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Something I found on tumblr:

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Feminist accomplishments, I am so proud…

I saw on tumblr a link to this page that praises “23 Inspiring Feminist Digital Campaigns That Changed the World”.

That, of course, made me curious. What is it, that feminists can be proud of?

Lets sort them into categories, shall we…

1. Ruining the career of or financially harming a man who said something the femosphere does not agree with.
1. Lululemon’s chairman stepped down
3. Reebok to drop Rick Ross
6. kicked Ken Cuccinelli’s butt
9. Rush Limbaugh lost a lot of cash

2. Ordinary Lobbying and Bullying
4. [get] iTunes to get rid of this really creepy app
8. Go Daddy stopped [advertising to their target-market]
10. Wendy Davis’ pro-choice fillibuster
11. Susan G. Komen reversed its decision to stop funding Planned Parenthood
17. BareMinerals stopped using [original ideas] to sell products
19. An ethics committee examined a judge [for not sticking to the law]
22. The ACLU is marrying five gay couples in states where same-sex marriage is illegal (see 19.)

3. Promotion of Censorship
18. Facebook was forced to take rape seriously
21. At the request of feminist activists, Twitter brought back the block button

12. Disney pulled t-shirts that assumed girls can’t be heroes
14. Harrods’ pulled sexist children’s books telling boys how to be “clever” and girls how to be “gorgeous”
16. Amazon stopped selling t-shirts

4. Advancing female-only interests and ignoring everyone else’s.
2. ‘SNL’ (finally) hired an African-American woman
7. A crowd-sourcing map now tracks sexual assaults in Syria
13. The president addressed the epidemic of sexual assaults on campuses
23. UN women revealed the alarming rate of sexism left in the world

5. er … so what?
5. GoldieBlox aired one of the first feminist ads in Super Bowl history
15. England’s 10£ note now features feminist hero Jane Austen
20. The fearless women behind Idle No More got indigenous issues on the map

Sigh.

These actions surely and truly will make the world a better place.
For some.
Perhaps.
Probably not.

I am so proud.

Another example for “feminism ruins everything”: Linux

Life in the OpenSource world before and after feminism, as seem by a female:
Girls and Software | Linux Journal.

Most of all, I’m disappointed. I had a haven, a place where no one cared what I looked like, what my body was like or about any ephemera—they cared about what I could do—and this culture shift has robbed me of my haven. At least I had that haven. The girls who follow me missed out on it.

I remember in those early days, in my haven, if someone was rude or tried to bully me, the people around me would pounce with a resounding “How dare you be mean to someone we like!” Now, if a man behaves badly, we’re bogged down with a much more complex thought process: “Did this happen because she’s a woman?” “Am I white knighting if I step in?” “Am I a misogynist if I don’t?” “What does this say about women in technology?” “Do I really want to be part of another gender politics mess?” It was so much simpler when we didn’t analyze so much, and just trounced on mean people for being mean.

Feminism in times of anarchy

OK, not full anarchy. It still gives you an impression, though.

In Philadelphia some robbers target women and their handbags.

A woman is quoted:

Where are our men? Why are they not protecting us?

and

Men are failing us. I feel as though we are not being protected.

I wonder if these “men” are the same that she needs as much as a fish needs a bicycle, the ones whose relevance in society is vanishing, the ones whose problems, if discussed, are considered garbage.

A ‘political consultant’ is quoted:

When women get pissed, they get things done.

You know what it is that they get done?

urging them to gather with her at 9 a.m. Saturday (…) to call on city officials and also on their communities to protect them

The thing they get done is to nag.

The female contribution to civilization: nagging.

The same ‘political consultant’:

He pointed out that the old code of the streets, that thieves don’t hurt women and children, is no longer honored.

“This new generation, they don’t have a clue,” Glenn said disgustedly.

Don’t these thugs understand the word “Equality”? It means, that it is sort of OK to kill men, but not women!

And Thursday, a man was shot chasing men who snatched his girlfriend’s purse.

The Knight in Shining armour survived. Good for him. I wonder if he’ll try to re-polish it.

More #ineedfeminism nonsense

I came across this site today while wondering if my post yesterday was exhaustive enough…

I feel like some snarky comments, forgive me.

Isn’t that exactly the strategy of feminists?

Why? I still haven’t heard a single valid reason.

What a pity it doesn’t teach grammar. “it defines myself” -.-
At least this is believable. What else could there possibly be to give any definition to these … ahem .. personalities?

Why do I have the feeling she is one of those who don’t tip when the pizza is 5 minutes late?

Act in such a way that you treat humanity, whether in your own person or in the person of any other, never merely as a means to an end, but always at the same time as an end.

What does feminism have that Kant doesn’t have?

Feminism is really up there correcting our priorities.

Anarchy!! Wheeee. Lovely. Why aren’t catcallers allowed to behave however the hell they want?
What? It’s more complicated than you thought? Well, I’ll never.

It isn’t.
Unless you try to participate in the pissing-your-name-in-the-snow competition.
Or are you saying that feminism has the power to abolish all profiling and pre-judgement according to group? I wonder when they’ll start.

Dogs, mice and birds. Tell them that.

Yes, you are. Not as pretty, but just as awesome. The amount of awe: tiny.

By that logic, wouldn’t women need the MRM to become fully human?

Indeed. Ridiculous. They could instead start arguing about men’s reproductive rights. Which don’t exist. As opposed to women’s. Who have extensive reproductive rights. Equality! Feminism’s watchword.

