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A Response to ‘Women Against Feminism.’

Imagine this:

The year is 2014. You are a white Western woman. You wake up in the morning in a comfortably sized house or flat. You have a full or part-time job that enables you to pay your rent or mortgage. You have been to school and maybe even college or university as well. You can read and write and count. You own a car or have a driver’s licence. You have enough money in your own bank account to feed and clothe yourself. You have access to the Internet. You can vote. You have a boyfriend or girlfriend of your choosing, who you can also marry if you want to, and raise a family with. You walk down the street wearing whatever you feel like wearing. You can go to bars and clubs and sleep with whomever you want.

Your world is full of freedom and possibility.

Then you pick up a newspaper or go online. You read about angry women ranting about sexism and inequality. You see phrases like ‘rape-culture’ and ‘slut-shaming.’ You furrow your brow and think to yourself: ‘What are they so angry about? There is no such thing as sexism anymore.’

Now imagine this:

The year is 2013. You are a 25 year-old Pakistani woman. A few months ago, you married the man you love. A man you choose for yourself. You are also pregnant with his child. You see your life stretching out before you, filled with hope and happiness. Suddenly, you and your husband are dragged away from each other. You are both beaten with bricks and batons. You can’t fight back. You can’t escape. No one comes to help you. Through your fading vision, you look up, and look into the eyes of one of your assailants: into the eyes of your father.

The year is 2013. You are a 23 year-old Indian woman. You are a physiotherapy student with a promising career ahead of you. You are sitting on a private bus travelling home alone on a warm December evening. You gaze out of the window as the buildings of New Dheli rush past you and feel content. Suddenly, a blunt force hits the back of your head and you fall to the floor of the bus. A group of strange men are standing over you. They bring the metal bar down on you again and again and again until all you can taste is the blood filling up your mouth. You pray that you will die soon. And you do, but not then. You are raped, beaten, and tortured over and over again. Death is slow and agonising.

The year is 2014. You are a 13 year-old girl from Niger. You no longer live there though. You are now living in the neighbouring country Nigeria, sitting alone in small room on a small bed in a small apartment high above the city of Kano. You are not allowed to leave. Your stomach is swollen from the unwanted life growing inside of it. You had no choice. The father is a man in his 40s. He is a businessman. He has bought you as his wife. You were a penniless, uneducated girl when he came for you. You don’t know of any life you could have had. Neither did your family: just one less mouth for them to feed. You still have the body of a child, and it’s straining under the pressure from the one inside of you. You feel like you’re about to be split in two. You don’t wonder if you will survive the birth. A part of you doesn’t want to.

These are fictionalised accounts of real events that have happened to real women living in our world today. They follow the past 250 years of women and men campaigning for women to be given equal rights to men to prevent these kinds of injustices and abuses on the grounds of gender taking place. Over the course of this time, campaigners – Feminists, both female and male – have been locked up, beaten, tortured, and even killed, in the pursuit of equality. They did this with pen and ink and print; they did this with their voices; they did this with their bodies; they did this with art and music; they did in courts of law and halls and houses of government that they fought be to allowed into.

They did this so that women would no longer been seen as property, livestock, breeding machines, sex objects, punching bags, or infantile morons. They did this not just for themselves, but also for their daughters, and their daughters, and their daughters for generations to come. They did this for women they would never meet – women who lived across countries, across vast oceans, across the entire globe, and even across time.

They did this so that women like me – a white Western woman – could attend school and university; to learn to read, write, and think critically; to gain a degree; to get a job and be paid an equal salary to a man in the same position; and to sit here with my own computer and type all of this.

Feminism is a movement for freedom, equality, choice, love, compassion, respect, solidarity, and education. We may argue, we may disagree, we may struggle to understand the choices and perspectives of others sometimes, but these core beliefs of the movement have never changed, and they never will.

That is why I am a Feminist.

If you feel that you have so far lived your life unaffected by even the mildest form of sexism – anything from feeling uncomfortable when a man catcalls you in the street, to feeling scared walking home alone at night in a secluded area – and are treated with love and respect by every man in your life, then to you I say: I’m glad for you. If you don’t think you need feminism, then that is a victory for the movement. You have fulfilled all those dreams that every suffragette being force-fed in prison and every ‘witch’ burnt at the stake dreamed you would one day.

But perhaps take a second to consider the life of the Pakistani woman who was beaten to death by her own family for marrying a man of her choosing. Or the life of the Indian woman who was raped, beaten, and murdered on a bus by a gang of men. Or the life of the little girl in Niger who was sold to a man more than twice her own age and forced to carry a baby that may kill her to deliver. Do they still need feminism?

