Dead Wild Roses: Feminist Quote of the Day – Andrea Dworkin on Pornography

“People say, “Oh, well, pornography—that’s for masturbation, nobody can get hurt that way.” But orgasm is a very serious reward, isn’t it? Think of Pavlov’s little dogs, right? They don’t just think about salivating; they salivate. They do it because they learned it. Period. Now think about pornography. The dehumanization is a basic part of ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Feminist Quote of the Day – The Abolition of Gender – Sheila Jeffreys

“Radical feminist theorists do not seek to make gender a bit more flexible, but to eliminate it. They are gender abolitionists, and understand gender to provide the framework and rationale for male dominance. In the radical feminist approach, masculinity is the behaviour of the male ruling class and femininity is the behaviour of the subordinate ...

Dead Wild Roses: Rebecca Solnit – Who Can’t Take Jokes?

    You can watch Rebecca’s insight in action right here folks on this very blog.  Watch how, when things don’t go their way. the fire-works begin – personal attacks, insults, hyperbole, all with a heavy dose of condescending mansplination.   “But seriously, you know who can’t take a joke? White guys. Not if it implicates ...

Dead Wild Roses: If You Needed More Reasons to Be Against Pornography – Andrea Dworkin

-Andrea Dworkin “The Lie” 1979.  Letters from a War Zone 1993. Filed under: Feminism Tagged: Andrea Dworkin, Feminist Quote of the Day, Pornography

Dead Wild Roses: bell hooks on ‘Imperialist White Supremacist Capitalism Patriarchy ‘

Filed under: Feminism Tagged: bell hooks, Feminist Quote of the Day, Patriarchy

Dead Wild Roses: DWR Feminist Quote of the Day – Gail Dines on Porn Culture.

“Pornography has socialized a generation of men into watching sexual torture,” Dines said. “You are not born with that capacity. You have to be trained into it. Just like you train soldiers to kill. If you are going to carry out violence against a group you have to dehumanize them. It is an old method. ...

Dead Wild Roses: “No” Is A Complete Sentence

Funny how many dudes fail to get that. ““No” is a word that must never be negotiated, because the person who chooses not to hear it is trying to control you. Declining to hear “no” is a signal that someone is either seeking control or refusing to relinquish it. With strangers, even those with the ...

Dead Wild Roses: Feminist Quote of the Day – My Least Favorite Movie Trope

Many thanks to Elizabeth Bear for today’s comment on our culture. “My Least Favorite Trope (and this post will include spoilers for The Lego Movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Matrix, Western Civilization, and—cod help me—Bulletproof Monk*.) is the thing where there’s an awesome, smart, wonderful, powerful female character who by all rights ought to be the Chosen ...

Dead Wild Roses: Sex Positive Feminism is Doing The Patriarchy’s Work for it.

From an article by Glosswitch published on the New Statesman. “The underlying thought behind sex-positive feminism is conservative and unimaginative, fearing a sexless void should patriarchy ever vacate the space it currently fills. And yet the truth is, those who question objectification aren’t afraid of fucking. They are not the swooning, pearl-clutching prudes dreamed up ...

Dead Wild Roses: Andrea Dworkin – Woman Hating, Right and Left.

“When we point out that there is a rape every three minutes, that a woman is beaten every eighteen seconds in this country, that’s very bad for women because it makes them feel victimized. And we’re not supposed to be bad and make women feel bad. This is the ultimate mind fuck. It takes away ...

Dead Wild Roses: Angry, Strident Feminism – Can I get a “Hell Yes!”

I see a lot of you getting really frantic and worrying that big bad meanies like me will “give feminism a bad name”. You need to wake up and realize a few things, really, really quick, or you are in for a lifetime of misery, hardship, and trouble: 1) Feminism will never get a “good ...

Dead Wild Roses: Pornography – Men Posessing Women

The word whore is incomprehensible unless one is immersed in the lexicon of male domination.  Men have created the group, the type, the concept, the epithet, the insult, the industry, the trade, the commodity, the reality of woman as whore. Another quote of the day?  You betcha.  Our culture is toxically pornsick and Andrea Dworkin ...

Dead Wild Roses: Feminist Quote of the Day – On Pleasing the Menz

  “Here’s the thing. Men in our culture have been socialized to believe that their opinions on women’s appearance matter a lot. Not all men buy into this, of course, but many do. Some seem incapable of entertaining the notion that not everything women do with their appearance is for men to look at. This ...

Dead Wild Roses: Feminist Quote of the Day – Chyng Sun

     “When I asked male interview subjects what they would like to do in bed, “ejaculation on a woman’s face” was most often at the top of their lists. But when I asked them what the attraction of this act was and whether it meant anything, their initial response was puzzlement. They had never given ...

Dead Wild Roses: Tell Me Again about Humanism… – Feminist Quote of the Day

“With a disgust common to all feminists who have tried to be participants in the so-called humanism of men, only to discover through bitter experience that the culture of males does not allow honest female participation, Virginia Woolf wrote: “I detest the masculine point of view, I am bored by his heroism, virtue and honour. ...

Dead Wild Roses: Feminist Quote of the Day – Woman Hating – Andrea Dworkin

“Pain is an essential part of the grooming process, and that is not accidental. Plucking the eyebrows, shaving under the arms, wearing a girdle, learning to walk in high-heeled shoes, having one’s nose fixed, straightening or curling one’s hair —these things hurt. The pain, of course, teaches an important lesson: no price is too great, ...