“I had a boyfriend not so long ago who, whenever we got into an argument, would accuse me of “going soap opera.” “Here comes Telemundo!” he would shout. His (clearly gendered and vaguely racist) insult was supposed to make me feel like my anger wasn’t valid—that it was frivolous and silly, that I was being overly dramatic. This was his not-so-subtle way of trying to shut me up—by accusing me of being emotional. (Unlike men, whose anger is always logical, of course.) Unfortunately, calling me out like this often worked. It felt immobilizing to be called dramatic. Even if you know you’re being reasonable, we’ve internalized sexism so much, sometimes we even begin to doubt ourselves.”
from Jessica Valenti’s He’s a Stud, She’s a Slut and 49 Other Double Standards Every Woman Should Know.
I wish I had read this a couple years back because this was my life.
I have a special spot in my heart for this book because it was the first feminist book I ever read. Before reading this, despite the fact that I noticed frequent inequalities between the sexes, I was one of those people who hated using the term “feminist” to describe myself because of the negative connotations. This book helped me realize I wasn’t being “oversensitive” or “looking too far into things” when I noted things that made me uncomfortable. I was seeing sexism. Although my feminism has grown and advanced since I first picked up this book as a teenager, I will always have a place in my heart for Jessica Valenti because helped me not be afraid of the word feminist and for that, I thank her.
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also an addendum to the hunger games slide, when they put out a casting call for the role of Katniss, they specifically asked for only caucasian actors to audition, which left out any possibility for any amazing PoC actors to have been discovered.
i hope this was informational and i didnt leave anything major out. if anything is wrong or needs to be updated, message me and i’l fix any fallacies!
(Source: lapris, via the-feminist-fangirl)