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Only a revolution of values in our nation will end male violence, and that revolution will necessarily be based on a love ethic. To create loving men, we must love males. Loving maleness is different from praising and rewarding males for living up to sexist-defined notions of male identity. Caring about men because of what they do for us is not the same as loving males for simply being. When we love male-ness, we extend our love whether males are performing or not. Performance is different from simply being. In patriarchal culture males are not allowed simply to be who they are and to glory in their unique identity Their value is always determined by what they do. In an antipatriarchal culture males do not have to prove their value and worth. They know from birth that simply being gives them value, the right to be cherished and loved. bell hooks, The Will to Change: Men, Masculinity, and Love (via ethiopienne)
Women today have many, mainly legal, improvements to be thankful for, so some of the women’s liberation movement’s demands are less pertinent. But since the 1970s new issues have emerged. Also, while laws against domestic and sexual violence have improved, this does not mean that women are no longer attacked and intimidated, or that institutions, like the judiciary, are free from sexist assumptions which affect how rape is treated. In sum, then, legal gains don’t necessarily translate into substantial advances in women’s lives. For women’s lives to improve, not only laws, but also men’s and women’s thoughts and behaviour, have to change. Reclaiming the F Word, Catherine Redfern and Kristin Aune (via petitefeministe)
And even if we gave a fetus all the rights of a regular human it still would not have the right to use another’s body against that person’s will. People have to consent to organ donation.
I’m thinking of ways I can fall or what I can do to end this pregnancy,” said one woman to an abortion fund counselor. Why? Because she’s on Medicaid, and thanks to the Hyde Amendment, her abortion won’t be covered. Fun Facts About How Poor Women Are Denied Their Reproductive Rights (via haphazardry)