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I felt so angry at the UCSB massacre (an article about this incident and a script of his video’s speech) and the sexism we’re blind to everyday so I drew about my opinions on sexism to channel my rage.

I’m very happy the #YesAllWomen tag is going strong on U.S. Twitter right now. :D


If you think this isn’t the damn truth you should know that a few years back, my campus newspaper ran an article that said fat women should be grateful for rape because it’s the only way they’ll ever feel worthy of a man’s attention.

I shit you not.

(via w0nderfemme)

In the U.S. every year, 207,754 people are raped, so there are also a whole bunch of people committing those rapes. What that means is that any comic who regularly performs in front of an audience is likely to spend at least some time telling jokes to someone who’s raped someone. And when he hears a joke like Tosh’s, that starts with “How can a rape joke not be funny?!” and goes on to say that a woman who interrupts him deserves to be raped –- or a joke like Morril’s (“My ex-girlfriend never made me wear a condom… She was on the pill: Ambien!”) –- he’s probably going to feel pretty comfortable in that room.

When he hears the laughs in response to Morril’s joke, he’s not liable to feel shame about the night the girl from the bar passed out when he got her upstairs; he’s probably going to feel like he’s surrounded by a bunch of people who agree that what he did wasn’t really a big deal. He’s going to be reassured that he’s not in a society that takes it seriously.


[TW: rape, victim blaming]

How Slut Shaming Becomes Victim Blaming

Articles about the Eleven year old girl here:

(via size10plz)

via Upworthy

"Patrick Stewart often talks about his childhood and the torment his father put him and his mother through. However, how he answered this vulnerable and brave fan’s question is one of the most eloquent, passionate responses about domestic violence I’ve ever seen. 

WARNING: At 2:40, he’s going to break your heart a little.”






I will love this forever!!!

Try - TRY - not to heart this guy too hard. :)

I had a gentleman ask me once how my message relates to men. I responded “how could it not?”. We’re half the planet, mothers, daughters, sisters, girlfriends, friends, co-workers, aunts, nieces, best friends, wives and more. Pretending like the pressure to be perfect is simply a female issue is absurd: it affects every relationship we have and our impact on the world around us.

We have AWESOME dudes who follow this blog as well, and it means a lot to have their support and energy when dealing with body issues for women (really, everyone). For health enthusiasts, it really shows we’re all on the same side, you know? Male trainers and health advocates have a major voice when it comes to promoting health and realistic goals for women.

(P.S- I know I’m terrible, but LOOK at those eyes). :)


wonderfully done!


At the STWTS opening, I asked people to write their own captions to street harassers. 

From Stop Telling Women to Smile Opening at Fresthetic on April 12, 2013. Brooklyn, NY.

Photos by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh

LOVE this!

(via rugbyafrochick)


This image didn’t always piss me off. And others like it didn’t always piss me off. I was used to seeing them, hearing the rhetoric, and was deeply subscribed to the belief that it was normal & appropriate to motivate women this way.

In an industry where it’s often hard to get women to hop on the resistance train, encouraging them with reminders that it’ll turn them into ridiculously hot amazon women seems to work. Women respond to it and if it gets them squatting, the ends justify the means, right? (No. Not right, but we’ll get to that).

Clearly, I don’t feel the same way now. Body love epiphanies and tipping points will do that to you. But if you’re still where I was, and think these images are harmless, here’s some reasons you might want to rethink them.

First, let’s explore “The Making Of A Pro-Squat Fitspo Image For Women”.

A. Find pictures of bootylicious booties, usually headless. If said images aren’t already headless, cut the heads off. Zoom in on booty. 

B. Place the words “squat” or “deadlift” all over them. If possible, accompany by a statement (implied or explicit) that those two exercises will make your booty RIDIC HOT, just like the headless girls in the image. Make said booty as sexually explicit as possible by showcasing it in underwear or booty shorts.

C. To really drive the point home, give the comparison treatment: showcase another smaller, flatter booty, (also headless) and dub said booty the ‘BAD non-squatty, non-deadlifty” booty Just another visual, to make sure you know the difference between a good butt and a bad butt.

D. If true fear or shame is what you’re after, apply a hefty dose of “men prefer women who squat, because of course” and duh, you want a hot booty to impress the fellas. The more implications that your ability to be attractive to men depends on squats, the better.

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In a monumentous decision, a federal judge has ordered the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to remove longstanding age and point of sale restrictions that prevent women from easy access to emergency contraception. The FDA has 30 days to comply. It’s about damn time.

As it stands, emergency contraceptives are only available to women 17 and older without a prescription; younger teenagers need a prescription from a doctor. But even older women can have a hard time getting their hands on the morning after pill, since it’s only for sale at health clinics and pharmacies — and because some pharmacists take it upon themselves to (very illegally) play moral police.

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Everyone should feel safe heading out for a walk or run. EVERYONE.

But the truth is, many women don’t.

I do advise women to take precautions, but I hate having to do so. Victim blaming is very subtle at times, and when something awful h appens to you, the last thing you NEED or want is for someone to say “you should have known better”. Even when every precaution is taken, often media outlets still find someway to place a little blame on the victim.

No one has the right to hurt you. If they choose to do so, they should be held to the highest of legal AND MORAL accountability. To assume that men simply can’t control themselves, and that women are responsible for their own victimization is both insulting to decent men and brutal to women. By FAR the vast majority of men out there are decent, awesome human beings. To assume they are uncontrollable rapists is awful, misinformed and disgusting.

Anyone who asks “Well, shouldn’t she have known better?” or feels that it’s a woman’s responsibility to control the actions of the very FEW who would take advantage of her, needs a reality check.

It’s NOT your fault.



Support: After Silence

NYC Women Talk Cat Calling: Explain Why It Sucks

This is the BEST thing you’ll see all day, lol.


"The only person you should say "Hey Girl" to on the street is Ryan Gosling".

“One of the big mantras of healthcare reform was that being a woman will no longer be a preexisting condition, and that’s certainly a principle that was be upheld today by the Supreme Court.”

The new change is one that should be considered a huge victory for women: “Under the law, insurance companies can no longer charge women more than they charge men for the same coverage, which was a common practice.”

Read more about what the new healthcare initiatives mean for women in America:

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