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Mrs Wilde, c. 1887

Heartbreak Betrayal and the Unimportance of being Mrs Oscar Wilde

Constance Wilde was the long-suffering wife who remained loyal to her husband Oscar even after he was convicted of “committing acts of gross indecency” (that is, consensual sex) with other men.

The circulation of such stories indicated a widespread desire to establish Constance as something other than a wife crushed by rejection and betrayal. Fortunately, the evidence of more than 300 of Constance’s unpublished letters, is that she was far more interesting than this.

In some ways, Oscar and Constance were a good match. Both had troubled family histories: in his case a surgeon father accused by a former patient of raping her while she was anaesthetized, and in hers a grandfather who exposed himself by running around naked “in the sight of some nursemaids”, followed by a mother whose parenting techniques included “threatening with the fire-irons or having one’s head thumped against the wall”.

More importantly, both husband and wife were clever and ambitious, and for the first few years of their marriage, their lives ran along parallel tracks. While he lectured on the need for women to abandon constricting corsets and dangerously flammable crinolines, she put the idea of “rational” dress into practice by wearing daringly baggy trousers and plenty of wool. His theories about the “house beautiful” were supported by her designs for their marital home in Chelsea, an ordinary red-brick villa that they transformed into a temple to aestheticism. Even Oscar’s disappearances into a hidden side of London’s nightlife found echoes in his wife’s experiments with the occult.

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Liberal Canadian Feminist visits Mosque and gets put in her place

When you think about it the Muslim community does really well because whether a Muslim is a shooter or the victim, liberals fall over themselves to show support for the local Muslim community every time there is a shooting, stabbing or a truck is run through a crowd. Given this kind of unquestioning support you would think that Wynne would be treated really well during the visit but instead, they treated her the way they treat Muslim women much to her shock.

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Guest Post: Why I am not a feminist

Paula R Stern

Paula R Stern Paula R. Stern is the CEO of WritePoint Ltd, a leading technical writing company in Israel. She is also a popular blogger with her work appearing on her own sites, A Soldier’s Mother and PaulaSays, as well as IsraellyCool and a number of other Jewish and Israeli sites. You can read Paula’s blog here

 


When I was 20 years old, I took a course at Columbia University for the easy A I expected (and got). It was called “Women and Religion” and was presented by a Jewish woman who declared on the very first day that she was a “witch.” It was attended by many different young women, though I only remember one.

Her mother was Catholic; her father was Jewish. By Catholic rule, she was a Jew; by Jewish rule, she was not Jewish (I won’t say we rule that she is a Catholic – we simply say that according to Jewish law, which is matriarchal, she was not a Jew).

Her response to this was that she hated both religions; all religions. The class had little to do with “Women AND religion” and everything to do with “Women AGAINST religion.” I thought about dropping the course but I really needed that filler course and so I decided to continue and take it as a philosophical experiment. I never argued back in anger because I really felt more pity than anything else.

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Men subject to a Man tax, yes really

It’s not racist when Black people do it and apparently, it is not sexist if the victims of inequality are men.

Nothing says gender equality quite like selectively taxing people because of their gender, and a Manhattan pharmacy is on the cutting edge of it.

In protest of America’s sexism towards women with the well-debunked “gender wage gap,” the Thompson Chemists pharmacy of SoHo have announced that all male customers will be subjected to an extra seven percent “man tax.”

Take that, patriarchy!

Starting Monday, the pharmacy began posting the following signs in their windows: “New store policy: All Female Customers Shop Tax Free” and “All Male Customers Are Subject to a 7% Man Tax.” See below:

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In pictures: Civilians freed from ISIS in Manbij

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THIS is what a real feminist looks like. She wears camo, carries an AK and rescues her fellow women from the evil hands of ISIS.

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Amazing Real life Warrior attacked by Social Justice Warriors

Social Justice Warriors have become “triggered” by the actress selected to play Wonder Woman. Not only is the actress talented and beautiful, she amazingly does all her own stunts in the movie because she is a former soldier who served her country for two years. She is also clever as she studied Law. Social Justice Warriors want more strong female role models in movies but this one they have attacked. Can you guess why?

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Diversity at Whaleoil is vast, like the right-wing conspiracy

We here at Whaleoil pride ourselves on our diversity. The Ferald has asked if different organisations are too white. We here at Whaleoil ask if our organisation is too diversely fabulous?

The staff who run Whaleoil like a well-oiled… er Whale come from all walks of life. We were founded by a Fijian coconut.

Fijian coconut

Fijian coconut

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Social justice warrior doesn’t deliver but keeps the money

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Social justice warrior and feminist @KivaBay Kiva Smith-Pearson started a crowdfunding campaign so that she could produce a feminist deck of cards. Social justice warriors everywhere enthusiastically backed her project. In no time at all she had met her financial goal, which she had told them was enough to produce the cards. The updates on how the project were going soon trickled to a halt  and a couple of backers showed concern.

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Face of the day

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Renowned feminist Germaine Greer was due to give a talk at Cardiff University next month but cancelled it after protests. PHOTO-Stuff.co.nz

Today’s face of the day Germaine Greer is a renowned feminist who was due to give a talk at Cardiff University next month but cancelled it after protests. It is deeply ironic that her freedom of speech has been affected by the protest actions of modern day activists. When she was young she was the one protesting for her cause and pushing for change. Now she has become the very thing that she used to hate. She has become the establishment, with ‘old fashioned’ ideas and a conservative world view, fair game for the up and coming activists of this generation. Her sin? She holds the ‘offensive’ view that removing a man’s penis does not make him a woman.

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An open letter to an American, Islamic ‘ Feminist ‘

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This letter needs to be shared widely.

Open Letter to Linda Sarsour

  • Director of the Arab American Association of New York
  • Honoree, New York City Council’s Shirley Chisholm Women of Distinction Award
  • Senior Strategist for the Campaign to Take on Hate
  • 2009 Fellow with the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute, housed at the University of Southern California’s Center for Religion and Civic Culture, in partnership with the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim Christian Understanding at Georgetown University
  • Obama White House honoree as a “Champion of Change”
  • Feminist: “I am a feminist and the reason I am a feminist is because I am a Muslim.”

Dear Linda Sarsour,

The news broke on Friday, August 14, 2015. That day would have been Kayla Mueller’s twenty-seventh birthday.

The breaking – and heartbreaking – news: Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, the Islamic Studies PhD who heads ISIS, had repeatedly raped Kayla Mueller. “He owned her,” news accounts report. Kayla was al-Baghdadi’s “sexual slave.” She was tortured. Kayla had been 24 years old when ISIS first took her captive in 2013.

Kayla Mueller was from Prescott, Arizona. She was an idealist. She had worked for many causes, including Tibetan refugees, Amnesty International, Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Save Darfur Coalition. Kayla was taken captive by ISIS in 2013 while leaving a Doctors without Borders hospital in Syria. She was there helping war refugees. Kayla died in captivity in February, 2015. Kayla’s fellow hostages report how kind and self-sacrificing she was.

Why did Kayla put her life at risk to help others? “Some people find God in church. Some people find God in nature. Some people find God in love. I found God in suffering. I’ve known for some time what my life’s work is. Using my hands as tools to relive suffering,” she wrote.

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