"The early suffragists, the women who fought for and eventually won for women the right to vote, were also characterized as unlovely, irritating women. Looking back at their struggles, we may wonder what all the fuss was about—why was there so much resistance to something that now seems so reasonable, so normal? But if we had been there at the time, would we have been distancing ourselves from them, saying things like, “I’m not one of those suffragists, but I do support women’s right to vote,” just as many people now say, “I’m not a feminist, but I do believe that women and men should be equal”?"
— Hilary M. Lips, A New Psychology of Women (via marinashutup)
"A study on masculinity and aggression from the University of South Florida found that innocuous – yet feminine – tasks could produce profound anxiety in men. As part of the study, a group of men were asked to perform a stereotypically feminine act – braiding hair in this case - while a control group braided rope. Following the act, the men were given the option to either solve a puzzle or punch a heavy bag. Not surprisingly, the men who performed the task that threatened their masculinity were far more likely to punch the bag; again, violence serving as a way to reestablish their masculine identity. A follow-up had both groups punch the bag after braiding either hair or rope; the men who braided the hair punched the bag much harder. A third experiment, all the participants braided hair, but were split into two groups: those who got to punch the bag afterwards and those who didn’t. The men who were prevented from punching the bag started to show acute signs of anxiety and distress from not being able to reconfirm their masculinity."
— Doctor Nerdlove, "When Masculinity Fails Men" (via jaimelannister)
(Source: sepiacircus, via ravenkings)
"It’s not the power that’s evil, it’s the practitioner; it’s how you set your circuits up."
— Cassandra Latham, Village Witch of Saint Buryan (via phoenix-fire-witchcraft)