straight, non-white, half-man half-demon). Gallagher Girls series (women. All the awesome women, and some awesome men that support and work with them). Hunger games (Straight, not white despite what the film would have you believe, female). The Miseducation of Cameron Post (non-straight characters of all genders and sexes). The Lies of Locke Lamora (Straight male, textually biracial, possibly white, up for interpretation). Untold (straight, non-white female). Huntress (non-straight, non-white female).

Gotta say, I am very happy with this state of affairs. That’s not to say I’m not a fan of the boys. Good Omens, The Hardy Boys, GENERATION KILL, Thirteen Reasons Why, Feed, Looking for Alaska. Guys are great, but their stories are not my stories. I’ve been brought up by their stories, and it takes a lot for the straight white male narrative to give me something new and interesting (example: Ocean at the End of the Lane, A+)

And now I have to go watch 14 incredible women kick the asses for 14 other incredible women. wftda.tv, oh yes, it’s time for LONDON ROLLERGIRLS vs ROSE CITY ROLLERS AND I HAVE NO IDEA WHO WILL WIN AND I DON’T LIKE IT. LETS GO LONDON AND WOW THIS DEVIATED FROM MY ORIGINAL POINT FAST #DERBY4LYFE

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Friday 6th September 2013 @ 12:58 am : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

thevictimcomplex:

vandulocity:

Can someone please explain to me why the manufacturer of this sex toy thinks that women’s sexy parts are… Not in the same place as mens?

(Not to give TMI, but this is not an especially area-ambiguous sexy-fun-times toy. Like, at all.)

Pause. 

It’s saying that women are ruled by their hearts and men are ruled by their penises. 

If anything, I’d say it offends men more than women. 

I agree, in principal (although both genders should be a at least a bit annoyed by the ‘ruled by heart/penis’ stereotype because a) it’s a stereotype and therefore unlikely to be true in a lot of cases and b) sexual arousal comes mostly from our brains. If it was being accurate that’s where the hearts should be! Biology!) that’s exactly what it’s saying. And if this had more of a link to relationships rather than literally being on the packaging of a sex toy I would agree specifically because not everyone in the world has my take on relationships and sex. That’s cool. But in this case, it’s supposed to be showing that it’s a UNISEX toy. Like, the heart on the dude figure? That’s is where you want to be putting this.

I don’t know about you, but I’m not about to ram anal beads into my chest… Anyone who would use them like that, please send me an ask because I am hello curious 😉

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Monday 29th July 2013 @ 8:47 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

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Friday 12th July 2013 @ 1:04 am : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

hellotailor:

cyberneticrobin:

toxicrants:

androgynous-image:

Genderfuck by Toyota, starring Stav Strashko 😉

Watch the commercial here

Finally androgyns are taken seriously.

I also like the look the model gives the camera like ‘and you were expecting another over-sexualised commercial with a half naked woman for your male viewing pleasure. Mind fuck bitches.’

Stav Strashko: Always winning the award for “person who looks least like their name". I mean, “Stav Strashko" sounds like a Bond villain.

Actually. Can Stav Strashko can be the next Bond villain for realsies, please?

Can we also just take a moment to think about what we (both men and women) haven been trained to think of as “sexy” if it can be so easily confused by a skinny male person in a bikini? And how screwed up that is?

So few women are ever going to look like that past the age of about twelve. Which means, guys, the “beauty” industry is training you to be attracted to either a) pre-teen girls (see also: porn and the rise of the brazilian bikini wax. Also also: statutory rape laws); or b) other men.

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Thursday 20th June 2013 @ 11:45 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

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navalenigma:

shayvaalski:

friendlycloud:

agewa:

“We went to Kineshma, that’s in Ivanovo region, to visit his parents. I went as a heroine and I never expected someone to welcome me, a front-line girl, like that. We’ve gone through so much, we’ve saved lives, lifes of mothers, wives. And then… I heard accusations, I was bad-mouthed. Before that I’ve only ever been “dear sister”… We had tea and my husband’s mother took him aside and started crying: “Who did you marry? A front-line girl… You have two younger sisters. Who’s going to marry them now?” When I think back to that moment I feel tears welling up. Imagine: I had a record, I loved it a lot. There was a song, it said: you have the right to wear the best shoes. That was about a front-line girl. I had it playing, and [his?] elder sister came up and broke it apart, saying: you have no rights. They destroyed all my photos from the war… We, front-line girls, went through so much during the war… and then we had another war. Another terrible war. The men left us, they didn’t cover our backs. Not like at the front.” from С.Алексеевич “У войны не женское лицо”

In the Soviet Union, women participating in WWII were erased from history, remaining as the occasional anecdote of a female sniper or simply as medical staff or, at best, radio specialists. The word “front-line girl” (frontovichka) became a terrible insult, synonimous to “whore”. Hundreds of thousands of girls who went to war to protect their homeland with their very lives, who came back injured or disabled, with medals for valor, had to hide it to protect themselves from public scorn. 

