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."
Sexism is not being trusted to make decisions about your own body. It is being called a slut for having sex, using birth control, or even flirting. It’s being treated like a second-class citizen for getting pregnant out of wedlock. It’s being verbally assaulted by groups of people for walking into an abortion clinic. It’s being called a welfare queen for needing government assistance to feed, clothe, and send your child to day care.
Sexism is being approached by a stranger—on the street, at a bar, anywhere—and being cat-called, complimented, objectified, and expected to react positively. It’s being called ugly, a bitch, and a whore when these advances are met with rejection. It’s having to worry constantly about someone slipping a drug in your drink, or being attacked on the walk home.
Sexism is blaming people for their own abuse, assaults, and rapes. It’s telling someone their outfit was too revealing, they flirted and led their rapist on, and they were drinking too much. It is telling them they were asking for it. Sexism is implying that someone is lying about being raped. It is denying that rape within committed relationships exists. It is trying to define some rapes as legitimate, and others illegitimate.
Sexism is expecting everyone to reinforce the gender binary. It is calling a woman butch for cutting her hair short, working on cars, and playing sports. It’s telling a guy to ‘man up’ because he likes to bake. It’s using any insult that implies womanhood to degrade a man for not living up to society’s expectations of what a man looks like… a little bitch, a pussy, don’t let the door hit you in the vagina on the way out. It’s the notion that the worst thing you could possibly be is a woman. It’s the way custody battles are treated in court. It is the expectation that the woman will get custody, because women are caregivers and men go to work. Because any woman who puts her career before family is heartless, and any man who puts family before his career is whipped.
Sexism is the objectification of women. It is replacing a woman’s face with a picture of a car in an ad, while still showing her breasts. It’s expecting women to always appear attractive, with a full face of makeup, low-cut shirt, and tight pants… while also telling women that they don’t need makeup to be beautiful, that a plain tee and jeans is just as sexy. It’s calling women who appear the latter way ugly, frumpy, and boring… and those who appear the former, slutty. Sexism is the ridiculous double standard that exists in sexual freedom. It is labeling women who enjoy sex as sluts, while high-fiving men with multiple partners.
Sexism is the glass ceiling and the pay gap, both of which still exist. It’s a woman getting paid at least 30% less to do the same job as a man , with the same amount of experience. It’s a woman not even being considered for a promotion. It’s telling women that we are not assertive enough to get promotions.
Sexism is the dismissal of all of this as trivial. It’s being silenced by a patriarchy and told that none of this matters."