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  • peeintothewind asked: Heya! I am the girl in the picture who held up the sign about feminism. Someone referred me to your post about that picture. While I'm aware of your disclaimer and that you were just using the image as food for thought, I just want to clarify with you (and the Internet, since somehow a picture of me from 2-3 years ago is now widely publicized) that I was not implying gender binary. I have written a response about it on my blog to add my own thoughts on this matter. Hope that clears things up.

    Thank you for this post! I also want to further emphasize that not only was my argument based on an assumption from your photo, the only reason I wrote it in the first place was because many other people actually do cling to the gender binary of rape culture.

    In your response, you stated, And I think that the fact that some people (like the man in the photo) automatically believe I am conveying that notion just goes to show that this gender binary of rape culture IS very much prevalent.” And that’s important.

    Check out the rest of her response! It’s very insightful.

  • This is one of the less shitty poems I wrote for my shitty poetry class.

    Note: “Halmunee” means “Grandma” in Korean.

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  • From Ancient Japanese literature to American pop culture, rape has too often been classified into “men raping women.” Which is to be expected, considering that statistically, majority of rape does happen to be perpetrated by men, with women being the victims. However, this gender binary of rape culture, which has existed throughout history, continues to this very day, despite the strides we make against heteronormativity and other socially destructive concepts.
That being said, there are three clear issues with this narrative:
1. This marginalizes men. Which is fairly obvious. When you portray men to be perpetrators of rape, you delegitimize the fact that men are also often the victims of rape. By doing so, male victims of rape are hurled into a sociological and psychological paradox, inadvertently reinforcing the notion that if anyone should be rapists, it should be men. Perhaps this may even be a precursor to the fact that many male victims of rape and abuse become the perpetrators later in life. But this is getting really out there, and the statistics are not significant enough to make such a claim. 
Moving on.
2. This marginalizes women. Woah, what? How can men and women be marginalized simultaneously? Is that even possible? Well, yes. By reinforcing the narrative of men as perpetrators and women as victims, female victims of rape also become delegitimized. “Oh, you were raped? At least societally, that makes sense, because you are a woman.” You also simultaneously completely ignore the issue that women can also be perpetrators of rape and abuse. “Oh, you were raped by a woman? Well, that doesn’t make sense…”
No. That is not how things work.
3. This marginalizes all those who lie in between. Transphobia is a serious fucking issue, and I am more than certain that all of you have seen enough statistics on this website (although most of them are unsourced and some are even blatantly incorrect so I encourage you all to do your personal research) regarding the abuse, rape, and discrimination faced by trans members of society. Extending even beyond this issue of rape culture, placing any social issue into a gender binary marginalizes trans people. So don’t do that.
Lastly, HUGE FREAKIN’ DISCLAIMER: The context of my argument is based on the assumed inference that the person on top hold this image is implying gender binary, which they necessarily (and probably) are not, because feminism, although a social doctrine that revolves mainly around women, is obviously not strictly bound to women. I am merely using this image as food for thought in order to portray and dismantle a popular narrative which should not exist in today’s society.
Thanks for reading, y’all. And if you disagree with my argument vehemently or have any of your own thoughts you would like to share, please feel free to respond or even inbox me. This is an important social issue that deserves intellectual discourse.
TL;DR – GENDER BINARY IS BAD. RAPE IS ALSO BAD.

    From Ancient Japanese literature to American pop culture, rape has too often been classified into “men raping women.” Which is to be expected, considering that statistically, majority of rape does happen to be perpetrated by men, with women being the victims. However, this gender binary of rape culture, which has existed throughout history, continues to this very day, despite the strides we make against heteronormativity and other socially destructive concepts.