This has always happened in history: Women do something important. Then they get shamed for it (so nobody will talk about it) and it gets erased from history.

And then certain men will say: “Women suck, they’ve never done anything important.”

Look into history and learn that women have played a far greater role then douches (present and past) wanted you to know.

Hey Will (and Jack) I got you something.

So this is important. Let me tell you a story.

All the time I spend debating about women in combat, I’ve picked up on a trend that disturbs me. Supporting or attacking, people are quick to draw on biology, psychology, law, but very rarely – almost never – do I hear about the history of women in combat, and the evidence their service lends to this debate.

Hundreds of thousands of women faced combat in WW2, and on both sides, and on all fronts, and it is a history that has been almost completely erased from contemporary awareness. I have been given arguments about how women can not psychologically handle combat. And about how women in mixed-gender combat units will automatically disrupt group cohesion – the brotherhood, if you will. Both of these assertions are erasure.

Women have not lived in a protective bubble untouched by combat for all of history. Women have been killed, wounded, and captured in combat, and tortured after. We are not living a world where these are hypothetical situations women have yet to prove they can handle. Unfortunately, they have, they can, in the future, they probably will, again and again. Soviet women served as partisans, snipers, tank drivers, fighter pilots, bombers. And more.

Both British and American women served in mixed-gender AA units. I could drag you through several examples of British women performing exemplarilyy despite being wounded, or seeing their comrades die. The Luftwaffe did not discriminate. Between the British and the Americans, it was determined that mixed gender units actually performed much better than all male units, because of teamwork. Because women are better and certain tasks, men are better at certain tasks, and at other tasks they are comparably efficient, and in a team, hopefully, in combat, you let the best do what they are best at. For the most part, they were proud to serve together. 

German propaganda never commented on the British AA units, but they thoroughly smeared the Soviet fighting woman – flitenweiber. People often argue with me that women are a threat to group cohesion because men naturally give women preferential treatment. Which certainly explains why men are more likely to survive shipwrecks. And history shows us that Germans soldiers had no chivalrous compunction when it came to shooting captured Soviet women who were armed.

We’re fed a history of war that almost exclusively features white male figures, most of whom fit into this destructive constructed myth of the soldier that is somehow both chivalrous and charmingly womanizing and who’s sense of brotherhood is unshakably dependent on the band being all man. There is no history of woman at war, none. I hear a lot about how women have no upper body strength, I hear nothing about the Front-Line Female Comrade.

THE WORD FRONTOVICHKA BECAME A TERRIBLE INSULT – are you fucking kidding me? Fuck, that made me cry. At first when I started reading I thought I was reading alernate history fiction. I’m ashamed to be ignorant about this, and full of rage and much worse bitter shame that this history is constantly repressed, suppressed, hidden. WHAT THE FUCK. D: D: D:

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Sunday 14th April 2013 @ 11:51 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

I hate how a majority believe that when a girl’s silent she’s

falling apart

crying inside

over thinking

etc

but

maybe

she’s just picturing porn in her head

^ this

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Saturday 13th April 2013 @ 1:53 am : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

“I could see somebody coming and playing [briefly],” Nill said. “But to do it over a career, it would be awful hard. Just I guess because of size. I think skill-wise, they’re getting up there. Speed, they’re getting up there. But you’re talking men that are 220 pounds, that’s all I worry about.”

People who think like this need to watch co-ed roller derby. Like, Gotham Girls vs New York Shock Exchange, or London Rockin’ Rollers vs Southern Discomfort.

(Fun fact: the ladies won both of those bouts. By a lot.)

Women’s roller derby is different to men’s roller derby. It’s hard to describe, but if you watch a men’s bout and then straight away watch a women’s bout, you’ll see what I mean. 

There’s a photo somewhere of Lady Lazarus taking on (I think) Noise Tank. Lady is, what, 5’2" and looks like a (wonderfully terrifying) stick insect. Noise is about 5’11" and is built like, you guessed it, a very compact tank. I mean, I’ve played him. Boy can hit. And yet he’s the one who ate track. 

