Rogue Feminist
Here to Ruffle Some Feathers
  • kim-jong-chill:

    i’m just going to leave this here

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  • To be a gamer meant to be part of a small, semi-exclusive club. Gaming was uncommon. It was the domain of the geek, the dweeb, the loser, the basement-dwelling cretin. But to gamers, it was an ivory tower, a community based around a common love and a common sense of “us vs. them”.

    But as time moved on, the “them” suddenly started looking a lot more like “us”. Where gaming used to be the province of the nerd, the proliferation of gaming consoles as media consoles – especially starting with the PS2 and swelling with the Xbox 360 – meant that more and more people were becoming gamers. The jocks who used to give the geeks wedgies and mock them for playing The Legend of Zelda became gamers themselves, scarfing down Call of Duty, Madden and FIFA in record numbers. Women, too, started becoming a more visible and prominent part of the gaming industry. And what does one do when your once-exclusive club becomes less exclusive? You find ways to disqualify people. You marginalize them. You say “they don’t count”. More people play Bejewelled or Candy Crush Saga or Peggle than any AAA console game… but they don’t “count” because they’re “casual” gamers. Women don’t count because they don’t play the right games; they’re playing Sims 4 or Pokemon XY, not Titanfall or Gears of War. Anything to disqualify them. Anything to make sure they don’t “count”.

    Anything to keep the focus on the “us”. The “hardcore” gamers. The “real” gamers.

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  • The irony of this situation is massive enough to develop its own gravitational field. These harassers want Sarkeesian to stop talking about misogyny in video games. So they unleash horrifying misogyny on Sarkeesian herself. To, I guess, make the point that video games are just fine? That misogyny in games is having no broader cultural effect? That there is no problem here? Because this kind of behavior is normal? If I wasn’t half convinced that the men harassing Sarkeesian weren’t in fact actual trolls — like, the kind that live under bridges with only rocks for friends — I would wonder how they’d feel if their mom or girlfriend or wife was receiving the same threats.
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  • These are forms of male aggression that only women see. But even when men are afforded a front seat to harassment, they don’t always have the correct vantage point for recognizing the subtlety of its operation. Four years before the murders, I was sitting in a bar in Washington, D.C. with a male friend. Another young woman was alone at the bar when an older man scooted next to her. He was aggressive, wasted, and sitting too close, but she smiled curtly at his ramblings and laughed softly at his jokes as she patiently downed her drink. ‘Why is she humoring him?’ my friend asked me. ‘You would never do that.’ I was too embarrassed to say: ‘Because he looks scary’ and ‘I do it all the time.’

    Women who have experienced this can recognize that placating these men is a rational choice, a form of self-defense to protect against setting off an aggressor. But to male bystanders, it often looks like a warm welcome, and that helps to shift blame in the public eye from the harasser and onto his target, who’s failed to respond with the type of masculine bravado that men more easily recognize.

    Why it’s so hard for men to see misogyny (via ethiopienne)

    BOOOM.  Read this if you are a dude, please.

    (via geekyjessica)

    Yesssssss.

    (via quothtehblackbirdnevermoar)

       
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  • caong:

misandry-mermaid:

genderlessalien:

misandry-mermaid:

Cat calling in a nutshell (via Huffpo)

Possible causes for such a situation to happen.
a) “Catcaller” was asshole
b) “Catcaller” didn’t know how to communicate with people
c) Facial expressions may have caused “Catcaller” to be triggered.
d) Victim didn’t like to take compliments (Being called beautiful is not sexually suggestive and thus isn’t really a catcall) and didn’t thank for a simple compliment, leading to an enraged reaction from the “Catcaller”. 
e) Victim was an asshole and did something in the silence. 
f) “Catcaller” was under the influence of a substance

1. Fuck
2. You

3 of those are victim blaming, and the other 3 are excusing someone for catcalling based on their personality or use of drink/drugs. It’s shit like this which normalises catcalling, all this bullshit like “WELL THEY WERE X” or “YOU WERE DOING X” and therefore it’s a-okay. No, fuck you.

    caong:

    misandry-mermaid:

    genderlessalien:

    misandry-mermaid:

    Cat calling in a nutshell (via Huffpo)

    Possible causes for such a situation to happen.

    a) “Catcaller” was asshole

    b) “Catcaller” didn’t know how to communicate with people

    c) Facial expressions may have caused “Catcaller” to be triggered.

    d) Victim didn’t like to take compliments (Being called beautiful is not sexually suggestive and thus isn’t really a catcall) and didn’t thank for a simple compliment, leading to an enraged reaction from the “Catcaller”. 

    e) Victim was an asshole and did something in the silence. 

    f) “Catcaller” was under the influence of a substance

    1. Fuck

    2. You

    3 of those are victim blaming, and the other 3 are excusing someone for catcalling based on their personality or use of drink/drugs. It’s shit like this which normalises catcalling, all this bullshit like “WELL THEY WERE X” or “YOU WERE DOING X” and therefore it’s a-okay. No, fuck you.

