Anonymous asked: That "I've got a daughter" bit (and it is always a daughter) is just a liberals' version of "Won't someone think of the children?"


From your pejorative use of “liberal,” I’m going to presume you’re a self-described “conservative.” That puts you on some very shaky ground, considering how many self-proclaimed conservatives use “protecting our children” for any number of draconian, even cruel, pieces of legislation.

You betray a remarkable, and incredible, selfishness in just one sentence. As if to say caring for our children is, in some way, a weakness. As if to say caring for our children is, in some way, wrong. As if it is not every parents’ duty to do just that.

Moreover, you’re willfully misreading what I wrote. I talked of my daughter, yes. And of my colleagues. My friends. My wife. My peers. My fans. I spoke to men and women alike.

Yet another coward who is afraid to sign his name.

All you do is prove me right.


So I think we were all pretty righteously pissed off today. And then Greg Rucka reminded us all why we buy so many of his comics.
And like some lesser designs, you can also buy this on a shirt.


So I think we were all pretty righteously pissed off today. And then Greg Rucka reminded us all why we buy so many of his comics.

And like some lesser designs, you can also buy this on a shirt.

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Dr. Mary Walker ”believed that tight corsets along with voluminous skirts and petticoats were unsanitary and hampered her medical practice. So she didn’t wear them: first sporting bloomers, then, midway through the war, abandoning those for a male surgeon’s uniform. She didn’t attempt to pass as a man; she was an obviously female doctor wearing a male uniform…. She continued to wear men’s clothing throughout her long life (she lived until 1919) and continually advocated for rational dress reform for women.”

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fish-scales-and-mer-tails asked: I'm very sorry, but the example you gave about the gashes in the arms, you know about one person having a small gash and the other having a bigger one, I wouldn't ignore the one with a smaller gash, but the one with the bigger one would be first priority. And also, as a female in a first world country, I can hardly feel that gash, it feels more like a scrape. I just don't seem to feel the effects as much, as if I've bandaged and medicated that scrape. Am I just a sociopath?


I don’t know anything about you, but I think you must have some unchecked privileges that cause you to assume that everyone in your wealthy country has the same experiences as you.  And they don’t.  If you are white/straight/cis/middle class/wealthy/able-bodied/neurotypical/thin or any combination of those, you have privileges that garner you certain opportunities and rights that others lack, and it shows a huge lack of empathy to assume that anyone living in your country can’t experience true or “worthy” suffering because you don’t.
Women suffer from oppression everywhere on Earth.  You need to stop using the term first world/third world and educate yourself on why those terms are not okay.  You need to educate yourself on the oppression faced by people in your country caused by a lack of certain privileges that you have.  Read back through my blog.  Check out my recommended blogs for more.  Stop assuming you know everyone else’s experiences.  Recognize your own privileges and how they effect your life. 
Stop creating a false dichotomy out of a situation that is not either/or.  Women suffer because of misogyny in America.  Women suffer because of misogyny in Indonesia.  Women suffer because of misogyny in China.  Women suffer because of misogyny in Somalia.  Women suffer because of misogyny in Scotland.  You don’t have to create a either/or situation or a competition where there is none.  We can fight oppression in all its many varied forms.


Wearing my Captain Marvel necklace to work and then the wake later today, because today is going to be hard. But Carol and the Carol Corps have got my back.


Wearing my Captain Marvel necklace to work and then the wake later today, because today is going to be hard. But Carol and the Carol Corps have got my back.

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Spotlight on Dr. Nettie Stevens

Dr. Nettie Stevens was an American geneticist who was the first person to describe the XY sex determination system in animals happens due to chromosomes, not some other factor like the environment. Nettie was born on July 7, 1861 in Vermont. She had an unusual childhood in the fact that she attended school until she graduated at 19, at which time she became a teacher. Eventually, after attending a teaching school, Nettie would enroll at Bryn Mawr College at the age of 39 to get her Ph.D. in cytology (the study of chromosomes). She is also one of the worst victims of the Matilda Effect.

After getting her Ph.D. in 1903, Nettie began studying sex determination in mealworms. In 1905, Nettie noticed that male mealworms would produce sperm with either an X chromosome or Y chromosome, but female mealworms would only produce eggs containing X chromosomes. However, her theory was not widely accepted in the scientific community, partially due to the fact that the chromosomal theory of inheritance was not accepted in the scientific community. However, Nettie’s gender almost certainly played a role as well. Sadly, Nettie died in 1912 at the age of 50 from breast cancer.

