when u accidentally say something REALLY RUDE in front of people u just met
SIGNAL BOOST THIS NEWS! Seriously, how come this isn’t all over tumblr? Angelina Jolie presided over the largest ever global anti-rape summit. She is using her celebrity for good. She is addressing rape in wartime and in conflict zones, which is where it is perpetuated on the most massive scale and in which context always has been used as a weapon.
Feminists of tumblr should get behind this woman. Let’s stop the perpetual erasure and trivialization of women in the media through their sexualization and start looking at the work that they do. Her acts here are easily in danger of being eclipsed by her image in the tabloids which is more concerned with her relationship to Brad Pitt and the fact that she is a sex symbol than the important feminist work that she is performing RIGHT NOW.
I am such a fan of this lady… and she does not deserve to be trivialized for being a woman, a sex symbol, and a celebrity. Here, she is working for social justice for women all over the world. She’s doing what’s right.
Love this — because # are hurt by sexism and misogyny, but # be part of the solution.
this graphic, while adorable and well intentioned, is confusing gender with gender identity. i think that this distinction is important in order to really understand things like sexism, transgender, transphobia, and even intersex.
gender is a set of ideals and expectations that society imposes upon people based on their perceived sex. got a vagina (or do you look like you have one because of your high cheek bones or breasts or hips etc)? then it’s pinkness and weakness and daintiness and dresses for you. got a penis (or do you look like you have one because of your broad shoulders, flatter chest, and taller height)? then it’s blue and rough and strong and active with short hair and pants for you.
gender IS very much a stupid pink and blue binary that puts you into one of 2 boxes based on how other people perceive your sex. that’s why you’ll hear feminists talk about how “gender is a social construct”. gender is a social class created by people and imposed upon you beginning at birth — and that’s part of why it’s bullshit. gender is also bullshit because it exists to maintain a hierarchy that values men/maleness/masculinity over the “inferior” [social category] of women/femaleness/femininity. enter sexism and sex-based oppression. in case you were doubting that gender is a social category created by people, keep in mind that some societies have 3 or 4 or 5 genders. (side note: gender should not be confused with sex, which refers to roughly defined categories of genitalia, hormonal levels, chromosomes, etc. how we categorize someone’s sex is also a social construct. for example, when a baby is born with ambiguous genitalia, parents will often arbitrarily choose the sex their baby resembles more. the intersex child is thusly raised as either a boy or a girl. and we’re back to gender again — a social construct based on perceived sex.)
i digress. all of the above is the reason why gender identity is highly varied. gender itself is not highly varied because it’s a binary social class. the fact is, people do not fit into those two boxes. our identities and understanding of ourselves is not 2 dimensional. there are many personal, real, and valid ways to understand one’s own gender beyond the binary that society enforces. our understanding of our own gender is shaped by biological and social factors (nature and nurture, for the psych nerds) and results in the self-concept that is gender identity. despite this fluidity, society wants you to only have the gender identity it assigns to you: man or woman. this compulsory gender identification system is the result of cissexism - or the belief that you must have a gender identity that matches your perceived sex. and if you identify otherwise? enter transphobia - or discriminatory treatment based on one’s gender identity.
transphobia may also be rooted in gender expression. gender expression is how we choose to present ourselves to the world, in any combination of ways which are deemed feminine/masculine/androgynous by society. those whose gender expression does not comply with what is deemed appropriate for their perceived sex have historically been subject to discrimination and violent attacks — especially those whose sex is perceived as “male”, but who are women and/or express their gender in a very feminine way. this is the result of transphobia colliding with misogyny and is sometimes referred to as transmisogyny.
gender roles are moreso rooted in sexism than transphobia. gender roles refer to the behaviors people are expected to have based on their perceived sex (roughly works out to male roles=dominant and active while female roles=submissive and passive).
damn yall if it aint confusing as shit