#1 The Manic Pixie Dream Girl (Tropes vs. Women) (by feministfrequency)
This is another great video by feminist frequency.
5oo Days of Summer is a great example, later on he just starts talking about how pretty girls think they can treat people like crap, well I didn’t know making your own life choices was treating people like crap. Zooey plays the part of a woman whose whole point in the movie is to support the male character.
There’s a petition at change.org to get her reinstated here. Make your voice heard!
So after I did this research my friends and I started messing around with this. We found that if you don’t alter your path when walking toward a man, a lot of men will almost run right into you, or bump their shoulder against yours, and then turn and give you this weird look. The weird looks you get are increased if you stand up straight with squared shoulders and take longer strides. I habitually walk this way now, and I continue to get puzzled looks by men who turn around after I pass them and watch me with an uncertain look.
“By challenging these profound but unspoken signs of dominance and hierarchy, you can defy sexist attitudes every day without even being aware of it anymore. And that kind of kicks ass, in my view. So my challenge to feminists is to own your space. Become aware of how you sit/stand/walk/make eye contact, and stake your claim. A few weird looks from men isn’t going to hurt you, and it’s amazing how moving through the world in a confident manner changes your own self-conception over time.”
via Own Your Space!
Wow. I am raged into silence.
This week is International Anti-Street Harassment Week, because spring is here for many of us and so are the catcallers. Read Holly Kearl’s Feministing guest post on what the week is all about and how you can be involved. And be sure to check out the official website for Meet Us on the Street, especially the page that gives you downloadable logos, posters and flyers in a number of languages for your posting pleasure.
Street harassment and catcalling are not an acceptable part of life, nor should they be considered complimentary. They are disrespectful, shaming and controlling and there should be no permissive public forum being made for the sexist rhetoric embedded in the gendered public harassment received by women and members of the trans community with disheartening regularity.