Females: I want equal rights.
Females: You can’t hit me I’m a female.
Females: I want equal rights and i don’t want you to hit me because I am a human being and I don’t like being hit
Even if they throw the first punch?
how about no one hits anyone because hitting people is wrong
Josephine Baker, later known as ‘Bronze Venus’, ‘Black Pearl’ and ‘Créole Goddess’ was born in America in 1906 and later moved to France to become a singer, dancer, and actress. She was the first African-American woman to star in a major motion picture, and became famous worldwide.
Though she grew up as a maid in wealthy white households she eventually became an exotic dancer in France, famously appearing in next to no clothing, and became a French citizen in 1937.
Ernest Hemingway referred to Baker as ‘the most sensational woman anyone ever saw’ and she received approximately 1500 marriage proposals in her life time. She became a muse for Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Pablo Picasso, and Christian Dior. She had a variety of exotic pets including a cheetah named Chiquita, a chimpanzee named Ethel, a pig named Albert, a snake named Kiki, a goat, a parrot, parakeets, fish, three cats, and seven dogs.
When WWII broke out, Baker became a volunteer spy for France, and assisted the French Resistance by smuggling messages written in invisible ink on sheet music. She made great efforts to aid those in danger of enemy attack, sent Christmas presents to French soldiers, and smuggled information she gathered in Spain back to France by pinning notes containing the information on the inside of her underwear. She was awarded the Medal of Resistance with Rosette and later named a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour.
Baker also aided many civil rights movements by refusing to perform to segregated audiences and storming out of a club in Manhattan with actress Grace Kelly after she was refused service. She worked with the NAACP and spoke at a Washington march alongside Martin Luther King Jr. as the only official female speaker. Baker was actually asked by Martin Luther King Jr.’s widow to take his place as leader of the American Civil Rights Movement, but Baker declined on the grounds her twelve adopted children ‘were too young to lose their mother’.
Baker died in 1975, four days after her final show, attended by such names as Mick Jagger, Shirley Bassey, and Liza Minnelli.
Oh and she was queer and had a relationship with Frida Kahlo. All around badass.
I’d like a movie about her life too, please.
Rachel Edidin, editor of Dark Horse Comics staged a revolution to try and usurp the so-called “idiot nerd girl” meme. I find this delightful.
I reblog this every time I see it. Because YES.
[TW: Abortion, Medical Abuse]
How can someone stand behind abortion, when you have a life inside of you that God created for you? How can you say that this life isn’t worth it? If you can’t take care of the baby for whatever circumstances than there is always adoption available to couples who can’t conceive, but still want the joy of being parents. OPEN YOUR EYES! God has bigger plans for us all that we don’t even realize the picture.
Excuse me but it appears your baby is actually upside down
Did you take Sex Ed freshman year because babies come out headfirst
Hi, OP! As someone who was given up for adoption, allow me to call bullshit on your little post there! You see, when I was adopted, I was a white-skinned, healthy, neurotypical infant, which basically put me at the top of the list, right underneath white-skinned, healthy, neurotypical MALE infants! There’s only one kind of infant people wanted to adopt more than me! I was SOOO lucky! But if you actually bothered to look at the information readily available on the interwebs, you would be aware that the majority of people who are forced to rely on abortion for family planning are poor people and people of color. Of course, those two demographics intersect, thanks to the institutionalized racism of our society! Neat huh?!
Of course, even babies of color are not in high demand with couples looking to adopt. Many who do want to adopt outside their race choose to go outside the country, where laws are less strict and the process is often less expensive. Of course, most of the infants adopted this way are obtained in unscrupulous fashion, but who cares about that when you’re saving a little Korean or African baby from the horrible fate of growing up in Korea or Africa??? And all those children who have birth defects, are born with diseases or disabilities, or have other issues… WELL. Who wants to invest that kind of expense and time? Why would you adopt someone broken, LOLOL?!
Granted, there are some wonderful people who understand the system a little better, and make it a point to try and give POC and disabled children a good home. But they make up a very small fraction of potential adopters! This difference in supply and demand leaves a lot of children stuck in the foster system, where their chances of being adopted diminish with every passing year, and their chances of being physically or sexually abused INCREASE! Isn’t that wonderful?
