1. thepeoplesrecord:

    TW: Police brutality, racist violence - Cops strap black woman to chair, pepper spray her & cut off her hair 
    February 3, 2014

    It’s the kind of story that you wouldn’t believe unless you saw it with your own eyes. Thankfully, this story was caught on surveillance video, so we can do just that.

    Charda Gregory, 22, had allegedly trashed a hotel room. She was taken into custody by Michigan police, then pepper sprayed in jail, slammed against a wall and strapped down to a chair.

    It was then that officer Bernadette Najor took out a pair of scissors and started hacking away at Gregory’s hair.

    The officer tried to justify her actions in the police report, saying that the hair was a “suicide risk.” Thankfully, this resulted in charges against Gregory being dropped, and Najor being fired. But had this not been caught on video, who knows what would have happened.

    Other officers involved are now under investigation.

    Watch the video at your own risk.

    Forcibly cutting or shaving a woman’s hair has long been used in Western/European* cultures as a way of publicly shaming her.  Cutting Charda Gregory’s hair may not sound as violent as slamming her into a wall does, but taken in cultural and historical context it is a specific and deliberate act of violence.

    *In some African cultures, the obverse is true: the shamed woman is not allowed to shave her head.

     

  2. Reason 12: Making asylum seeker women queue up to ask male guards for sanitary items

    womenwhokickass:

    whytonysucks:

    Because nothing says ‘national security threat’ like female hygiene.

    Read more: http://www.mamamia.com.au/asylum-seekers-hub/share-send-scott-morrison-tampons-asylum-seekers/

    My Australian-rage is coming through here.

    Our Mitt Romney is real and in power.

     
  3. slateshade:

    mylifeaslynn:

    readyaimfiree:

    baljitksingh:

    I started this project by being inspired by Jamie C. Moore's work. She photographed her daughter who dressed up as five amazing women who made their mark in history. And so, I decided to do the same and make it around women of the arts. 

    As much as we are surrounded by art in every aspect of our life, the arts I believe doesn’t always get the recognition it deserves. From my personal experience at home, the idea of a career in the arts wasn’t a “real” job and was told it would get me nowhere…especially as a women. I wanted to help open up people’s minds and expand the term of what art is. Art isn’t just painting or photography but it can be everything from music to writing to performing. There are tons of unbelievable people in the arts but I chose these eight influential ladies who I feel can empower young girls everywhere.

    - Baljit Singh

    Women of the Arts.

    So cool, B. You did awesome!

    love this! she’s so cute!

    (via kthefemme)

     
  4. feministlikeme:

    we all need to get better at thinking of ourselves like this.

    (Source: dishonora, via dayofthegirlus)

     

  5. "As I wrote in Caliban and the Witch (2004), in the first phase of capitalist development, women were in the front of the struggle against land enclosures both in England and the ‘New World,’ and the staunchest defenders of the communal cultures that European colonization attempted to destroy. In Peru, when the Spanish conquistadores took control of their villages, women fled to the high mountains, where they recreated forms of collective life that have survived to this day. Not surprisingly, the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries saw the most violent attack on women in the history of the world: the persecution of women as witches. Today, in the face of a new process of Primitive Accumulation, women are the main social force standing in the way of a complete commercialization of nature. Women are the subsistence farmers of the world. In Africa, they produce 80 percent of the food people consume, despite the attempt made by the World Bank and other agencies to convince them to divert their activities to cash-cropping. Refusal to be without access to land has been so strong that, in the towns, many women have taken over plots in public lands, planted corn and cassava in vacant lots, in this process changing the urban landscape of African cities and breaking down the separation between town and country. In India too, women have restored degraded forests, guarded trees, joined hands to chase away the loggers, and made blockades against mining operations and the construction of dams."
    — Silvia Federici, Revolution at Point Zero: Housework, Reproduction, and Feminist Struggle (via goneril-and-regan)

    (via austere-state-of-mind)

     
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  7. archaeologicalnews:

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    Women made most of the oldest-known cave art paintings, suggests a new analysis of ancient handprints. Most scholars had assumed these ancient artists were predominantly men, so the finding overturns decades of archaeological dogma.

    Archaeologist Dean Snow of…

     
  8. Architecture+Women Exhibition installation underway!

     
  9. Well played? Or just another mark of the patriarchy?

    http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2013/02/22/do_women_talk_more_the_answer_is_no_but_the_belief_persists_despite_the.html

    http://www.pbs.org/speak/speech/prejudice/women/

    My friend (female, confident, successful, a lot like me politically) posted this on facebook.  I can only assume she has internalised the patriarchal belief that women talk too much & therefore thought this was true & amusing.  I saw it while waiting for my takeaway coffee.  Then spent the journey home (with coffee) ranting to myself about how this is not funny, just really fucking annoying.

    I am utterly sick of hearing about or reading about this stereotype. If a woman dares to partake of an equal share of the conversation, she is seen as rude, arrogant, opinionated and pushy. There are too many men (& women) who think women’s equal share is less than 25%. Characters & language constructs like this one, reinforce the attitude that the ideal woman is silent - voiceless in fact, for as soon as she speaks she is deemed ‘noisy’.

    Want to be enraged? Try searching google for articles like those I’ve linked above. I knew of the studies & knew what I was looking for, but I had to wade through links to Daily Mail articles, yahoo questions & MRA blogs.

    (Getting in first.) Please don’t tell me to “get a sense of humour”. This is real, it affects girls & women succeeding & being represented in school, work & politics (yep, there’re actual studies for that, too). When we think “oh, but I’m okay, so hee hee, let’s have a giggle”, we perpetuate these insidious myths that have no evidentiary basis & really do serve to actively silence women’s voices.

     

  10. "

    Say you’re walking down the sidewalk on a beautiful day. Someone who has internalized an outsider’s perspective of herself will often spend more time adjusting her clothing or hair, wondering what other people are thinking of her, judging the shape of her shadow or reflection in a window, etc. She will picture herself walking – she literally turns herself into an object of vision – instead of enjoying the sunny weather….

    … Women are constantly being looked at. Even when we’re not, we’re so hyperaware of the possibility of being looked at that it can rule even our most private lives. Including in front of our mirrors, alone.

    "
    — 

    Excerpt via Beauty Redefined ”To BE or to be LOOKED at?”  (via fitvillains)

    Good Gawd, THIS. 

    I’m working to re-define my thinking about myself and walk in the glorious space of not being an object for other people’s visual consumption and the freedom it brings. 

    And reminding people of that fact when they feel compelled to comment. 

    (via str8nochaser)

    Fuck.

    (via versatilequeen)

    (via quasiflexuralthrusting)