Geez, I can see why you’d need help picking a topic, as there definitely is a lot.
I would probably suggest really looking into the stigma surrounding feminism, and how a lot of people think it’s this big, bad thing because media has told them to think that way, and they’ve never questioned it.
And how there’s this lack of education surrounding feminism, and that the vast majority will openly attack it, because what they’ve been made to believe is not the truth of the whole movement.
They’ve only seen a small fraction of the proactive members. Ones that have been conveniently highlighted because their extremest views, which do not often co-align with that of the whole movement, have been most harmful to the way of life of those in power.
And the people in power aren’t the old, white fogeys that sit by their fireplaces, clad in mink, rubbing their $1000 bills together. They’re just the ones that we, the true people in power, have enabled.
They’ve only got a step up, at this time, because they’ve managed to somehow trick the masses into accepting that it’s okay for them to have more money than they need, while people starve.
It’s okay for them to have five holiday homes, while people are homeless.
idk. I’m just waiting for society to wake up to itself a bit.
But I digress.
You could address the fact that not all women benefit from feminism’s current agendas. For example, most employees of ‘women’s magazines’.
Here’s a whole cluster of people, mostly women, benefiting from the objectification of female celebrities, putting women down because of their bodies and microanalysing shit that doesn’t really matter.
They make money off the perpetuation of this negative society.
Or you could address the three massive hurdles that the movement, as a whole, will need to address:
- Overcoming the vast, negative prejudices that has been pinned against the movement for the obvious sake of undermining the agenda. This will need to be accomplished through effective education and communication.
- Getting people on our side, on our side. There’s this discourse between people that would benefit from feminism, because they just don’t know better. Having people that we’re in aid of working against the movement is a massive detriment. This whole ‘womenagainstfeminism’ thing at the moment is a prime example of that.
- The third hurdle is the actual equality thing that feminism is actually about. The reason for which it exists. What it’s trying to accomplish.
Something it can’t really do until it successfully overcomes the first two.
There’s just some suggestions. They’re mostly the highlight reel of what I’ve been mulling over at the moment. If you asked me a month ago, it probably would have been a completely different selection of valid topics.
do you guys remember that one post about how men feel entitled to take up so much space and women have to deal with a lot less?
This is actually a documented thing. You always see men on the subway or tube or whatever using both armrests while women sit with their arms hunched together into their laps. That’s why I always make a point to take up at least one if not both armrests of the tube so men can be uncomfortable for once.
^ again, for all the people telling me posting this picture is complaining too much.
In my college classes (and high school too) guys were always stretching, sticking fists and elbows in my face, leaning their heads back over my desk, over my work, spreading their legs out, kicking my bag with their dirty shoes. And let’s not pretend they were in other guys’ space as much as they were in women’s.
It’s so true, this happens to me every day on the train. Same with the walking thing, women will weave out of the way whereas men just walk straight and plow down anything in their path. I always end up playing chicken with men on the sidewalk now, because I refuse to move out of their way.
I love playing chicken with dudes who hog the sidewalk. BODY CHECK! Fucking assholes.
“NOT ALL MEN ARE LIKE THIS!” FUCK OFF.
“AS A MAN, I THINK THAT…” FUCK OFF.
Men always have the same defensive bullshit to spout every time they get called out on their shit. AND IT IS BORING. They remind me of those toys where you pull a string an they have like 5 phrases they can say. Over and over and over.
same here with playing chicken, its hilarious sometimes because they get this flash of realization in their eyes that says ‘holy shit, she’s NOT going to move/??? what do????’ because THEY ARE SO USED TO EVERYONE MOVING FOR THEM
when i was younger my grandpa drew this on a piece of paper,
and he asked me how i, as the red circle, would get around the two people (black circles) if i was walking down the street.
so of course i came back with
moving out of the way for them as i walked.
he asked me if i thought men would do the same and, at the time, i did because i thought it was just common courtesy. but he told me that men would barrel straight through without giving a shit and that i should do the exact same. because i was the one walking and they were the ones in the way. so that’s exactly what i do.
i find this really fascinating because this actually what defines so-called masculine and feminine traits and gestures. the whole limp-wrist thing? that’s someone decreasing the amount of space they take up by not extending their arm fully. same with crossing one’s legs, how it’s considered more masculine to swing your shoulders when you walk creating a wider gait instead of your hips, how someone who holds their elbows tightly into their torso instead of letting them fall more loosely at their sides is considered feminine.
taking up space is not just a frequent habit of males in our culture, its actually how society thinks masculinity is supposed to be expressed.
It’s also why you can seriously freak people out if you’re a woman by sitting back in your chair and draping your arm over the backrest of the one beside it.
It’s claiming space, and more importantly, it’s powerful body language. In primates (including humans), the individual that “opens” its chest—that is, leaves it open to attack—is the most dominant of them, precisely because it shows a confidence that no one WILL attack you.
Look at someone who’s comfortable vs someone who’s uncomfortable—the uncomfortable person will inevitably cross their arms or cover their chest to in an instinct to protect the thoracic cavity.
So, when you want to look HELLA confident, open up your chest and make direct eye contact. It feels weird (for women!) at first, but it’s the fastest way to freak a dude out. They genuinely do not know what to do when a woman displays behaviour they recognize as confident.
This was interesting. Literally never thought about it before.
I didn’t think about this until after I reblogged it. I NEVER take the armrest if someone else can halve it. I walk around people. I hold doors for people, and I don’t fit in with guys. I used to think I had a problem, then I realized other guys saw me as weak because I didn’t take up more space, disrespect people and barrel through crowds. Yeah. I’m a guy, so when I say this I mean it, men suck.
That’s what I was thinking when I read this too. Like, I am not at all questioning what women face when it comes to taking up space - women often get the short end of the stick when it comes to this. But part of patriarchy also involves the hierarchy of “alpha males” who try to intimidate their way through life, and it leaves a lot of men like me who could never really fit the mold to be “one of the guys” way out of the picture. One’s approach to crowds and public transportation is an excellent illustration of that. I’ve personally had to fight these habits in the past few years as well - not being afraid to fill up my seat on an airplane, not squeezing my legs together on public transportation, not feeling weird about using at least one armrest, etc.
So I’m not saying you’re wrong. I’m saying I know that feel and I’m glad people, especially women, are gaining the confidence to fight it.
- The US Government: We're not going to make it federally mandatory for people to get paid a wage they can actually live off of
- The US Government: If people want to make a living, they'll just have to work 16+ hours a day
- The US Government: And if their kids end up disenfranchised because of a lack of parental involvement, well that's not our problem
- The US Government: In fact, what is our problem is creating a system that will funnel these disenfranchised youth into our prison system so they can work for corporations (that promise us money) for damn near free
- The US Government: If they don't want to fall victim to this system, then they can seek higher education
- The US Government: Except such an education will be inaccessible to most disenfranchised people and skewed in favor of the financially stable and white people
- The US Government: And we're not going to make intervention programs like sex education and conflict resolution federally mandatory, because that's the parent's job
- The US Government: The parent who is working 16 hours a day
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