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December 13th, 2005

04:24 pm - A parody of a pardoy (translation: no parody at all)
This is a synthesis of what many uneducated Amuricans think of feminists and feminism. I figure if one of us can write an exaggerated version of it for ourselves, then when we face the real thing it won't hurt anymore. Besides, it helps to know what you're up against.
By the way, some of this is based on stuff that has actually been said to me (like the dyke with no friends line) and stuff that people have said to each other not realizing one of us was listening, and stuff that I know people were thinking even when it wasn't said.

What do you think? I think I will censor it and put it in my school literary magazine. A lot of people deserve to have this thrown back in their faces.

What Feminism Means to America

Who does she think she is?
Behind that tough no-makeup exterior, the steel-toed boots mercifully covering most of those flagrantly unwaxed legs-
the rubber pride bracelet, the studiedly and meticulously un-styled hair-
she’s just a weak needy little girl
a fake.
They’re all fakes-
pathetic poser freedom fighters for a cause nobody cares about
(well, nobody NORMAL cares about anyway)
spouting their confrontational multisyllabic rhetoric
their words about peace and love
a chorus of whining
belligerent cacophony.
Do they really even want peace and love and a more beautiful America
and freedom and equality and justice and for women to be on top
literally and figuratively?
Or will they secretly be unhappy
when and if their goals are ever realized
(which they never will be)
because they will have nothing to fight for
nothing to bitch about
no excuse to get up in people’s faces and attend marches and deliver speeches
and otherwise draw attention to themselves
and generally be a public nuisance?
Will they hate the fact
that they can now devote their energy
to something useful
like cleaning toilets?
They don’t really want the war to end, the sexes to be equal
because that will spell the end for their self-preserving neuroses
because then they will have to face the fact
That they are worthless
No looks, no hobbies, no friends
No life at all really.
A feminist is nothing but a dyke with no friends.
What does she do for fun
That frigid chick carrying the heavy sign
wearing black cargoes and magenta triangle earrings
framing a shrewish face full of misdirected hate
which could have been intelligence at one point
but now it’s too late?
It’s all a big, pathetic charade
chicks with nothing better to do
unwanted dead or alive
who never got Valentine’s Day teddy bears from boys in elementary school
because they were too smart and too stubborn
and too ugly
and so now try to get noticed by other unnatural women like themselves
and by America in general
for them even the negative attention is flattering
and they’ll do anything to get it
burn girdles, behead Barbies in effigy
anything, anything
not realizing that looks are what count for a woman
what get a woman noticed
and most women don’t want rights anyway
(NORMAL women that is)
and that’s the way it should be
was, is, and always will be
and ugly women have to suffer
because they’re too lazy and cheap and self-important
to get plastic surgery…

…or because they think
that because they bleed when you poke them with a pin
from the back of one of their pink buttons
or because they cry when you tell them how worthless they are
that they’re still worth something.
Poor pathetic bitches
You really have to feel sorry for them
but they are amusing
yeah, for about ten minutes
but the circus is cool for like ten minutes
and then you get tired of seeing the antics of clowns and freaks
and there’s always a Hooters nearby.

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November 6th, 2005

08:13 pm
It seems to be socially acceptable for women to talk about a lot of things now. They can discuss plastic surgery they've had, the diets that they're on, their cellulite, and where they get bikini waxes. So long as it's in a slightly negative "oh, woe is me" kind of light it's okay. There's one taboo that's rarely broken, though:

Talking about how we love our bodies.

It's taken me a long time to get to this point in my life, but you know what? I do love my body. I love the way I feel in my own skin. This is the most precious, wonderful possession I will ever have. I love how I look in $80 silk blouses and t-shirts I got on discount. I love dancing around my room because a good song is on the radio. I love going for a run and feeling all of my muscles working together.

There's this revelry in our bodies that we often have as kids, but lose as we get older. We learn to wear a t-shirt over our bathing suits. We learn to cross our arms over our stomachs. We learn to be afraid of our bodies, because they jiggle here and don't stick out far enough there.

But, this is the only body I will ever have. Why not enjoy it for everything that it's worth?

So, I love my muscular legs, I love my modest breasts, I love the curve of my belly, and I love my size twelve feet. I love my body.

What do you love about yours?
Current Mood: happyhappy

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October 13th, 2005

08:36 am
I know this isn't a womens' issue, but in fact its an everyone issue, and its pretty important. I had to pass it on.


I hate guns! I hate the fact that a bunch of innocent bystanders can die and their killer won't be punished. Signed the petition, hope you feel led to do so also. I visit Florida a lot, I have friends there, I don't want this law there. And I don't want the law in my state either.

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October 10th, 2005

11:16 am
My cousin and I were watching TV last night when a commercial for Commander-In-Chief--a series about a woman president of the United States of America--came on. My cousin, knowing I've looked into possibly working for the government after I'm done with school, started joking about how I should become the first female US president. And, as I thought about it all, I thought that it might be possible that there is a female president in my lifetime, but she won't look like Geena Davis.
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x-posted to busst and br0k3nsoul

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October 7th, 2005

11:13 pm
Hey all just joined. I'm 19/F from Minnesota and I've struggled with food/body image issues for years. This sounds like a great community, hope to post again soon!


