"My response to the “I am not a feminist” internet phenomenon….

First of all, it’s clear you don’t know what feminism is. But I’m not going to explain it to you. You can google it. To quote an old friend, “I’m not the feminist babysitter.”

But here is what I think you should know.

You’re insulting every woman who was forcibly restrained in a jail cell with a feeding tube down her throat for your right to vote, less than 100 years ago.

You’re degrading every woman who has accessed a rape crisis center, which wouldn’t exist without the feminist movement.

You’re undermining every woman who fought to make marital rape a crime (it was legal until 1993).

You’re spitting on the legacy of every woman who fought for women to be allowed to own property (1848). For the abolition of slavery and the rise of the labor union. For the right to divorce. For women to be allowed to have access to birth control (Comstock laws). For middle and upper class women to be allowed to work outside the home (poor women have always worked outside the home). To make domestic violence a crime in the US (It is very much legal in many parts of the world). To make workplace sexual harassment a crime.

In short, you know not what you speak of. You reap the rewards of these women’s sacrifices every day of your life. When you grin with your cutsey sign about how you’re not a feminist, you ignorantly spit on the sacred struggle of the past 200 years. You bite the hand that has fed you freedom, safety, and a voice.

In short, kiss my ass, you ignorant little jerks.”

i said to the sun, tell me about the big bang. the sun said, it hurts to become.

democracynow:

Democracy Now! speaks with Palestinian student Amer Shurrab, who found out last week that four of his cousins in Gaza were killed in the Israeli offensive.
“Last Tuesday, I got news from Gaza via a friend that my cousin, Mohammed Tayseer, was killed,” Shurrab says. “He left their house at 1a.m., started walking home, and on the walk home he was directly targeted by a drone.”
"Israel is deliberately targeting civilians from the day one of this attack," Shurrab alleges. "They have been bombing houses, wiping entire families — to try to scare people into submission."
He also describes how two of his brothers were killed in 2009 Israeli attacks, which also wounded his father. 
Click here to watch watch more Democracy Now! coverage of the conflict in Gaza.