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Just for shits and giggles I skimmed over the entries over in kissmyass_cosmo and oh are they as pitiful as ever. Really, they claim that the beauty industry is a blight on our society, oppressing women as a whole, but the attitudes they choose to project are harming them more than advertisements ever could. Let's take a look shall we?

That entry's a gem because it's essentially a conglomeration of all the aspects that community stands for.

Let's see we've got...

The proponents that chubby to morbidly obese women, cottage cheese thighs and all, should be considered aesthetically pleasing to everyone. Hey, being cellulite ridden and fat makes you an individual, imagine that.

When an ad claims a product can render you "sexy", the true result is it'll make your brother want to fuck you along with every other salivating human with a penis.

Whenever an ad for means of diet loss crops up, that's an immediate license to be outraged beyond belief. Can you imagine how delightful these insanely insecure women are in real life, if that's all it takes to set you off?

The media condemns tongue rings as it makes you a promiscuous hussy and an unfit mother.

Here's the token comment about being threatened by women who meet conventional beauty standards. If she were so comfortable with herself, would other women's choices bother her? It reeks of jealousy.

A jab at women who are thin (like a little boy!) with large breasts. I thought that community was all about accepting women for what they are regardless of their appearance?

It makes me laugh thinking of how just an image of an attractive woman can send them over the edge. They're barely worth even addressing because all it takes to piss them off is a lip gloss advertisement. How pathetic can a person get?
Ugly

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Okay, no one has posted here in a while. So I'm going to make a post.

http://community.livejournal.com/kissmyass_cosmo/285817.html

Something that has been bothering me and coincidentally was the topic of a recent KMAC post. I actually really liked the post itself, but a comment really, really bothered me. Anytime anyone talks about beauty standards someone IMMEDIATELY places the blame on a patriarchy that only wants women to fail. This is so hard for me to swallow for a number of reasons.

The first is why is it that when women ostracize others or place the beauty standard on others it HAS to be a man's fault somewhere down the line? Are there not brutal women out there who find no pleasure other than to tear other women (and people in general) down? I find it very hard to believe that only men are the ones who wish to see this beauty standard fulfilled and often I think many who women perpetuate the standard by clinging to it only do so because they want to better than everyone else. They want to be adored. I mean look at Paris Hilton! Do you REALLY think she wants every women to be skinny and blonde? Then she wouldn't feel she was special anymore.

Second, do women HONESTLY think that all men are out to get them? It's like feminism these days consists of women who are paranoid schizophrenic. I look at my bf and think, my god does he really want me to fail? Of course not. Very few men want to see their sister or mother or wife or girlfriend living their life with depression because they can never reach this high standard of beauty. I mean, c'mon now. Let's think logically. The only reason ANYONE would want someone to fail is so they can take over or "win" themselves. What do men have to gain by keeping women down other than a world full of unhappy women that will most likely treat them like crap. I can understand the argument that women with low self-esteems are often likely to shortchange themselves as well as be manipulated by others. But everyone hates something about themselves. I often think very poorly about my own appearance and I would never let my bf or husband abuse me/manipulate me.

And as the person in their post said, most women don't even really WANT to attain this standard and are content to maximize their other attributes. Is it also a man's fault that most women can't attain this standard, or won't?

Fourth, plenty of men love women for things other than appearance. Of course a man has to be attracted to a woman or a man for a relationship to happen. Yet people are attracted to so many different attributes of other people that for looks to be the sole factor in forming opinions about a woman (or a man), let's be honest, very few people would get married or fall in love. Some of us look past the physical inconsistancies and eventually learn to love them/think they are beautiful all around.

Last, I really don't see how blaming some anonymous patriarchy is going to help women. If society is responsible, then we are all to blame. I'm tired of people trying to shurk what they know in their hearts is a deeper problem off onto people/groups who for the most part have no clue what is going on inside each other's heads. And even if someone can be put to blame, why are we blaming ALL men as if they have some secret club where they get together and try to hurt a woman's chance at success.
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Dearest Izzerwurst......

I just realized something. Our very well respected enemy izzerwurst is a hypocrite. She opposes porn and erotica yet she is a fan of Harry Potter slash. Now Slash is usually sexual art or writings of a fan made pairing consisting of two same sex characters.
So wait? So my darling Ms. Izzy, If you're so gung ho about Ms. Andrea Dworkin and killing porn and pornostars or whatever,
Why do you promote slash pairings from a children's book?
Isn't it kind of disturbing that you fantasize about Harry who is underage (from what I recall) having sex with other underage boys and over-the-age of consent wizards at Hogwarts?

I believe I have you pwned, Ms. Izzerwurst.

THEY HAVE TO LIE TO MAKE POINTS NOW

From here.

Seriously, come on?! Is there some universal standard that I'm not aware of that actually states what I should and should not wear? I've noticed a lot of bigger clothes cover more skin. That's angering! Also, I seen an ad today for cellulite cream that had a woman with a tape measure around her thigh. It was at 16 inches and it said something about having thin thighs. 16 inches is is like super thin! That's probably like a size 0-2. I hope the ad didn't inspire anyone to go home and measure their thigh because it's a set up to feel bad about yourself.

No, no, it's not.

My girlfriend's thighs are about 15 inches around and she's a size 6.

So these idiots just lie to make their point now. Cute!
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okay this is just freaky

"no one smiles during their period"

"I do! It has to do with avoiding tampons and pads, though... ;o)"

from the most recent kmac post.

I mean liking bloodplay and all is your personal preference, but liking blood that is black because of oxidizing and not wearing pads is pretty gross. I could be assuming too much but it goos me out. I guess if they had those one things that stick up there, but still. I've never heard of anyone not wearing at least SOMETHING during their period.
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Haha.

I haven't even done anything in KMAC and I've been banned.

I found out when I was going to post a comment to the Pink video.

There was some chick going " Yeah, but you can't just try out an eating disorder. It shouldn't be portrayed as a stupid diet tactic when there are people suffering from the disease."

(in reference to bulimia being portrayed in the video)

And I was going to say:

"I don't know.

I don't think it should be portrayed as simply an illness when it's a trendy diet tactic as well. I think its fair to show it as either or both."

But whatev. :)

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FROM kissmyass_cosmo:

I'm really disturbed by the idea of food - especially high calorie food - being a "guilty pleasure". There's something really twisted about introducing notions of sin and guilt, right and wrong to the world of food. Coldstone Creamery sells "Sinless ice cream", which, you guessed it, is fat-free and sugar-free. I've seen many "guilt-free" treats..

Has this person never heard of the seven deadly sins, one of which is gluttony?

This has got to be the dumbest post I've ever read on that community.