You can tell a girl she’s smart her whole life, encourage her in school, buy her a chemistry set, send her to math camp, help her apply for college scholarships in STEM fields, and she’s still eventually going to walk into a classroom, a lab, or a job interview and have some man dismiss her existence, deny her funding, pass her over for a promotion, or take credit for her work. How about you work on getting those assholes out of power and quit telling me not to call girls pretty.

Everything Elliot did is perfectly justified. … I am the next Elliot Rodger and guess what I’ll do the right thing this time.

I’ll make sure I only kill women

Police stop Elliot Rodger copycat at University of Washington (via policymic)

For people saying that the Elliot Rodgers thing was a completely isolated and one time thing

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Not only that but this article even includes sympathetic tweets from other potential copycats who haven’t been arrested and are just out there, roaming free with their gross misogyny…

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This is fucking terrifying.
This is what I meant when I said that the actions of a single man can be ignored as an abnormality, but the reactions of so many others can not.

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man where the hell are all the resources for MAAB nonbinary people looking to try and be more femme

someone i care about is kinda trying to figure some stuff out and i realized how universally all the genderqueer and nonbinary stuff i know about is for FAAB…


Anonymous asked:

Personally I'd say men have it pretty rough with 'beauty standards', women's is more open and public but many men decide not to keep their insecurities to themselves, also I think magazines don't represent the social state of our world and think magazines present over half of the general reasons for insecurity for women over looks. I think in public men are shunned just as much as women for not meeting standards, yet women find problems in outperforming those standards while men don't.

marinashutup answered:

Um no. Men’s value isn’t based almost solely on appearance and men aren’t constantly bombarded with unrealistic images of what they should look like. These images aren’t even close to reality but to pretend that we don’t internalize them just the same is really misguided. We see roughly 3,600 ads a day and don’t even realize we’re seeing them most of the time. Women are often portrayed as one dimensional characters in television and film and they almost always have to be attractive, whereas men can be multifaceted and interesting regardless of appearance. Most films are directed with the male gaze in mind (95% of directors are male), meaning that the audience is put in the perspective of a heterosexual man and women’s bodies are sexualized and highlighted for visual pleasure. The rape culture we live in where women’s bodies are seen as objects for the taking and any woman showing skin is “asking for it” is also extremely telling of the way society views women. The fact that all women experience sexual harassment (often on a regular basis) only further highlights how people internalize messages that women’s bodies exist to be commented on and it shows the disconnect between a woman’s body and the woman occupying it. Even as children, girls are marketed dress up clothes and play make up and are encouraged to be pretty princesses. Don’t even get me started on the beauty industry, an entire industry that thrives on telling women that they need makeup, hair products, a hairless body, etc. etc. The same type of industry does not exist for men. When it comes to cosmetic surgery, an industry that rakes in billions of dollars every year, men make up only 10% of patients (and this is after a 121% increase of male patients in the last fifteen years.) Even with eating disorders, 90% of people suffering are women.

So while men without a doubt deal with body image issues, you can’t say that they experience more societal pressure to look a certain way than women. Don’t even dare.



Also, a man in his natural state can be considered handsome but even a Victoria’s Secret model in her natural state would be faulted because she’d need some form of hair removal at the very least. A man would be just seen as rugged.

And there are nowhere near as many things that that can be ‘wrong’ or as many body parts that can be ‘ugly’ for males as there are seen to be with females.

This just makes me think of that scene in Mean Girls.


Anonymous asked:

So why don't feminists shave their armpits and stuff? It's not like MEN force you to do it, and like as a girl it's uncomfortable and holds more sweat and just ew. I don't know if you're braver or just lazier than the average girl

slayboybunny answered:

alright i don’t normally reply to these but im feelin chatty so here goes

first of all,  underarm hair helps ventilate sweat, control odor, and does a great job of keepin moisture away from the skin!! its 10x more physically comfy for me believe it or not!!

now, let’s have a short history lesson here, and keep in mind that we’re talking about westernized white women because in many places and cultures this phenomenon simply does not apply 

moving onward, ladies shaving their armpits didnt really catch on until around the 1920s and this was almost entirely sparked because marketing companies wanted to double the demographic they could sell razors to. to kickstart it, they released this scandalous picture in Harper’s Bazaar in 1915:

which first planted the seed.  at the time, the photo was extremely risque as it was really the first time a womans bare underarm had been shown in American media that wasnt pornographic. the word “underarm” itself was shocking! in a very deliberate move, they’d paired a revolutionary photo with a trend they wished to sell. in 1922 sears released “female” razors and it eventually trickled down to the middle class and the lower class with time, as fashion trends often do. turns out, the war against armpit hair was one of the most successful business campaigns ever!!

wanting to follow in these footsteps, they worked on leg hair. women still didnt begin shaving their legs until around 1943. even those iconic flappers who wore short hemlines still sported fuzzy legs! Daisy Fay Buchanan was probably a furry gal herself.

a part of the hesitation for a woman to shave her legs was that she would appear more promiscuous because the legs are so indicative of the vulva. alas, after WWII, Betty Grable posed for this sexy image: 

and eventually the look went from celebrities to other patriotic girls and then to everyone else. 

what do both have in common you ask???  they were both deliberately manufactured propaganda made by white men for the sole reason of making money by exploiting women. 

im not telling you what you should or should not do with your body and all the hair that grows on it. its ok if shaving makes you feel more feminine or clean. all im saying is that it’s a good idea to analyze why youve been lead to believe a little fuzz is so “ew” to you, and really think about whether it should be. it hasn’t always been this way (in fact it only recently became so) and im here to say it doesnt have to be that way either. take this knowledge and run with it but its ultimately your choice. 

as for me, no, i wouldnt say im braver or lazier than the average girl. i just reject the idea that a bullshit made up westernized whitie can make my decisions for me. and personally, i find my kitten armpits exceptionally cute. 

ill leave you with this my friend: if girls weren’t meant to have body hair then why do girl’s bodies grow hair  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯





People have offered many potential explanations for this discrepancy, but this ad highlights the importance of the social cues that push girls away from math and science in their earliest childhood years.

Watch the powerful Verizon advertisement to really understand what a little girl hears when you tell her she’s pretty.

This is so important. Girls pay attention. Boys, if you are a brother, father, cousin of a girl, pay attention.