"When you consider things like the stars, our affairs don’t seem to matter very much, do they?"

- Virginia Woolf (via observando)


"Resistance can take the form of momentous acts of organized, planned, and disciplined protests, or it may consist of small, everyday actions of seeming insignificance that can nevertheless validate the actor’s sense of dignity and worth-such as refusing on the basis of inferiority to give up ‘a seat on a bus or covering one’s self in shame."

- Paulette M. Caldwell, A Hair Piece: Perspectives on the Intersection of Race and Gender


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"El cuerpo, el cerebro, los genitales y el lenguaje son todos necesarios para la sexualidad humana, pero no determinan ni sus contenidos, ni las formas concretas de experimentarlo, ni sus formas institucionales"

- Gayle Rubin



Given the promotion of family values that goes hand in hand with [programs that promote marriage as a solution to poverty for women], it’s noteworthy that in 2004, one of the Bush administrations first marriage-promotion programs was charged with sex discrimination. The Pennsylvania-based marriage education course for unmarried couples with children offered employment services -but only for the men.

Another government-funded program, the biblically based Marriage Savers, makes the case that marriage is good for income because women can help men do better at their jobs by being, well, housewifely:

"The married man won’t go to work hungover, exhausted, or tardy because of fewer bachelor habits, and because he eats better and sees the doctor sooner, thanks to his wife. She is also a good adviser on career decisions, and relieves him of chores, so he can do a better job".

Never mind that women are 40% more likely than men to be poor, and that 90% of welfare recipients are women. Better that we’re married than given the opportunity to be educated and receive work training. Fear of women being unmarried -especially women with children- trumps logic when it comes to battling poverty.


- Jessica Valenti - The Purity Myth (via misandry-mermaid)