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Our chapter is dedicated to making Marion County, FL a better, safer place for ALL women.

Interested in joining us? We have biweekly meetings in downtown Ocala, tables at the First Friday Art Walks, and the occasional consciousness raising.

Please note that the views expressed on our blog do not necessarily speak for NOW itself.

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Posted: 2 weeks ago ● 36,724 notesReblog

ecto-plasm:

melanijann:

fandomsandfeminism:

how-to-vidya:

The evolution of girl gamers

Boy gamers are so self-centered they act as though women haven’t been playing video games for decades, and then act horrified when the female gamers who have always been there actually become visible and vocal about the rampant misogyny that has infected the gaming world. 

Like seriously, how entitled do you have to be that women saying “it sure would be nice if I wasn’t treated like shit while enjoying the games I play” translates to “I must be catered to” when video games have LITERALLY been catered to men for decades? 

More like:

I didn’t get all the dates, but I think you can get the point.

Also considered posting my own personal gaming history, but I would’ve had to go back to the 80s for that. e_e

I’mma keep posting things like this and adding that my mom was selling glass bottles she found in the road for arcade money long before any of these shitbabies were even thought of.

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Posted: 2 weeks ago ● 40,881 notesReblog

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It reminds me of the “bike to work” movement. That is also portrayed as white, but in my city more than half of the people on bike are not white. I was once talking to a white activist who was photographing “bike commuters” and had only pictures of white people with the occasional “Black professional” I asked her why she didn’t photograph the delivery people, construction workers etc. … ie. the Black and [Latin@] and Asian people… and she mumbled something about trying to “improve the image of biking” then admitted that she didn’t really see them as part of the “green movement” since they “probably have no choice” – I was so mad I wanted to quit working on the project she and I were collaborating on. So, in the same way when people in a poor neighborhood grow food in their yards … it’s just being poor– but when white people do it they are saving the earth or something.

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comment left on the Racialious blog post “Sustainable Food & Privilege: Why is Green always White (and Male and Upper-Class)”

Mmm yes this.

I remember someone shitting on me for complaining about how drivers almost kill me at least once a day when I’m biking to and from work and how I see cars as inherently problematic, and a society that glorifies vehicles that pollute and kill not only the earth as a whole- but people. And they told me that if I could afford it I would get a car (which is true only because I live in Florida, If I lived in the Northeast or any city with proper lack of sprawl and good public transit I would NEVER purchase a vehicle) and I said that that didn’t diminish the fact that I enjoy biking places, that I would probably still bike to my current jobs because it’s healthy and enjoyable, and good, and that that doesn’t lessen my distaste for car culture. They told me that because I had no choice, I had no way of taking credit for the fact that my mode of transportation was green and eco friendly.

Like, oh sorry, do I need a ‘benz before I can claim to care about the environment? That’s how that works?

(Source: ominykaress, via candidlycara)

Posted: 2 weeks ago ● 16,632 notesReblog

melissamaynase:

buttonpoetry:

Melissa May - “Dear Ursula” (WoWPS 2014)

"You, big lady, were the only Disney character who ever looked like me. And while you may not have had the waist line of a princess, I’ll be goddamned if you didn’t have the swagger of a queen."

Performing during prelims at the 2014 Women of the World Poetry Slam. Melissa placed 7th overall in the tournament.

Uh, hey! Here’s a thing I did! Thank you button poetry for this gorgeous video!

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Posted: 2 weeks ago ● 714 notesReblog

just-a-skinny-boy:

Resources to visit:

ASAN: http://autisticadvocacy.org/
Why I am Against Autism $peaks: http://tinyurl.com/kdzdrnz
Say No to Autism $peaks: http://tinyurl.com/llktqng

Please watch and share this video, we need to spread the word!

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Posted: 2 weeks ago ● 6,538 notesReblog

"Not queer like gay. Queer like, escaping definition. Queer like some sort of fluidity and limitlessness at once. Queer like a freedom too strange to be conquered. Queer like the fearlessness to imagine what love can look like…and pursue it."

Brandon Wint (via ethiopienne)

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Posted: 2 weeks ago ● 20,421 notesReblog

afternoonsnoozebutton:

katespencer:

I find it very disheartening that the news coverage of this James Franco story is that he “flirted” and “chatted” with this 17-year-old girl instead of calling him out for what it really is: being a predator. He very clearly tried to have sex with her and was well aware of her age. This is is not, as he called it, “a model of how social media is tricky,” and the media not calling him out his inappropriate behavior is really giving me all the rage today. 

He literally asked if he could book a hotel room for them. What the hell does the media think he wanted to do in said hotel room, bat his eyelashes and play footsie? 

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Posted: 2 weeks ago ● 98,747 notesReblog

"True gender equality is actually perceived as inequality. A group that is made up of 50% women is perceived as being mostly women. A situation that is perfectly equal between men and women is perceived as being biased in favor of women.
And if you don’t believe me, you’ve never been a married woman who kept her family name. I have had students hold that up as proof of my “sexism.”
My own brother told me that he could never marry a woman who kept her name because “everyone would know who ruled that relationship.” Perfect equality – my husband keeps his name and I keep mine – is held as a statement of superiority on my part."

 Lucy, When Worlds Collide: Fandom and Male Privilege. (via feministartdegree)

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Posted: 2 weeks ago ● 63,357 notesReblog

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an extensive list of queer lady movies, for my dear followers as a new year present.

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Posted: 2 weeks ago ● 185 notesReblog

Only 9 days left! Help us hit our goal! Intl Trans Women of Color Network Gathering at AMC2014

international-twoc-gathering:

9 days left and $3700 to go! We are so, so happy that we’ve raised $13,000!!! But to hit our goal and pay fewer fees to Indiegogo we have to raise $16,700! Please help us reach our goal! Reach our to your friends! Donate if you can!!! 

We will create an international network of trans women of color and trans feminine people to end our isolation, envision our future together and make it real! 

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More event info available here!