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"Women should look like women. A piece of cardboard has no sexuality."

- Alexander McQueen

In 1967, Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to enter the Boston marathon. After realizing that a woman was running, race organizer Jock Semple went after Switzer shouting, “Get the hell out of my race and give me those numbers.” However, Switzer’s boyfriend and other male runners provided a protective shield during the entire maratmhon.

In 1967, Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to enter the Boston marathon. After realizing that a woman was running, race organizer Jock Semple went after Switzer shouting, “Get the hell out of my race and give me those numbers.” However, Switzer’s boyfriend and other male runners provided a protective shield during the entire maratmhon.

just shut up.

gyzym:

We can argue for media that doesn’t push the horrible shit we need to unlearn as a society to get to a healthier place, or we can point out the flaws in our preexisting media, or we can do both. But “Just shut up,” isn’t an option. “Just shut up,” can’t be an option, because we can’t keep playing the “Nobody told me because nobody told them,” card. Nothing will ever get better that way. Nothing will ever improve if we keep not telling people this shit. And yes, it’s easier not to watch things critically. Yes, it’s easier not to engage with this stuff. Yes, as always, “Not learning things,” is the easier option. And if you don’t want to learn things (or unlearn them, as the case may be), that’s your right. That’s your call, and nobody can stop you from making it. It’s entirely possible to like and even love problematic media while consuming it critically, while acknowledging its flaws, but if that’s not something you wish to figure out then that’s that, and there ain’t shit anybody can do about it. But for the love of god, stop arguing that people should be quiet, should stop pointing this stuff out, should stop engaging with something in a way you don’t want them to. For one thing, you’re wasting your breath—again, it’s the age of the internet. People are going to use their platforms as they please. But for another thing, there’s a huge difference between saying, “I don’t feel like dealing with this problem,” and saying, “I don’t feel like dealing with this problem and therefore no one else should either.” One of them is a personal choice, and the other is embarrassingly irresponsible. I’ll leave it up to you to work out where the chips fall on that one. 

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itsinthetrees:

Mazie Hirono, the Senator-Elect from Hawaii, will become the first Asian-American woman in the U.S. Senate.

20* women will be in the United States senate beginning in January, the most in American history. The United States senate will include an openly gay woman. Asian-American Tammy Duckworth (who lost both her legs in the Iraq War) was elected to the US House of Representatives.
And voters in statewide elections stood up for marriage equality in Maine, Washington, and Maryland. In Minnesota, voters said no to a ban on gay marriage. (The Washington Post’s conservative Right Turn blog today calls marriage equality “a battle that social conservatives have lost.”**)
There’s a long way to go, of course. We should live in a country where the headlines about 20 women in the senate are, ONLY 20?! And we should see marriage equality in every state. But this is real progress, and I want to thank all the HPA Volunteers, everyone working at Mainers United (including my high school friend Fran), and all those who volunteered their time and donated money to make this happen.
* I’m assuming Heidi Heitkamp will eventually be certified the winner in North Dakota.
** As a general rule, at least so far in American history, standing against equal rights for the nation’s population tends to work out poorly for political parties in the long run.

fishingboatproceeds:

itsinthetrees:

Mazie Hirono, the Senator-Elect from Hawaii, will become the first Asian-American woman in the U.S. Senate.

20* women will be in the United States senate beginning in January, the most in American history. The United States senate will include an openly gay woman. Asian-American Tammy Duckworth (who lost both her legs in the Iraq War) was elected to the US House of Representatives.

And voters in statewide elections stood up for marriage equality in Maine, Washington, and Maryland. In Minnesota, voters said no to a ban on gay marriage. (The Washington Post’s conservative Right Turn blog today calls marriage equality “a battle that social conservatives have lost.”**)

There’s a long way to go, of course. We should live in a country where the headlines about 20 women in the senate are, ONLY 20?! And we should see marriage equality in every state. But this is real progress, and I want to thank all the HPA Volunteers, everyone working at Mainers United (including my high school friend Fran), and all those who volunteered their time and donated money to make this happen.

* I’m assuming Heidi Heitkamp will eventually be certified the winner in North Dakota.

** As a general rule, at least so far in American history, standing against equal rights for the nation’s population tends to work out poorly for political parties in the long run.

Next to ‘Interplanet Janet’, this is my favorite Schoolhouse Rock.

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Great video of women layin’ down some truth!

Meryl Streep has had enough of the attacks on women and their fundamental rights — and she’s drawing the line by signing the Bill of Reproductive Rights. Join her: http://drawtheline.org