Nobody told me I had a clitoris. Nobody told me I was capable of having orgasms. For five years I was given “sex education”. It mostly consisted of periods and condoms. It didn’t talk about consent. It didn’t talk about the actual mechanics of sex, about arousal and lubrication and oscillation. It didn’t tell me a single thing about relationships and it didn’t tell me I had a clitoris. I only know now because of the internet. Nobody entrusted with my care and education has ever told me that the female orgasm exists, or about the parts of my anatomy necessary for it. I didn’t find my clitoris until I was eighteen, after six years of active sexuality. That makes me angry.Sex Education, or, What Boys Will Want From You « Frothing at the Brain (via fervours, sexisnottheenemy) (via girvinator)
Another screencap of me on The Colbert Report!
Ahahaha oh my god I was on the Colbert Report last night when he visited Occupy Wall Street in a Che Guevara costume and I didn’t even notice STEPHEN FUCKING COLBERT standing right next to me!
AHHHHHH I WISH I’D JUST SHOWN MY FACE OR SPOKE TO HIM OR SOMETHING.
Lol at Sarah for not realizing it was him either.
MY DREAM OF BEING ON COMEDY CENTRAL HAS BEEN REALIZED, YOU GUYS. So awesome.
If you’re one of the nation’s top “foreclosure mill” law firms—representing Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and Wells Fargo in their attempts to foreclose on homes and evict homeowners—what better way to celebrate Halloween than by throwing a party where everyone comes as a dirty, homeless victim of your practice?
What is perhaps Occupy Wall Street’s most iconic protest signs, as it turns out, was made by a Brooklyn-based journalist — who was promptly fired after her boss saw this photo floating around on the Internets.
I think that Jezebel has really done a number on people. How this publication is regarded as even nominally feminist is beyond me. They do this kind of thing periodically, in true gawker media fashion. They set up an act like this by developing an audience, then they post something they should KNOW will be an anathema, infuriating to that audience, and they do it to generate click through buzz. Putting this article up is a way to make people active and generate views, pure and simple. I have come to view Jezebel as a tool to prime women readers just for opportunities like this.
I remember some of their other guest writers, male, doing other versions of this trick. Like the time they had an article about how in France, women weren’t so uptight about being groped in public, with the implication that it was a flaw in American women to be so outraged by misogynist behavior. Tons of traffic, outrage generated, linked to by other sites, etc.
Jezebel is a complete scam, from the way their comment system works to their view generation strategy. They do throw in some good content to keep the feminist perspective hanging in, but only to set that audience up for a periodical tempest in a teacup, a la the referred piece. I feel quite strongly that relating Jezebel to feminism, by anyone, is helping to craft feminism as a brand, a lifestyle choice, rather than a struggle. And this neoliberal co-option and commodification is harmful to the goals of feminism, for reasons well explored in feminist literature. Sorry to rant, but Jezebel does more harm than good, IMO. I apologize to those who enjoy it; I have read good stuff on there, and they do some good, but to me the cost is too high in view of the overarching goals of the feminist movement.
Oooh, I’ve been trying to figure out why I stopped reading Jezebel a long time ago but this pretty much perfect puts into words what was bothering me about it.
First and foremost, I call shenanigans.
Second, I like how you carefully worded your choice of education. ”Moderately priced” and “in-state”: aka barely accredited (enjoy when you get passed over for every job and/or promotion because someone else has a better education - one that taught not to use phrases like “I got good grades”).
Third, I’m happy that you can spend 30 hours a week working. It must be nice to not have an elderly parent to care for in that time or kids to raise.
Fourth, I’m happy you were able to begin saving for college at age 17. It must’ve been nice not to have any medical bills (maybe you should thank your parents here for having medical insurance) or to have to help your family pay for electricity, water or groceries.
Fifth, it’s cute that you assume everyone has the same opportunities, IQ, and background you do. Sure makes it easier to feel superior, huh?
Sixth, take one fucking sociology class and realize that the system is designed to make people fail — people’s own “bad” choices often have nothing to do with it.
And finally, take your arrogant, privileged white ass and put yourself in the life of somebody born into poverty. I bet you give your precious bootstraps one tug and society will break them in half. Then see if you still believe everything you just wrote.
OMG, THANK YOU for this commentary. When I saw this I was pretty sure this was made up asshattery, but I like the way you debunk this. It still takes privilege for someone to be able to make a sign like this.
Also, can we just say that it is IMPOSSIBLE for everyone to be rich? If everyone was rich then…we wouldn’t be rich. The system is made to have poor and middle class people do shit for the rich people. Rich people perpetuate this false message that “All it takes is hard work to be rich” to try and mollify the masses…but finally we’re angry (and unemployed! and fucking poor!) and are showing WE WON’T TAKE THIS BULLSHIT.
Please check your language! ”moderately priced” and “in-state” does not mean “barely accredited”. I will rep Truman State - my moderately priced in-state alma mater - til I die. It is number one best value in the midwest and was a great choice for me. I still have debt but it isn’t as crippling as it would have been if I went to any of the other schools I wanted to go to.