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A quasi-academic look at Feminism, politics & race relations through the lens of a 20-something year old Nigerian American who was born & raised up in the (still) segregated south but has relocated to the "liberal" yet historic & traditional north.
This blog is my space for an interdisciplinary examination of race, gender, class, sexuality - all things intersectional & multi-dimensional.
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Dear Feminists,

Please read this letter until the end.

You are a hypocrite because you say that, “men cannot _____” how is this any different from you saying that society tells you, “Women cannot ____” ?

The entire point of feminism when it was established was equal rights and being proud of who you are no matter who you are. And by that definition I am a feminist as well. There are always going to be issues with equal rights, racism, sexism, and ignorance still exist and they always will. 

You can never win by fighting hate with more hate; it’s like fighting a fire with gasoline instead of water, you only make the flames bigger and they consume more of what you are trying to save.

As I said before I believe everyone is entitled to equal rights but there is no such thing as being MORE equal than someone else, Orwell told us that in Animal Farm. You say men can not be oppressed but that is not true, if you believe that we are all equal then men can be mistreated as well, if you say that everyone is equal but men can NOT be oppressed you are a hypocrite.

I don’t expect a positive response to this but I want to leave you by saying this:

At what point does this become a fight against men and not a fight for women?

File under: People who don’t understand feminism who send in “scathing critiques” as though they are some internet martyr

Asker Anonymous Asks:
I saw a jewellery company advertising their bindis on their instagram account (I , among many others, left a snappy comment but anyway) they tried to defend themselves by going on about how mandala tattoos are also cultural appropriation which is kind of irrelevant, but I was struck by this as I'd planned to get a mandala tattoo (I have done a lot of research into the symbolism and it would be similar to Hannah Snowdon's) - is that cultural appropriation or can I do it? Thanks!
newwavefeminism newwavefeminism Said:

I don’t know what this tattoo is…what does your research tell you?

I've been debating with a friend who has told me that since I think men and women can be equally violent and do evil things, it makes me "unashamedly anti-feminist" - what are your thoughts on this? Also can you point me to any stats, as this friend is very science orientated and keeps talking stats, which I don't really think belongs in the debate.
newwavefeminism newwavefeminism Said:

I’m still not understanding what the basis of this debate is. I take it that your friend isn’t a feminist so I wouldn’t bother debating with them and justifying your feminism to them


U.S. workforce more concentrated in large — and largely low-paid — occupations

So a majority of our workforce is low paid labor… Raising minimum wage could have immediate, substantial impacts on our economy and the lives of many



CeCe McDonald, Reina Gossett, and Dean Spade: Police & prisons don’t keep us safe—we keep each other safe




What do Rwanda, Afghanistan, and Iraq beat America at? Having women in congress/parliament

Countries with better representation of women in government than the United States (hat tip to our Women in Public Service Project):

  1. Rwanda - 56%
  2. Andorra - 50%
  3. Cuba - 45%
  4. Sweden - 45%
  5. Seychelles - 44%
  6. Senegal - 43%
  7. Finland - 43%
  8. South Africa - 42%
  9. Nicaragua - 40%
  10. Iceland - 40%
  11. Norway - 40%
  12. Mozambique - 39%
  13. Denmark - 39%
  14. Netherlands - 39%
  15. Costa Rica - 39%
  16. Timor-Leste - 39%
  17. Belgium - 38%
  18. Argentina - 37%
  19. Mexico - 37%
  20. Tanzania - 36%
  21. Spain - 36%
  22. Uganda - 35%
  23. Angola - 34%
  24. Serbia - 33%
  25. Nepal - 33%
  26. Germany - 33%
  27. Macedonia - 33%
  28. Ecuador - 32%
  29. Slovenia - 32%
  30. New Zealand - 32%
  31. Algeria - 32%
  32. Guyana - 31%
  33. Burundi - 31%
  34. Switzerland - 29%
  35. Portugal - 29%
  36. Trinidad and Tobago - 29%
  37. Austria - 28%
  38. Ethiopia - 28%
  39. Afghanistan - 28%
  40. France - 27%
  41. Lesotho - 27%
  42. Tunisia - 27%
  43. Belarus - 27%
  44. South Sudan - 27%
  45. El Salvador - 26%
  46. Bolivia - 25%
  47. Iraq - 25%
  48. Laos - 25%
  49. Canada - 25%
  50. Australia - 25%
  51. Sudan - 25%
  52. Lithuania - 25%
  53. Vietnam - 24%
  54. Namibia - 24%
  55. Kazakhstan - 24%
  56. Singapore - 24%
  57. Liechtenstein - 24%
  58. Croatia - 24%
  59. Poland - 24%
  60. Kyrgyzstan - 23%
  61. Latvia - 23%
  62. Bulgaria - 23%
  63. Philippines - 23%
  64. Pakistan - 23%
  65. United Kingdom - 23%
  66. Malawi - 22%
  67. Mauritania - 22%
  68. Czech Republic - 22%
  69. Eritrea - 22%
  70. Uzbekistan - 22%
  71. Luxembourg - 22%
  72. Peru - 22%
  73. Italy - 21%
  74. Boznia and Herzegovina - 21%
  75. China - 21%
  76. Greece - 21%
  77. Cape Verde - 21%
  78. Estonia - 21%
  79. Dominican Republic - 21%
  80. Cambodia - 20%
  81. Israel - 20%
  82. Moldova - 20%
  83. Bangladesh - 20%
  84. Honduras - 20%
  85. Monaco - 19%
  86. Tajikistan - 19%
  87. Mauritius - 19%
  88. Slovak Republic - 19%
  89. Indonesia - 19%
  90. Sao Tome and Principe - 18%
  91. United States - 18%

