crazyfelinefan asked:

I was listening to an episode of TAS (where Jamie Marchi and Joel McDonald featured) and you casually mentioned that you weren't a feminist. I just noticed that now you reblog and tweet a lot of feminism-related material. I was wondering what changed your mind, and what you consider the best way to express our feminist views to people who maybe disagree/don't understand?

teedotally answered:

A part of me regrets that I put it that way. Especially now that I’m attempting to be VERY vocal about my views on all things women, as well as other things like gay rights, but for the purposes of this response, let’s stick to feminism.

  1. SPOILER ALERT!: I am a woman.
  2. Lots of fantastic people in my life are women.
  3. I’m here because one hell of an amazing woman (i.e. mi madre).

Despite my persona of “I don’t give a f!@# what people think”, it’s hard not to worry about how I might be viewed at times.

When I started coming to terms with who I am and what I stand for, I knew where my opinions lied on the issues… But did I want to run the risk of alienation by expressing myself fully?

Sometimes it doesn’t help that I’m an entertainer. So many of us worry about saying the wrong thing and rubbing people the wrong way. It can drive a person mad. 

When people would say stuff that bothered me, maybe stuff that MOST would let “just slide”, I’d either leave the situation or joke it off in the hopes of changing the subject.

Any time I felt brave enough to speak up I felt like I was met with resistance. As if I was in the wrong for pointing out that my male counterparts get certain breaks that I don’t or that rape is never something to laugh about or… This could be a very long list if I allowed it to be. Never-ending even.

Honestly… it’s enough to make me sick if I think about it too much.

Because of feeling like I was in the minority, I viewed the word “feminist” as a tainted label. SO laughable to think how ridiculous that is, but that’s the world we live in. A world where a woman doesn’t feel like she can speak up and be taken seriously.

Then the Isla Vista killings happened… And I was done.

Officially done.

I thought to myself, “No more… I can’t pretend like this didn’t happen.

My first “act of defiance” was participating in the #YesAllWomen hashtag via Twitter. Small step to some, huge to most that actually decided to get involved. Immediately lost followers, but then I thought… If they’re gonna keep up with me, they better KEEP UP WITH ME. I’m tired of pretending we, as a society, are where we should be in 2014. We’re not… Not by a long shot.

That was two months ago… Since then, I feel better. I’m still not a fan of labels, never have been. But if you’re going to call me something, calling me a feminist sounds pretty damn rad.

As far as the best way to express our feminist views to people who may disagree or misunderstand… That’s a tough one…

Speaking up is where it started for me. Know that not everyone is going to be on the same page. That doesn’t mean you should keep quiet.

Trust me.

Thanks for the question.

zeedikay:

celestial-pansexual:

moirallegianceismagic:

cooljaku:

aobatoppingnoiz:

fuck I have seen this post on my dash at least 4 times today and it took me until just now to realize it was spongebob?? I wasnt reading the text before, and it took me a further 30 seconds to realize that was mr krabbs

This art is so good but spongebob human designs make me feel so strange like I am looking at this and Eugene Krabs is hot and Im not sure if thats something Im willing to accept

i KEEP LAUGHING AT THIS BECAUSE THEY’RE SO HOT LOOKING AND BEAUTIFUL AND ALL I CAN PICTURE IS THEIR STUPID VOICES

ARE YOU FEELING IT NOW MR. KRABBS 

i cant even deal

Bishonen can be fun sometimes, but sometimes it’s just baffling.

lillolajane:

stripperina:

rachellgmh:

I love that these ladies basically sent these dudes howlers.

At work the other day, a customer tried to take a photo of myself and another dancer, which is explicitly against the rules of our club. I grabbed his phone out of his hand, deleted the pics, and then proceeded to text his parent’s mobile number a message that basically said “I’m at the stripclub and I tried to sneak a picture so now strippers have stolen my phone and are letting you so you know that I’m bad at respecting club rules.”

howlers tho…. 

lillolajane:

stripperina:

rachellgmh:

I love that these ladies basically sent these dudes howlers.

At work the other day, a customer tried to take a photo of myself and another dancer, which is explicitly against the rules of our club. I grabbed his phone out of his hand, deleted the pics, and then proceeded to text his parent’s mobile number a message that basically said “I’m at the stripclub and I tried to sneak a picture so now strippers have stolen my phone and are letting you so you know that I’m bad at respecting club rules.”

howlers tho….