And of course, we haven’t even talked about the person who is giving birth to the baby! I know you probably think pregnancy is a wonderful, happy time, and for some people it is, but it is also one of the greatest health risks a person can take. I love my son very much, and from the day I found out I was pregnant with him, I wanted him! But I also nearly died giving birth to him. You see, I had pre-eclampsia, the most commonly fatal birth complication in the world. My blood pressure was 180 over 130! At twenty-two years old, I was actually headed for a stroke, hah hah! How funny is that? And all it took was missing a single pre-natal appointment during which my blood pressure rose to dangerous levels and my body tried to kill both me and my son. Those seizures sure were fun, as was the emergency c-section performed without anesthetic! And being chained down while the operation was performed, because I was delirious and wouldn’t stop trying to fight off the doctors, that was a BLAST! It was great for my husband too, since he almost lost his wife and child in just forty-five minutes. You can imagine how thrilled he is at the prospect of me ever getting pregnant again. Babies are certainly cute, but pregnancy can have massive health complications, and I know it’s such a bummer, but they are PERMANENT. :( My abdominal muscles never recovered from being hacked through with a scalpel, and the flood of hormones caused by late pregnancy have changed things from heartburn (never used to have it, now, all the time!) to my emotional reactions (I cry when I see pictures of kittens now. I used to be tough). These are changes I did not ask for, cannot control, and cannot fix! And many people go through worse! I know, right? Unbelievable, but go look up the word ‘episiotomy’ and then look up ‘birth rape’ and I’m afraid you’ll find some stuff that just isn’t very shiny. Plus, the studies actually show that people who carry a baby to term, give birth, then give it up for adoption suffer HIGHER rates of post-pregnancy complications like post-partum depression and post-partum psychosis, general depression, and other mental health issues. Adoption actually isn’t good for the person giving birth at all!
I’m afraid the picture you chose to use there is also pretty disingenuous. I know, I know, it seems like nitpicking. I’m not trying to be mean! :( But that picture shows a fully developed, viable infant, and most abortions are performed when the fetus isn’t even a fetus - it’s a blastocyst. That’s just a clump of cells. Seriously! You can totally find pictures on the interwebs and they’re not even gross, LOLOL! Later-term abortions are usually performed because of health complications, though some of our intrepid state legislators are trying to change all that! They care so much about people who are pregnant, you see, that they want to force them to carry dead or dying fetuses inside them until their body either becomes infected while it rots in their tummies (this is called sepsis, and it makes people very sick, and can even kill them!), or forces it out naturally in a gush of blood and fluids! Isn’t that so caring of them? I’m so glad they’re around to make those decisions for me! And if a pregnant person is not allowed to terminate an unviable fetus, in some states, they have to carry the child to term, give birth to it, and then watch it die in their arms because its lungs weren’t developed, or its brain formed outside its skull, or any of a million possible birth defects that will kill you just as quick as lickity-split! Isn’t that wild?! Of course, these people go through terrible grief, and as I mentioned, some of them may get sick and die from not being able to abort dead or dying fetuses. But I guess that’s just A-okay with you, huh?
Basically, I think before you suggest adoption as a universal alternative, you should actually go do some research on adoption. And before you condemn abortion, you should do some research on abortions - not the stuff your church is giving you, the stuff the real doctors are saying. Go to Planned Parenthood (if they haven’t all been closed down, ROFLMAO!) and request whatever information they have on the process, the statistics of who has abortions and why… and actually, all of that is on the interwebs! Isn’t technology AMAZING?
And in closing, since I’ve been asked this question many times and I know it’s coming? Yes, I realize I am here talking to you because I was not aborted. But the thing is, if my mother had chosen abortion, I wouldn’t know the difference, so it wouldn’t matter to me. And if she decided that choice was best for her, then that choice would have been best for her, and I would never want to take that choice away from her. As it is, since I was given up for adoption, and since I have seen the statistics on how badly people who give their children up for adoption suffer, I have spent much of my adult life worrying about her, whether she’s healthy, whether she’s okay, and feeling that if she did suffer from any of the common post-birth symptoms, it is at least partially my fault, even though she made that decision on her own. Which is silly, I know, but at some point, all children have to stare down the consequences of their parents’ having them. For some, that’s poverty. For others, a life-time of their parents struggling to treat and care for a severe illness or disability. For others, it’s wondering if their mother ever got over giving them away, and wishing you could reach out and assure her that it’s okay, she doesn’t have to be haunted.
May your birth control never fail!
Sonneillonv deserves a mother fucking standing ovation here.
Men still have trouble recognizing that a woman can be complex, can have ambition, good looks, sexuality, erudition, and common sense. A woman can have all those facets, and yet men, in literature and in drama, seem to need to simplify women, to polarize us as either the whore or the angel.
