Happy Halloween, Feminists!

OMG! IS IT? IS IT FOR REALZ???

YES!!! It’s the FAT, HAIRY, CASTRATING, MAN-HATING, SAGGY BOOBED, LESBIAN FEMINIST!!! and her cat.

RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!!! AAAAAAAAAAHHH!!!

Have a very scary Halloween, feminists! Enjoy it, I made it will all my heartz.

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  1. 1

    Maggie Hays said,

    I hate the way witches are represented on Halloween (and in general). I also hate the multiple misrepresentations of radical feminists, all the lies about us.

    (but I realize you were just having a joke here, Mary Tracy)

    To me, Halloween should be re-named Witches’ Eve. Like I said on Sharkbait’s blog (which I linked to my last post in an edit), misogyny continues: http://maggiehaysagainstporn.blogspot.com/2008/09/culture-of-patriarchists-hates-women.html

    Samhain is the night of mourning the (nearly) 9 million women who were killed as witches in medieval Europe.. The witches were women healers, pagans, midwives and they were a very women-centered culture. The Church despised them, just like historical & contemporary patriarchy hates all women.

    On ‘Halloween’, I believe everybody should at least take a li’l minute to think about all the women who have been, will be and are being raped, tortured or killed by men in a patriarchy (if most people cannot think about it the rest of the year- like I do). I think about all those sufferings everyday and it hurts. It hurts so much living in a rape/pornified culture, in such an oppressive society. 😦

    In Sisterhood and Solidarity,

    Maggie.

  2. 2

    Maggie Hays said,

    Sorry, it was in early modern Europe, not medieval.

  3. 3

    Yeah, I was trying to tell my friend about that last night. And she was all, but you live in the US, so you can’t care about that because your ancestors killed natives. Head desk. I tried to explain to her that the two concepts weren’t mutually exclusive. That I mourn both, but I don’t think she got it.

  4. 4

    Love the cartoon btw. It cracks me up. I wish I had dressed up as her for halloween…oh wait that’s what I am all year round. :). Well, minus the lesbian thing.

  5. 5

    marytracy9 said,

    Thanks, guys, for adding another dimension to this post.

    I was just going for a bit of fun, trying to laugh our stereotypes off. But you are right, we should bring about the subject of witches at every opportunity we have. And we should always keep in mind that the attitudes that led to those horrible crimes that long ago are still pretty alive today.

    Oh, and AW, it’s the same with me. Though my cat is far less supportive of my feminist madness 😛

  6. 6

    Cats are indifferent to the patriarchy…they know it gives them food. :).

  7. 7

    Maggie Hays said,

    There is nothing wrong with being a lesbian or with being hairy. 😛 Many women find some level of freedom in both. Being a lesbian can often save you from having to put up with men’s violence or abuse (in your personal lifel) and it can make you become even more women-centered. Having body hair can give you more bodily integrity and can rid you of the burden of “having to shave.” In both cases, there is some level of refusal to conform to patriarchal social norms.

    we should bring about the subject of witches at every opportunity we have. And we should always keep in mind that the attitudes that led to those horrible crimes that long ago are still pretty alive today.

    Absolutely, Mary Tracy. Thanks for pointing that out.

    Cats are indifferent to the patriarchy…they know it gives them food

    My cat is a feminist. 😛 She’s very affectionate to all females. She just knows meat gives her food, i.e. she could never be a vegetarian. Cats were frequently companions of the witches, who had particular feelings for them…

  8. 8

    Polly Styrene said,

    But I don’t have a cat.

  9. 9

    marytracy9 said,

    Well, there’s nothing wrong with being fat, hairy, castrating, man-hating, saggy boobed, lesbian or feminist. We might get attacked with those slurs, but that’s because those doing the attacking think that the words are insulting.
    And this particular witch is proud of being who she is, and that makes her even more scary.

    Oh, Polly, you should really, really get yourself a cat. Otherwise you might be a fat, hairy, castrating, man-hating, saggy boobed, lesbian, feminist but NOT a “cat lady” and then, where will it all end?

