A Response to ‘Women Against Feminism.’

iwantedwings

Imagine this:

The year is 2014. You are a white Western woman. You wake up in the morning in a comfortably sized house or flat. You have a full or part-time job that enables you to pay your rent or mortgage. You have been to school and maybe even college or university as well. You can read and write and count. You own a car or have a driver’s licence. You have enough money in your own bank account to feed and clothe yourself. You have access to the Internet. You can vote. You have a boyfriend or girlfriend of your choosing, who you can also marry if you want to, and raise a family with. You walk down the street wearing whatever you feel like wearing. You can go to bars and clubs and sleep with whomever you want.

Your world is full of freedom and possibility.

Then you…

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My Responses to “Women Against Feminism” posts.

There’s a blog I won’t link to (I’m not rewarding them with further publicity) with women saying why they don’t need Feminism, or the stereotypical version created by media personalities to tear down because they don’t have good arguments agaisnt actual feminism.

I don’t need Feminism because I like the D. I assume D is for Dick, this was part of several signs being posted. I’m assuming it means they don’t hate men and/or think feminists are a bunch of lesbians. Liking dick or liking sex is pefectly fine within feminist circles, in fact one of the many goals of feminism is to address slut shaming to get the point across that you shouldn’t be made to feel bad for having a healthy sex life. If they meant all feminists are lesbians, that’s both inaccurate and homophobic because it implies that there is something wrong with being a lesbian.

I don’t need Feminism I need a man who will respect me.  If feminism wasn’t needed you wouldn’t have to say you need a man who respects you because a central concept of Feminism is women deserve to be respected.

I don’t need Feminism because I don’t need to bully someone to share my opinions with others. I need Feminism because I’m routinely called a bitch/whore/cunt/fat/ugly for sharing opinions and so are many others.

I don’t need Feminism because my sex life is not a political agenda. I would call being called a prostitute for advocating contraceptive coverage and not being allowed to say vagina during a congressional debate on abortion laws part of a political agenda against your sex life.

I don’t need Feminism because being whistled at or complimented on the street isn’t oppression. Unwanted whistles, cat calls, or “compliments” are harassment. I’ve been called a bitch and even threatened with violence for asking them to stop and it often more than compliments.

Most of the posts are variations of we’re equal now, feminists hate men, and other nonsense that I don’t have the desire to go into right now. I just wanted to share some thoughts.

Here’s a video.

Women Who are Ambivalent about Women Against Women Against Feminism

The Bloggess

So...yeah.  Right now there’s a lot of talk about a tumblr called WomenAgainstFeminism.  It’s just pictures of some women holding up handwritten signs entitled “I don’t need feminism because...”  Some of the reasons they give for not needing feminism almost seem like a parody (“How the fuck am I suppose to open jars and lift heavy things without my husband?”) and some (“I don’t need to grow out my body hair to prove I’m equal to men”) just make me wonder where in the world they got their definition of feminism.

At first I considered starting my own “I Don’t Need _____ Because” tumblr with people holding equally baffling signs.  Signs like:

I don’t need books because YOU KNOW WHO WROTE BOOKS?  HITLER.  HITLER WROTE A BOOK.  NO THANK YOU, NAZIS.

I don’t need money BECAUSE I HAVE A CHECKBOOK, ASSHOLE.

I don’t need air because LOTS OF IT…

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Military Pagans – A Call To Action

Morrighan's Trove

In my previous posts, I have explained that I was in the US Army and served in the Iraq War. I have also explained that this was the biggest spiritual metamorphosis I have ever incurred in this lifetime.
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What made this time period bearable, and why it had aided so much to my spiritual well-being, is that I had met other people like me. In an organization that is predominantly Christian; I found other Pagans to speak to! This was truly a blessing found in the only Hell {Iraq} I believe in.

My platoon had also accepted me and my faith as well! I know that there are a lot of Pagans out there that have had the opposite experience, but mine was a positive one! They may not have held my same beliefs in religion, but they held the same beliefs on freedom of religion that the US…

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