A nice conversation I had with “the youngest graduate intern” Disney has. And she supposedly had access to their marketing decisions thoough I’m not sure she wasn’t bluffing b/c she didn’t actually seem to understand it.
It went on for a while but I’ll highlight some of the gems, and some of my responses, since unfortunately, this attitude is hardly limited to her. So it all started with my friend posting a link to the Merida redesign issues. So this girl responded…
- Making her more traditionally feminine, A Brilliant Strategy:
I worked in Disney I saw it. she looks about 17-20 now and thats the age of the majority of the disney princesses. the marketing strategy behind this is to add another age group to sell to. Its actually quite brilliant. In all reality its not that bad because it will now increase the amount of teens that will be attracted to the movie.
…U can have opinions but sometimes u get more out of life if u hear from people who have actually been there. [referring to her working at Disney]Me to her: Was your marketing internship actually in the princess section? You’re full of bs if you’re saying they redesigned Merida to appeal to 18 year olds. ALL their redesigns look like that. The majority of their merchandise is still in the YOUNG CHILDREN’S section, or have I missed something? And anyway, it’s beside the point. Daniella is saying there is a problem- there is. Them marketing it to people doesn’t make it holy or above criticism.
- Fat shaming and not really understanding the basic issue of why refusing to show a diversity of sizes and continually making the princesses skinnier than they already were is problematic:and yes disney’s business strategies are fuck smart wrong or right. that was my point. and studies or no studies. if a little girl is focusing how skinny a disney princess is… maybe mom needs to get her ass to the gym as wellNot only do studies about how media influences young girls and their perception of their bodies not matter, but if your daughter is having trouble with the ubiquity of the only-skinny-is-pretty underlying message, clearly, the solution is for you to work outevery little girl has a right to want to be a princess and look up to them. And Disney has a right to make their princess’ skinny.. thats the way our celebs look. And honestly being skinny is wht children should drive for our nation has the largest problem with child obesity on the earth… the first fucking lady has tried to get on disney to teach kids to eat healthy.I find this intentionally ignorant since we were concentrating on how this media issue led to eating disorders and poor self esteem the whole time. And she decided to assume skinny=healthy anyway, which isn’t true, and even if it were, chubby and fat kids still deserve to look at themselves and love themselves.Daniella you and your girlfriend are just as rude. I am educated about Disney marketing. They are damn Disney princesses I saw 1000s of little girls all shapes and sizes and colors wearing their customs little girls do not look at the size of a disney princessIf your ten year old daughter says look how beautiful she is mommy its normal if she says look how skinny she is.. you got a problem and its not coming from the disney princess its coming from what shes hearing mommy say when she looks at herself in the mirror at home, or little girls at school.…Again little girls that look at them and say oh mommy shes so skinny… thats coming from mommy obsessing over her weight.The problem isn’t media, it’s moms. Because moms and other little girls are also never influenced to think certain things about their bodies and those of others, because of media. All their ideas of skinny=healthy beautiful for everyone and fat=bad occur in a vacuum.
- Getting the REAL message:Its important for parents to pull the proper messages from the movies not jsut the princess’ image. Tatiana’s ambition and drive, Cinderella’s hope, Snow white’s non judgmental character and compassion, Ariel’s sense of adventure… these are the things Disney was going for.… I think its sad how parents get so bent out of shape, you can educate you daughter and make her love herself and think shes a disney princess to. Look at me im doing above and beyond and I have a little of all them.She is a Disney expert which is how she knows about the long lost twin of Tiana, Tatiana. And how can you not recognize that there is something wrong if you require a parent to be explaining things in order for it to be okay? Esp. when not all parents have the time to constantly re-educate their kids.i am the youngest person to have a graduate level internship in Walt Disney world. As well as continue to work with them while I acquire my Masters from Michigan in marketing and project management. I would however like to commend you on your eyesight, yes they all look the same it is a marketing ploy the damn cartoon look like our celebrities… so what i dont see you girls bitching about the fact that Aladdin has a 6 pack.. so does Channing tetum.A) If there were a prince line that altered all the princes, why wouldn’t we complain? B) not talking about Aladdin doesn’t make other points less legitimate C) celebrities are all thin and princesses look like celebrities so there’s no problem… what?The problem is your reading way to much into it. Little fat girls don’t have to get insecure because they dont look like ariel in a bikini, instead their feminist mothers could point out how independent she is.The defense of “you’re not concentrating on the right messages” is getting stale. No one is saying not to appreciate the Disney princesses for the good their personalities have. We’re critiquing the bad. If someone handed you a hot dog with a moldy bun, would you insist we were ignoring the hot dog to ask for some fresh bread??
