howtobebatman Writer for and editorial board member of the Peer sex educator passionate about gender equity, LGBTQA/MOGII issues, public health and rights-based development, intersectionality in feminism, and sci-fi. Majoring in South Asian Studies, Human Rights, and Netflix.
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    I’m tired of talking about feminism to men.

    I’m tired of explaining to men that the feminist movement will, in fact, benefit them as well as women. I’m tired of trying to hawk gender equality like I’m some kind of car salesman showing off a shiny new sedan, explaining all of its bells and whistles. I’m tired of smiling through a thousand thoughtless microaggressions, tired of providing countless pieces of evidence, tired of being questioned on every. Single. Damn. Thing.I’m tired of proving that microaggressions exist, tired of proving that I’m unfairly questioned and asked for proof. For a movement that’s centered around the advancement and empowerment of women, why do I feel like I’m supposed to spend so damn much of my time carefully considering how what I say and do will be taken by men?

    I’m tired of men who insert themselves into feminist spaces with claims of hurt feelings. I’m tired of men who somehow manage to make every issue about them. I’m tired of men like the one who recently stopped by a friend’s Facebook thread in order to call feminism “c*nty”, then lecture the women involved for being too “hostile” in their responses to him. I’m tired of men telling me that my understanding of feminism and rape culture are wrong, as if these aren’t things that I have studied intensely. I’m tired of men who claim to be feminist allies, then abuse that position to their own advantage. I’m so fucking exhausted by the fact that I know that I will have to, at some point in this piece, mention that I understand that not all men are like that. I will have to note that some men are good allies. And all of those things are true! And all of you good allies get cookies! But honestly,I’m tired of handing out cookies to people just because they’re decent fucking human beings.
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    • The monetary cost for a rape victim to receive treatment at a hospital in the United States.




    what the actual FUCK

    I wish I could even be shocked

    Just gonna keep reblogging this


    this is the biggest crock of fucking bullshit i’ve ever fucking seen FUCK

    “but why didn’t you go to the hospital?”

    Oh wow this fucken bullshit

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    Rape is never a joke.

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    Feminism is not about who opens the jar.

    It is not about who pays for the date. It is not about who moves the couch. It is not about who kills the bugs. It is not about who cooks the dinner. It’s not even about who stays home with the kids, as long as the decision was made together, after thinking carefully about your situation and coming to an agreement that makes sense for your particular marriage and family.

    It is about making sure that nobody ever has to do anything by “default” because of their gender. The stronger person should move the couch. The person who enjoys cooking more, has more time for it, and/or is better at it should do the cooking. Sometimes the stronger person is male, sometimes not. Sometimes the person who is best suited for cooking is female, sometimes not. You should do what works.

    But it is also about letting people know that it is okay to change. If you’re a woman who wants to become stronger, that’s great. If you’re a man who wants to learn how to cook, that’s also great. You might start out with a relationship where the guy opens all the jars and the girl cooks all the meals, but you might find that you want to try something else. So try it.
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    Sleep eating Kangaroo.

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    All of this is typical girl-fear. Once you realize that The Exorcist is, essentially, the story of a 12-year-old who starts cussing, masturbating, and disobeying her mother—in other words, going through puberty—it becomes apparent to the feminist-minded viewer why two adult men are called in to slap her around for much of the third act. People are convinced that something spooky is going on with girls; that, once they reach a certain age, they lose their adorable innocence and start tapping into something powerful and forbidden. Little girls are sugar and spice, but women are just plain scary. And the moment a girl becomes a woman is the moment you fear her most. Which explains why the culture keeps telling this story.

    Rookie, The Season of the Witch

    For readings on the correlation in horror between puberty and the monstrous, see:

    (via bluntlyblue)

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    The basis of most arguments against trans people is that we are not who we say we are, that we are always and only the gender that we were assigned at birth. And so much of that is about having a sense of certainty around gender, that when you were born with a certain set of genitalia, then that must dictate your entire life, and the reality is that that’s not true. A lot of people are not comfortable with that, because then that means they have to begin to question who they are.” - Laverne Cox

    She is everything. 

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    "Vancouver School Board Introduces Gender-Neutral Pronouns"

    "Students and teachers in Vancouver can now use the gender-neutral pronouns "xe," "xem," and "xyr." The move is designed to accommodate students for whom "he" and "she" does not fit or is deemed inappropriate…

    "The newly coined pronouns — xe, xem, and xyr — are pronounced to rhyme with the genderless plurals "they," "them," and "their," and all starting with the "z" sound. So phonetically speaking, they’re pronounced "zey, "zem", and "zare.""

    (Source: io9)

    Click here to read the full article.

    the article doesn’t do the issue justice.

    the issue regarded policy change, where the vancouver school board’s (VSB) LGBTQ+ advisory committee re-wrote existing policy to protect staff and students falling on the queer and trans spectrums. 

    the policy revision includes

    -they/them/their and non-traditional pronouns being recognized by the school system

    -required used of preferred names and pronouns by all staff and students

    -preferred names/pronouns on all school records

    -gender-accesible washrooms and change rooms available to those who require them

    -disciplinary action taken against those who act in a discriminatory or hateful manner towards students, staff, and families falling on the queer and trans spectrums


    the consultation was the longest ever done by the VSB, with over 120 speakers spread across 3 meetings. 

    the process also resulting in two school board trustees being ejected form their party’s caucus, due their discriminatory actions and arguments. 

    these are links to stories by vancouver media about the issue


    metro news

    global BC

    huffington post

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    There are very, very few African-American astrophysics PhDs. That’s for a reason. I was doing something people of my skin color were not supposed to do.

    I was stopped and questioned seven times by University police on my way into the physics building,” he explained. “Seven times. Zero times was I stopped going into the gym — and I went to the gym a lot. That says all you need to know about how welcome I felt at Texas.


    Neil DeGrasse Tyson, an anomaly in American science

    Follow policymic

    (via policymic)

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    my therapist taught me to start thinking of my anxiety as my panicky friend

    it’s working???

    this is so cute omg

    Woah this is super useful!!

    For all my anxious friends out there.

    This totally works! Some of us get stuck in the sense that we *are* our emotions, so they overwhelm us and we can’t do anything about them. When you give your emotion an identity separate from you, it gives you the distance to make better judgments about it, and to comfort yourself better. 10/10 therapy veterans would recommend.

    Needed this today.

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