And perhaps take a second to consider this too: Even in our liberal, Western world, why do women still only fill 24% of senior management jobs? Why are more women than men domestically abused or even killed every week at the hands of their male partner or ex-partner? Why is there still a pay gap (in the UK specifically) of 15% for women doing the same jobs and working the same hours as men?

And what about on a cultural level? Have you ever noticed how comedy panel shows usually only have one female panellist compared to 4-5 male ones? That almost every dieting product on the market is solely aimed at women? How a lot of newspapers and advertising campaigns will use a sexualised or pornographic image of a woman to sell news or products that have nothing to do with sex?

Or perhaps on a personal level: Do you choose to wear certain clothes because you want to or because you feel ‘unfeminine’ if you don’t? Do you choose to cover yourself up because you want to or because you feel ashamed or intimidated by a man looking at your body? Do you shave your legs and underarm hair because you want to or because you will look ‘ugly’ if you don’t? Did you parents dress you in pink as a baby because they liked the colour or because you were born a girl? Do you want to have children because you want to or because you are a woman?

When you look at yourself in the mirror in the morning, do you see yourself through your own eyes, or through the eyes of the men that will look at you when you walk out the door?

The fact is, like it or not, you still live a world where gender matters. Where gender controls not just the entire course of your life – but the lives of women all over the world. Every second, a child will be born female in a country where she will persecuted for this random biological occurrence for the rest of her life. So before you hold up your anti-Feminist placard proudly and smile at your own sense of empowerment, think not what Feminism can do for you, but what it can do for that one girl. She needs someone to stand up for her. That someone could be you.

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The above sums up pretty well why many women of colour within the so-called ‘Western countries’ and those outside are very alienated with the [mainstream] feminism. 

The idea that to show a White young woman in the West why and how she needs feminism, or why and how she has benefited from feminism, you have to appeal to the ‘tragic plight’ of Women of Colour ‘elsewhere’, turn these Women of Colour into caricatures of victimhood while contrasting it with White, middle-class women as ‘empowered subjects’, is simply condescending in the best case and outright racist in the worst case.

Do you want to talk about why we need feminism in North America or Europe? Talk about how they are more likely to be raped than to receive equal pay. Talk about how domestic violence is a very real danger that they are more likely than not to face before they die. Talk about how they will be shunned or belittled solely because they dared to like something, a subculture or a profession often associated with men. Talk about how people and the society will value them only based on how close their bodies come to some imaginary, nonexistent beauty standard.

You don’t have to stroke the egos of these women rejecting feminism by turning billions of others into mere victims, into a hierarchical category in which they are fundamentally ‘less’.

Also: no, you are not leading a comfortable life because of only feminist history in Europe and North America. You don’t have a decent job, a nice home, or enough money, or access to internet because of feminism. In fact, there are many, million and millions of people in your country who don’t have those luxuries. You are living a comfortable middle class life in the US or wherever else in the oh-so-developed-West because your civilisation has plundered, colonised, and exploited other countries and peoples for decades in a scale that is unprecedented in human history. Enslavement of millions built the US, allowed many luxuries to the mostly White middle and upper classes of the US; not White Feminist women from 19th century. You owe your wifi and car and comfortable living to a genocidal history, not to Anna Howard Shaw or Mary Wollstonecraft. There are many still in these ‘developed’ portions of our world constantly exploited, often people of colour, especially women of colour, who will not only earn less than White men but also less than White women. The idea of erasing class, race, religion, ethnic, sexual and myriad other aspects of social, cultural, economic, and political realities and reducing a state solely to the earning of a single movement is not just ignorant, but unjust because it will allow you to ignore the injustices your luxuries are based on and the injustices that are still affecting you and those around you in varying degrees. 

Also: about those ‘women elsewhere’, have you thought about how much of their plight is actually an end-result of the politics in your country, in your history? Gender does not live in a vacuum, neither does sexuality as emphasised previously. Experiences of these women are marred with injustices perpetrated in the past and wars still waged, a cultural hegemony imposed upon them greatly still. I alongside many were denied access to education, am still denied access to equal work opportunities and discriminated de jure and de facto solely because I wear ‘hijab’ in my own country somewhere in Middle East, and the inspiration of this discrimination is a staunchly hateful concept of laïcité imported from France. Many queer people in Middle East and Indian subcontinent are targeted and discriminated not on the basis of their authentic and original cultural attitudes towards queer sexuality and gender, but the 19th century colonialist-imposed heteronormative norms.

