In concept, feminism is simple: treat women as you’d like to be treated. Yet the world seems to have a big thick mental block about not treating women as garbage monsters. It can be infuriating, making you want to scream and lash out. But below we’ve got three feminists who gave short and sweet responses to the “controversy” of breastfeeding in public, the somehow mystifying concept of consent, and online harassment.
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Israeli photographer Tamar Shugert took a stand for breastfeeding moms, showing with one image why it’s shitty to demand they go to bathroom to nurse their babies:
HuffPo reports this photo was submitted to the Make A Change contest, and won the audience award, thanks in part to its on point caption, “If you are not willing to eat your lunch in the bathroom, then don’t expect me to feed my kid there!”
Over at The Loop, the concept of consent is explained so simply that even a beer-swigging bro-dude can comprehend it:
Just imagine instead of initiating sex, you’re making them a cup of tea.
You say, “Hey, would you like a cup of tea?” and they go, “OMG, f*ck yes, I would f*cking LOVE a cup of tea! Thank you!” Then you know they want a cup of tea.
If they are unconscious, don’t make them tea. Unconscious people can’t answer the question, “Do you want tea?” because they are unconscious…
If someone said yes to tea, started drinking it and then passed out before they’d finished it, don’t keep on pouring it down their throat.Take the tea away and make sure they are safe. Because unconscious people don’t want tea. Trust me on this.”
And lastly, we look to Buzzfeed contributor Gaby Dunn, who breaks down how internet trolling is different (and yes, worse) for women:
Just to give you an idea of what it's like being a woman on the internet, the same guy has been harassing for 48 hours on all social medias.— Gaby Dunn (@gabydunn) March 11, 2015
During this time, I am expected to keep doing my job like everyone else, at the same rate, continue using social media for work and not cry.— Gaby Dunn (@gabydunn) March 11, 2015
He's filled my mentions, my Tumblr messages, and now is on my FB fanpage enraged that I have blocked him.— Gaby Dunn (@gabydunn) March 11, 2015
His main concern seems to be that my friendship with @jamesdeen means I am a fake feminist, using feminism to "get ahead" and he is a true 1— Gaby Dunn (@gabydunn) March 11, 2015
Thing is: This happens ALL THE TIME every single day. If anyone else had to deal with what I deal with, they'd quit. He's not unique.— Gaby Dunn (@gabydunn) March 11, 2015
And look, fine. You don't like me. But when I won't engage, it makes him angrier and he's seeking out all my pages. For days. So. Now what?— Gaby Dunn (@gabydunn) March 11, 2015
And suddenly it all makes sense: (same guy, the one who's been harassing me for 48 hours) pic.twitter.com/hxqlWtrwVP— Gaby Dunn (@gabydunn) March 11, 2015
@gabydunn In eight years of being a public figure on social media, this has never happened to me. I wonder what the difference could be?!— Hank Green (@hankgreen) March 11, 2015
Kristy Puchko isn’t so much an angry feminist as much as an exhausted one.