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Good morning Twitter friends. I’m still in bed sick, but possibly on the mend at last after 4 days. Last night @tropigalia & @laura_luna asked me to do a #thread on the devaluing & misrecognition of #femme relationships so here we go.
First, if you don’t know what femme is, read this, this thread will still be here: bustle.com/articles/16608…
So to be clear, femme is a queer gender expression not tied to sex or gender identity. Femme is also not exclusively about appearance, but this thread will emphasize appearance bc I’m going to talk about the way femme relationships are read, thus based on visual cues.
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Here's the thing about racism and sexism - humans do not deal well in nuance. We deal in generalities to make life easier for us. We simplify everywhere that we can. We create general rules for life that we know are not universally true, but they capture most of the cases.
In some cases, those generalities overstep. We learn that members of group X (or, more specifically, people *we* think, based on a visual assessment, belong to group X) should have certain qualities.
Those qualities might even be true for the vast majority of members of group X. "Blue people wear hats." Not all of them, but perhaps 97% of blue people do prefer to wear hats. Here's what happens.
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OK, Twitter. Pour the tea. It’s time to talk about #ToxicMasculinity and the #myth of the #AlphaMale . You ready? I got my tea right here. It’s green tea spiked with whiskey, honey, garlic, mint, and wasabi because it’s going to be that kind of thread. Here we go.
First off, let’s deal with this #AlphaMale nonsense. Take a quick look in the mirror. Are you a wolf, a chimpanzee, a gorilla, or a bonobo? Are you a chicken? Are you a large herd animal, like a horse or a bighorn sheep? No? OK, then you’re probably not an alpha anything.
Alpha males, which distinguish themselves based on physically dominating behaviors DO exist in gorilla and chimpanzee societies. But guess what doesn’t exist in those societies? Higher-order organizational structures such as governments, militaries, or police forces...
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Circling back to the AdWorld's #MeToo after a while.
A grand total of 13 Men were accused, some anonymously, some openly.
Subsequent posts will examine what happened (or didn't) with them, and with the ad world in general. #TimesUp #Advertising #MeToo

After the usual "shocked" "outraged" etc. reactions - mostly from men (sidenote: seriously, though, was this truly any surprise??), the big networks distanced themselves from the perpetrators. DAN went first, with the following

campaignasia.com/article/dentsu…
Followed quickly by Publicis.

Of course, it makes complete economic as well as PR sense to NOT have sexual harassment accused on payroll, for globally aligned and fairly well known companies

campaignasia.com/article/metoo-…
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Had an infuriating conversation with my mum’s physio today about the #MeToo movement.
As she finished her treatment for mum, as part of her usual chats with me, she said today, “I am so tired of all this drama surrounding #Sabarimala and #MeTooIndia

@IndiaMeToo #TimesUp
Excerpts: “If something happened 25 years ago, why didn’t people speak up then? Why keep quiet? All for negative publicity now.”

Perhaps because the ostracisation that existed before isn’t as vicious today. Because finally, there are people to listen.
#MeToo #TimesUp
“As long as you are dignified in your behaviour and dressing, nothing will happen.”

I was 11 when someone first touched me the wrong way. It was at my own house, I wore a half sleeved Kurta (free-sized because I was a plump kid) and jeans.

