Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Tuesday Reading

Abuse in polyamorous relationships
by Shea Emma Fett
It’s difficult to talk about abuse. For me, I think it has been harder still because it was emotional abuse. I wish he would just hit me, I remember thinking. Then I would know that it is time to leave. Then all the weakness and self hatred would have an identifiable cause. Then I would understand why I don’t feel like I have a choice anymore in this relationship, why I don’t trust my own judgement, why I can’t seem to say no, why I end up sobbing and apologizing over and over again at the end of every conversation where I try to stand up for myself.
Read More at Medium


The Little Mermaid: Our Favorite Gothic Villain
by Stephanie Stott
It’s a common criticism to condemn Ariel from Disney’s The Little Mermaid as the least feminist of the Disney Princesses. The argument goes something like: Ariel is a misogynist patriarchy’s dream girl because she alters her body[1], forsakes her family[2], and gives up her voice for a man she doesn’t know, a man who has the nerve to save her![3] And, without a voice, she can only attract Prince Eric with her appearance[4] and cannot actually give consent to be kissed[5]. However, I argue that the Little Mermaid is among the most feminist of the Disney Princesses because she exerts taboo forms of agency and is ultimately rewarded for these un-princess-like methods. Though cast in the position of damsel in distress, Ariel as a character exhibits all the trappings of a gothic villain (by which I do not mean to suggest that she is evil, but rather active and assertive, as such villains are). In this way, she is the first Disney heroine to have her cake (use her sexual, intellectual, and entrepreneurial agencies) and eat it, too (attain her own happy ending).
Read More at Reel Girl


Being a Rape Survivor on Public Transit
by Anonymous
I travel into a 9-5 job, Monday through Friday, with the rest of the world. To protect my identity, I won’t say what city I live in; suffice it to say that the public transit here is crowded and overloaded, just like it is in every other major city. I switch trains three times to get to work, so I get the brunt of the commuting horror. The nature of PTSD being what it is, I never know who will wear the same cologne as my ex, who might look like him from behind, or who sounds the same when they talk on the phone. I will never know when that might hit me or when, and that’s something I’ve had to come to terms with.
Read More at Persephone Magazine


Don't be afraid of Vagina Wolf
by Agata Ostrowska
"For beyond the difficulty of communicating oneself, there is the supreme difficulty of being oneself": rarely is the message of a film so accurately reflected in the motto that appears onscreen before the opening credits. This quotation from Virginia Woolf's The Common Reader perfectly applies to the situation Anna, the heroine, finds herself in. She's just turned 40, has no job, no girlfriend and lives in a friend's garage. Like Bridget Jones' older lesbian sister, she has a permanent list of birthday resolutions that remains unchanged year after year ("make a movie, lose 20 lbs, find a girlfriend"). She makes a living performing in her vagina costume.
Read More at The F Word


Other People’s Makeup Use: None Of Your Business
by ozymandias
Some might find this odd from a makeup-hating hairy-legged radical feminist, but the pro side is not wrong. Some women get a self-esteem boost from feeling like they’re presenting their best selves to the world. Some women think of makeup as armor they put on before battle. Some women consider makeup to be three minutes of self-care, time they take for themselves. The key word there, however, is some women.
Read More at Thing of Things


Black Feminist Blogger, Ep. 7: Two Degrees Separated



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