  10. 10

    marytracy9 said,

    Note: any similarity between the witch and me is purely coincidental. Yup.

  11. 11

    Maggie Hays said,

    Well, there’s nothing wrong with being fat, hairy, castrating, man-hating, saggy boobed, lesbian or feminist. We might get attacked with those slurs, but that’s because those doing the attacking think that the words are insulting.

    Exactly, Mary Tracy. All the negative associations with being fat or saggy-boobed comes from the wider pop culture’s representations of women. Particularly in malestream media where the women are all thin, conform to “beauty standards” and have “perfect” bodies, there’s a lot of gender-stereotyping, airbrushing and discrimination going on in corporate media.

    Though, personally, I’m rather skinny, I would definitely argue that malestream media is awfully fat-phobic. I believe that no woman should be ashamed of her body. But, unfortunately many women and girls feel uncomfortable in their bodies because they are being constantly ‘bombarded’ with images of “perfect bodies” on TV, etc as well as (capitalist) “perfect diet” propaganda ads. Unfair system, unfair society…

    As for the man-hating and the castrating, I can imagine why women would hate men as most men cannot change their abusive behaviors, silly manners, etc (unfortunately); and a woman can always castrate a rapist in self-defense…

  12. 12

    Maggie Hays said,

    Sorry, I meant to write (instead):

    Most men don’t want change their abusive behaviors, silly manners, etc (unfortunately)…

    It’s a lot to do with masculine gender conditioning (i.e. social gender construct)…

  13. 13

    MT9, I’m proud of it too. Well, almost, you do have nine years on me in that regard :).

  14. 14

    And polly you absolutely must get thyself a feline companion. Didn’t you get the memo? Checks through HQ mailing list, aah yes, right here, I see

    To Pollystyrene:
    From EVOL HQ:

    Dear Ms. Styrene, we regret to inform you that all membership in club is revoked. This decision will hold until such time as there is positive proof in your living space of litter box. Thank you, enjoy your sad, sad, little life.
    This message is sponsored by the confederation of feline overlords.

  15. 15

    Polly Styrene said,

    Sadly I live too near a busy road, and the catz aren’t the brightest at not getting sqawshed….I have seen a few in my time.

  16. 16

    marytracy9 said,

    OMG, atheist woman that was AWESOME!!! Thanks for lighting up my blog 😀

    So Polly, consider yourself warned BWAHAHAHA!

    And Maggie, WORD.

  17. 17

    bonobobabe said,

    I live near a busy road, and my cats are indoor only. The idea that cats are aloof and independent and need to be left out to roam all over creation is an older idea that is being replaced with recommendations for indoor-only cats. Their lifespan as indoor cats is significantly longer, as they are protected from disease, teenaged boys with bb guns, cars, other animals, etc.

  18. 18

    bonobobabe said,

    I love my hairy legs, btw. I just really enjoy being an animal.

  19. 19

    marytracy9 said,

    It is true that cats can live indoors, but it’s also true that they enjoy the outdoors so much more. I’ve seen indoor cats step on grass for the first time ever and they look really funny (so much for the “men do it because it’s natural” crowds). I think all animals, cats and humans, should live within nature. We shouldn’t have to go on holidays or drive for miles in order to see some of it.

    Our civilization is bonkers.

  20. 20

    Polly Styrene said,

    Yeah cats need to go outdoors IMHO. I have know flat dwellers who take their cats for walks, but I wouldn’t want to have an animal unless I could provide it with the environment it needs. And cats are hunters and enjoy outdoors. They are natural sun worshippers also.

  21. 21

    Rebekka said,

    My cat is a perfectly happy indoor cat. She lies in the sunshine in the window. The couple of times she’s accidently got outside, she has completely freaked. She’s not impressed by grass. She just hides and cries. It’s all in what they’re used to – and indoor cats live on average about 10 years, and outdoor cats only 2. If you really want your cat to go outside, you can always build them a kitty aviary.


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