I just started a group for other people struggling with eating disorders/body image in Minnesota and surrounding states, if anyone wants to join feel free!! http://www.livejournal.com/community/keldawn77/
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful

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October 5th, 2005

10:02 am - I'm new =)
Hello to all of you. I came across this community about 10 minutes ago, read much of it, and joined immediately.

My name is Ali, 20 years old, from Mobile Alabama. I am very impressed by all of you, you are all very intelligent and driven. I hope to learn alot from all of you.

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September 13th, 2005

04:15 pm - why barbie is bad
I wrote a speech entitles "Why Barbie is Bad" and I'm giving it at the county fair. Hopefully people will really listen and will not just laugh at the odd quirky fanatical girl talking about something very out of the ordinary for a county fair and uttering not one single platitude about America and how it's great. Enclosed is the speech:

Why Barbie is Bad
You’re probably laughing right now. I mean, “Why Barbie is BAD?” How dumb is that? Barbies are about the most harmless, silliest things in existence. Is this speech going to be a joke?
Actually, no. This speech is not a joke. People also smile at Bratz dolls, little pink light-up makeup mirrors labeled “girls electronics” at Toys “R” Us, revealing clothes sold at girls’ stores like Limited Too, and 4-year-old boys at recess shouting “Girls can’t kick right!”
People think that sexism is a thing of the past, something that went with long dresses, girdles, bound feet in China. We would like to think that, in our supposedly liberated society, the sexes are equal, just because girls’ sports get as much funding as boys’ sports, or because female enrollment in college exceeds male enrollment. Yeah, sure. As if that evens things out. What people don’t realize is that sexism is just as horrible today as it was before women’s suffrage, if not more so. Only now, sexism is a lot more subtle and sneaky, like a poison gas instead of a bomb.
We all have heard, many times, that women are more pressured about their looks than men are. That women are compelled to feel inferior if they don’t fit into the prescribed Barbie doll mold. That because of this, teenage girls are driven to eating disorders, low self-esteem, and/or depression. In fact, this image of a depressed oppressed teenage girl has become almost a cliché. Sadly, not enough is being done about it. What’s even sadder is that this influence starts at a very early age.
Picture this scenario. Parents buy their three-year-old daughter Barbie dolls. As the toddler brushes the long blond hair, she begins to feel that the contorted hunk of plastic is what she is supposed to be. My cousin, at age 4 and before she even knew her alphabet, once asked her father, “Why is my hair black? Isn’t it supposed to be blond, like Barbie’s?” As the girl in our scenario turns five, she sees commercials of Bratz dolls; partying girls in skimpy outfits who care about nothing but fashion, beauty, and competing to seduce boy Bratzes. She gets a Bratz doll for her birthday, and enjoys applying the make-up and dreaming of being like a Bratz doll when she’s a teenager. When she turns eight, she is taken to Limited Too to shop for school clothes. She looks around and sees nothing but microscopic pathetic excuses for tank tops, painfully tight jeans, miniskirts and booty shorts that say “SEXY” across the butt. She buys some of the junk and wears it to school. She spends the next few years willing her body to be skinnier and with more outlandish curves, and being teased by her classmates for not being physically mature or for not being allowed to shave her legs or pluck out her eyebrows. She tries to make up for this void and this hurt by coating herself in makeup and wearing clothes that get more and more skimpy. She probably winds up with an eating disorder, depressed, with low self-esteem and a lost sense of identity, caring about nothing but physical appearances, and haunted by pictures of smiling skinny models on teen magazines.
There is something that can be done about this, though. This Christmas, take action! Buy your sisters, cousins, nieces, daughters and friends something besides Barbies, Bratz dolls, booty shorts, and make-up mirrors. Buy them books or non-sexist toys instead. Even something small like this can make a difference, can put a halt to the rampant sexism that ruins so many American lives. Is it too much to ask?

Well that's that. Let me know if I should change anything before speaking in front of people.
Current Mood: happyish
Current Music: the phantom of the opera

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August 25th, 2005

02:58 pm
Hi! My name's Ana and I'm new. I'm starting college in the fall at Oberlin college. I've been a feminist for as long as I can remember and I've had food issues just as long. I have symptoms of compulsive eating and anorexia, though I have been diagnosed with neither.

I think my own eating issues are more linked to my own personal feelings as opposed to the media, but I do think the media affects them. I've perpertually been 10-15 pounds overweight, and it's hard to shake the feelings that I'm not beautiful. I have relatively little problem with the idea of the objectification of women, but I dislike how the objectification of women has become the ONLY way that they're viewed. Men get to be both objectified and viewed as smart capable people. Women are just silicone playthings. I think the fact that I'm bisexual helps me to feel more comfortable with the idea of objectifying women, but I wish that the attractive women plastered all over television weren't only a size 2.

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August 24th, 2005

03:36 pm - ::waves::
hi, i'm new! i don't have anything to write this second, but wanted to say hello!

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August 5th, 2005

04:26 pm
In addition to what br0k3nsoul posted a few days ago, I've found another article about the Dove ads. This one gives details such as models' sizes (4-12, according to Dove press releases) and warns Dove that they'll be pigeonholed as the "fat chick" brand if they continue with this kind of advertising.

Fat chick?

I did some checking at my local mall (Edgewater Mall in Biloxi, MS) and found some interesting information.

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