Israel has begun it’s campaign in launching the biggest ground assault on Gaza in more than 5 years.
The people of Gaza have absolutely no chance at this point. Israel will do anything to wipe Gaza off the planet. WE MUST TAKE ACTION. BOOST
The Israeli government has given the military permission to mobilize up to 40,000 additional reservists as it steps up an offensive in the Gaza Strip aimed at eradicating the source of the Palestinian Rocket Fire.
The last time a ground invasion occurred was in 2009 when 4,000 Israeli troops were deployed in Gaza. The death toll added up to 13 Israeli deaths (3 from friendly fire) and 1,417 Palestinian Deaths which included 114 women and 431 children.
This time there are ten times as many troops being deployed. Already casualties from rocket fire are escalating well past precedent; One can only imagine the toll this ground invasion will take on the Palestinian people.
The only way the fighting will end is if Israel agrees to a peace treaty that gives Palestine their land back along the original 1967 borders declared by the United Nations (which still allocates a disproportionately larger amount of land to the Israeli people).
Please signal boost this to spread awareness and pray for the civilians of both countries involved.
"Ask a man who’s hit a woman, if he’ll tell you. Ask a woman who’s been hit, and she will: “whore” is the oldest name in the book and the first one said when a man feels his worst feeling, which is humiliation, or the shock of not being a man. Not all men, don’t worry, only all the men I’ve known, and all the men my friends have known, and not only them, but all of us, all of us who think strippers and sex workers and suburban wives and/or stuck-up blond sorority girls are something less than or betraying either the feminine or feminist ideal, all of us who make these crimes by emasculation feel as common, and unstoppable, as acts of god.”
Ugh, I just have to get this off my chest — YES ALL MEN.
Misogyny, like racism, is a fucking epistemological structure. It is not about saying “I hate women” out loud so everyone can hear you and label you and ward you off as an aberration. It is not “a few bad eggs.” It is the fucking scaffolding upon which Western notions of the self, and the body, and rational thought, and literally the entire universe is built. Our very idea of what it means to be human — individual, self contained, self possessing, rational — is gendered and raced.
There is no exempting yourself from racism or misogyny. There is no “I would never say/do/think those things, so I am not that.” Our language is racist and misogynist. Our mythologies, our cultural fantasies, are racist and misogynist. It is not a spectrum, it is a fucking system. It’s the Matrix, but no one ever gets out. Sometimes, you can just see the code at work, but that takes a lifetime of conscious effort, of willful training, of reshaping your eyes to see and your mouth to speak.
The more you try to exempt yourself or other people entirely—“I’ve never had a racist thought in my life!”—the more you reveal how deeply you don’t get it and how hard you’ll work to keep the system in place. So fuck off.
"Lessons from a Day Spent with the UCSB Shooter’s Awful Friends" — This makes me ill. Quite literally. But it’s an important read — because, as all these other articles lay out quite clearly, the shooter was not an exception to any rules. There are a lot of men like him; maybe not all men, but it feels, more and more everyday, like almost all.
I am in a hotel in Washington, DC, and my boyfriend is taking a bath, reading. I barge in, demanding to know if all men are terrible, eyes blazing. He tries to calm me down, but I am upset.
I leave the bathroom in a huff.
"Your Princess Is in Another Castle: Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds" — a must read about the casual misogyny of nerd culture.
But I have known nerdy male stalkers, and, yes, nerdy male rapists. I’ve known situations where I knew something was going on but didn’t say anything—because I didn’t want to stick my neck out, because some vile part of me thought that this kind of thing was “normal,” because, in other words, I was a coward and I had the privilege of ignoring the problem.
"A Sad Reflection" — another essay on how popular culture shapes misogynistic fantasies, with an emphasis on Hollywood.
Movies may not reflect reality, but they powerfully condition what we desire, expect and feel we deserve from it. The myths that movies have been selling us become even more palpable at a time when spectators become their own auteurs and stars on YouTube, Instagram and Vine. If our cinematic grammar is one of violence, sexual conquest and macho swagger — thanks to male studio executives who green-light projects according to their own pathetic predilections — no one should be surprised when those impulses take luridly literal form in the culture at large.
"Let’s Call the Isla Vista Killings What They Were: Misogynist Extremism" — on putting a name to the acts of terrorism committed by white men.
The ideology behind these attacks - and there is ideology - is simple. Women owe men. Women, as a class, as a sex, owe men sex, love, attention, “adoration”, in Rodger’s words. We owe them respect and obedience, and our refusal to give it to them is to blame for their anger, their violence -stupid sluts get what they deserve. Most of all, there is an overpowering sense of rage and entitlement: the conviction that men have been denied a birthright of easy power.
"Masculinity vs. Misogylinity: What Asian Americans Can Learn from the UCSB Shootings" — a much needed reflection on the racing of gender and sexual ideals, and the sometimes unwitting complicity of Asian American communities with oppressive and deeply misogynistic ideas about manhood.
Within the Asian American community, too, we see this sex-based version of masculinity go unchallenged. Too often, we narrowly (and sometimes uncritically) promote pop culture images of Asian American men in sexual or romantic roles (where the character’s explicit heterosexuality alone defines the character as empowering and masculine). Too often, we revere characters like JT Tran, who sells an Asian American-specific version of pick-up artistry workshops, and David Choe, who hosted a popular Asian American-focused podcast that intended to subvert Asian American emasculation through real or manufactured tales of sexual conquest (where he also allegedly confessed to rape).
But let’s be clear: this sex-based masculinity is not actual masculinity. It is something else: let’s call it “misogylinity.”
spaceshipmatria said: You're really going to say "fuck Hugo Schwyzer" and then also post stuff he writes?
Yes. Hugo Schwyzer is notoriously anti-WOC and has bullied and steamrolled feminists of color online (and then told the world he was a victim of bullying, obviously). However, on this occasion, I thought his opinion—and yes, his position—merited consideration and dissemination. As a white man, of course, his opinion is privileged, so it holds more sway than, say, me, or another woman of color, saying the same thing. Which is a fucked up reason to reblog it, of course, as it capitulates and extends the same structure. I could have thought about that more deeply before reblogging, certainly.
On the other hand, he’s a white man who has very publicly struggled with being called out on as his white male privilege, and I think his position is an interesting one. He’s one of the few white male public intellectuals—that I know of at least—who is at least trying to engage with the way his own worldview has been shaped by his privilege, and in the case of the UCSB shootings, that position seemed relevant and worth reading to me. Yes— there are women of color, and men of color, saying incredibly articulate things all over the internet about the pathology of white male privilege and the toxic confluence of racism and misogyny this shooting highlights. I’m reading those articles, and I definitely should be linking and reblogging them too, because they are just as/more important than Schwyzer. But I do think there also needs to be engagement with white men, especially in a circumstance like this, which is so clearly about the pathology of white masculinity.
So, as a woman of color, fuck Hugo Schwyzer. But the shooting this weekend does drive home the point that white men need to be having this conversation too. That doesn’t excuse them from criticism or earn them ally brownie points forever and ever amen. It just means they’re also worth engaging with.