At a slightly later date then Nettie Stevens, a researcher named Edmund Beecher Wilson independently discovered the same thing as Nettie Stevens (that sex determination had to do with chromosomes). However, unlike Nettie, he only looked at male gametes as he found female eggs too fatty and hard to work with. He later edited his original paper to include a thank you to Nettie Stevens for her findings in female gametes. Although Wilson acknowledged her contributions, it is usually either Wilson or Thomas Hunt Morgan that get credited with the discovery of the XY sex-determination system.

Thomas Hunt Morgan was a very famous and influential American geneticist from the early 1900’s. He was a contemporary of Nettie Stevens, and used to correspond with her regularly. Usually in his letters to other scientists, Morgan would discuss his own theories with them. However, as Laura Hoope, a professor of Biology at Pomona college noted, his letters with Nettie were mostly just him asking for the details and findings from her experiments (Lee, National Geographic)

Following Nettie’s death, Morgan wrote an obituary on her for the famous and reputable science journal Nature. In it, he dismissed her importance and wrote that she didn’t have a broad view of science. This was a disgusting oversight and purposeful snub of Nettie Stevens. It is largely because of him (other factors such as misogyny in science also play a role) that Stevens does not get the recognition or credit she deserves for her crucial discovery. Stevens is also a female scientist with comparatively few things written about her (at least in comparison to scientists like Barbara McClintock and Rosalind Franklin). There is no published long form biography of her that I can find, but I encourage you to check out the sources below I have provided. As well, to honor her, teach everyone you know about Dr. Nettie Stevens and how her accomplishments were forgotten.

Sources: National Geographic, Nature

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Anonymous asked: why is "hate breeds more hate" a bad thing to say?


Oh so many reasons.

1) it equates the anger of the oppressed to the hate of their oppressors.
2) it blames oppressed groups for their oppression. Bigotry doesn’t exist because people hate bigots. It exists because oppressed people oppose it. It exists because of bigots and because of privileged folks being complicit or tacitly condoning systems of oppression.
3) it’s fundamentally untrue. Hatred of oppression doesn’t lead to more hatred; it leads to progress.
4) it is used to attack any attempt by oppressed people to obtain liberation. Point out that something or someone is repulsively racist and all of a sudden you’re “breeding more hate”.

It’s a fundamental misrepresentation of reality that blames victims and excuses fucked up behavior.

I may start reblogging this once a week. Because—yes.

Also “anger”. So tired of all the “it doesn’t pay to be angry…you have to be polite, and be the better person.” Yes, it would be a bad bad thing if someone understood that they made people angry with their attitude and their words. It would be bad if we let the world know that certain behaviours infuriate us and perpetuate harmful stereotypes that limit certain populations.

Golly, a world with no anger and hate. Is that Fantasy or Science Fiction?

fish-scales-and-mer-tails asked: Also, I must share something that irks me with modern feminism. I despise rape culture, and rape altogether and wish to abolish it, but other than that, I really see no need for first world feminism. It's just, women suffer so much more in third world countries, it disheartens me that nobody brings it up. What are your opinions? Do you think you could post a bit on the topic to raise awareness?


If you witness a car wreck, and one person is laying with a big gash in their arm, and another person is laying there with an ever bigger gash in their arm, do you completely ignore the first person because the second person is “suffering more”?  Women suffering in developing countries don’t erase the women who are suffering in developed countries.  There is no first world/third world/etc.  We are all on the same planet and patriarchy effects us all.  The way it effects us may vary, but it is ignorant and cruel to tell a person in America who IS oppressed by kyriarchal systems to stop complaining because other people thousands of miles away have it worse.  That is such a problematic and harmful fucking attitude.

Remember Savita Halappanavar in Ireland who died a preventable death because the hospital refused to perform a life-saving abortion on her?  Did she suffer less than a woman who died from lack of a life-saving abortion in a poorer country?  How about the fact that in America, 15% of people live in poverty.  1 in 6 households experience food insecurity.  Households with children were more likely to experience food insecurity than childless households (20.6 percent vs. 12.2 percent).  The reproductive rights of women and people capable of pregnancy are constantly under attack.  LGBTQIA people still experience violence and harassment.  Social services are constantly being reduced and cut, while the rich get richer.  America is an oligarchy, which means there are enormous groups of people lacking the equal right to be free from violence, hunger, poverty, harassment, abuse, and violence, let alone the opportunity to be educated, gain comfortable and sustainable employment, have their most basic survival needs met, etc. 

I write mostly about America and other developed, English-speaking countries because I live in America, speak English, and I experience and understand the issues faced in those countries better than places I don’t live and cultures I don’t understand.  I don’t write posts about things outside my culture that I don’t feel capable of covering.  I do reblog the posts from others about them.  If you are wanting to make a request for me to write more about global feminist issues, maybe make a direct request instead of framing it in such a hugely divisive way that erases the ridiculous amount of suffering experienced by people in developing countries because of patriarchal social structures??