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20. Midwest. Ravenclaw. I like Harry Potter, Doctor Who and its spin-offs, Supernatural, Sherlock, Avatar: The Last Airbender/The Legend of Korra, Glee, The Hunger Games, Teen Wolf, Broadchurch, and Once Upon a Time. My blog doesn't have a specific theme. I blog about all the fandoms above and whatever strikes my fancy. Enjoy! Please note that this is not a spoiler-free blog.

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Anonymous asked: I thought about your statement about women not being opressed in the western world anymore and I think you might have a point. Women can become literally anything nowadays, whereI live they even advertise for women to join the military or choose technical/chemical/mathematical professions. Angela Merkel is one of the most powerfull people in germany (I'm not german). Patriachy might still be a thing in third world countries, but I can't see/feel it where I live.

majesticmattsmith:

usapotterfan:

majesticmattsmith:

thestateofardadreaming:

majesticmattsmith:

Exactly.

Although, I have to point out that patriarchy doesn’t exist in third world countries either. A patriarchal society would favor men over women. But that’s really not how third world countries work.

Anyone can be oppressed in third world countries but men are not the oppressors. Religion, rich people and the government oppress people. And these people include literally everyone. Not just women.

Women not opressed in the western world? Seriously? Do we live in the same world? Maybe the problem isn’t partiarchy but women are sitll opressed damn it.

The rules of the game are just different.

No. Do you even know what the word oppression means? If women were oppressed, we wouldn’t have ANY kind of right (or maybe just a little amount of rights), ridiculous laws would forbid us to do anything we enjoy, we could be enslaved, people who own us would treat us like shit and beat the hell out of us when we don’t obey, our freedom would be entirely restricted etc.

So you think the Western world is like that?

No, the problem is just that you’re 17 and you have a very simplistic idea of what oppression is. Wait a few years and then join an activism movement once you understand what’s going on. Meanwhile, listen and learn. Ask questions and provide constructive criticism when you think you see room for improvement, but don’t pretend that you’re an authority on the matter. I’m only 20, so I’m not claiming to be an authority, either, but it seems that I’ve been privileged enough to receive a better quality of education regarding these matters than you have (“Maybe just a little amount of rights,” for fuck’s sake, really?), and at least I recognize that I’m still learning. And don’t you dare claim to know that women in third world countries don’t face oppression for being women.

The problem is that you compare my knowledge about the world to my age. Which I get a lot from people when I argue about something. Like their argument is that I’m too young to know something about the world.

I have never claimed that my knowledge about the world is final and perfect. I’m constantly reading articles and watching videos about feminism and the injustice in the world. I always have something new to learn.

I have never been oppressed in any way but I’ve been learning about oppression. And sorry if I didn’t mention the other hundred thousand features of oppression. I thought I’d just give that person an idea of what oppression is really like considering she thought that women are oppressed in the Western world. But here you are, claiming that my idea of oppression is simplistic yet you didn’t bother to explain why. If you think I’m wrong about something, at least try to correct me so that I can reconsider my thoughts.

My age is really insignificant in this matter considering we’re both finghting for the same cause, which is gender equality. But the difference between you and me is that I don’t want to choose women’s issues over any other gender’s issues. I want to address every gender’s issues equally. Regardless of your gender, suffering is horrible and no one should just emphasize the problems of one group of people claiming that they suffer more and in the meanwhile forget about the fact that not just women can suffer.

17 isn’t too young to know about these things. You’ve just made it obvious that you don’t. Your age helps explain it, that’s all. I said last time I argued with you that I’m not going to waste my time explaining. You seem to have made up your mind for the time being. I’m not too concerned about your ignorance. You’re only 17. You’ll learn in a few years.

It’s wonderful that you want to help different groups of people. You seem to be forgetting that feminism is about women, though. Plenty of feminists are involved in other causes, and third-wave feminism focuses on intersectionality anyway.

majesticmattsmith:

You trash third-wave feminism specifically and then complain that feminists don’t care about intersectionality…? And you’ve apparently chosen to ignore those of us who explained to you that it isn’t feminism’s job to advocate for men anymore than it’s the NAACP’s job to spend time and money on white people.

Anonymous asked: I thought about your statement about women not being opressed in the western world anymore and I think you might have a point. Women can become literally anything nowadays, whereI live they even advertise for women to join the military or choose technical/chemical/mathematical professions. Angela Merkel is one of the most powerfull people in germany (I'm not german). Patriachy might still be a thing in third world countries, but I can't see/feel it where I live.

majesticmattsmith:

thestateofardadreaming:

majesticmattsmith:

Exactly.

Although, I have to point out that patriarchy doesn’t exist in third world countries either. A patriarchal society would favor men over women. But that’s really not how third world countries work.

Anyone can be oppressed in third world countries but men are not the oppressors. Religion, rich people and the government oppress people. And these people include literally everyone. Not just women.

Women not opressed in the western world? Seriously? Do we live in the same world? Maybe the problem isn’t partiarchy but women are sitll opressed damn it.