Also: why do we never hear the positive contributions of women of colour, their achievements or some of the better attitudes in non-Western world? Hear about these women who contributed a lot to the global feminist movement? About feminist worker rights movements in early 20th century Ottoman Empire? Why do we never, for example, see the contrast made in the above post, just in opposite order? My country had a female Prime Minister in the 90s and while I despise her political stance and the fact that she was able to achieve that status had a lot to do with her socioeconomic privilege, it does not change the fact that nobody debated her gender in regards to her competency. Yet, I see the stupidest kinds of debates still happening in the US, arguments of whether or not PMS makes a woman a bad candidate for leadership; why do we never see the contrast made above, with same hierarchical tone in this case? “Oh, imagine if you were in a country in 2014 where they still debated if the fact that you bleed from your vagina once in a while makes you less reliable as a leader.” We don’t. There is a reason we don’t: race. Racism. Cultural hegemony stemming from that racism. That ‘there must be’ hierarchical comparisons and the oh-so-superior-West shall never be the one that’s less.

I am a feminist. I have defined myself as a feminist for years now. But there are moments, when I see posts like above and the title of “feminist” suddenly feels like a disgusting piece of clothing smothering me. I feel the urge to peel it off me as fast as I can. It is alienating to know that we will forever be only the victim in the eyes of many other women who call themselves feminists; we will be poster-child of “what if this was you”, that our contributions will forever be ignored, that the contributions of your society, your government, your ideas of race, your civilisation in our past and current issues will never be acknowledged while our cultures and societies are considered monolithic and shallowly vilified. 

If this is your feminism, I want no part in it.


and for my next prank, i take a metal bat to the throats of youtubers who make money off sexually harassing women in the street

moved in to my new university apartments whoo!

…now time to unpack ;___;

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the Look


Fall is almost here!

I’m on a trip in Seattle and I decided to go all out on my first ootd in this beautiful city. This outfit is an updated version of my most popular outfit on chatetchouette to make it perfect for the chilly weather. My favorite piece of this ensemble is this beautiful dark grey cardigan from Nordstrom that I managed to thrift for 12 dollars. This piece is a perfect edition to my closet that I’ve been consistently updating for the past several months. So you’ll be seeing more of this piece in future posts. Thanks to the owner of our other sponsor nectarineclothing for taking my pictures today! Look out for more content soon.


Cat Beanie - Gifted // free
Top - Thrifted // $2.00
Cardigan - Nordstrom // thrifted // $12.99
Bottoms - Forever 21 // $8.50
Boots - Charlotte Russe // $25.00

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same lol;


before u dismiss a lighter-skinned character as white keep in mind

  • lighter skinned poc exist
  • biracial/mixed ppl are a thing
  • light skin/white passing =/= white


Adulting Your Money 101 


Here is my unsolicited and unprofessional advice about money! I am not a professional financial adviser!!! However!!! The likelihood of any of you tween babies going to an adult financial adviser is very slim so I will offer you the advice I have accumulated through my own advisers and experiences. I still think you should visit an adviser via your school if you can or whatever. They really help! Most colleges have one through career services or something. Okay so.

