"We’ve been taught a woman’s body will cause men to sin. We’re told that if a woman shows too much of her body men will do stupid things. Let’s be clear: A woman’s body is not dangerous to you. Her body will not cause you harm. It will not make you do stupid things. If you do stupid things, it is because you chose to do stupid things."
"We must question in this equation why sex workers are so brutally stigmatized. Why do we exclude them for jobs, education, and from mainstream society?
Why do we scorn, threaten and harass them?
Why do we deny them of their personhood?
Why does the thought of a woman having sexual experiences scare us so much?
The answer is simple.
Patriarchy fears female sexuality.
It terrifies us to even fathom that a woman could take ownership of her body. We deem to keep women in a place where they are subjected to male sexuality. We seek to rob them of their choice and of their autonomy. We want to oppress them and keep them dependent on the patriarchy. A woman who transgresses the norm and takes ownership of her body — because that’s exactly what porn is, no matter how rough the sex is — ostensibly poses a threat to the deeply ingrained gender norms that polarize our society."
Good for you. Want a cookie
"Unbutton me slow,
the last one with tender care,
or just tear it off."
Daily Haiku on Love by Tyler Knott Gregson (via tylerknott)
Project for my Social Psych class last semester. This poster series was created to 1) challenge these internalized stereotypes by bringing them to the viewer’s attention and 2) expand the range of role models by including a diverse group of women. Each poster follows the same basic pattern: a woman who has demonstrated her competency in a particular area refutes the stereotype that appears above her in the form of “Girls can’t …”. While the posters target girls ranging from children to young adults, I expect the message would also cause people outside that demographic to question their own beliefs about women and power. I designed each aspect of the posters with several principles of social psychology in mind:
Peripheral route: When operating under the peripheral route, we judge persuasive appeal based on superficial characteristics such as attractiveness and credibility. I placed an attractive image of each woman over a black background, and the colors I chose complement each other well. I hand-lettered the main text to give each poster a sense of artistry, using an easy-to-read, official looking font as the basis for my work. Additionally, the women themselves are relatively well known. Their accomplishments, listed in the short blurb at the bottom of each poster, are impressive as well as irrefutable.
Relevance: We are more likely to be persuaded when we can relate the argument back to ourselves. These posters rely on the availability heuristic (since these stereotypes are readily available and common in society, media, and our own experiences) to establish an immediate relevancy. The statement at the top is attention grabbing by its controversial nature alone. However, it is also relevant to multiple groups, including but not limited to: 1) people who identify as girls, 2) people who have an opinion about girls, and 3) people who participate in the activity listed. I tried to include a wide range of activities (e.g., science, math, business, leadership, politics, athletics) and a diverse group of women (e.g., time period, nationality, ethnic background, age, area of expertise) to widen the range and appeal of the posters. The use of the term “we” also serves to compound the relevancy effect towards the main target audience by establishing in-group membership.
Central route: Because of the blatant use of stereotypes and the establishment of relevancy, the viewer now has a motivation to pay attention. Keeping the poster visually simple and limiting the biographical information helps by minimizing distractions. The QR code in the corner gives the viewer the means to access more information, if desired. Ideally, each QR code would link to the affiliated website (the URL would also be listed), but for now they link to relevant Wikipedia page.
Reactance and negative potency: Because we are less likely to change our minds when we feel like someone is trying to persuade us, I avoided mentioning the groups who held these stereotypes, so as not to alienate them, and did not use American political figures. I also did not attempt to convince girls to be more like the women portrayed. Additionally, because negative things are more potent than their positive counterparts, these posters run the risk of reinforcing the stereotype (“Girl’s can’t X”) rather than the counterargument (“Except we can”) or counterexample (the woman and her accomplishments). To minimize this, I placed the counterargument phrase in a speech bubble, portraying the woman as having a voice and worthy of our attention. I made the counterargument larger than any of the other text and placed it near the negative statement to provide an obvious, strong response. In some posters, the woman’s statement even breaks up the stereotype. I also colored the speech bubble and counterargument phrase, highlighting its difference from the preceding text as well as subtly raising its credibility through the color gold.
Attitude Inoculation: By exposing people to these stereotypes and providing notable counterexamples, these posters can potentially ‘vaccinate’ against the ubiquitous and persuasive sexism in our society. Viewers could then use the provided information to make their own credible and persuasive appeals against the stereotypes.
I saw this cute girl at a coffee shop sitting all alone and I came up to her and asked her what she was drinking she told me “That’s none of your business” bitch I was trying to be fucking romantic and find love at a coffee shop
Fuck you and your fucking coffee
GIRL DRINKING COFFEE ALONE MUST NEED MAN
I WILL BE THAT MAN
I WILL BE HERO
GIRL REJECT ME
GIRL HAVE NO RIGHT TO DO THAT
GIRL IS BITCH AND I HATE HER
I AM ROMANTIC WHY GIRLS NOT LOVE ME
Nicki Minaj The Feminist: All the girls will come in as long as they understand that I’m fighting for the girls that never thought they could win.Cause before they could begin you told them it was the end, but I am here to reverse the curse that they live in.
Happy V-Day from RBG <3
White people will argue to the death that they should be able to have dreads and wear bindis and appropriate everyone’s fucking culture but GOD FORBID A NON ENGLISH SPEAKING PERSON SINGS AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL THAT IS WRONG.
oooohhh kill em
"have you considered that maybe i am not pleasant?
maybe i wear lipstick so that
you will see my pretty pink mouth
wrapping around a coffee cup lid
and be distracted enough not to notice
that i am intelligent and powerful;
maybe i draw my brows into high arches
so you will look at my unimpressed skepticism
and overlook my spiteful glare
as a trick of my silly, girlish routine.
maybe i wear my heels so high and thin
so that i grasp your attention with the sway of my hips
as i listen to the click-clack-click against the floor
and know that if you should try to overpower me
i walk on sharpened knives.
maybe when i laugh at your worthless jokes
i am really baring my fangs
waiting patiently for the day
that i sink them into your neck.
i am not made of porcelain pleasantries;
you will find that these things are my armor
to keep you at a distance
so you do not step on me and shatter
my fragile control.
i am not a husk — i am not wilting.
i am turning my head
so that the fire blazing through my eyes
does not catch on the accelerant of your sweaty palms
and burn your bones to dust.
i am not your pretty girl;
i am a fury, a faerie, a phoenix —
a forest of werewolves and wendigos
that will carve out your chest
so that the next time i paint my pretty pink lips
i will taste the copper tang of your dying breaths."
i am constantly torn between ‘i dont need anyone’ and ‘hey you please fall in love with me’
when an artist wants to show you their art
or a writer wants you to read what they’ve written
it’s quite often an expression of trust
because a poem or a story or a painting are often things that come from the heart
little pieces of the artists themselves
and if they’re willing to share it with you
you should appreciate it