    That being said, there are three clear issues with this narrative:

    1. This marginalizes men. Which is fairly obvious. When you portray men to be perpetrators of rape, you delegitimize the fact that men are also often the victims of rape. By doing so, male victims of rape are hurled into a sociological and psychological paradox, inadvertently reinforcing the notion that if anyone should be rapists, it should be men. Perhaps this may even be a precursor to the fact that many male victims of rape and abuse become the perpetrators later in life. But this is getting really out there, and the statistics are not significant enough to make such a claim. 

    Moving on.

    2. This marginalizes women. Woah, what? How can men and women be marginalized simultaneously? Is that even possible? Well, yes. By reinforcing the narrative of men as perpetrators and women as victims, female victims of rape also become delegitimized. “Oh, you were raped? At least societally, that makes sense, because you are a woman.” You also simultaneously completely ignore the issue that women can also be perpetrators of rape and abuse. “Oh, you were raped by a woman? Well, that doesn’t make sense…”

    No. That is not how things work.

    3. This marginalizes all those who lie in between. Transphobia is a serious fucking issue, and I am more than certain that all of you have seen enough statistics on this website (although most of them are unsourced and some are even blatantly incorrect so I encourage you all to do your personal research) regarding the abuse, rape, and discrimination faced by trans members of society. Extending even beyond this issue of rape culture, placing any social issue into a gender binary marginalizes trans people. So don’t do that.

    Lastly, HUGE FREAKIN’ DISCLAIMER: The context of my argument is based on the assumed inference that the person on top hold this image is implying gender binary, which they necessarily (and probably) are not, because feminism, although a social doctrine that revolves mainly around women, is obviously not strictly bound to women. I am merely using this image as food for thought in order to portray and dismantle a popular narrative which should not exist in today’s society.

    Thanks for reading, y’all. And if you disagree with my argument vehemently or have any of your own thoughts you would like to share, please feel free to respond or even inbox me. This is an important social issue that deserves intellectual discourse.

    TL;DR – GENDER BINARY IS BAD. RAPE IS ALSO BAD.

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  • RIP in Peace four day weekends I’m a real student now.

    RIP in Peace four day weekends I’m a real student now.

  • Anonymous asked: What's wrong with everything else that John Stewart says?

    He’s a sensationalist. Although he does do a very good job pointing out many examples of mass ignorance and downright stupidity, he does a rather shit poor job with fairly portraying both sides of the controversy, often relying on humorous straw man arguments and ad hominem. Considering he’s such a politically partisan journalist, his actions really infringe on intellectual social discourse.

    And of course, being the hyper-liberal community that Tumblr is, everyone here eats that shit up without a second thought. But at the end of the day, I’d still rather listen to Jon Stewart any day over Fox News.

  • This simulation places you in a scenario in which you’re an unemployed, single parent. You can choose one of three minimum wage jobs and try to survive a month. Growing up without much money myself, I found it fairly easy to sacrifice a few amenities and survive the month with spare change.

    What really got to me during this simulation was the costs of raising a child. I never had the money to purchase expensive brand name items or obtain the newest technology, but we always had enough where I could attend most field trips (having to miss my senior trip to Europe still stings a little from time to time, and my family being unable to afford the plane tickets to Korea stings even more) and attend my friend’s birthday parties with a gift in my hand.

    But can you imagine how difficult it would be coming back from your grueling 8 hour workdays only to find your kid crying because he was bullied for receiving free lunches from the school? Having to ignore ailments because you can’t afford the treatments? With parents that haven’t had insurance to get their needed check-ups for years until Obamacare, that one hit home pretty hard.

    Looking back, I have had every reason to hate the world for putting me in the situation I was in. From food stamps to coupons to free lunches to financial aid to privileged right-wing conservatives telling me every painful aspect of my life was my own damn fault, it’s been a rough road. But for every thorn in my side and in my heart, I’ve been constantly reminded of the innumerable blessings and immeasurable love that I have been surrounded by. And it’s actually big deal that I’m even typing this for everyone to see.

    Try out the game yourself. See if you can make it.

    Even if you do, it’ll still teach you a thing or two.

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