Lefty: There is no rape-culture. SUCCESS. You can stop supporting feminism.

Righty: What did you actually do to “deserve” that?

No, they earn more.

Awwww. An honest one. Not equality or some such bullshit. Just your common or garden egoist. If she needs feminism to get a job her qualifications can’t be that good…

Wait… Women have a clitoris … because of feminism?!? I didn’t know that.

Why not? That’s the normal way expectations work. When almost all members of a group proclaim that they hate doing x the rare member of that group who enjoys doing x and is good in it will surprise people.

Feminism will change the way minds work? Awesome. How will it do that?

Does feminism provide the best psychotherapists? My brain hurts.

How will feminism ever fulfill all those expectations?

Occasionally I prefer reading through the “I need feminism” tag on thumblr to doing actual work. So, too, today.

With most statements I wonder: “How is feminism going to achieve that?”

I see two solutions:
– enforce a quota among female authors that no more than, say, 15% of their books are allowed to be on topics that don’t interest boys.
– force boys to read books they don’t give a shit about.

Feminism, a force for a better world, I can see that 🙂

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i need feminism because all the media seems to be covering is the fact that taylor swift said “fuck”, and that miley cyrus’s performance was “trashy”. meanwhile, robin thicke, a married father, ground up against miley onstage, and everyone finds it a okay because he’s a man.

Ah, the famous double standard. It is easy for women to get sex. It is hard for men to get sex. It is hard for a woman to get commitment. If sex is scarce, it is one thing she can barter with.
Soooo, what will feminism do to change this situation?
They could try to change women so they don’t want commitment. Good luck with that.
They could try to change men to give commitment without getting anything special in return. That is work-in-action and increasingly failing. So it won’t work before women are convinced enough of its success that stop slutshaming.
They could convince ALL women to give away sex so freely that ALL men get all the sex they want. Bonobo society. Sex is not constrained to relationships and everyone has it with everyone else. Thus relationships would form for entirely different reasons, like people enjoying to talk to each other. Not very many relationships, but you can’t have everything 😉

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People don’t know the difference between feminism and misandry

Not all, but many feminists have misandric convictions. Having more of them will convince men that misandry ain’t real?
Is is that supposed to work?

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or, to paint the entire picture:

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This is a tricky one.
What will feminism do?
Find a way to abolish guilt? No matter what you do, you won’t feel guilty?
Establish at last the ultimate moral canon so that it becomes completely unambiguous what you should be ashamed about and what not? AFAIC that is what some feminists are trying. Quite a simple canon, too: What females do is OK, always. What males do is only OK if a female directly benefits from it. So far no one is adopting these simple rules. I wonder how feminism will force people to do so.
Or… will feminism teach women to take responsibility for their actions and own their feelings? Will feminism educate her that, if she actually feels guilty, at least part of her thinks she did something wrong, too? So, if she doesn’t want to feel guilty she shouldn’t do something she isn’t OK with?
Or will feminism teach her to grow a spine so that she is emotionally capable to defend her own values against those of others?

I don’t think that is the idea of the girl behind the paper.

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Oh good, this one is easy. Feminism will see to it that being an annoying bitch is the norm. Then people won’t notice it anymore. And she will be able to express her o p i n i o n s without anyone seeing any difference to all the other women.

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The first part is really difficult. How will feminism change the biological hardwiring of what people find sexually atttractive?
Ah, my mistake. She is talking about “beautiful” which is not necessarily the same thing.
But what is considered “beautiful” even though it is not according to nature’s rules (like Youth, the Golden Ratio or Safety/Home)?
Perhaps scarcity helps? So, feminism will make all women always present themselves perfectly made up so that a rare picture of a not-made-up girl will get attention?

I don’t think that would work.

Oh, this is hard.

Given the second part of her sign she seems to say: “I don’t make up because I don’t give a shit about men. And even if I do make up that does not mean that I give more of a shit than before.”
And the complaint apparently is, that men (people?) do not enthusiastically approve not being given a shit about.

Ah, I see. Feminism will brainwash people to like it when someone farts in their general direction. Oh, Utopia 🙂

Will this work both ways?
Oh, the other direction already works.
What do you know…

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… My self-worth should NOT be based on my weight, my desirability or my number of sexual partners and society needs to stop telling me it is!

An easy one for a change. Feminism simply needs to explain to her that her self-worth does indeed not need to be based on any of those things. Her worth to others on the other hand may well be.
And that is in fact what society is telling her. Self-worth ≠ worth to others. Simple. Even a young feminist might understand that if older feminists explain it in short words 🙂

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Women fear that I’ll hurt them “just because” I’m a man

Oh dear, oh dear, this might be hopeless.
It was feminism who convinced women that you will hurt them just because you’re a man. Women never believed that before feminism.

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Tricky. It is dangerous for everyone to travel alone. The dangers for women are slightly different than the dangers for men and feminism makes a biiIIIiigg bruhaha out of the dangers for women.
Also feminism is the mother of the conviction “I should be able to…”
So a feminist may really believe that it is OK to walk half naked through the streets of Kathmandu where any western women has the reputation of a slut anyway.

So, you think an ideology that inflates the assumption of danger you are actually in and actively works on increasing the danger you are in fact in, will help you because… ?

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Oh, that’ll be the day…

If feminism ever achieves that I’d be all for it… No sign of it so far.