“I shouldn’t have to alter my body to be afforded basic respect. I shouldn’t have to alter my body for someone to listen to what I have to say.
Telling you that combating my oppression is more important to me than your privilege does not make me prejudiced. It does not make me “mean.” It means that I’m standing up for myself.
It means that I’m saying I want you all to feel beautiful, but that fat people deserve to feel human first.”
Lots of reading and reflecting on this topic today. This particular piece spoke to me, I found it well written and concise.
Read it in full HERE
“I’m not saying you can’t choose to not be a feminist but know what you’re choosing. Don’t make a decision about a group based on the most radical beliefs of a group. Don’t get defensive if you get deeper and are exposed to difficult ideas about intersectionality and race and gender and colonialism and patriarchy and male liberation. Just listen. Some of it will make sense. Some of it won’t. Some of it will later when you’re a different person. Some of it you’ll change your mind about throughout your life and the world will change too. Some of it is bullshit. Some of it is truth. All of it is worth listening to.”
Yes! Needed this today!
Tumblr user Amy Rebecca has decided to start microblogging the abuse she receives on tumblr. Thank you so much Amy for bravely highlighting some of the struggles faced by folks in the trans community.
Her shares are horrible and heartbreaking, but her responses are just amazing! Absolutely a strong inspiration!
Baltimore woman turns nasty and hateful anonymous comments from her blog and creates a powerful project, using them over selfies. I think this really speaks a lot to the kind of world we live in, despite those that may argue differently issues like ‘cyber bullying’, ‘slut shaming’ and ‘rape culture’ are all very clearly displayed in this one particular project. Thank you, Lindsay Bottos, for your honesty and your creativity and your bravery in putting yourself out there!
“The act of women taking selfies is inherently feminist, especially in a society that tries so hard to tell women that our bodies are projects to be worked on and a society that profits off of the insecurities that it perpetuates. Selfies are like a ‘fuck you’ to all of that, they declare that ‘hey I look awesome today and I want to share that with everyone’ and that’s pretty revolutionary.”
Check out the project HERE