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  • Me: I'm autistic and I need help coping with a thing.
    Google: Here's links on how to make your preschool-aged autistic child do this thing whether they want to or not.
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  • auxiliaryanimorphs:

    alright so ive seen this compilation post, uploaded by batmanisagatewaydrug around a million fucking times and i’m reuploading it instead of giving it more notes because it’s already at like 220k or something ridiculous like that and i’d just like to say

    1.  theroguefeminist isnt exactly known for phrasing things well & is not always well liked among sj people. what i think they were trying to say is that it’s important to recognize valid parts of people’s identities, as the original post seemed to endorse the “I don’t see you as (x)” sort of mentality
    2. i call bullshit on the messages. OP just wanted notes at the expense of feminism
    3. thebitterfrenchcanadian’s faq confirms that this is a joke and you are all gullible
    4. wolfstirfry’s sidebar says ‘that post was a joke’ on it
    5. it’s not anyone’s responsibility to educate people who are hurting them, and the commenter was making the point that OP was unlikely to have experienced that
    6. troll anon. see use of vuv and incorrect understanding of cultural appropriation
    7. emeralddragoness has deleted but honestly i think this boils down to what a person is comfortable with themselves and OP was rlly rude in response
    8. troll anon again
    9. the way this is full of buzzwords and the cutesy emote at the end makes me think its a troll post although dating, as it doesnt exist in nature, is technically a social construct (not that that’s a bad thing)
    10. this was posted by a literal neo-nazi white supremacist, formerly known as sophia-kaminski. she’s literally the furthest thing from social justice you can get. also, a note to the commenter, race is not just skin color

    conclusion: tumblr is gullible as hell and will take any excuse to hate minorities who are sticking up for themselves

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  • alienpapacy:

    haramasfuck:

    What really saddens me is that this has become so popular. Look past the ignorance of the white man, look past the disrespect and look past the misconception.

    This is the true beauty of Afghanistan, my home country.

    These are only some examples of the true beauty of Afghanistan. What you see above is simply the result of the western imperialism, western intervention in places that the west has no right to be.

    A message to the (mostly US) outside forces “working” to better a country whose destruction is significantly at the hands of those who are “helping” it: get out. 

    besides the obvious racism and disrespect and imperialist condescension of this soldier’s stuff, there’s this idea of him being inconvenienced/bothered (at most annoyed) by Afghanistan’s appearance when he’s in the country as an occupier that just grinds my teeth

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  • cyber-butterfly:

    collababortion:

    kittydoom:

    salon:

    We dare you to say we don’t live in a rape culture.

    Amazingly, not The Onion:

    “[W]e now have young men telling Bloomberg News that they basically view their female peers as rape bombs just waiting to explode and ruin their lives.”

    I REPEAT: THIS IS NOT THE ONION

    WOWWWWWWW FUCK THIS

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  • desi-girl-problems:

    He called on parents to take responsibility for their sons’ actions, saying parents must teach their sons the difference between right and wrong.

    "When we hear about these rapes our heads hang in shame," Mr Modi said.

    "Young girls are always asked so many questions by their parents, like ‘where are you going?’. But do parents dare to ask their sons where they are going?" he asked.

    Those who commit rape are also someone’s sons. It’s the responsibility of the parents to stop them before they take the wrong path,” he added.

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    Okay, say what you want about him, but this is a big deal. This is Prime Minister Modi’s first Independence Day address since being elected. And instead of using this time to talk about Pakistan, like every other Independence Day speech in the past, he stood up there and talked about INDIA’s need for improvement. And amongst his topics, he talked about rape.

    And he didn’t describe it as “accidental” or “boys making mistakes”, and he didn’t state that women need to “dress more dignified”, all of which have been said by other Indian politicians. For once, we’re hearing someone put the blame on the rapist, and actually calling out parents to raise their sons properly. Like everyone else, I’m still hoping Modi isn’t another PM who is all talk.

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