misandry-mermaid

backofthebookshelf:

th3skinny:

re-cover-ed:

“Fat acceptance” blogs urging overweight people to shed negative feelings about their body image can lead to healthier diet and exercise choices, a study has found.

The fat acceptance movement, which seeks to foster a support network among overweight people, has inspired a plethora of blogs and web forums such as CorpulentFat Heffalump and The Rotund — an online community that’s become known as the “fatosphere”.

In a study published in the journal Qualitative Health Research, researchers from Monash University, the University of New England and the University of Canberra interviewed 44 fatosphere bloggers from Australia, the US and the UK about how their involvement in the movement had changed them.

“There’s been a lot of criticism of the movement that it promotes obesity and encourages people to give up on weight loss and makes their health worse,” said one of the researchers, Dr Samantha Thomas, a Senior Research Fellow at Monash University’s Department of Marketing.

“We saw there was a lot of opinion about the movement but very few people had actually studied it.”

Interviews with the respondents revealed many had experienced feelings of worthlessness, shame, crash diets, cycles of starvation and binge eating and laxative abuse before discovering the fatosphere.

“Having that support and feeling empowered, people slowly found that their health behaviours began to change dramatically. For example, many people suddenly felt confident to do swimming, something they would not have done before,” she said.

“People shifted their focus away from weight loss and more toward health. A lot of people started to take part in physical activity not as a way to lose weight but because they enjoyed it. Instead of pounding it out on the treadmill they start playing with their kids. It’s actually a massive shift in the way they looked at things.”

Shifting the focus away from restricting food and toward listening to the body’s needs could also lead to better food choices, said Dr Thomas.

“There are actually a lot of lessons for public health here,” she said.

“The term fat acceptance is really confronting for people. That’s why we have seen a lot of blame and criticism. Society tells us it’s not OK to be fat for a whole bunch of moral and medical reasons,” she said.

“This study shows that far from promoting obesity and promoting negative health behaviours, the movement is really positive for some people’s health.”

So basically, if fat-bashers actually cared about people’s health (as they so often claim to as an excuse for their intolerance and hatred) then they’d actually support fat acceptance instead of trying to tear body-positive folks down?

Surprise! When you’re not made to feel miserable about yourself, you become more motivated to take care of the self that you have. Who knew?

misandry-mermaid

We live in a society that’s sexist in ways it doesn’t understand. One of the consequences is that men are extremely sensitive to being criticized by women. I think it threatens them in a very primal way, and male privilege makes them feel free to lash out.

This is why women are socialized to carefully dance around these issues, disagreeing with men in an extremely gentle manner. Not because women are nicer creatures than men. But because our very survival can depend on it.

No skin thick enough: The daily harassment of women in the game industry

The whole article sadly hits very close to home.

(via rosalarian)

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fuckyeajews:

A lot of the time when it comes to the trials of people who played an active role in the Holocaust, you will hear “Oh, he’s 90 years old, way too old to be put on trial. Why not just leave him alone, we have better things to do than judge old men who will die soon anyway.” and it just makes my blood boil. Did these people feel any compassion for the people did they murdered? Do you think they stopped for a moment and thought “This woman is too old to die like this. Maybe this child shouldn’t be killed, what harm could they have done that warrants such treatment.”? Yes it’s a shame that they were not brought to justice sooner, but they must pay for their crimes, you don’t get a “get out of jail free” card because it was a long time ago.