  1. Have a checking account. Look into minimum balances and fees! Maybe you would be better off with a Credit Union than a traditional bank? Which is most convenient and affordable to you?  I use a bank and a large one and I am pretty happy with it for checking account services. Look for a bank with free services and a low opening balance. Maintenance fees add up — you could pay $100+ a year just for someone holding your money. You don’t want to have to lose money because someone is holding your money! It’s insult to injury. If you are a student there are several options for you that will suit your needs. Read this article! Maybe you would be even better off with an exclusively online bank! There are several. 
  2. You better be checking your statements monthly for discrepancies in your purchasing. For this, please keep track of your expenses. Keep all your receipts. You don’t need to keep paper copies, you can scan them in. There are apps for that on smartphones. I use Wave. It is glitchy but it works for me. There are many options out there. But you should be consistent about it. Research some on your own time. I’m not saying this to be anal but actually it’s not uncommon for places to double charge you, and sometimes frauds and scammers will take tiny increments from your checking if they gain access…..2 cents from millions of people adds up to a lot of money. So keep track and if you see anything suspicious call up your bank ASAP and fight that charge, no matter how small. 
  3. Okay you have a checking account. You wanna save money? Don’t just lump all your money in one place because you’re more likely to spend it. Get a savings account — or several! Maybe one for a vacation you wanna go on, and one for student loans repayment or whatever. It’s perfectly normal and good to have multiple savings account and you don’t have to stick to your checking account bank. Find one with high APY and a low opening balance. The best out there for USA residents is GE Capital Bank. It offers the highest yield nationwide and they have a calculator too so you can see how much they make for your savings which I love. Here are some other options. 
  4. Every paycheck, I want you to set aside money automatically via automatic transfers to your savings account. Taking out necessity expenses like rent, food, etc, there is a fixed amount you want to be saving out of every paycheck. If your job offers a 401(k) you want to look into that and throw money into that so you are saving for retirement. Throw as much as you can (look into the maximum contribution allowed) into that plan because your company will match that amount (maybe not $1 for every $1, like I said, look into it).. This is free money from your employer and lowers your taxable income. Yay less taxes! Here is an article about 401(k). Even if you leave a company, you can transfer your 401(k) to the next company you work for. Take advantage of 401(k)’s when you have them! You always want to be saving for retirement. I know it’s a long way away but cost of living is only going up so the earlier you start the better off you are. Ideally you wanna throw 10% of a paycheck into your 401(k) if it’s available to you. 
  5. Anyway back to savings. You wanna throw in like, 30% of a paycheck or however much you can into your savings. Some people pay themselves out of their savings and live very frugally this way — throwing it all in and taking out what they need to pay necessities etc. I don’t do this, I just automatically set up bi-monthly transfers around paydays so I just never see money, it just goes into savings. If you don’t see it, you don’t want to spend it. This is effortless saving. 
  6. You get a big bonus at a job? Or an inheritance? Instead of splurging on something consider opening a CD. CD’s are basically time capsule savings accounts with higher interest rates, you throw your money in, they generate more money, after 2 years or x amount, you take your money out and voila more money. Look into places with high APY for CDs. The bank I mentioned above (GE Bank) is great for this. This might be more effective if you have several thousand dollars you don’t plan on using anytime soon. Just let it accumulate into more money. 
  7. Really try to keep a budget. I’ve written about this before for Teen Vogue, the apps I use.  These are super important to me, and they keep me accountable to my budget. Am I spending too much on fast food one month? How many years till I pay off my loans at the rate I’m throwing money at them? These apps keep me updated. One of them comes with a free financial adviser you can talk to on the phone and they help you figure out the best kind of plan for you with your budget and your current income. This is amazing and you should look into it!
  8. You don’t need a credit card. You really don’t. I mean. A debit card is better for you in terms of your financial accountability because you won’t be spending money that isn’t already yours. You do want to build credit but you don’t necessarily need a credit card for that. If you have loans you’re paying off you can pay that with a debit card and as long as you’re doing it on time you are building credit. Building credit is a long and difficult process and the lure of credit cards are super dangerous so think long and hard about if you need one or just want one. This is up to you! Research. 
  9. I’m not gonna talk about taxes because i know fuckall about them and I hire an accountant and write off the accountant during said tax time and it’s absolutely worth it because I am too anal and neurotic to deal with the concept of the government taking away my money and then giving it back to me so I don’t deal with it at all. Instead!!! I let someone else!! Yeah!!! Fun. 

Okay that is your crash course on adulting your money I hope it helps you good job high five. Once again I am not a financial adviser I am just being a mom but I hope I made some things clearer for you and if you have any questions you can ask I will try to help but you should be proactive and ask a professional in your area so they can break it down for you in all their professional glory. Okay!! Good talk.




'Reports emerge of violence in Glasgow’s City Centre tonight as groups unofficially aligned with the ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ sides of the Scottish Independence Referendum continue to taunt each other in the streets.’

ALSO: Pro union skinheads taunt defeated Scots independents

-BreitbartNews -RT -PoliticsAndThat  -Mirror -BBC

all the photos here are of no voters though

yes voters have been protesting peacefully and it has not turned violent until attacked by the nos. yes voters have not needed police present at any rally until the unionists started hurling abuse.

stop spreading lies it is NOT both sides it is NOT the yes voters fault and anyone who says otherwise is lying to you


just so you know what is going on in my country right now:

  • votes came in for independence 45% yes 55% no
  • media very “”no”” centred and bias
  • unionists are now attacking yes voters
  • a seventeen year old girl has been stabbed
  • they are burning our saltire giving nazi salutes
  • our first minister resigns

please signal boost this 


before blaming others, think: whats the 1 constant in all your failed relationships? its that cursed egyptian amulet why do u even have that

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Nicki Minaj speaking on why she hired Vlogger Beat Face Honey as her personal makeup artist