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  • Rita Carlin commented on the blog post Not Oprah’s Book Club: Do Muslim Women Need Saving?   10 months, 2 weeks ago · View

    Thank you for this post, it is quite enlightening. We do tend to view the problems of Muslim women as somehow separate from problems faced by women in, say, the United States. It’s not like we don’t see stories about the domestic abuse, rape, and murder of women in this country almost every day, not [...]

  • Rita Carlin commented on the blog post GOP voters give zero Fs about your feelings on blackface costumes   11 months, 3 weeks ago · View

    “The running joke about pickaninnies was that they were disposable…”

    I wonder if this still isn’t part of our national sub-consciousness, and still fuels the poor treatment of black children and youth. The school-to-prison pipeline, the “lawful” murder of Trayvon Martin, etc.

  • Rita Carlin commented on the blog post A little more on Lorde, Royals, and Racism   1 year ago · View

    You make an interesting argument, Veronica. I personally don’t agree, though I am sorry that you’ve been getting flames. That’s uncalled for. I’m not entirely sold on the idea that Lorde made a racist statement. I do live in America and listen to hip-hop, but I did not realize that Cadillacs were “black”, and I [...]

  • Rita Carlin commented on the blog post The Case Against “Allies”   1 year ago · View

    If I understand correctly, the complaint is that white (and/or cisgendered) feminists sometimes act like they deserve a pat on the back for standing up for people of color (or gay, bi, trans, or other non-cis people), when the reverse is not true. Non-cisgenedered feminists and feminists of color don’t get any extra cookies when [...]

  • Rita Carlin commented on the blog post The Case Against “Allies”   1 year ago · View

    As an “ally”, I’m actually grateful to Mia McKenzie. I don’t follow “Black Girl Dangerous” regularly, but was directed to it a few times by Feministing. Her critiques of white feminists are pretty harsh, but I appreciate her honesty and her willingness to speak unpopular truths. My knee-jerk reaction was to get mad, to feel [...]

  • Rita Carlin commented on the blog post Guest post: The freedom not to choose birth control   1 year, 3 months ago · View

    You know what we really need? Chemical BC for men. So this isn’t just a woman’s problem anymore.

  • Rita Carlin commented on the blog post Guest post: The freedom not to choose birth control   1 year, 3 months ago · View

    I lost my virginity when I was 21, I don’t know what is so far-fetched about someone losing it at, or after, that age.

  • Rita Carlin commented on the blog post Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet   1 year, 4 months ago · View

    I don’t know if it’s because I live in California and am in an interracial couple myself (and my fiance is himself half-white, half-Filipino), but interracial couples are still a big deal to some people? Weird. I’m just surprised that the Cheerios ad made me laugh.

  • I’ll send some e-mails. I hope it helps. No one should be treated like that over something so stupid.

  • Rita Carlin commented on the blog post Not cool, bro   1 year, 6 months ago · View

    I have never been raped, but I believe you, Alexei and Lisa both. You did not deserve what happened to you, no matter how you behaved or what you wore. There is no excuse to rape. There is no occasion when forcing another person into a sex act is warranted. And there should be no [...]

  • Arkansas sets a 12-week abortion ban, and South Dakota immediately tries to undercut that with a 6-week ban. What, is this a contest now?

  • It is very difficult to try and extend any empathy towards Sue Swayze for her comment, “I got pregnant vaginally…. Something else could come in my vagina for a medical test that wouldn’t be that intrusive to me. So I find that argument a little ridiculous.” But I shall try, because here clearly is a [...]

  • Rita Carlin commented on the blog post Homophobic teacher suspended   1 year, 7 months ago · View

    I think she was bigoted towards both the LGBTQ community AND special needs children, implying with one slur that it was a bad thing to be either. Gold medal for two-birds-with-one-stone insensitivity goes to Diana Medley!

  • Rita Carlin commented on the blog post Quick Hit: On Reeva Steenkamp’s boyfriend and disability   1 year, 8 months ago · View

    I learned this very lesson as a high schooler–that “disabled” does not mean “nice”. I was not popular, and so one of the people I spent time with was a kid from my neighborhood who had been hit by a car when he was 8 or so. The accident left him moving and speaking in [...]

  • Rita Carlin commented on the blog post Republican men need to shut up about rape forever   1 year, 11 months ago · View

    Robert–humor is a combination of taboo breaking and perceived harmlessness. For instance, it is taboo breaking to say something incredibly sexist, like “some girls rape easy.” If you perceive this ludicrous statement to be harmless, and therefore find it humorous, it is likely because your dignity/body is not directly threatened, the way a woman’s dignity/body [...]

  • Rita Carlin commented on the blog post Weekly Feminist Reader   2 years ago · View

    The article by the Hasidic writer (“Sexuality on Sesame Street”) makes me want to scream. I am Jewish, although not terribly observant or learned. I had my Bat Mitzvah at a Reformed synagogue, and when I go to synagogue these days I go to a Reconstructionist one. Orthodox and Ultra-Orthodox Jews drive me nuts. I [...]

  • Rita Carlin commented on the blog post Ask Amy: Weirdos rule the world   2 years ago · View

    I’m disappointed by this video. It feels very superficial to me, but it is probably intended for more normal people than myself. I have an anxiety disorder, but it is managed at this point. I am medicated, and I “graduated” from therapy a few months ago, in mutual agreement with my wonderful therapist that I [...]

  • I read the original article, and I agree that it was problematic. But Slaughter seemed (1) genuinely interested in helping women, (2) aware of her own elite bias, and (3) made a good point, that for a multitude of psychological and physical reasons women are hard-pressed to “compete” at the level that men do in [...]

  • Maybe ideally, women shouldn’t feel so badly about themselves that they need positive affirmations about their own physical beauty from total strangers. But I think that is where we are as a culture right now. You can’t start feeling beautiful if you feel ugly by denying the entire beauty paradigm that made you feel ugly [...]

  • High five, Sam! The world needs more people like you.

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