These are forms of male aggression that only women see. But even when men are afforded a front seat to harassment, they don’t always have the correct vantage point for recognizing the subtlety of its operation. Four years before the murders, I was sitting in a bar in Washington, D.C. with a male friend. Another young woman was alone at the bar when an older man scooted next to her. He was aggressive, wasted, and sitting too close, but she smiled curtly at his ramblings and laughed softly at his jokes as she patiently downed her drink. ‘Why is she humoring him?’ my friend asked me. ‘You would never do that.’ I was too embarrassed to say: ‘Because he looks scary’ and ‘I do it all the time.’

Women who have experienced this can recognize that placating these men is a rational choice, a form of self-defense to protect against setting off an aggressor. But to male bystanders, it often looks like a warm welcome, and that helps to shift blame in the public eye from the harasser and onto his target, who’s failed to respond with the type of masculine bravado that men more easily recognize.
Why it’s so hard for men to see misogyny (via vulturechow)

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Never tell a woman there are good men out there. You don’t know if that’s true. Hating men is a viable, honourable, righteous decision for a woman, one of the few we can make that is not informed by woman-hatred but rather comes a self-love so bright and fierce men cower and clamour.

McCarthy (1994) traces modern notions of masculinity back to the European and American expansionism of the mid-nineteenth century and the consequent emergence of social Darwinism, which
repopularized medieval “warrior values and myths” regarding physical courage, strength, and honor in order to justify colonial domination of “inferior” peoples. Under this version of masculinity, men measure themselves against the standard of the successful “Marketplace Man,” who wields economic and social power over others (Kimmel, 1997). Since few men can achieve this ideal, most spend their lives in relentless pursuit of masculinity, constantly fearing exposure as frauds. Indeed, Kimmel argues that fear is the overriding emotion driving men’s behaviors — fear of being dominated, of being seen as weak, of being humiliated. In one study, for example, when women and men were asked what they most feared, women reported a fear of being raped and murdered, whereas men confessed that their greatest fear was being laughed at (Noble, 1992, as cited in Kimmel, 1997, p. 235).

Enacting Masculinity: Antigay Violence and Group Rape as Participatory Theater, Karen Franklin

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Since capital is always doing well somewhere, the illusion arises that all will be well everywhere if we only readjust the form of capital to that predominant in Japan and West Germany (the 1980s), the United States (the 1990s) or China (after 2000). Capital never has to address its systemic failings because it moves them around geographically.

David Harvey, Seventeen contradictions and the End of Capitalism: Uneven Geographical Developments and the Production of Space. p154

Emphasis mine.

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According to Tel Aviv University, 95% of Israelis support the massacre in Gaza. A majority believe more firepower is necessary. So please spare me this bullshit about leftist and progressive Israelis and Zionists. Nearly the entire country is complicit in the ongoing colonization of Palestine, and those who aren’t are and have been recognized (most notably by giving up their Israeli citizenship). The truth isn’t “somewhere in between”. This is a country where almost all of the citizens endorse genocide.

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