NHL is brutal in ways that roller derby isn’t, but I think that a man and a woman trained to the same standard can absolutely play hockey together. But that’s often the problem, isn’t it? Men receive so much more incentive, encouragement and support for sports than women do – it’s incredibly difficult for a lot of female athletes to get trained to the same level as there male counterparts.

Yet again another reason why I love roller derby. 

(But hockey’s fun too)

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Thursday 2nd August 2012 @ 11:42 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

adorabelledearheart:

thedailywhat:

This Is All Kinds Of Right of the Day: Plus-size Vogue cover girl Robyn Lawley, a size 16, is the new face — and body — of popular U.K. lingerie line Boux Avenue. She replaces Strictly Come Dancing star Ola Jordan, a size 10.

Lawley, who stands 6’2”, says she spent much of her younger years battling the scale.

I stumbled across pro-anorexia websites and scoured them for tips. I began starving myself and making myself sick after meals. My mum Janne was concerned but she had no idea how serious the problem was. Plus, I became an expert at lying.

Now 23, Lawley is active in promoting healthy bodyimages among women. She even writes a food blog called Robyn Lawley Eats.

I am delighted to be chosen as the face and body of Boux Avenue lingerie. The brand is striving to promote a healthy body image and their size range reflects this.

[dailymail]

and another white, conventionally attractive, able bodied ciswoman with a flat stomach gets hailed as being “groundbreaking” because her thighs meet or something idek.

sigh.

While this isn’t groundbreaking, exactly, it is unusual. That is both the problem, and immeasurably tiny steps towards the solution (the solution being a world where you can look like whatever or whoever you fucking well want to look like and not be made to feel like a freak).

We can sigh and be disappointed by the fact that things aren’t changing fast enough, or we can look at and celebrate the fact that things are changing. 

In the past inequality has been dealt with in huge sweeping statements: giving women the right to vote, abolishing slavery, legalising gay marriage. People in power – privileged, often ignorant, but well-intentioned people will ask why this isn’t enough. They will moan and resist when we fight for just one more thing. They won’t understand why their grand legislature changes so much, and yet so very little.

We need to look at stories like this and cheer. And then we need to ask ourselves, each other and the rest of the world:

Right then, what’s next?

Because this is the smallest, most fumbling reach for the right direction, and we have so much farther to go.

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I find the comment, “oh, you’ve lost weight” insulting.

Thursday 21st June 2012 @ 2:29 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

No matter how positive the intention behind it.

have lost weight: I weight nearly two stone less than I did pre-knee surgery.

But that’s because I’ve lost most of my muscle tone, which has in turn turned to fat, which weighs significantly less. 

So, yes, I have technically “lost weight”, and I’m pretty damn upset about it.

Give me back my weights, my resistance training, my medicine balls, my kettlebells, my boxing gloves, my derby gear – and I will put all that weight back on and then some more.

And I will start kicking the asses of people who say “you look so good, you’ve lost weight!”

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Tuesday 24th April 2012 @ 10:55 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :


Dean Bradshaw photography for Star Trac Equipment 2012 campaign

Sooooo good!

Fuck. Yes.

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Thursday 8th March 2012 @ 4:00 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

Except you can’t show a topless woman on TV – and you can’t defibrillate a woman in a bra. So victims of heart attacks on TV are *always* male. Did you know that a woman having a heart attack is more likely to have back or jaw pain than chest or left arm pain? I didn’t – because I’ve never seen a woman having a heart attack. I’ve been trained in CPR and Advanced First Aid by the Red Cross over 15 times in my life, the videos and booklets always have a guy and say the same thing about clutching his chest and/or bicep.

And people laugh when I tell them women are still invisible in this world.

distractedbyshinyobjects

re: feministing – for women, heart attacks look different

Things I did not know, but should.

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They put up some awesome billboards in austin a few months ago showing the signs of a heart attack that women will feel. And I know they were effective because I was in the car when mando saw the billboard and said “Man I had no idea women had different symptoms for heart attacks!”

Way to go city of mine 🙂

Even better?  A woman having all the “classic” (read: male) symptoms of heart attack is more than twice as likely to be sent home from the ER than to be checked out, EKGed, and examined.

Because we’re just hormone-addled hysterics.  🙁

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 i do not endorse feministing but factual quote.

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Let’s talk let’s count all the times that my grandma was having mini heart attacks but they sent her home with a diagnosis of severe acid reflux tho… Let’s count em… three. And this was only discovered after the big kahuna heart attack came.

