Archive | August, 2012

Legitimate Rape

31 Aug

The female body just shuts that whole thing down in the case of legitimate rape. That is, according to Missouri Congressman Todd Akin.

 What exactly is “legitimate” rape?  Silly me I guess, because I was always under the assumption that rape was rape. If a woman is wearing revealing clothing was she inviting her rapist so it’s not really rape? Do some women secretly want to be forced to have sex against their will so that makes it illegitimate? Are women required to never say no to their husbands, so marital rape is illegitimate? I guess I have been living in ignorance; Mr. Akin, can you please teach me which forms of rape are illegitimate?

 Next, thank you so much Mr. Akin for teaching me about my body. I don’t know how my mother, teachers, nurses and doctors failed to teach me this one, but I’m so happy that now I know that my body will just shut the whole thing down if I’m legitimately raped. 



Todd Akin is a man with the power to make decisions about a woman’s body. If people like Todd Akin continue to gain political and decision-making power then I fear that women will see their rights be stripped from them little by little. We can’t let this happen. 

Don’t Dress Like a Whore

31 Aug

So by now we have all heard about Krista Ford’s (Rob Ford’s niece) infamous tweet: “Stay alert, walk tall, carry mace, take self-defense classes & don’t dress like a whore. #DontBeAVictim #StreetSmart”. 

And I hope you have all had the opportunity to read Alice Moran’s letter “to a lot of people, but specifically Krista Ford.” If not, read it here. It is very courageous and well-written and deserves the attention it is getting. 

This post follows up very nicely to my previous blog about masculism. Comments like Krista Ford’s harm both men and women. It puts the blame for sexual assault on the perpetrator, not the victim. It is not a woman’s responsibility to not be raped. It is a man’s responsibility to not rape. Comments like this also reduce men to sex-crazed animals incapable of making moral and logical decisions – because obviously if a man sees a woman’s cleavage he just can’t help but forcibly have sex with her against her will. Men are better than that and society needs to hold them to that.


20 Aug

As a self-defined feminist, I am interested in all gender issues and how societal norms affect both men and women. While I have mostly focused my attention on women’s issues, it is naive to think that men aren’t also harmed by gender stereotypes. This is why I loved this picture, posted by the True Lebanese Feminist on Facebook, and shared by my cousin.

Then, an old friend from high school posted the following comment: “Masculism is a counterpart and a natural extension of feminism.” I had never heard of masculism before, so I was intrigued.

A quick Google search gave me a few different views and definitions of masculism. The Wikipedia page gave a generic definition and not much else: “Masculism is the advocacy of the rights or needs of men and the adherence to or promotion of opinions, values, etc., regarded as typical of men.”‘s mission gave a little more insight into the movement, and highlighted the importance of respecting women’s rights, but seemed to misunderstand the goals of feminism. The second result on Google was a website called Gender Liberation Beyond Feminism had me intrigued, but then I started reading the article… I’ll let you follow the think and read it yourself, but here is one excerpt: “But what feminists forget to mention is that a prerequisite to be part of the feminist movement is that you accept the ideology that men as a group systematically oppress women as a group, and that women’s issues always take precedence over men’s issues.” Obviously I disagree with the author’s definition of feminism.

Then I found the blog Who Needs Masculism? and I found a definition that I could get behind: “Masculism is the controversial idea that just because one half of society has substantial problems one doesn’t have to ignore the problems of the other half. Unlike first-wave feminism, masculism doesn’t arise as a response to wide-spread institutionalized mistreatment. Instead, like the secondary and tertiary waves of feminism, it is a lens through which we can observe and hopefully rectify societal problems from the perspective of average men of no great faculty or status.” And I love the answer to the blog’s title: “We all do. True masculism needs feminism. True feminism needs masculism. For either one to deny the necessity of the other abdicates the common goals of both: Equality regardless of gender or sex, and dissolution of the patriarchy.”

So, my dear readers: have you heard of masculism before today? How would you define it? Would you agree that masculism and feminism are natural counterparts and need each other to truly fulfill their goals? Or could it be a dangerous ideology that some people use to act against feminism? I’m still very new to this particular topic, so I am interested to hear some opinions!

14 Aug

dips in the road

“What part of liberation for women is not for you? Is it the freedom to vote? The right not to be owned by the man that you marry? The campaign for equal pay? Vogue by Madonna? Jeans? Did all that stuff just get on your nerves?”

-Caitlin Moran -How to be a Woman

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2 Aug

Should women play the game or change the game?