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This is the tumblr for my as-of-lately rarely updated blog, Pop Shot, a simpler place for me to drop off all the random thoughts in my brain and a dumping ground for every one of the amazing things I happen to find whilst meandering on the Internet- pictures, videos, songs, quotes, and websites that would otherwise languish in folders or on my browser's Favorites bar until I felt I could organize and post them "properly". Enjoy the unorganized mess!

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7 April 14
I found it, guys.  The epitome of #solidarityisforwhitewomen, as evinced by Jezebel commenter TexasTexasTexas.
Jezebel is supposed to be a website for women … just not women of color, apparently.

I found it, guys.  The epitome of #solidarityisforwhitewomen, as evinced by Jezebel commenter TexasTexasTexas.

Jezebel is supposed to be a website for women … just not women of color, apparently.

11 March 14
Sometimes I really, really, really hate atheists.  And I’m one of them!  Or maybe I just hate most atheist activists who are men?  This showed up on my Twitter feed from AtheistWorld (charmingly captioned “Dear Women”), re-tweeted by Religulous.
I did find something happy-making in my anger, though: PINK magazine’s article “I Am Not A Terrorist” profiled Anousheh Ansari, the world’s first private female astronaut, and a Muslim woman.  From the snippet:

"Space was always the ultimate goal," says Anousheh Ansari, who calls her faith "a never-ending source of knowledge and inspiration."

I’m the first person to point out how sexist and misogynistic religion often is (and let me make clear that I’m in no way accepting the premise that the niqab is inherently or always either of those), but can we please fucking stop acting like all religion leads to female oppression (or that the lack thereof never has and never does)?
Edited to add a picture of said awesome lady astronaut, particularly as a palate cleanser to the above:

Sometimes I really, really, really hate atheists.  And I’m one of them!  Or maybe I just hate most atheist activists who are men?  This showed up on my Twitter feed from AtheistWorld (charmingly captioned “Dear Women”), re-tweeted by Religulous.

I did find something happy-making in my anger, though: PINK magazine’s article “I Am Not A Terrorist” profiled Anousheh Ansari, the world’s first private female astronaut, and a Muslim woman.  From the snippet:

"Space was always the ultimate goal," says Anousheh Ansari, who calls her faith "a never-ending source of knowledge and inspiration."

I’m the first person to point out how sexist and misogynistic religion often is (and let me make clear that I’m in no way accepting the premise that the niqab is inherently or always either of those), but can we please fucking stop acting like all religion leads to female oppression (or that the lack thereof never has and never does)?

Edited to add a picture of said awesome lady astronaut, particularly as a palate cleanser to the above:

13 February 14

I discovered that TED and TEDWomen have never featured a talk on abortion.

…When I asked around, the consensus was that the omission was simply an oversight. But it turns out TED is deliberately keeping abortion off the agenda. When asked for comment, TED content director and TEDWomen co-host Kelly Stoetzel said that abortion did not fit into their focus on “wider issues of justice, inequality and human rights.”

“Abortion is more of a topical issue we wouldn’t take a position on, any more than we’d take a position on a state tax bill,” Stoetzel explained. She pointed me to a few talks on women’s health and birth control, but this made the refusal to discuss abortion only more glaring. In the last three years, the United States has seen more abortion restrictions enacted than in the entire previous decade; the United Nations has classified the lack of access to abortion as torture; and Savita Halappanavar died in Ireland because a Catholic hospital refused to end her doomed pregnancy. Just how is abortion not an issue of “justice, inequality and human rights”?

The Empowerment Elite Claims Feminism, my latest at The Nation (via jessicavalenti)

Was Diana Whitten’s talk one of the “two TEDx events [that ] have [covered abortion], but these local, independently organized conferences are not conducted under the auspices of TED”?

Reblogged: jessicavalenti

11 February 14

Reblogged: sunny-burn

19 December 13
8 October 13

underhuntressmoon:

lustyloveylady:

dawningofnovelty:

catbountry:

littlecatlady:

allthingsinsidious:

I found this book in a pile of things my grandma planned to give away, and read it. At first glance it looks like a positive, empowering book on becoming a stronger woman by overcoming social stigmas. It’s not, by any means. Most of the things I’ve underlined are what the writer claims to be lies. With the exception of the last two photos, where she says things she believes to be ‘truths that will set you free’. Please, just read the captions for yourself.

