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hi, my name's madeline. yogi, sex-positive feminist, nerd.
i like books, food, and long walks through hyrule. i get obsessive over people/things and actually followed my best friend nikki all the way to OU. sometimes i cry because daenerys targaryen.
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11 months ago on November 23rd, 2013 | J | 302,311 notes


re Texas I am v caught between how amazing Wendy Davis and all the other women battling for this are

and just being like why the fuck is this even a thing

1 year ago on June 25th, 2013 | J | 25 notes





Would it be effective censorship if I just photoshopped man nipples onto girl nipples



this is so powerful

I love it

1 year ago on June 12th, 2013 | J | 125,280 notes
The sexualization of women is only appealing if it’s nonconsensual. Otherwise it’s “sluttiness”.
- Lindy West (via lavenderlabia)(via freshoutoffucksgoddamnit)
1 year ago on June 2nd, 2013 | J | 40,654 notes

Susannah Liguori in Truisms (Two) shot by Tyrone Leblon for PoP F/W 2012


Susannah Liguori in Truisms (Two) shot by Tyrone Leblon for PoP F/W 2012

1 year ago on June 2nd, 2013 | J | 11,087 notes


Stop sexualizing my body stop shaming my body stop policing my body


1 year ago on June 2nd, 2013 | J | 579,508 notes
1 year ago on May 23rd, 2013 | J | 96,814 notes

A gang rape happened in Ohio and no one heard about it. A gang rape happened in India and everyone heard about it (as we should). The American media has represented India as a misogynistic country where women need to be constantly wary of the men that surround them. And after that gang rape, large-scale protests blocked the streets and clogged the media. Now, I am in no way saying that rape and domestic violence are not problems in India. As an Indian-American woman who has been to India many times and is incredibly familiar with the culture, I am in no way denying that. Rape, in India, is a serious problem. Rape, especially in lower class areas in India, is an extremely prevalent problem that needs to stop being ignored and taken seriously. Violence against women in India is a serious issue.

But violence against women in America is also a serious problem. Violence against women in South Africa, and Sweden, and Chile, and Thailand, is a serious problem. Violence against women is a serious problem. Period. Full stop. While our media went out representing India as a typical place for these deplorable events to happen, another woman’s similar story went ignored and without subsequent societal action. This country outright refuses to admit that it is a rape culture.

Our media and our country are so obsessed with presenting foreign countries as worse than us or uncivilized or, most importantly, undemocratic, they will blast our radios and timelines and homepages with news of rapes in India, but refuse to acknowledge that the same thing happens here and is happening here.

- Anisha Ahuja, Why Does America Pretend it Doesn’t Hate Women? (Feminspire.com)
1 year ago on May 23rd, 2013 | J | 16,920 notes
1 year ago on May 22nd, 2013 | J | 1,146 notes



Jezebel article + comment from a pokemon enthusiast

Thank you kind ser

1 year ago on May 22nd, 2013 | J | 7,702 notes
Yes, false rape accusations happen. Run the protocol anyway. I’ve heard that perhaps the military has the highest number of ‘em. True or not, RUN THE PROTOCOL ANYWAY. Because in 15 years of investigating rape accusations, I can count those that panned out as false on one hand. Meanwhile, the one time I almost skipped the protocol, the one time I almost didn’t believe a petty officer, because I was naive as an investigator and a young woman, because her commanding officer described her as “a party girl, always late, always out drinking, don’t bother with this one”, she turned out to be the victim of one of the most brutal assaults I’ve ever investigated. She shouldn’t have still been -alive-, let alone up and making the accusation. So let me repeat: five false accounts in fifteen years. And one time I almost failed a woman ‘cause of the bullshit way it’s normal to talk about us. Take your shipmates’ word, and then run the protocol. Every. Single. Time.
-  - JAG lawyer, speaking to my husband’s plant during Sexual Assault Prevention Month. (via circusbones)
1 year ago on May 20th, 2013 | J | 54,078 notes





This is everything I have ever tried to articulate and failed because a man was talking over me.

This entire article. I keep saying this, and it’s just so baffling to me how almost everyone always disagrees with me on this, because this idea that women are so much more emotional than men, and that men so much more rational than women is just so consistently being proven wrong to me every day of my life.

omg I’ve been waiting for years for somebody to write this.

I remember when I was taking a psychology class in high school, our teacher insisted that men had more emotional needs than women. To prove it, he showed us a video of a study with mothers and their infants.

