I’m just tired of the pointless, snarky, mean and rude comments on Pinterest. This probably deserves a more in-depth analysis of the social politics of Pinterest, but I’m too tired to provide that. Instead, all I’ll say is: if you waste your time berating other people’s personal taste, you really should consider saving your energy for something productive - like, you know, perhaps getting angry about something that actually matters in life. I save my anger for instances where I see injustice, inequality, sexism, misogyny, racism, etc., etc., on the internet, not for a pin of a pair of shoes I personally don’t like, or a style that doesn’t appeal to me. So, if you write one of these comments on my own pins, I will press ‘delete’ and move on. Because that’s all these types of comments deserve as a response.
So, about Pinterest comments ...
“It’s critical to conservatives ideology to imagine sex as a source of power struggle between men and women that prevents equality and friendship. They want a world where men are always trying to get it, and women are always trying to avoid having to have it, which makes platonic friendship impossible (because of suspicions that he’s trying to get one over on you) and makes sexual relationships fraught. Reproductive health care changes that completely, giving women an opportunity to explore our desires without worrying too much about unwanted childbirth or disease, and when we do so, we realize that actually, we’re just like men. And now instead of sex being the source of friction between men and women, it can bring people together. (Also, platonic friendships are a lot easier because people who are sexually satisfied aren’t injecting sex into every interaction.) There’s a reason that the same people who violently insist that men and women are complete opposites cringe at the idea of women having full reproductive health care; they fear men and women learning that in fact, we’re basically the same. Nothing distracts from how alike men and women are like making women subservient to our biology while men are allowed to be free.” —Amanda Marcotte - Why are conservatives so obsessed with sex? (via childfree-ecofeminist)
“It is incredible to me that any woman should consider the fight for full equality won. It has just begun. There is hardly a field, economic or political, in which the natural and unaccustomed policy is not to ignore women…Unless women are prepared to fight politically they must be content to be ignored politically.” —Alice Paul (via uproarsyouronlymusic)
“There are the occasions that men—intellectual men, clever men, engaged men—insist on playing devil’s advocate, desirous of a debate on some aspect of feminist theory or reproductive rights or some other subject generally filed under the heading: Women’s Issues. These intellectual, clever, engaged men want to endlessly probe my argument for weaknesses, want to wrestle over details, want to argue just for fun—and they wonder, these intellectual, clever, engaged men, why my voice keeps raising and why my face is flushed and why, after an hour of fighting my corner, hot tears burn the corners of my eyes. Why do you have to take this stuff so personally? ask the intellectual, clever, and engaged men, who have never considered that the content of the abstract exercise that’s so much fun for them is the stuff of my life.” —
Melissa McEwan, of course, on the terrible bargain. My life as a woman, as a queer person, as a fat person, is not your thought experiment. (via sanitywatchers)