(source: World Bank)

ayeee Iraq, we out here with our powerful women

Is it me, or does it feel like they use Afghanistan, Uganda, Pakistan and Iraq as deliberate foils to the United States? I get a “these backwards, hateful countries have more women in their senate and the US should be ashamed”

Like, yes we should obviously always be ashamed that we aren’t as progressive as we could be when it comes to equal representation. But I don’t feel comfortable with the idea that comparing us to countries in Africa and South Asia should further emphasize this shame.

(via radicalmenofcolor)




So if we have to show women what the baby looks like in their womb and tell them how the process works before allowing them to get an abortion, does that mean we should teach our soldiers about the culture of the lands we’re invading, and explain to them that the people we want them to kill have families and feel pain, just like Americans?



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I did a thing for a contest and I think it turned out pretty durn cute

Well I hope you fucking win because this is a win!

This is perfect.

very nice. good luck!

Everything about this is gorgeous

Can someone identify all the characters?

(via beautyloveandsociety)

In social justice, there’s this absurd meme (that I’ve been guilty of myself) is that we are the “voice for the voiceless,” but that’s not right. The oppressed are not voiceless – they’re just not being listened to.

Dianna Anderson, of Be the Change, at Rachel Held Evans’ “Ask a Feminist” (via emm-in-sem)

Wooo, I like this. 

(via iamateenagefeminist)

Perfect quote is perfect.

(via cand86)

Gonna print this out and stick it on my mirror. Keep that shit in check.

(via ishkwaakiiwan)

Or that one is “GIVING” a voice to a marginalized person. Which is very problematic as well. Having a voice is different to not being heard.

(via geekbap)

I get really annoyed of the whole… “Womens self esteem is intrinsically tied to their ‘daddy issues’” trope/punchline

Like, really annoyed

(via siobhansadler1)

Asker Anonymous Asks:
to the anon: bell hook's "come closer to feminism" is pretty good
newwavefeminism newwavefeminism Said:


I'm writing an essay about women's rights and feminism for my literature class... do you have any articles or sources you think could help me?
newwavefeminism newwavefeminism Said:

I would need more context

Asker Anonymous Asks:
Hi. The feministrapebait tumblr is a kink blog. I'm not saying it's okay or anything but I think it's only a role play blog. Love your blog btw!
newwavefeminism newwavefeminism Said:

This is why I tried to stay away from both checking out the blog and trying to give my opinion on what I thought the specific blog was. #tumblrproblems

Asker Anonymous Asks:
"I tend to not invest in the cultivation of ally development. If you find resources, I hope they help." That's just a nice-sounding way of using the 'It's not my job to educate you'. Guess what: You don't live in a vacuum. If you want to live here & for things to get better, you're going to have to contribute to the solution to the problems. Sorry.
newwavefeminism newwavefeminism Said:

I don’t see how me giving allies tips is the sole determining factor in things getting better…

Sounds like a bunch a bullshit to me. Cause I personally believe that it’s perfectly fine/necessary to provide interventions to make those actually affected by oppression my priority.

But people who are used to being at the center of everything can’t understand that, I suppose

Asker Anonymous Asks:
Feministrapebaitt is the name of a blog & it sickens me. Ur opinion?
newwavefeminism newwavefeminism Said:

I don’t want to go to the page since it seems like it can be upsetting. There are a lot of sick blogs out there