if i ever become any kind of successful in my life, i promise to give credit where credit is due:
I wanted to be a fearless adventurer like my male heroes, but a voice kept warning me: Don’t get yourself raped.
Patricia Hill Collins at the “Thinking Intersectionality Symposium” at Michigan State University
Can we talk about how I’m going to personally be meeting and discussing intersectionality with Kimberlé Crenshaw, Patricia Hill Collins, and Nira Yuval-Davis this weekend?
So I have to do a project for my course on feminist theory….
Basically, I have to analyze a media production (film, television show, song, commercial, newscast, etc) using feminist theories and whatnot.
What do you kids think would be an interesting media production to analyze? Any and all suggestions are welcome.
And in order to enable answers I have to end this with a question?
"Woodsy eroticism" is actually an important and recognized part of feminist theory when discussing lesbianism.
Race is a feminist issue; Shavon L. McKinstry
When I was a kid, I used to go over to friend’s houses and notice that their parents never seemed to bully them or hit them. I assumed this was just because they had a friend over, and that their parents terrorized them all the time when I wasn’t around. I didn’t identify my situation as abuse or reach out to a teacher or counselor because I thought everyone had to live through this. I was probably twenty by the time I realized that some families really don’t humiliate and belittle their kids, ever.
I wish someone had gotten that through to me. I wish instead of saying vaguely and uncomfortably “you can talk to the counselor if you have problems at home,” my teachers had said flat-out “it is not normal to be afraid of your parents, and not normal to be unhappy whenever you’re at home, and you can ask us if you’re not sure if something’s okay or not.” I wish someone could have taught me that wanting to be safe was human instead of selfish.
And I’m probably going to make a whole post about this so I won’t belabor the point right now, but this is why feminists care about media and memes that normalize rape. (Or that stigmatize the words “rape” and “rapist,” but enthusiastically normalize the act of forcing sex on people, as long as you don’t call it that.) Because it tells people that rape is normal, that it’s a popular and accepted way to express romance and/or dominance, and we can’t assume that everyone absorbing this culture knows “of course that’s not how it really works.”"
The Pervocracy, Everyone else is doing it… right?
Kate Harding on the MRA movement and how it’s not actually about the real issues men face, but about putting feminists in their place.
We are not asking for a right to the streets, we are taking them; we are not asking for advertisements that do not objectify women, we’re destroying the commercial mechanisms that objectify women; we are not appealing to male power for an end to rape, but threatening: ‘If you touch me, I will fucking kill you.’
For once, the mechanisms that create and maintain identities of womanhood were refused, and our desires were our own, our bodies were our own, and our violence was our own."