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Dustin Hoffman Breaks Down Crying Explaining Something That Every Woman Sadly Already Experienced

What’s stronger than saying “TRUTH”? Mega-truth?
Dustin Hoffman on playing a woman:
“I thought, I should be beautiful. If I was going to be a woman, I would want to be as beautiful as possible.”
“I think I’m an interesting woman, when I look at myself on the screen. And I know that if I met myself at a party, I would never talk to that character, because she doesn’t fulfill, physically, the demands that we’re brought up to think that woman have to have in order for us to ask them out…. There’s too many interesting women I have not had the experience to know in this life because I have been brainwashed.”


Margins of Thought: (Anti?) Feminism

Margins of Thought: (Anti?) Feminism


REALLY, PETA? Even Amanda Palmer knows better (http://amandapalmer.tumblr.com/post/35652469447/dear-peta-this-ad-is-really-upsetting). I won’t even go into the obvious body image/feminist issues here that Ms. Palmer points out. I will say that I make a good amount of money being the only unshaven working girl in my area—so stop telling me it isn’t sexy. More importantly, my partners know damn well it’s sexy.

No wonder veganism and the animal rights movement have come to encapsulate everything that’s wrong with the American left in my mind. It’s going to start being surprising when PETA puts out an ad that manages to NOT be offensive.

Virago Press: Fifty Shades of Feminism needs you!

Virago Press: Fifty Shades of Feminism needs you!

Forcing a woman to wait three days and consult with some asshole trying to convince her not to abort will not change the fact that that woman does not want to have a child. Even if it changes her mind about terminating the pregnancy, it doesn’t change whatever circumstances brought her to an abortion clinic in the first place. She’ll still walk out just as devoid of choices, just as un- or underemployed, just as broke, just as in debt, just as uninsured, just as lacking daycare, just as unable to care for herself and/or her existing children, just as in need of medication that she can’t take while pregnant, just as enmeshed in an unhealthy or abusive relationship, just the same as she was when she walked in. She’ll just have been guilted into making sacrifices she doesn’t want to make, to honor someone else’s mistaken perceptions about her morality.



Our system of government is fraudulent and always has been. From its inception it was a ‘democracy’ for rich white men with property. It is still that way to a discouraging extent. It was founded on terrorism and genocide, slavery and exploitation on a scale almost impossible to comprehend. I think the coming elections are a disgrace to the Planet. Imagine spending billions of dollars for elections that could be used for housing and decent drinking water for the millions who have none. I have written a new poem called Democratic Womanism that posits the direction I would like the world to move. With women of courage, mostly of color (and with our brave male allies) imbued with an understanding of democracy and socialism, leading all of us back to care of the earth as part of our duty to coming generations. And to the planet itself. Patriarchal leadership, including Obama’s, has been a huge disappointment, and this is an understatement.

Alice Walker

‎I do not believe that just because you’re opposed to abortion, that that makes you pro-life. In fact, I think in many cases, your morality is deeply lacking if all you want is a child born but not a child fed, not a child educated, not a child housed. And why would I think that you don’t? Because you don’t want any tax money to go there. That’s not pro-life. That’s pro-birth. We need a much broader conversation on what the morality of pro-life is.

Sister Joan Chittister, Catholic Nun

I know that health reform politics gets covered as a mainstream partisan thing and the fight over reproductive rights, abortion access, and contraception is treated as a ladies thing, sort of a side bar issue. This is where they come together. Republicans are against the government forcing you to buy health insurance. Republicans say they want the government out of the health care business. Republicans don’t want government telling people what to do when it comes to their health. That’s a very awkward message to be trying to peddle when they are trying to achieve complete regulation down to specific medical procedures of every pregnancy in their jurisdiction.

Rachel Maddow

Aside from the problem of responding to people “telling us that fighting for our rights is unattractive” by saying that it is “hot as hell” (still thinking within the binary that hotness is what’s really important here), this is pretty great.

the fact that “love your body” rhetoric shifts the responsibility for body acceptance over to the individual, and away from communities, institutions, and power, is also problematic. individuals who do not love their bodies, who find their bodies difficult to love, are seen as being part of the problem. the underlying assumption is that if we all loved our bodies just as they are, our fat-shaming, beauty-policing culture would be different. if we don’t love our bodies, we are, in effect, perpetuating normative (read: impossible) beauty standards. if we don’t love our individual bodies, we are at fault for collectively continuing the oppressive and misogynistic culture. if you don’t love your body, you’re not trying hard enough to love it. in this framework, your body is still the paramount focus, and one way or another, you’re failing. it’s too close to the usual body-shaming, self-policing crap, albeit with a few quasi-feminist twists, for comfort.

We don’t need to justify ourselves to anyone. We don’t need a reason to be queer. Maybe we were born this way, maybe we weren’t. Maybe sexuality is fluid for some people and not for others. It’s totally irrelevant either way. The message we need to send to heterosexists is not that our sexuality was foisted upon us and that they should be ‘tolerant’ and ‘understanding’. The message is: our sexuality is perfectly valid and none of your business, we offer you no excuses, and we are never going away.

Natural Weaning Age for Humans

Natural Weaning Age for Humans

She’s a sad little girl who’s been pimped out into a pathetic monstrosity of alienated Western sexuality.

This could be said about a lot of people, in a lot of contexts. But it was said in War, Inc. Why did I not know about this movie, this “spiritual cousin to Grosse Pointe Blank,” earlier? Sure, it’s weird, and not always good. But still. Worth watching.