Why I don’t give a damn that you have a linguistic issue with ‘FEMinist’

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You got a problem with ‘feminist’ because the word inherently excludes you? Check your privilege and get the hell over it.

You can treat women equally as much as you like but as long as you’re saying shit like this the truth is that you don’t CONSIDER us equal. If you can’t associate yourself with femaleness or femininity even in a word that is historically significant and integral to the liberation of women because that makes you uncomfortable, you are a sexist seeking to employ the patriarchal practice of denying women credit where credit is due and disassociating yourself with femininity.

Rejecting Your Sense of Justice is Rejecting a Device of God

This post is brought to you by a bewildering conversation I had a while ago in which an XY tried to mansplain to me that his interpretation of a specific verse pertaining to women is not unjust because it is from God, and therefore [what is from God] cannot unjust. (Read: His interpretation is from God. That’s the blasphemous, sinful basis of his claim. Says Qur’an 3:78–79: and who say, “This is from God,” the while it is not from God: and thus do they tell a lie about God.)

After explaining where he had erred in his fallacious argument and how it had caused his misinterpretation of the verse, he naturally pulled one of these, and then declared my interpretation “interesting.”

What I found mind-blowing, and what I continuously find mind-blowing, is that men will argue that something is just and impartial “because it is from God” despite the fact that they really don’t believe it is just.

This is obvious, because on several occasions when I’ve debated over exegesis, they’ve attempted to ravel their losing argument into a pretty bow with something like “See? You used the Qur’an itself to liberate women! So we don’t need feminism.”

LOL so you knew your interpretation was oppressive this whole time, while you were trying to convince me it was “just” because the words are from God. I will decide what women need, and whether we need feminism, so please stfu. I don’t need a man to convince me that God’s words are just.

This mentality—in which men define what is just not by the reason that God has given them to employ, but through what they mistake as faith, while simultaneously confusing their own interpretations with the dictations of God—is blasphemous. We were created with reason specifically for this purpose.

Have We not given xir two eyes,
and a tongue and a pair of lips,
and shown xir the two highways (of good and evil)?
But xie would not try to ascend the steep uphill road.
(Qur’an 90:8)

Denying yourself the use of reason is to reject a device of God. We are commanded over and over not to proceed without knowledge or reason. Failing to employ our reason is a sin:

“The things that my Lord
hath indeed forbidden are:
shameful deeds,
whether open or secret; sins
and trespasses against truth or reason:..”
(Qur’an 7:33)

So when you truly feel that an interpretation is oppressive, and yet you continue to assert that it is not because you incorrectly believe that it’s a valid interpretation ordained by God, and then you sigh in relief when you realize it doesn’t say what you thought it said because surprise! you actually thought your interpretation was oppressive the whole time! it’s a dead giveaway that you’re (1) full of shit (2) attributing your own interpretation to God and (3) being entirely disingenuous about how oppressive an interpretation is / not employing reason in deciphering justice.

Say (O Prophet): “This is my way:
Resting upon conscious insight
accessible to reason,
I am calling (you all) unto God –
I and they who follow me.”
(Qur’an 12:108)

Behold, God enjoins justice,
and the doing of good and
generosity towards (one’s) fellow-humans,
and God forbids all that is shameful
and all that runs counter to reason,
as well as envy; (and) God exhorts you
(repeatedly) so that you might
bear (all this) in mind.
(Qur’an 16:90)

A sinner in Hell-fire will
say: “Had we but listened
or used our intelligence,
we should not (now) be among
the Companions of the Blazing Fire!”
(Qur’an 67:10)

Rant over.

Did Rush Limbaugh Seriously Just Tell Feminists That He Wants to Watch Them Have Sex?

Limbaugh, inventor of the infamous term “feminazi”, has insulted women across America.

If you haven’t heard, Republicans prevented women from testifying at the House contraceptive hearing and instead arranged for a panel of all dudes to have a dudely discussion about women’s contraceptives, and whether it’s basic healthcare that should be covered by insurance. In regards to this horrendous panel that involves zero people with a uterus and that blatantly exhibits the Republican war on women, Limbaugh reveals that he’s a dunderhead who doesn’t even know how contraceptives work.

This was apparent when, in addition to calling Sandra Fluke a “slut”, Limbaugh accused her of having “so much sex she’s going broke buying contraceptives and wants us to buy them” (Fluke never even mentioned her own sex life–in fact she framed her argument in terms of medical needs, describing a friend of hers who had to have her uterus removed because of a cyst, since she couldn’t afford contraceptives to treat it).

Contraceptives don’t work like that, asshat. You purchase condoms and other things* depending on how many times you have sex—but you purchase contraceptives a month at a time and you take a pill a day regardless of whether you’re having sex that day. Birth control pills also regulate periods and can serve several other medical purposes. This is basic healthcare, and basic healthcare for women has historically been dismissed (and continues to be dismissed) in this destructive patriarchal paradigm in which the state of being male is viewed as “normal” and thus what works for men is incorrectly estimated to work for women. Everything is literally built around and designed for men. If dumbasses like Limbaugh had periods or could get pregnant, contraceptives would be free.

Birth control pills are not something we pop in whenever we want to have a good time; there’s no relation between the costs of this medication to the frequency of sex. Of course, why the hell would any woman-hating asshole know this?

So Miss Fluke, and the rest of you Feminazis, here’s the deal: if we are going to pay for your contraceptives, and thus pay for you to have sex, we want something for it. … We want you post the videos online so we can all watch.

The fuck is wrong with this douchebag?

To even make such a suggestion to Fluke crosses to sexual harassment.

What a tasteless, immature, ignorant, hateful excuse for a human being.

It’s hilarious when cisgendered men talk about birth control / contraceptives / abortion and believe that anyone gives a fuck about their opinions, especially when they’re lowering the standards civil discourse by deflecting the argument with sexist, ad hominen attacks.

What’s with people referring to Sandra Fluke as a “co-ed”?! Seriously? Seriously?

*In case anyone’s forgotten, Rush Limbaugh was caught in a scandal returning from the Dominican Republic. And Sandra Fluke is the slut. Right.

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