Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Feminist Quote of the Day – Male Violence – Karen Ingala Smith

“Male violence against women does not simply take place in the cocoon of an individual relationship. It is structural, it is systemic. The pattern, the overwhelming consistency with which women are the victims and men the perpetrators should be a big clue. Male violence against women is not random, it has a function and that ...

Dead Wild Roses: The Trap of Identity Politics

Smells like 1984… “Identity has become the axis of so much university activism because, for all the radical posturing associated with it, identity politics does not threaten the established order of society. It promotes a moralistic and self-indulgent anti-politics, where a person’s use of language and the purity of their thinking matters more than confronting ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Feminist Quote of the Day – Definitions of Feminism

      “[T]he goal of feminism is not to validate every feeling that every person has ever felt. the goal of feminism is to liberate women from patriarchy, and feminism will accomplish this by being critically analytical in order to reveal the truth about sex and gender, in order to build a world that accommodates female ...

Dead Wild Roses: Story Time: Affirming the Status-quo and the Utility of Identity Politics

   A conversation gleaned from Stardate Whenever – “I was chatting with one of my managers and he told me he does drag performance and identifies as genderqueer. Which, you know, obviously I disagree with that terminology. He had just been reprimanded at work for wearing makeup. In the same day that I was reprimanded ...

Dead Wild Roses: Sinfest Keeps Rolln’ – On Prostitution

Not seeing or feeling the empowerment of sexwork prostitution? Me either. Tatsuya Ishida has been fearless as of late critically examining the ill effects of prostitution and human trafficking in our society.  Go to sinfest.net to see the whole series.   Filed under: Feminism Tagged: Feminism, Prostitution, Sinfest

Dead Wild Roses: ‘We need to be braver’ — women challenge ‘gender identity’ and the silencing of feminist discourse – Meghan Murphy

The Feminist Current is a bastion of “not the fun kind” of feminist discourse – Meghan Murphy steps up with this bold article and describes the challenges that women face when fighting for the radical notion that feminism should centre women in its practice.      “Women who challenge discourse around “gender identity” have been ...

Dead Wild Roses: Gender not Mysterious – Go Figure.

Watch as the mythology of gender is stripped away quickly and efficiently by AuntieWanda. http://auntiewanda.tumblr.com/post/150945830601/gender-roles-and-gender-arent-the-same-thing Filed under: Feminism Tagged: Gender, Gender Critical Feminism

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Feminist Quote of the Day – Auntie Wanda on Gender

   It is evident that Auntie Wanda has thought a fair amount on gender and how it is constructed in society. It’s [sex and gender] really not that esoteric: A girl is a prepubescent to adolescent human female. A woman is a post-adolescent human female. A boy is a prepubescent to adolescent human male. A ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Feminist Quote of the Day – Meghan Murphy on Leftists.

     “One cannot simultaneously call oneself a leftist while defending a multi billion dollar industry that profits from the exploitation and degradation of women. One cannot call oneself “progressive” while refusing to stand up against the commodification of women and while refusing to challenge an industry that depends upon the absolute selfishness of men who ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Feminist Post of the Day – How Could You Even Defend Prostitution and Porn? – Furious RadFem

The world’s oldest profession is easily the world’s worst ‘profession’. “We know working in prostitution causes higher rates of ptsd than participating in war, we know women are severely abused during sex, we know sex industry is heavily linked with child trafficking and human trafficking, we know most participants have to be severely drugged in ...

Dead Wild Roses: On Men & Prostitution

Brilliant strip from Tatsuya Ishida illustrating that ironic moment when the notion of ‘victim-less crime’ goes up in smoke and shit proceeds to get real.  Go to sinfest.net to read the rest of the story. Filed under: Feminism Tagged: Feminism, Prostitution, Sinfest

Dead Wild Roses: Gender Based Aggression

Filed under: Feminism Tagged: Gendered Violence, Women Owning Space

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Feminist Quote of the Day – Andrea Dworkin

“Men who want to support women in our struggle for freedom and justice should understand that it is not terrifically important to us that they learn to cry; it is important to us that they stop the crimes of violence against us.” — Andrea Dworkin Filed under: Feminism Tagged: Andrea Dworkin, male violence, The DWR ...

