MEETINGS Monday at 4:30pm in Harlan House. Food and discussion. Feel free to bring a friend!
WHO ARE WE? Third Wave Resource Group is a student rights and resource group centered in Harlan House, at Cornell. We are a safe, comfortable environment for community members which provides information, equality and empowerment informed by feminism. We believe feminism is about values & ideals. Empowerment & education. Community building & understanding. (And calling people out on their bullshit).
RESOURCES WE PROVIDE Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Advocacy, access to Safe Room, emergency transportation, library, kitchen, sewing room, safe zone, and confidentiality.
The process begins with the individual woman’s acceptance that American women, without exception, are socialized to be racist, classist and sexist, in varying degrees, and that labeling ourselves feminists does not change the fact that we must consciously work to rid ourselves of the legacy of negative socialization.
bell hooks, Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism
And imperialist as well. Denying this reality doesn’t help make it go away, it just makes it more insidious and harder to combat.
It is illegal for women to go topless in most cities, yet you can buy a magazine of a woman without her top on at any 7-11 store. So, you can sell breasts, but you cannot wear breasts, in America.
So, I recently was working as a teacher’s assistant for a summer program helping 8th graders transition to high school. The students occasionally had to attend lectures, including one from the vice-principal and another from a person who worked with a non-profit. The former was basically just going over the rules of the high school and telling the students how to “keep out of trouble,” while the latter was focused mainly on how to recognize bullying and sexual harassment and what to do about it.
Both lecturers told the students that “sexting” is a bad idea, and they both made the same argument as to why in almost the exact same way. The basic structure of the argument goes as follows: “If you sext someone, eventually they will break up with you, and then out of anger they will inevitably send your picture to everyone, and you will be incredibly upset. The only way to prevent this from happening is not to send pictures of yourself.”
I strongly disagree with this framework. I think that it’s possible to both warn teens that sending pictures of oneself is risky (preferably with actual data on what those risks are!) while also encouraging teens not to forward pictures without permission. Furthermore, I think that this entire approach to sexting is missing out an opportunity to talk about the actual texting side of “sexting” as a safe way to explore one’s sexuality.
Oh hell no. Find out more about this awful victim-blaming ad and what you can do to get it pulled here.
Sounds like some people could use some rape prevention tips! I recommend these:
Guys on Reddit are very typically coming from STEM fields - a lot of engineers, a lot of programmers. I really think the complete lack of basic understanding of social justice on Reddit, the lack of understanding of how past oppression continues to exert force on the present, is reflective of a larger failure of a good humanities education. It’s reflective of the increasing early specialization we require of college and even high school kids. Their STEM curriculums don’t require much of a humanities or social science foundation, so they grow up completely unarmed with the tools required to think critically about society, and totally unaware of how social structures shape everyone’s lives - and it’s especially invisible to them as mostly white, middle-class, straight males.
“Why is Reddit so Anti-Women?” Fascinating (and highly sensical) approach here, underscoring what gets lost when education (policy) is viewed as strictly the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields (the globally profitable/innovation-driven ones) at the expense of social/cultural education. (via marathonpacks)
AND reinforcing the overall White maleness of STEM fields. Vicious cycle, that.
Girls are great. So why are girl superheros always so crappy? Did you know there was a Spiderwoman, Hawkgirl and even a She-Hulk. I can get past the first two, but there’s something off-putting in thinking about a She-Hulk that takes my mind to weird places…I’d rather not discuss. The voting period ends Saturday, July 7 at 12:00AM so get your votes in now.
Wait, what? Fuck you, these characters are awesome. Kate Kane Batwoman being representative of someone in the running for “Worst Female Superhero” just blows my mind. Fuck you, College Humor.
Oh wow. This is like…wow. Like trying not to be sexist, but then being incredibly sexist. Way to go, website. We to be classy.
uhm wow fuck you
look how the results are doing, wtf
What the fuuuuuck?
I just. You would never see a ‘worst male superheroes’ list. If you did, it wouldn’t be ‘but seeing a dude in that role is just so WEIRD’. She-Hulk is fucking awesome. The ‘strange places’ comment- what, because she’s got muscles, because she’s not super feminine looking? Dude. Shut the fuck up. (Seriously, She-Hulk is funny and badass and awesome, as are Hawkgirl and, from what I’ve seen, Spider-Woman.)
oh my god
carrie kelley and batwoman are both FUCKING AWESOME, batwoman has one of the best (and only good) comics in the DCnU and carrie kelley was one of the best parts of the dark knight returns, are you shitting me right now
They don’t even refer to Carrie by her God damn name, just “Girl Robin.” THERE’S BEEN MORE THAN ONE GIRL WONDER. THEY’VE ALL BEEN GREAT. SHE’S NOT A TERRIBLE “FEMALE SUPEHERO” JUST BECAUSE SHE’S A “GIRL ROBIN” AND THAT’S WHAT THIS FUCKING POLL AND PHRASING ARE TELLING ME.
OH MY GOD WHERE IS A RED LANTERN RING WHEN YOU NEED ONE
ALSO: LOL THAT AWKWARD MOMENT WHEN PEOPLE WHO KNOW FUCK-ALL ABOUT COMICS TRY TO MAKE A POLL ABOUT COMICS
PLS GO FUCK YOURSELVES