- A long way of saying you’re missing the point:Me to her: It saddens me when women (or men) think there’s something superior about chivalry rather than common courtesy. If you would agree doors should be held open for women, why slam then in the face for men? There’s no reason to gender it. If what mattered was what is in the inside of the princesses, their bravery etc, then why can’t we have some warrior princesses? chubby princesses? etc?(warrior like, Merida & Mulan not getting changed)it’s not just a disney issue but a media issue when young girls almost never see leads who aren’t skinnier than humanly possible. It shapes how young girls see themselves. there is a reason eating disorders are rampant. If disney had a prince line equivalent to the princess line, yeah, we’d probably find issue with that. but the very presentation of men in media is gendered in itself. Men are often multiple sizes in film whether it is animated or not. lead women, again, are rarely presented as being something other than very thin. this is not difficult to observe.
- Who let this girl into the country:I’m not friends with her but my friend showed me this that came up as her fb status:Reason number 28935798236589436582765 why i love Africa.. there are no feminists running around to strangle chivalryPretty sure the entire country of South Africa might have a few feminists in there somewhere who don’t agree with you (just in case you’re wondering, she is not African, she is a white girl from America studying in SA).this is actually making me laughtalk to them about their African Bush meat project I started. This is pointless. you guys want to deprive ur future daughter of a lifetime of magic do it… but while ur add it you might as well do homeschooling, and get rid of your tv. Theyre fucking cartoon characters.(them=me and someone else.) Apparently if you have a white savior complex about your work in Africa, you don’t have to be accountable in unrelated conversations about problematic marketing. Also just to point out, no one was even talking about not letting their kids watch Disney. Guess not worshipping Disney’s every move means it’s time to chuck the TV forever
- Step back though:but i also know what im talking about. Debating must have gotten me somwhere since I was captain in high school and public speaking captain in university.ok that has nothing to do with anything I just want to point out that we’re all in our mid 20’s… betta not cross the high school debate captainnnn!
- More about the Disney Experience which really helped her growth as a professional in all senses of the word:And I was treated really well while I was there made a ton of money at a young age and it boosted my career. Are we done here? Cause honestly I think its gonna be a long time before you get it Mari and have a daughter to teach cause your going to end up a lonely dried up bitter fucking hag…mmm by the looks of a cat lady to lolcat lady and proud thanx. She also called me a carpet muncher and Catzilla when messaging my friend… b/c implying or assuming someone is a lesbian obviously means their critique isn’t valid, and assuming I’ll end up not married obviously means I’m a failure at being a womannn!
If you’re a “nice guy” to a girl up until you realize she doesn’t want to date you, then go on about how she’s a cold shrew that friendzoned you and how no girls date nice guys, like, nah mate, girls do date nice guys. You just aren’t a nice guy. You’re a passive aggressive beta with internalized misogyny and a serious victim complex.
I met one of my daughter’s classmates who’s been infuriating her. He keeps telling her she can’t do things because she’s a girl (this week’s obsession being that she can’t play team sports, she has to be a cheerleader). Well today I watched him grab the glue stick in my kid’s hand, pull with all his might, literally screeeeaaaming in this horrible guttural demon-voice that she had to give it to him for (I’m not fucking kidding) over a full fucking minute. Meanwhile I kept saying no, she would share, but she had it first and he shouldn’t take things without asking. His tiny little face stayed contorted in this horrible grimace while he kept demanding she give it to him NOW and trying to pry it out of her fingers, and his mother (literally right next to him, touching him) just watched and said nothing.
And this is kindergarten rape culture, folks.
The teacher didn’t even notice any of this (even though there were only ~20 students and 10 parents in the room), which helps explain why my daughter constantly comes home talking about how this boy says and does awful things and doesn’t get punished. I need to have a parent-teacher conference, too, because when my daughter reports this bullying behavior to the teacher (which is what I tell her to do), she’s told not to “tattle.”
Don’t tattle on your bullies, kids, let them be disgusting bullies who never get punished for their actions. That’s not a fucking gross message to send to children or anything.
So glad it’s almost summer you don’t even know.
Male privilege and rape culture starts early. This is disgusting. If I ever have a son, I will not let him be a little shit, not in a million years.