• Of course Chris Brown sees his rape as a good thing! That is what rape culture does! The ethics of anything remotely related to sex are dissolved and reformed to fit the age old tale of strong man conquers woman. Of course Chris Brown and many, many others like to see themselves as being the [...]

  • I’m surprised that nobody has yet mentioned the LOOOOONG history of public shaming being used as punishment for crime. It varied greatly, but one can find examples throughout history. Roman Crucifixions combined public shaming with the death sentence, as well as any public execution to a degree. In that sense even if the transgressor was [...]

  • Unfortunately I have to strongly disagree with the assumptions that seem to underlie this post. To claim that abusive women are rare compared to abusive men is not only empirically wrong, but also a case of oppositional sexism similar to 19th century thinking. The dark side of equality is that women are just as horrible [...]

  • Ironically slapping a breast seems to be the same gesture as pointing at it. I’m not sure of the full history, but I think hardcore pornography was the first to introduce slapping as a way to point out sexual features. Slapping simultaneously emphasized the man’s dominance and violence making it all the more “hardcore”. Of [...]

  • QuantumInc commented on the blog post Seven mansplaining pitches for Bustle   1 year, 2 months ago · View

    He has published an apology for his horrible PandoDaily article, where he apologizes for ignoring “The Hairpin, xoJane, Rookie, and Jezebel,” making sexist jokes, and generally coming off as an arrogant, overconfident, douche. Though there’s still no mention of the $16/hour the writers get, or the silly name. http://pandodaily.com/2013/08/15/take-two/ In both articles he emphasizes the [...]

  • QuantumInc commented on the blog post The dangers of a gender essentialist approach to sexual violence   1 year, 8 months ago · View

    rape culture/commodity model/patriarchy seems to define rape as the theft of a sort of imaginary reproductive resource, and the idea of this reproductive resource doesn’t really make sense if you also acknowledge LGBT people, or even really women with their own libidos…but I think any well read feminist has heard about this constellation of ideas. [...]

  • QuantumInc commented on the blog post Friday Feminist Fuck You: Alabama anti-choice protestors   1 year, 9 months ago · View

    This is saddening but also inevitable. They are not discriminating in their opposition to abortion. They don’t demand that Planned Parenthood stop doing that one thing, they demand Planned Parenthood stop existing. I would imagine that there are tons of women seeking more mundane services that still get called “baby killer”. In their fury they’re [...]

  • QuantumInc commented on the blog post Cultural traditions that oppress women are not worth preserving   1 year, 9 months ago · View

    I think that if you are going to change a culture you need support, and indeed leadership from people who live and breathe that culture for your movement. As frustrating as it may be, feminists who grew up outside of a particular society will simply have to wait until someone from inside that society starts [...]

  • This is very surreal for me to watch. They’re making a big gesture differentiating their new stance from “pro-choice” and “pro-life” but the actual ideas they present in the video are all stuff I’ve heard from pro-choice arguments. If government stayed out of abortion, that would be a pro-choice victory. Saying whether or not to [...]

  • QuantumInc commented on the blog post Favourite new tumblr: Fuck No Sexist Halloween Costumes   1 year, 12 months ago · View

    Noah Brand compiled a list of offensive costumes for men. The costumes that came up are not supposed to be sexy but rather funny. However they fail at anything resembling funny fairly thoroughly. Most of them seem to be increasingly dumb penis jokes, with a bonus section for costumes that are meant to look like [...]

  • QuantumInc commented on the blog post Rape is not sex   2 years, 1 month ago · View

    I think most people would define rape as “sex without consent” if asked, which would make rape a kind of sex. However, while not actually true, the phrase “Rape is not sex” points towards an important distinction between consensual sex (normal sex) and non-consensual sex (rape). Certainly from the viewpoint of a victim there would [...]

  • QuantumInc commented on the blog post Quick Hit: Lidia Yuknavitch on the pervasiveness of male violence   2 years, 2 months ago · View

    This piece is above all an autobiography, a hard hitting one at that. It’s not great at making specific points, though it doesn’t completely fail. It doesn’t explain male violence, but only because Yuknavitch is telling it from her perspective, and obviously can’t read minds. It does however show her reaction to it. The weird [...]

  • QuantumInc commented on the blog post Sherlyn Chopra: The first ever Indian lady to pose nude in Playboy   2 years, 2 months ago · View

    It’s worth pointing out that India has it’s own fair share of sex workers. It has the world’s largest sex worker organization. Though it also has major issues with sex-trafficking. It seems to be one of those countries that shames no one for using sex services, or even running such a business, but has plenty [...]

  • QuantumInc commented on the blog post Matrix director Lana Wachowski promotes new film after transition   2 years, 2 months ago · View

    I have to agree with Kelly that it is a bit odd to have this article when it seems that Ms. Wachowski herself doesn’t seem to care. Though perhaps that’s why she’s now appearing before and camera, she’s gotten used to being “Lana”. Watching this video you wouldn’t guess that there are any Transgender people [...]

  • QuantumInc commented on the blog post Marissa Mayer doesn’t particularly care for feminism   2 years, 3 months ago · View

    I agree with Jason that it is worthwhile to explore why “Feminism” has such a negative connotation. Everybody, all the way up to CEOs of megacorporations seem to see “Feminists” as terrible, angry people. Why is that? In some cases it’s necessary for feminists to be angry. Like any other social movement, feminism focuses on [...]

  • I read a book about Catholic sexuality. It often waxed poetic on the power of love, and went into detail comparing romantic and godly love. Of course one of the big ideas was life being created through the power of love. So yes, this idea of love -> sex -> baby is REALLY important to [...]

  • QuantumInc commented on the blog post Every sperm is sacred   2 years, 6 months ago · View

    Needless to say it’s eerie that his argument against the sperm person hood bill matched what Feminists have been saying about the anti-abortion movement for decades. Though I suppose you could give Ralph Shortie a little bit of credit for being honest when he says the government should control bodies to protect lives. At that [...]

  • QuantumInc commented on the blog post Tennesse doesn’t even want kids to hold hands until marriage   2 years, 6 months ago · View

    They took the overwhelming evidence that Abstinence only doesn’t work and though “Well we’re not trying hard enough! How can we do SUPER Abstinence ONLY??” The idea that maybe they were wrong on any level never crosses their mind. Regardless on one’s stance on abstinence until marriage, it’s obvious they never wanted the children to [...]

  • QuantumInc commented on the blog post Belvedere Vodka ad jokes about date rape   2 years, 7 months ago · View

    Belvedere Vodka, better than sexual assault! Just like 99.9999% of everything ever. There is no way that a Belvedere executive took time to type out that apology. The apology could apply to anything twitter related. Frankly it makes me doubt their commitment to responsible drinking more than ever before if their knee-jerk response is to [...]

  • gemski wrote a new blog post: Feminist Romance   5 years, 2 months ago · View

    Often, traditional romance seems based on the old trope of aggressive males pursuing passive females. However in many cases this indirectly romanticizes rape, since the women don’t actively express their own desires, or at least rarely act upon them. Rather it is up to the men to chase the women, follow them to their homes, [...]

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