Dead Wild Roses: On Abusive Men and Therapy – Lundy Bancroft

“The more psychotherapy an abusive man has participated in, the more impossible I usually find it is to work with him.   The highly “therapized” abuser tends to be slick, condescending, and manipulative. He uses the psychological concepts he has learned to dissect his partner’s flaws and dismiss her perceptions of abuse. He takes responsibility ...

Dead Wild Roses: Next Gen Men? – Enter teh Wolf Pack?

An organization for men to deal with men’s problems?   How bad could it be?  Let’s take a look at their manifesto: “Wolf Pack aims to tackle the challenges of social isolation amongst adult men by helping foster social connection and new friendships through vulnerable and supportive conversations around topics of depth. Our Wolf Pack groups ...

Politics, Re-Spun: When Misogynists Are So Bold, They Skip Anonymity

The state of backlash against feminism has become newly bold. Likely because feminists are gaining traction in society, so men are doubling down on their fight to keep their sick entitlements. The fact that most of the guys hurling the abuse used their real names, showing a passion and conviction in their argument that’s not ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Feminist Quote of the Day – On Objectification

“there’s no such thing as “taking control” of being objectified. the women who say that through stripping or other forms of performative sexuality they are regaining control of their own objectification aren’t understanding the concept of control. control is gained through power, power is systematic and industrialized, power is not a feeling. you can feel good ...

A Puff of Absurdity: Wild Women in Temagami – On Doing the Heavy Lifting

I had a dream early in the summer: I was getting out of a tent on the rocky shore of a lake on a misty morning just cool enough to warrant a sweatshirt. Jack Nicholson was there – the Five Easy Pieces version of Jack – just sitting alone, quietly enjoying the view across the ...

A Puff of Absurdity: Wild Women in Temagami – On Doing the Heavy Lifting

I had a dream early in the summer: I was getting out of a tent on the rocky shore of a lake on a misty morning just cool enough to warrant a sweatshirt. Jack Nicholson was there – the Five Easy Pieces version of Jack – just sitting alone, quietly enjoying the view across the ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Quote of the Day – Jasmine Curcio – On Modern Feminism

Scholar and feminist activist Jasmine Curcio addresses this polemic and the domination of men in leftist politics, especially around issues pertaining to feminism: “And so many years on, feminist discussions around the left continue to be subtly dominated by men and their perspective, with the aid of theoretical frameworks that marked disdain towards feminism in ...

Dead Wild Roses: Female Roles – Andrea Dworkin

What we are exposed to in childhood helps set the tone of our expectations later in life.  Consider the female role models little girls and boys are exposed to while they are making up their minds on what and how they want to be. -Woman Hating.  Andrea Dworkin      Contrast this passage with male role ...

Dead Wild Roses: CBC Radio: The Current – Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape – Peggy Orenstein

   Further dispelling the myth that we don’t need feminism and equality is the lay of the land.   This interview describes the situations and pressures young women face as they make there way through our patriarchal society.  Read or listen to the whole interview on CBC, it is well worth your time. AMT: We spoke ...

Dead Wild Roses: Rise Again RPOJ – The Marvellous Pow-ah of Straw Argumentation – an Illustrated Guide

The working title for this post was accurate, but a bit wordy: Dude Superciliously Imagines What Females Think then Blames Females for His Imagining of their Problems.  We tightened things up a bit and figured we’d add more verbosity in the introduction. The Dude over at Talonrest is a master of erecting stupid assertions (go ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Feminist Quote of the Day – Sarah Ahmed – On Racism and Sexism

“No matter how much evidence you have of racism and sexism, no matter how many documents, communications, encounters, no matter how much research you can refer to, or words you can defer to, words that might carry a history as an insult, what you have is deemed as insufficient. The more you have to show ...

Dead Wild Roses: Today in Patriarchy – Women, Unpeople Owned by Men

Patriarchy is alive and well in 2016. Let’s head over to the Olympics – Exhibit 1:   Oh, look who owns her. Her position of ‘wife’ is obviously relevant information as to HER Olympic achievement. Ooookay.  Maybe this is just a fluke this isn’t a implicit patriarchal norm – we just need to find all ...