Silence Will Not Save You

“I  write for those women who do not speak, for those who do not have a voice because they were so terrified, because we are taught to respect fear more than  ourselves.  We’ve been taught that silence would save us, but it won’t.”

~Audre  Lorde

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“A self-styled “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet,” writer Audre Lorde dedicated both her life and her creative talent to confronting and addressing the injustices of racism, sexism, and homophobia.” [Source]

I think I would have very much liked to meet this woman.

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“I need feminism because I shouldn’t have to feel embarrassed about buying tampons from a male cashier.  Periods happen once a month for most of the female population, it shouldn’t be something to be ashamed of.”

Original post from http://whoneedsfeminism.tumblr.com

More on periods and period shaming coming soon.  I just wanted to prepare everyone because even though periods are normal many feel embarrassed talking about it.  So, consider this your warning.

And to all the mothers out there Happy Mother’s Day, it is because of your missed periods that we are all here.  Blessings on your day!

Who Needs Feminism?

Female Fans, Movie Messages, and Book Blurbs

““Twilight,” meanwhile, is a priggish, nipple-pinching morality fable of female subservience dressed up in plastic fangs and sparkle dust, with a stalky, broodingly abusive male lead who seems to have been written to make physical and emotional violence sexy again, in prose so godawful the author probably wouldn’t know the most hackneyed, obvious metaphor if it jumped up and bit her in the neck.”  – Laurie Penny

I read this quote while reading an article about the sexual politics of The Hunger Games.  The article itself was not really all that interesting.  It compared the two series, telling the world at large to be frightened of adoring female fans who will  literally tear the male actors to shreds all the while screaming and hyperventilating.

Meanwhile, while reading the above quote I couldn’t help by laugh as it is obviously intended to be humorous.  It is very poignant as well.  The author has cleverly brought to light a huge criticism of this series while couching it in ridiculousness.  More on the Twilight series later.  In the meantime what other books or movies do you think have been designed to target the female fan base?  What messages are they sending to women?  I’d love to get your opinion before I go spouting off mine.  🙂