It’s so aggravating especially in my experience, with what i know about how women in my culture are raised, we tend to be able to tolerate far more pain than men because we are taught to grin and bear it. So they can miss me with the hormonal hysterics BS. This bs is why I am talking to the women in my family about advocating for themselves, and advocating for them until they can for themselves.

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WOW.

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REBLOGGED FOR LOVE AND JUSTICE

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woah I had no fucking idea

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reblogging partly because of the feminism, partly because the medical information is so incredibly important that everyone needs to know the difference between the symptoms of male and female heart attacks

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Reblogging because of facts, and because it makes me feel a bit sick that the media’s aversion to boobs could be killing women. Nice. Thanks, TV executives. Thanks a lot.

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Wednesday 7th March 2012 @ 8:14 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

Bash: “Target acquired. Impact in 3.. 2.. 1..”

Brighton Rockers vs London Rollergirls Batter-C-Power

Photo by Richard Hanson

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Thursday 26th January 2012 @ 3:21 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

How cool is this? It’s a documentary about the Brighton Rockers Roller Derby! 

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Sunday 4th September 2011 @ 5:33 am : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

For even the most ardent feminist historian, male or female -citing Amazons and tribal matriarchs and Cleopatra- can’t conceal that women have basically done fuck all for the last 100,000 years. Come on – let’s admit it. Let’ts admit it. Let’s stop exhaustingly pretending that there is a parallel history of women being victorious and creative, on an equal with men, that’s just been covered up by The Man. There isn’t. Our empires, armies, cities, artworks, philosophers, philanthropists,inventors, scientists, astronauts, explorers, politicians and icons could all fit, comfortably, into one of the private karaoke booths in SingStar. We have no Mozart ; no Einstein; no Galileo; no Ghandi. No Beatles, no Churchill, no Hawking, no Columbus. It just didn’t happen.

Nearly everything so far has been the creation of men- and a liberal, right -on denial of it makes everything more awkward and difficult in the only run. Pretending that women have had a pop at all this before but just ultimately didn’t do as well as the men, that the experiment of female liberation has already happened but floundered gives strength to the belief that women simply aren’t as good as men.

CAITLIN MORAN – HOW TO BE A WOMAN  (via anexplosionofthespianhotness)
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Thursday 23rd June 2011 @ 2:26 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

Roller derby enthusiastically celebrates a very healthy idea of sexuality. You’re sexy because you’re strong and athletic, not because you’re underfed and falling all over yourself to please some boy who totally doesn’t even deserve it.

Shauna Cross, author of “Whip It”, the novel. (via ukulelly)
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Monday 18th April 2011 @ 10:44 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

It’s a Jammer sandwich! (that’s ‘Snot Rocket Science, stuck between Jess Bandit and Smack Daddy.) 

Just try to tell me you don’t want to be in the middle of that…

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Monday 29th November 2010 @ 11:13 am : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

Feminism is about choice. Sometimes I think if I repeat that enough, people will get it. This time I’ll let another blogger repeat it for me, since I think she’s spot on:

“ Feminism (at least my brand) doesn’t oppose sexiness, but it opposes compulsory sexiness.

It’s the difference between putting on makeup to look like your slutty fantasy, and putting on makeup to leave the house. Between wearing heels because they make your ass tight and your legs long, and wearing heels because they’re in your dress code. Between smiling at a sexy stranger and having "hey honey, why aincha smiling” yelled at you. Between having sex because your pussy is wet and your muscles are quivering, and having sex because it’s time to put out.

And I’d go further and say it’s also the difference between being a sex worker because that’s a legitimate career option, and being a sex worker because it’s the only way you can eat. It’s the difference between sexified female bodies being used as porn, and them being used as decorations and advertisements. Maybe most importantly, it’s the difference between women being taken seriously when they talk about sexuality, and women not being taken seriously when they’re not sexy enough. “

And I’d add that the opposite is also true. It’s the difference between dressing modestly because it’s comfortable or keeps you warm, and dressing modestly to avoid being jailed or raped because you were "asking for it.” Between liking football and Grand Theft Auto because they entertain you, and liking football and Grand Theft Auto because you don’t want to dare to have stereotypically “girly” hobbies. Between forgoing makeup because you’re too lazy in the morning and forgoing makeup because otherwise you won’t be taken seriously at work. Between choosing nerdy t-shirts because you think they’re funny, and choosing nerdy t-shirts because your friends will heckle you if you wear anything feminine.

Compulsory anti-sexiness is not the solution to compulsory sexiness. There’s not one right way to be a woman.

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