In the study, women would play peekaboo with their babies, but then after a while give them a blank :I look

The baby girls were mostly unaffected, the boys however, started crying.

Hell I don’t need a study, I just have to look at my parents. My dad gets upset if my mom isn’t there to constantly freaking baby him, while my mom is expected to work and come home and make dinner and put up with him even though he’s retired and doesn’t do shit around the house now.

So why the shit do we get saddled with the emotional, clingy reputation??

And men wonder we use “the silent treatment”. Because while y’all might not be aware of how emotionally charged you are, we are.

Without fail I have observed that this tactic, ignoring a dude, is a sure fire way to set them off. They cannot stand to go without acknowledgment. Dudes get increasingly more upset the longer you ignore them.

And yet it’s women who are “hysterical”. Why? Because we cry when you hurt us? Man, I can get a rise out of a dude in 20 mins by saying NOTHING and I’m the emotional one? Please.

1 year ago on May 20th, 2013 | J | 11,124 notes


You know how it is, right, ladies? You know a guy for a while. You hang out with him. You do fun things with him—play video games, watch movies, go hiking, go to concerts. You invite him to your parties. You listen to his problems. You do all this because you think he wants to be your friend.

But then, then comes the fateful moment where you find out that all this time, he’s only seen you as a potential girlfriend. And then if you turn him down, he may never speak to you again. This has happened to me time after time: I hit it off with a guy, and, for all that I’ve been burned in the past, I start to think that this one might actually care about me as a person. And then he asks me on a date.

I tell him how much I enjoy his company, how much I value his friendship. I tell him that I really want to be his friend and to continue hanging out with him and talking about our favorite books or exploring new restaurants or making fun of avant-garde theatre productions. But he rejects me. He doesn’t answer my calls or e-mails; if we’d been making plans to do something before this fateful incident, these plans mysteriously fail to materialize. (This is why I never did get around to seeing the Hunger Games movie. Not to name any names, but thanks a lot, Tom.) Later, when I run into him at social events, our conversations are awkward and lukewarm. This is because the moment we met, he put me in the girlfriend-zone, and now he can’t see me as friend material.

I must say that I find this really unfair. I mean, I’m a nice girl. I have a lot to offer as a friend, like not being a douchebag and stuff. But males just don’t want to be friends with nice girls like me. They can’t help it, I guess; it’s just how they’re wired, biologically. Evolution conditioned our male hominid ancestors to seek nice girls as mates and form friendship bonds only with the other dudes that they hunted mammoths with. It’s true—I know this because I studied hominids in my fifth-grade science class.

So what’s the answer? Should I take up mammoth-hunting in an attempt to appeal to the friendship centers of men’s primal lizardbrains? Should I keep making guy “friends” and then prevent them from making a move on me by subtly undermining their self-confidence? Should I just give up on those manipulative, game-playing, two-faced bastards once and for all? I don’t know. I mean, I’d really like to have a true friendship with a guy someday, but it’s so hard to trust and respect them when they never say what they mean—and you never know when you might be relegated to the girlfriend-zone.

1 year ago on May 20th, 2013 | J | 20,132 notes



really though

if breasts, butts and legs are so distracting to men, to the point they cant function

why arent they that distracting to lesbians

and at that point

why isnt the penis bulge and legs not distracting enough to gay men to warrant men being put under the same dress codes

1 year ago on May 20th, 2013 | J | 242,133 notes
It is disgusting. We are told to love sex but never masturbate or fool around. To love our bodies but we have to be hairless, thin, have boobs, and to never wear make up to cover our flaws. We can like sports and watch them but we can’t play them unless they are toned down and pretty enough to be oggled at. We can be nerds but we can’t be TOO smart or we forget our place. We are told we need a prince charming and to seek him out by constantly changing ourselves and being perfect for him. We are given the message that outside beauty is what matters the most but if we have it and get successful it was because we have a pretty face. We are told we exaggerate and should just go with it when we complain of being objects and property. We are taught that being a woman is worthy of an insult… WE have to fear walking at night. WE have to go in a group if we need to use the bathroom in a strange place. WE have to be cautious of where we are and who we are with. That we are told to hush and get over it if we are assaulted because real life isn’t like the crime shows and it is harder to convict the assaulter. That female artists are degraded and yelled at in artist alleys. That you are judged just by how you wear a t-shirt.
1 year ago on May 20th, 2013 | J | 197,010 notes