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onemuseleft:

ittlebitz:

starrysleeper:

Wait a minute…

I have been laughing at this for hours now…

So, true story. The woman in this photo is Kendra Kaplan. Her husband was in Iraq for twelve months but the military has this thing called leave. Some of us may recognize the concept from old episodes of Star Trek. In this photo she is five months pregnant after conceiving her second child during her husband’s leave. That envelope in her hand is the ultrasound results. She waited for him to come home to find out if it was a girl or a boy.
There’s been several articles about it.The photo resulted in this woman receiving so much hate mail, from both internet cut-ups and the actual media, that she even took a paternity test and provided proof of her husband’s leave schedule. Her real life friends have stopped talking to her over these rumors.  
Oh, and by the way, that baby bump is a two year old by now. People are still shitting on this woman over a nasty internet meme two years later.
So in short, you’re mocking a faithful wife for something that isn’t any of our damn business anyway and has long since been disproven. 
Good job Internet.

onemuseleft:

ittlebitz:

starrysleeper:

Wait a minute…

I have been laughing at this for hours now…

So, true story. The woman in this photo is Kendra Kaplan. Her husband was in Iraq for twelve months but the military has this thing called leave. Some of us may recognize the concept from old episodes of Star Trek. In this photo she is five months pregnant after conceiving her second child during her husband’s leave. That envelope in her hand is the ultrasound results. She waited for him to come home to find out if it was a girl or a boy.

There’s been several articles about it.The photo resulted in this woman receiving so much hate mail, from both internet cut-ups and the actual media, that she even took a paternity test and provided proof of her husband’s leave schedule. Her real life friends have stopped talking to her over these rumors.  

Oh, and by the way, that baby bump is a two year old by now. People are still shitting on this woman over a nasty internet meme two years later.

So in short, you’re mocking a faithful wife for something that isn’t any of our damn business anyway and has long since been disproven. 

Good job Internet.

misandry-mermaid

misandry-mermaid:

You would never see an article headlined “Woman Sexually Harassed on Dating Site”.  That would never make the news.  However, when a man gets harassed while pretending to be a woman on a dating site, literally every mediocre news site writes a story about it
It’s almost as if the female experience has to be validated through a man’s eyes in order to be taken seriously or seen as a legitimate issue.
It’s almost like that.

thejewsareinspace

yesmissmori:

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AND DID I MENTION THIS PART:

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AND WHY IS THAT SUCH A BIG DEAL? HERE’S WHY:

After doing some research, Agrawal says she found that more than 100 million girls in the developing world were missing a week of school because of their periods, and using things such as leaves, old rags, or plastic bags in the place of sanitary pads.

THE SIZES RUN FROM XS TO XXL AND THE PRICES ARE NOT INSANE, THEY’RE OBVIOUSLY HIGHER THAN THOSE 5 FOR $10 SALES AT TARGET BUT YOU WON’T HAVE TO THROW THEM OUT BECAUSE YOU MISCALCULATED YOUR FLOW AND BLED ALL OVER THEM BEFORE YOU COULD GET TO A BATHROOM

I’M SORRY FOR SHOUTING I’M JUST REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THIS

LIKE HOLY FUCKBASKET IT’S ABOUT DAMN TIME

misandry-mermaid

i-mpickingupthepieces asked:

I just needed to tell someone, because I'm so proud of myself! Usually when men try to talk to me on the bus or on the street, I feel too guilty not to respond, and I wind up feeling super uncomfortable while they talk to me. Well today, a man I didn't know caught up with me to tell me he found me attractive and asked my name. I simply replied "Sorry, not interested" and walked off. It felt great being able to just tell someone no, and not have to explain myself.

misandry-mermaid answered:

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misandry-mermaid:

sjw-phobia:

So, just curious…what if a man said “sorry, not interested” in a similar context, gender-flipped? 

inb4 men are pigs, that would never happen, he would always be interested

inb4 who would walk up to a man

inb4 stupid men, always making everything about them

please just answer the question

Wow, you’re presumptions are pathetically far off.

Spend like 30 seconds on any blog about feminism and you will see that consent is treated as the most important aspect of virtually every interaction and relationship.  Try listening rather than attacking us with pitiful attempts at “gotcha questions” and maybe you’ll learn something.

Says a lot that you’d think we’d be against men doing the exact same thing, as if simply saying “not interested” after being hit on is such a strange and horrible concept and we’re just making special rights for women to do it…