Underpants Revolution December 24, 2011Posted by FCM in health, self-identified feminist men, thats random.
Tags: fashion, infertility, pain, sperm count, underwear
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some end-of-year thoughts. female pain is bad. all of it. all things that cause female pain must be eliminated immediately, and at the top of the list (because these are the easiest) are the things we have the immediate power to change. is there *anything* at the top of that list? is there anything any of us can do? i sincerely hope so. and no, i dont want to talk about the pain of childbirth, and whether its *bad* but its not because its not completely relevant, and its not because pregnancy and all the stuff that comes with it is almost always unwanted or ambivalent, and that is so fucked up it makes me furious. i just dont want to talk about it right this very second because it divides women. and thats not where my head is at. female pain is bad.
so regarding underpants. thats a pretty small thing that could be easily changed, right?
obviously, from the smallest thing to the biggest, all things under patriarchy are designed to benefit men. all things that are designed, built, perpetuated, supported and enforced under the patriarchy are absolutely and unequivocally designed to and do benefit men at womens expense. as a thought exercise, or just an easy way to save precious time, just start with that premise, because its demonstrably true. and today, im considering underpants. if you *cant* change your underpants without something drastic happening to you in real life…and many of us cant, or it would be very difficult…feel the anxiety start to rise? this is how controlled we are, and this is how centralized female pain is to the whole system. im just saying.
for example, how many millions go into the coffers when women have chronic yeast infections because of tight-fitting underpants that dont let you breathe? how do men benefit when women are constantly fussing with their reproductive tract due to completely preventable medical events and dont think anything about sticking things into it at all, and letting men we dont even know stick things into us too and its completely normalized and routine? and so on and so forth. how controlled are we, when none of our clothes would fit right anymore if we wore loose fitting underpants that were healthier and less painful, and it was impossible to remedy that? think of how hard it would be to remedy that for many women. they couldnt. this is what we are dealing with. and i really dont think this can be made better under the current system. ie. would changing jobs help? why/why not?
im starting to think that if changing something in your life would make it easier to change your underpants, then it just might be worth doing, and is probably something pretty fundamental at that. in general, our jobs, or changing jobs might not be where its at. men arent where its at either obviously. its actually funny to think of how
disgusted shaken up they would be if women started wearing loose fitting underpants. which in general is a signal that whatever we are doing, we should probably do it MOAR. its base and reactionary, but its also easy and true, which works in a pinch. its interesting how that particular intuition has been almost beaten out of us. i said almost. and it comes back. 🙂
and on that note, happy blogging everyone! see you in 2012!