The rules of the game are just different.

No. Do you even know what the word oppression means? If women were oppressed, we wouldn’t have ANY kind of right (or maybe just a little amount of rights), ridiculous laws would forbid us to do anything we enjoy, we could be enslaved, people who own us would treat us like shit and beat the hell out of us when we don’t obey, our freedom would be entirely restricted etc.

So you think the Western world is like that?

No, the problem is just that you’re 17 and you have a very simplistic idea of what oppression is. Wait a few years and then join an activism movement once you understand what’s going on. Meanwhile, listen and learn. Ask questions and provide constructive criticism when you think you see room for improvement, but don’t pretend that you’re an authority on the matter. I’m only 20, so I’m not claiming to be an authority, either, but it seems that I’ve been privileged enough to receive a better quality of education regarding these matters than you have (“Maybe just a little amount of rights,” for fuck’s sake, really?), and at least I recognize that I’m still learning. And don’t you dare claim to know that women in third world countries don’t face oppression for being women.

Anonymous asked: I thought about your statement about women not being opressed in the western world anymore and I think you might have a point. Women can become literally anything nowadays, whereI live they even advertise for women to join the military or choose technical/chemical/mathematical professions. Angela Merkel is one of the most powerfull people in germany (I'm not german). Patriachy might still be a thing in third world countries, but I can't see/feel it where I live.

majesticmattsmith:

Exactly.

Although, I have to point out that patriarchy doesn’t exist in third world countries either. A patriarchal society would favor men over women. But that’s really not how third world countries work.

Anyone can be oppressed in third world countries but men are not the oppressors. Religion, rich people and the government oppress people. And these people include literally everyone. Not just women.

are you seriously still spewing this dangerous crap

dannerzz:

okay josh

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queenfujoshi:

the-fandoms-are-cool:

whatscriacin:

I seriously hope she married him

I seriously hope they became best friends after this

I seriously hope that teacher was forced to go on an unpaid leave of absence to pull his head out of his ass or he was fired. No teacher should put a student through that, especially when it seems so urgent. Fuck that guy.  But srsly, props on that footballer and I hope that the girl was alright afterwards…

The teacher should actually be arrested for purposely threatening her health and hygiene. 

queenfujoshi:

the-fandoms-are-cool:

whatscriacin:

I seriously hope she married him

I seriously hope they became best friends after this

I seriously hope that teacher was forced to go on an unpaid leave of absence to pull his head out of his ass or he was fired. No teacher should put a student through that, especially when it seems so urgent. Fuck that guy.  But srsly, props on that footballer and I hope that the girl was alright afterwards…

The teacher should actually be arrested for purposely threatening her health and hygiene. 

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edwardspoonhands:

rynnay:

watch both their faces go from “courteous TV smile” to “not paid enough for this bullshit”

Every time this guy shows up on my dash feel like I need a shower.

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ugobeast:

and im officially done with this fucking tumblr

"No way anyone is ever gonna understand them" except maybe for the 50% of people who are women…? What the fuck is this?

Anonymous asked: So would you say that you are against the current definition of feminism and the methods and ideology of the movement.. But that you support equality for all genders and more empowerment towards women to elevate themselves in (western) society because they already the tools, brainpower etc. to do so?

majesticmattsmith:

Yes. I’m totally against the movement.

Feminists claim that you’re a feminist if you believe in gender equality. But that’s stupid. Gender equality is not defined by feminism. They never act like they care about other genders than females.

All they say is that women have it worse, when in reality, non-binary genders have it the worst.

And yes, I support gender equality but why would you need more empowerment towards women when they can already do whatever a man can?

And there you are, saying women are tools. This is exactly what I was talking about. That’s what feminism plants in your brain, that you’re already a tool. But that’s not fucking true. You have control over yourself.

Ah, so one of your issues with feminism is that it’s cis-normative. That’s definitely one of the more constructive criticisms that you’ve presented, and you certainly aren’t alone in that thinking. Third-wave feminism is really about trying to correct this problem, and the level of success is debated, but there are some people doing really great things and I hope you’ll look into that.

oliveramy:

usapotterfan:

majesticmattsmith:

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theglassyeyedgirl replied to your post: anonymous asked:um what do you me…

In parts of the world, men dominate because women aren’t educated to fight back -it’s still present

This doesn’t even make sense. You’re saying that patriarchy is…

Except that women are loosing the battle for their own rights.
Research pro vs anti-choice. Research the wage gap. Research the men to woman ratio in our government.

I think you’re missing the point of feminism. Women’s rights didn’t end at women’s suffrage. It’s an ongoing battle that our legislature is trying to slowly strip away.

Do more research.

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majesticmattsmith:

attractive-rectangle-head:

majesticmattsmith:


Yeah, I do think it’s quite telling too. It might be because in some way, some people with critical thinking skills have realized that modern day feminism is NOT about gender equality.

