"I can picture the many uncomfortable subway rides I’ve had in my life. I’m just as nervous being stuck in a subway car with only one or two other people than I am in a packed subway car where there’s the threat of being anonymously groped. The city I call home, Los Angeles, has ample buses and trains. I take them at peak times, when they’re likely to be more crowded. But late at night, they tend to be pretty empty. If I know I’m going to be out late, I almost always opt to drive myself or take a cab. These concerns often don’t show up in surveys of transit riders."
— Will Women Ever Feel Completely Safe on Mass Transit? - The Atlantic Cities (via annfriedman)
"Because we don’t speak about sex, there is no socially acceptable language surrounding it. So the language of porn has jumped in to fill that space, and that’s an issue, because in a male-dominated industry the language of porn is all too often male-generated. The person who coined the term “finger blasting” didn’t have a vagina. The person who coined the term, “getting your ass railed” never got their ass railed. Pounding, hammering, banging… And language matters, because when the only language you have available is abusive and one-directional, in terms of having things done to you, it creates a very weird view of how sex works."
Porn Is Dead, Long Live Sex | VICE United States (via sinshine)
"beat the pussy up"
"tear that ass up"
"smashed that shit"
Porn has created a fucked up mindset and you cannot tell me it hasn’t
It’s not okay when you see nothing but
"MONSTER DICK DESTROYS TEEN PUSSY"
"SLUTS POUNDED FOR HOURS"
There is no intimacy. There is no sensitivity
Just the vagina as a masturbation toy for the penis to use.
Not two or more human beings coming together and actually ENJOYING themselves.
"Commit to loving yourself completely. It’s the most radical thing you will do in your lifetime."
— Andrea Gibson, in this interview with Hooligan Magazine (via girl-bug)
(Source: silencecreptoverme, via butterscotchblondie)
"Of course I’ll hurt you. Of course you’ll hurt me. Of course we will hurt each other. But this is the very condition of existence. To become spring, means accepting the risk of winter. To become presence, means accepting the risk of absence."
— Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince. (via insightful-inspiration)
(Source: wordsnquotes, via butterscotchblondie)
"[tw] Toxic masculinity hurts men, but there’s a big difference between women dealing with the constant threat of being raped, beaten, and killed by the men in their lives, and men not being able to cry."
— Robert Jensen (via quoilecanard)
(Source: jezebeler, via thedemilitarizedfriendzone)
“The bottom line is that saying there are differences in male and female brains is just not true. There is pretty compelling evidence that any differences are tiny and are the result of environment not biology,” said Prof Rippon.
“You can’t pick up a brain and say ‘that’s a girls brain, or that’s a boys brain’ in the same way you can with the skeleton. They look the same.”
Prof Rippon points to earlier studies that showed the brains of London black cab drivers physically changed after they had acquired The Knowledge – an encyclopaedic recall of the capital’s streets.
She believes differences in male and female brains are due to similar cultural stimuli. A women’s brain may therefore become ‘wired’ for multi-tasking simply because society expects that of her and so she uses that part of her brain more often. The brain adapts in the same way as a muscle gets larger with extra use.
“What often isn’t picked up on is how plastic and permeable the brain is. It is changing throughout out lifetime.
“The world is full of stereotypical attitudes and unconscious bias. It is full of the drip, drip, drip of the gendered environment.”
Prof Rippon believes that gender differences appear early in western societies and are based on traditional stereotypes of how boys and girls should behave and which toys they should play with.
Men and Women Do Not Have Different Brains, Claims Neuroscientist (via thegendercritic)
"One of the huge cultural problems we have is we don’t delineate between sexuality, which is normal and healthy and unfolds over the life cycles, and sexualization, or the hypersexualization of our girls."
— Joyce McFadden, psychoanalyst and author of Your Daughter’s Bedroom: Insights for Raising Confident Women in “My Barbies Had So Much Sex. It Was Great." by Ann Friedman. (via fuckyeahfeminists)