Mind-bendingly godawful picture of the day

by Samara Ginsberg // 7 March 2008, 14:04

Well, I'm a bare stem, as are the majority of our readers I would guess. Oh woe is me, I so regret losing my beautiful petals - NOT!

Seriously, this is vile. And blatantly, blatantly sexist. Trying to give young women and girls guilt complexes, stopping them from enjoying sex, encouraging them to close their legs and think of Jesus instead of having a good rodgering simply in order to appease some bizarre patriarchal obsession with female purity. You're not a frickin' rose, you're a girl, and you should have sex if you want to (with contraception, obviously).

Whilst on google images trying to find out where this image originally came from, I also found the following gem:

Yes, abstinence is the most effective method of avoiding diseases and unwanted pregnancy. But it really would be nice if the word "No" was an adequate, 100% foolproof way of ensuring that you weren't penetrated.

Via Feministing

Comments From You

Louise // Posted 07 March 2008 at 14:33

I'm like a beautiful rose am I? Who thought this us because there are meanings they forgot to it like that means I am thorny; better planted in the ground although often put in a vase; often farmed by third world women in appalling conditions for the delight of white white people who never think about how they are grown; covered in toxic chemicals; "bred" and genetically modified for certain traits either to improve growing or to fit a certain stereotype of what I should look like...

Really someone should bring tham back to the real world, such analogies just make me laugh.

chem_fem // Posted 07 March 2008 at 14:38

And who is to say that the petals don't fall off for every shag after marriage any way?

If I'm going to be a bare stem then I might as well get it over and done with.

Helen G // Posted 07 March 2008 at 15:02

The use of a flower, particularly a rose, to represent a vulva is just so hackneyed; although I must admit that this is one of the more effective uses that I've seen.
As for the picture at the head of this post, well, it's all about Teh Menz, innit? ;)

Leanne // Posted 07 March 2008 at 18:11

Here's one proud bare stem!

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