So to summarize, Covergirl, Maybelline, Revlon, Procter & Gamble, Rimmel, L’Oreal, MAC Cosmetics, Clinique, Estee Lauder, Olay, Johnson & Johnson (parent company of Neutrogena), Nivea, Unilever (owner of Dove), and Biore are all owned/lead primarily by men. The global cosmetics industry generates anywhere between $140 to over $400 BILLION dollars in sales annually, depending on your source. Most of this money is spent by women on products that men have marketed to them as essential using photoshopped, impossible, and often racist idealizations of female beauty. Don’t try to tell me that female self-hatred and insecurity is primarily fueled by fellow women, don’t try to tell me that it isn’t a direct and calculated result of the patriarchy. Don’t get me started on how much of these products are physically harmful to us. And do not ever forget how many billions of dollars in profit men are making from exploiting the insecurities they have manufactured in women.
Some feminists have made a good point that including male “allies” in women’s spaces is derailing in itself because it always leads to divisiveness among women & weakens solidarity. Many women feel unwelcome or unsafe in feminist spaces (online & irl) that allow men to join discussions, activism, or projects about women’s lives & feminist issues. Then women argue over whether men should be there, whether we need male allies to help us, etc. & it’s such a fucking waste of time. I’ve had that experience myself & it’s so, so alienating when women defend men’s right to be there & have their voices heard, & then scold women who criticise the men. I will never, ever trust feminists who bring men into feminism (looking at you, straight feminists). As much as I can’t stand them, I hate the male “allies” so much more, because I know they feel smug and confident getting validation from women that their opinions are super important & their “help” is super needed, & knowing that these women will drive out other women to make room for them.
Boats Harbored in the Mist, Ashley River, Charleston, SC
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Shoda Koho, 1871 - 1946
- Canal Under the Moonlight
- Ohashi Bridge at Atako
- Stars Over Lake Biwa
- Moonlit Sea
Sources: A Quintessence of Dust, Polar Bear’s Tale
are people aware that the “hairy man-hating angry lesbians” are actual human beings actual women who are affected by misogyny and homophobia and one of the most vulnerable groups in a patriarchal society they are not an abstract concept like the boogeyman
This 1911 photo of Marie Curie in a roomful of dudes (including Max Planck, Henri Poincaré, Ernest Rutherford, and young Albert Einstein, lurking in the background, second from right) bespeaks so much both about the gendered state of science and about the enormity of cultural bias Curie overcame to become the “Martyr of Science,” the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, and the only person to date to win a Nobel in two different sciences.
Also see Curie on science and wonder.
Banue Rice Terrces, Ifugao, Philippines
"please stop cis gay people"
if queer tumblr joined forces with evangelicals and republicans, together they’d be unstoppable