Anyway, I was just wondering. Should I burn the book and post pictures of the ashes?

wow

That’s terrifying.

googled her name, found out shes a jesus freak. figures.

^^^As soon as I read the submit thing, I guessed as much.

I found this on my bookmobile :/ Hopefully I can get a chance to switch it out for something better.

This is by no means new for anybody aware of complementarianism and/or conservative or fundamentalist Christianity, but that doesn’t mean it’s not important to keep on pointing it out.

It’s never just “Men and women are both special, but different in God’s eyes!” … it’s literally teaching women that having rights is a lie society tells them.

(Source: allthingsimmature)

Reblogged: underhuntressmoon

25 April 13
antichoicescreencraps:

An anti-choice graphic.

Reducing us to our reproductive capacities even in fucking utero.
Like, I just don’t understand what this stupid poster is trying to say.  That female fetuses require forced pregnancy because they’ve got reproductive cells already in them?   And I guess the slaughter of boy fetuses can start in earnest because they don’t start producing sperm cells until puberty?
(Nah, I know what it’s attempting to do- trying to take pro-choice slogans and turn them anti-abortion.  It doesn’t fucking work.  I wish I could find this beautiful quote I read once from a woman about how meaningless it would be if she was made to die in childbirth for the sake of producing a daughter, who might then go on to do the same, an endless line of being nothing more than brood mares.)

antichoicescreencraps:

An anti-choice graphic.

Reducing us to our reproductive capacities even in fucking utero.

Like, I just don’t understand what this stupid poster is trying to say.  That female fetuses require forced pregnancy because they’ve got reproductive cells already in them?   And I guess the slaughter of boy fetuses can start in earnest because they don’t start producing sperm cells until puberty?

(Nah, I know what it’s attempting to do- trying to take pro-choice slogans and turn them anti-abortion.  It doesn’t fucking work.  I wish I could find this beautiful quote I read once from a woman about how meaningless it would be if she was made to die in childbirth for the sake of producing a daughter, who might then go on to do the same, an endless line of being nothing more than brood mares.)

Reblogged: antichoicescreencaps

14 April 13

When I’m over at my parents house we inevitably end up watching that one detective-ish show on the Hallmark channel that stars the chick who used to be the eponymous Christy, because my mom loves it.

This inevitably leads me to seeing commercials for all their other original series, as well, and makes me feel torn, because on one hand, look at all these stories about women!  And on the other, it’s Hallmark, which is about one step up from Lifetime.  (Not that Lifetime can’t have guilty pleasures or even the occasional really good made-for-TV movie … but still).

12 April 13

zoeuhura:

I will say this though

Elementary’s portrayal of PoC is FANTASTIC (as compared to other popular TV shows, at least)

but I highly doubt it would pass the Bechdel test

(at least insofar as I’ve seen)

(this is my way of saying I think Gregson could have been a woman)

It does!  Not sure what episode you’re on (or if it does it in every episode … would have to re-watch), but it has several times.

Reblogged: zoeuhura

10 April 13

It’s funny- I was talking to my dad this morning about TV shows, and after he gushed to me about what crazy things are happening on Fringe, I volunteered that in spite of myself, I was finally getting into Lost Girl (yah, it’s growing on me).  He said he’d seen a few episodes and didn’t much care for it, and was urging me to watch Grimm instead, and after a few head shakes and “Meh’s”, I suddenly blurted out that I liked Lost Girl because it had a female lead (well really, two, actually).

And it kind of shocked me, because I’d never thought I chose it/kept watching for that reason; even though I definitely think critically about female characters and their treatments, I hadn’t applied that intellectual sort of analysis to this series (seriously, up until just the past few episodes, it’s been more of a “I’m bored, let me throw on an episode” thing).  But clearly the appreciation’s been sort of lurking under the surface of my viewership.

Kind of funny how my dad really didn’t have anything much to say to that, either- he sort of half-heartedly tried to mention other female characters in his show and I was like “Not the same.”

Themed by Hunson. Originally by Josh