What would you tell 11yo me?
#MeToo
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For me, the real issue in the #trans #GRA reform is #maleviolence against #female & trans. I note #transmen seem to be absent from discussion. They obvs don't present as #women so don't use women's spaces. But they can't draw attention to themselves as trans because... (1/2)
(2/2) in a male space they would run the risk of attack by men who would see their bodies as still female. I can't find stats on transmen being violent, or female violence on transmen. I guess there will be some, but very small no's. The problem is male violence. #patriarchy...
So we need to be looking at #male #violence and how/why our society raises #boys to think violence is a way of dealing with the world. NB I know this is a generalisation and not all males are violent & not all females are peaceful!
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The United States of America was Judically RAPED again today by @senatemajldr @SenateGOP @GOP. @ChuckGrassley @JeffFlake @LindseyGrahamSC. OUR voices were silenced, and we were held down while they SHOVED Kavanaugh onto our high court against our will and WITHOUT CONSENT.
Republicans put their collective hands over our mouths because they didn't want to hear our screams while they did it. Brett Kavanaugh is clearly the "best man for the job" of preserving white conservative male privilege to RAPE at will with utter impunity - the #Patriarchy
His primary job is to protect Donald Trump and his friends from all of our US laws. Secondarily his job is to ensure women and all Americans become and remain enslaved to a wealthy ruling class - the billionaires - and are denied even basic human rights.
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People ask what #patriarchy is. Think “Jim Crow” and apply it to women—all women. It’s a web of systems, structures, practices and believes that enforce gender hierarchy and silence women. 1/
#This is what #patriarchy looks like in the US right now. 2/
And #patriarchy looks like #this. Yesterday, .@OrrinHatch refused to listen to women and their concerns. 3/
washingtonpost.com/politics/2018/…
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“Women for Trump” aka Footsoldiers of the Patriarchy
These “Women for Trump”:
- Who indoctrinated them?
- Who taught them to submit to men?
- Why are they so brainwashed?
- Should I save them?
For decades, I’ve been asked by white people:
- What is wrong with Muslim women?
- Why do they put up with all that patriarchy and misogyny?
And here I am asking the same about these “Women for Trump” who are the 53% of white American women voters who voted for him.
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That Brett Kavanaugh is a federal judge is a reminder of feminist psychiatrist Judith Herman’s words: “The legal system is designed to protect men from the superior power of the state but not to protect women or children from the superior power of men.”
Trump, Kavanaugh, Graham: white patriarchy + wealth + entitlement. These are men who were raised to believe everything revolved around and for them and that they would never be held accountable. Ever. And when they are, they act like 👇🏽#Patriarchy.
White supremacy + patriarchy + wealth + entitlement = the highest office in the land to the judges who mete out “justice” to the laws that elected officials pass. Every level of power in the United States of America
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The president of the USA has been accused by at least 20 women of sexual assault.
A candidate for congress had been accused by at least 6 women of sexually molesting them when they were teenagers.
And now a man accused of attempted rape is up for a seat in the Supreme Court.
And remember that one judge on the Supreme Court was confirmed despite being accused of sexual harassment.
When sexual harassment and assault are at the highest levels, it gives a green light that women’s bodies are fair game.
#Patriarchy #USA
When 60 million Americans still vote for you despite your boast that when you’re famous women “let you grab them by the pussy,” is it too surprising that an attempted rapist is still being considered as a judge for life on the nation’s highest court? #Patriarchy #USA #SCOTUS
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We all would do well to sit with Robin DiAngelo's #WhiteFragility and absorb sentences like this: “I believe that white progressives cause the most daily damage to people of color.” Great piece @xwaldie for @NewYorker. newyorker.com/books/page-tur…
This: “The most effective adaptation of racism over time is the idea that racism is conscious bias held by mean people.” I've been thinking a lot about this false binary thinking in the context of #MeToo: the notion that there are "good" and "bad" men. We're complex.
Pair this with @MaggieHagerman 's outstanding new research on the stories affluent white parents tell themselves about how they're raising their kids... and why. Definitely the thing I struggle with the most here in #Seattle. time.com/5362786/talkin…
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The #postmodern spell that many who claim activism in the Muslim community have fallen under is no better displayed by the manner in which some "celebrity" actors attacked perceived power structures. In fact, nothing could be more post-modern than to see the world almost
exclusively through the lens of power. As a result, these self-proclaimed activists, who also attempt to claim Islamic orthodoxy and legitimacy, seek to supplant the very authoritarian power structures they claim to be fighting against with their own brand of authoritarianism:
inclusivity. One one hand they wail and gnash their nails and teeth over a variety of power structures such as #patriarchy, sexism, etc. Some even has even been some claim to truth in their observations but sadly their tactics are closer to slash and burn than to any discernable
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#Patriarchy: White women born in parts of the United States where sexist attitudes are more prevalent grow up to earn less and to work less than women born elsewhere, relative to men born in those same states, new economic research shows. nyti.ms/2Mz0ihK
The study finds that a woman’s lifelong earnings and how much she works are influenced by the levels of sexism in the state where she was born. Sexist attitudes are most prevalent in southeast & least prevalent on the West Coast. #USA #Patriarchy
The researchers studied only white women
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Random etymology for the day. खर means donkey in Sanskrit. khar means the same in Persian. घोष means sound in Sanskrit. Gush means ear in Persian. Combine those, and we get “animal with large ears like a donkey”—khargush=खरगोश=rabbit
More random etymology: The Sanskrit उष्ट्र (camel) gave rise to "shotor" in Persian (same meaning).

Old Persian "morg" (bird) now means hen (मुर्ग).

Combine to get shotormorg = शुतुरमुर्ग = camel bird = ostrich.
I just realized that sahib and sahiba are masculine and feminine forms _of the same word_ (meaning companion). Yet, the latter means companion/friend, but the former means owner/master. #patriarchy
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Dedicated to @Terfy_Memes
Plus, a thread on how transwomen retain (at least some) male privilege 👇🏾
What is #maleprivilege? It is freedom, resources, rights, and respect granted instantly to any male person upon (or even before) birth, simply for being male. Having an advantage over another group of humans doesn’t just stop at laws.
When men don’t feel constantly threatened with violence and harassment for just existing. When medical conditions affecting males are given more funding and are more rigorously researched. When men get more pay and are promoted faster due to being seen as more competent in jobs.
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