These diagrams from the Women’s Media Center’s Women Under Siege project shows the ways in which sexual violence against women has been weaponized by armies in many conflicts around the world.

One of the more disturbing reasons soldiers engage in sexualized violence against women is to promote solidarity among the soldiers, or “unit cohesion.” “[Unit cohesion is] a kind of nasty socialization in which soldiers find something terrible they have now in common." writes Lauren Wolfe, director of the Women Under Siege project.


Birth control gives you the freedom to plan a family on your own terms. It allows you to work or travel or pursue your dreams before you’re ready to have a baby. It helps with certain medical conditions. It’s there when you want to have smokin’ hot sex and not get pregnant. Basically, there are lots of reasons to be thankful for birth control.

Girls star and all-around awesome lady Lena Dunham took to Twitter to voice her appreciation. She also asked women and men what birth control does for them. The whole thing made our ♥ sing.

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There are nice things in the world— and I mean nice things. We’re all such morons to get so sidetracked. —J.D. Salinger, Franny and Zooey  (via te-salutant)
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A brilliant metaphor

And I’ve been hit by a car while riding a bicycle. Twice.

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I don’t think people love me. They love versions of me I have spun for them, versions of me they have construed in their minds. The easy versions of me, the easy parts of me to love. —(via chuckhansen)
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I am afraid of getting older. I am afraid of getting married. Spare me from cooking three meals a day—spare me from the relentless cage of routine and rote. I want to be free… I want, I want to think, to be omniscient. —Sylvia Plath written in 1949 at age 17. (via blackbruise)
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It’s always surprising to me how many young women think they have to be perfect. I rarely meet a young man who doesn’t think he already is. —

 Hillary Clinton speaking at Simmons Leadership Conference (via femininefreak)


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The fact that most guys’ first response to a woman wanting equality is “SO CAN I HIT U NOW” is sort of terrifying
Like that’s the first thing you’re concerned about? I just want equal pay and you want to punch me in the face? Cool cool

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I detest the masculine point of view. I am bored by his heroism, virtue, and honour. I think the best these men can do is not talk about themselves anymore. —Virginia Woolf (via nnairi)
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Men’s rights activists don’t organize marches; they don’t build shelters or raise funds for abused men; they don’t organize prostate cancer-awareness events or campaign against prison rape. What they actually do, when they’re not simply carping in comments online, is target and harass women—from feminist writers and professors to activists—in an attempt to silence them. —

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And the thing is if they did help abused men I would be so all over that and supportive!

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