Birdsy Purplefish

I didn't know what to name my Tumblr but then I was like, "What about a combination of some of my favorite things?" and then I named it this.

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The idea that men are hilariously incompetent at housework and not naturally inclined to like children is not an example of men being “oppressed”, it is a deliberate construction that exempts men from the hard, boring work of running a household and looking after children. 

This kind of nuclear family model where mommy stays home and daddy works was literally conceptualized to oppress women; not only is it a way to control women and maintain their dependency on their husbands, but its a reduction in labor costs — or free labor — because women do not receive a wage for doing these things since they have been normalized culturally as, “women’s work.”

It also serves as a cover for the work a woman does outside of their home and denounces anything she does as a “hobby” or w/e because she is ultimately a ~housewife~ i.e. nanny, cook, maid, chauffeur, accountant, sex worker (for husband), personal shopper, and more. Like, women are literally 2/3 of the world’s labor force and they have to do all that shit too?

Everything about the housewife role defines capitalism’s relevance (or contribution) to sex-based oppression so literally anyone that supports capitalism is contradicting themselves if they also maintain they support ~equality~.

and remember that capitalism has always relied on the presence of free or significantly-below-normal-cost labour. inadequate recompense of workers is not enough. capitalism was built on colonial slavery practices (not just the transatlantic slave trade; enslavement of indigenous peoples was carried out around the globe, and the colonial powers at home enslaved their ‘unwilling poor’ in workhouses). today we have prison labour, and migrant workers whose bosses exploit their tenuous immigration status to force down pay and conditions. and underpinning all of this continues women’s ‘second shift’ of domestic labour, because don’t forget that women have always worked outside the home, that women too were enslaved and did the same backbreaking labour as men, but have always also been expected to come home and clean and cook and most importantly of all bear and raise the next generation of human beings resources.

(via stayuglystayangry)

Filed under capitalism feminism why my 'i'm a feminist housewife' phase was bullshit

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Mine Kafon by Massoud Hassani

Hassani, a product designer from Afganistan, build (by hand) a wind-powered device that trips land mines as it rolls across the ground. It is made using bamboo and biodegradable products.

Many of these mines are active and near populated areas in countries like Afganistan and are hard to remove. The UN says that one mine clearance specialist is killed, and two injured, for every 5,000 mines cleared.

Hassani’s cheap and easy to make method has been achieving great results.


In a world of overcomplicated solutions, we need more people who think “Wait, why don’t we just roll a giant freaking ball over it?”

this guy made a katamari for landmines

(via crystal-pyre)

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shoutout to all the girls + women who have thick, dark, and abundant body hair and have to spend time and energy shaving every single day if they don’t want to be harassed by loved ones + strangers alike

shoutout to all the girls + women who decided its not worth their time, even if they only skip sometimes, and endure criticism, harassment, and stigma as the price for their own freedom of time + comfort

no shoutout to any female who maintains their body hair for any other reason. you shave because you love smooth skin? FUCK OFF

they don’t really need a shout out - basically support - if they’re so happy and content with doing it… 

If you like to shave and feel sad that this person didn’t give you a shoutout you could, I dunno, flip on the TV or open a magazine or look at pretty much any form of media that features women’s bodies and see how hairless bodies like yours are the only ones represented?

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kr-studios reblogged this from lizardvvizard and added:

Thunderf00t’s videos on her should catch you up. I really recommend watching them. I don’t believe she should be receiving any sort of threats, but she’s not receiving them because of her gender, but…

Ok, I’ll bite.

What specifically does he say that you agree with?

For that matter, what specifically is your problem with Sarkeesian?

I’m inviting your opinions here.

Usually this conversation goes something like:
~”What do you think of Anita Sarkeesian’s criticisms of female representation in video games?”
-“She’s a fucking b**** and deserves to die in a hole”
~”What do you think of [comparable criticisms from men]?”
-“I disagree”

Like, they refuse to consider that the degree of scrutiny and vitriol against Sarkeesian’s “bullshit” is motivated by misogyny. Okay bro.

(Thanks for engaging btw)

And it’s always “WATCH HIS VIDEO” and they can never tell you in their own words why.

Here’s why I’m not ever gonna watch Thunderf00t, BTW:

Filed under thunderf00t Anita Sarkeesian assholes geek sexism atheist sexism

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Today is National Remind Your Fellow White Feminists That the 19th Amendment Only Gave White Women the Right to Vote Day

Okay I might be wrong about this but:

"…"Race, color, or previous condition of servitude" - (15th Amendment, 1870)

On account of sex" - (19th Amendment, 1920)…”

Black men got the right to vote long before white women did. (Hence there are some fucking shitty racist/classist quotes from white female suffragists who were pissed about it.) Was there anything I missed in history about women of color still being denied the vote after the 19th Amendment? Like, other than racism in general being used to put obstacles in the way of PoC voting?

(Source: smitethepatriarchy, via lindsaybottos)

Filed under history women's history 19th Amendment 15th Amendment racism sexism

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pictured: neil cicierega just completely fucking killing it

I blocked that guy last night because I told him he didn’t know what “name calling” and “slander” were, I linked him’s page on slander, and he lectured me about how wasn’t a real source and linked me to the Oxford English Dictionary online, which had essentially the same definition and tried to argue that it was totally different.

(via primadollly)

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