“But trying to mold feminism into an identity that anyone can claim, no matter what they believe about women’s rights, is a mistake. Whereas feminism used to be an active belief system that challenged patriarchy, it is now (at least in the public imagination) “anything a woman chooses to do”—even if those actions directly contradict feminist values.”—Jessica Valenti, The Empowerment Elite Claims Feminism (via femfreq)
TIL that Laurie Holden (Andrea from the Walking Dead) is a member of Operation Underground Railroad, whose mission is to hunt down sex traffickers. She was recently part of a sting in Columbia which resulted in the arrest of 12 criminals and the rescue of 55 sex trafficking victims.
“It is because society tells us that women are objects, not subjects, that Stephen Hawkings can declare women to be “a complete mystery”, and have newspapers gleefully latch on to this, declaring women “the greatest mystery known to man”. It is a common refrain for men to bleat about not understanding women, but this is because they have simply never tried, because society has trained them to never look at life through the eyes of a woman.”—The Objectification of Women – It Goes Much Further Than Sexy Pictures (via brutereason)