And don’t you even think that you can compare feminist movements to anti-racism movements. Women have never been persecuted and killed just because of the fact that they were women.

The issues of anti-racism movements and children’s organiztions are much different than feminist issues.

It’s like comparing a bicycle accident to a plane crash. Both are terrible but one of them is more serious than the other.

I wasn’t going to originally jump into to this, but I just want to clarify one point - yes, women have been killed just for being women. Women are constantly attacked during wars, raped and killed. In Africa many women are still circumcised. Take Malala Yousafzai, who was shot because she wanted to go school. Take so many victims of domestic violence. Take that poor young woman from India who was gang raped on the bus. God, I wish we lived in a post patriarchy world, but I just don’t see it.

Women are not killed for being women. Women are not attacked for being women. Women are not raped becuase they are women.

Yes, third world countries have it the worst. These are all terrible things but I’m still talking about the Western world where these things don’t exist anymore.

Wait, what? You really think this? I hope you’re just incredibly ignorant. The fact that you would spout such lies even when Malala has been brought up is disgusting.

majesticmattsmith:

fezcupcake:

usapotterfan:

majesticmattsmith:

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theglassyeyedgirl replied to your post: anonymous asked:um what do you me…

In parts of the world, men dominate because women aren’t educated to fight back -it’s still present

This doesn’t even make sense. You’re saying that patriarchy is…

I don’t think you understand what feminism is about, feminism is what u are saying, woman are good enough and equal to men but in some parts if the world people don’t see this and women are suppressed and controlled by men, it may not be as strongly displayed in the western world but it is still evident, I suggest u actually research because like this other person said, I can’t do much to convince you and you need research for yourself

What you’re saying is totally true. But I’m talking about modern day feminism in the Western world. Which really doesn’t make any sense whatsoever. They are trying to crash the patriarchy in the Western world, where patriarchy doesn’t even exist, instead of trying to help countries where women are actually oppressed by men like in Saudi Arabia.

The patriarchy exists pretty much everywhere, except arguably in Scandinavian countries (WOW would I love to live in that region). It simply exists in different forms and to different degrees. I understand your concerning about prioritizing the regions in which it is most extreme, and there are plenty of feminists who work abroad. However, there are a whole host of factors that complicate that aim. Firstly, what women want isn’t the same in every culture. Going into countries and pushing them towards our goals is akin to a military invading another country and forcing it into another system of government. My main suggestion is still that you do some research for yourself, because I can see that your intentions are good and that you’re asking some important questions.

majesticmattsmith:

usapotterfan:

majesticmattsmith:

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mattsmlth replied to your post: anonymous asked:um what do you me…

what world do you live in?

The same as you.

Except my brain is not infected with the feminist views of the world that tells me I’m stupid and I’m oppressed by men.

Where exactly does the stupid part come in? I hope you don’t think that being oppressed means a person is stupid.

Of course I don’t think that! What I meant to say is that the feminist view of the world, in a patriarchal society (which is only the imaginary friend of feminists) everyone is controlled by men. If that was the truth, then that means I am this brainless creature who cannot stand up for herself unless she joins a movement that had already done everything they could.

But that is just simply not the case. I’m not under the control of anyone but myself. And neither the people are who live in the Western world.

Women are not oppressed. Non-binary genders experience much more oppression than women.

Ah, I see. You’re just failing to understand what “patriarchy” means. It’s not as simple as being “controlled” by men in the sense of enslavement or explicitly sexist legislation, though both of those examples do exist in Western countries today. I have a friend who said similar things when she was in high school. She was annoyed by feminism because she didn’t want to think that she needed any help overcoming the entire system of sexism. I personally don’t have any problem admitting that I’m not all-powerful and that there’s strength in numbers, no matter which system of oppression we’re talking about. Also, please remember that there are women, even in Western countries, who don’t have the education, resources, and security that they need to stand up for themselves successfully. I had a very privileged upbringing and there are days when the patriarchy barely affects my life, but that’s not the case for many other people.

majesticmattsmith:

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mattsmlth replied to your post: anonymous asked:um what do you me…

what world do you live in?

The same as you.

Except my brain is not infected with the feminist views of the world that tells me I’m stupid and I’m oppressed by men.

Where exactly does the stupid part come in? I hope you don’t think that being oppressed means a person is stupid.

majesticmattsmith:

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theglassyeyedgirl replied to your post: anonymous asked:um what do you me…

In parts of the world, men dominate because women aren’t educated to fight back -it’s still present

This doesn’t even make sense. You’re saying that patriarchy is still present. And yeah, sure it can still be a thing in some parts of the world. But not in the western world or first world countries.

What is feminism going to do about those parts of the world where patriarchy still exist?

Because all I see is that feminists are fighting for something that doesn’t even exist where they live.

I see you’re 17. I’m very happy that you haven’t yet experienced the patriarchy that exists in Western countries to the point where you are ready to do something about it. I don’t think there’s much I can do to convince you. I’ll just let you do the research for yourself, or you can just wait and see.