09 11 / 2013
"I hope I’m being clear, I didn’t say I hate feminists; I said I hate feminist. I’m talking about the word. …
[T]he word feminist, it doesn’t sit with me, it doesn’t add up. I want to talk about my problem that I have with it. First of all, on a very base level, just to listen to it. We start with fem. That’s good, that’s promising, you know, fem, it’s nice but it’s strong, f is a very porous letter, very inclusive. You’re ready to grow there. It’s not too whimpy. It’s not like some girl from Lord of the Rings whose name is like Akhelkthkle. There’s some meat there. We can work with this.
We go to ‘in’. Fem-in. Okay, not as impressive, but they can’t all be roses terms sometimes you gotta get from A to B.
'Ist'. I hate it. I hate it. Fail on 'ist'. It's just this little dark, black, it must be hissed. Ist! It's Germanic but not in the romantic way. It's just this terrible ending with this wonderful beginning. This word for me is so unbalanced. It's like just tonally, it's like watching a time-lapse video of fresh bread that you put in the oven and burnt. And I think that's universal. We were all having the video bread thing right?
And it bugs me that I don’t love the word more, because there are other words that sound so welcoming and lovely. Taliban. Ahh. That’s so good! That sounds like we’re going to Bora Bora and then we’re off to the Taliban Islands with white sands….It’s jolly and fun and it shouldn’t be and it’s not fair. We’ve got feminist and our ist.
Let’s go back to this ist, okay. Let’s rise up a little bit from my obsession with sound to the meaning. Ist in it’s meaning is also a problem for me. Because you can’t be born an ist. It’s not natural. You can’t be born a baptist; you have to be baptized. You can’t be born an atheist or a communist or a horticulturalist. You have to have these things brought to you. So feminist includes the idea that believing men and women to be equal, believing all people to be people, is not a natural state. That we don’t emerge assuming that everybody in the human race is a human, that the idea of equality is just an idea that’s imposed on us. That we are indoctrinated with it, that it’s an agenda.
And that’s when I realize what my problem is (well, one of my problems). My problem with feminist is not the word. It’s the question. It’s the question. “Are you now, or have you ever been, a feminist?” The great Katy Perry once said – I’m paraphrasing – “I’m not a feminist but I like it when women are strong.” That’s lovely Katy. Don’t know why she feels the need to say the first part, but listening to the word and thinking about it, I realize I do understand. This question that lies before us is one that should lie behind us. The word is problematic for me because there’s another word that we’re missing. That words have failed us. And I’d like to use as an example race.
In the public discourse, there’s one word to deal with race. Racism. That is the word. And it implies something very important. It implies something that we are past. When you say racist, you are saying that is a negative thing. That is a line that we have crossed. Anything on the side of that line is shameful. Is on the wrong side of history. And that is a line that we have crossed in terms of gender but we don’t have the word for it. People are confronted with the word feminism and it stops them; they think they have to deal with that. But I think we’re done with that as intelligent human beings. Being on the wrong side of history in terms of the oppression of women is being on the whole of history, all of recorded history, you’re on the wrong side. …
If you’re someone who genuinely believes that women don’t deserve or aren’t as much as men, you’re like the plague. On the big history chart, you’re the plague….It’s just pointless and deadly.
I start thinking about the fact that we have this word when we’re thinking about race that says we have evolved beyond something and we don’t really have this word for gender. Now you could argue sexism, but I’d say that’s a little specific. People feel removed from sexism. “I’m not a sexist, but I’m not a feminist.” They think there’s this fuzzy middle ground. There’s no fuzzy middle ground. You either believe that women are people or you don’t. It’s that simple. …
Misogynist. Misogynist – some people might not know where the y goes in that word sometimes. We should reach out to those people. Education. But more importantly, misogynist implies very directly hate and aggressive action against. And most people will think of a misogynist as a sociopath, as an anomaly. Nobody is going to say “I hate them.” And quite frankly, many people – most people –don’t. As we all know, you don’t have to hate someone to destroy them. You just don’t have to not get it.
So clearly I gotta come up with this word. We need this word so that we can change the public discourse a little bit. And I came up with a lot of good ideas. I’m not going to lie. Good stuff, good stuff.
Obviously number one, I like the rhythm and intent of “pathetic prehistoric rage-filled inbred assclown,” but that’s a lot to ask of a hashtag.
Second in line: genderist. I’m alone in my room and I come up with genderist and I think “Oh! I’ve cracked it. This is amazing.” This is it…It really resonates with me, and I live with it, and I don’t go anywhere near the internet because I’m sure somebody’s already thought of it….
Of course other people had thought of it, many people had thought of it, but I had never heard it. And I still haven’t heard it. And so unless somebody comes up with a better one – and please do – my pitch is this word. Genderist. I would like this word to become the new racist. I would like a word that says there was a shameful past before we realized that all people were created equal. And we are past that. And every evolved human being who is intelligent and educated and compassionate and to say I don’t believe that is unacceptable. And Katy Perry won’t say, “I’m not a feminist but I like strong women,” she’ll say, “I’m not a genderist but sometimes I like to dress up pretty.” And that’ll be fine. …
This is how we understand society. The word racism didn’t end racism. it contextualized it in a way that we still haven’t done with this issue.
All of recorded history versus one benefit dinner? No context.
I say with gratitude but enormous sadness, we will never not be fighting. And I say to everybody on the other side of that line who believe that women are to be bought and trafficked or ignored…we will never not be fighting. We will go on, we will always work this issue until it doesn’t need to be worked anymore. …
Is this idea of genderist going to do something? I don’t know. I don’t think that I can change the world. I just want to punch it up a little.”
important white man thoughts
did he just stand there and ramble on
Taliban. Ahh. That’s so good! That sounds like we’re going to Bora Bora and then we’re off to the Taliban Islands with white sands….It’s jolly and fun and it shouldn’t be and it’s not fair
what the fuck
what the fuck did i just read
God this is literally like Xander Harris giving a speech about feminism
lol Jezebel called this speech “perfect” because of course they did
04 11 / 2013
Anonymous asked: Why should feminists take up trans causes?
Because trans women are women and need feminism just as much as any other woman. Because feminist civil rights movements have already been built on the backs of trans women and they should acknowledge the sacrifices made on their behalf.
Because it’s shitty to demand rights and protections while actively oppressing another group. And because - as any activist knows - not trying to fix something is akin to letting it be hurt.
Because my feminism will be intersectional or it will be bullshit. Because transphobia is a killer. Because anyone with a decent heart can’t seriously look at the situation and think trans people, ESPECIALLY trans women, deserve a fifth of the shit thrown their way on a daily basis.
Because there is a larger pushback against trans women then there is trans men. The root of that is pure misogyny and fixing that would shift the thought processes of millions of people. It would be a step in the right direction towards global feminism.
Because when feminist groups show their transphobia, people who support the trans* movement will be lost to you. Because it forces a lot of people who agree with your cause to argue against you and disregard a large number of the things you say.
Because a fear of trans women is, in and of itself, a trace of internalized misogyny that needs to be eradicated. We’re all human and we all have things to work on.
My favourite reason: because trans women are women.
29 10 / 2013
"These days, before we talk about misogyny, women are increasingly being asked to modify our language so we don’t hurt men’s feelings. Don’t say, “Men oppress women” – that’s sexism, as bad as any sexism women ever have to handle, possibly worse. Instead, say, “Some men oppress women.” Whatever you do, don’t generalise. That’s something men do. Not all men – just some men.
This type of semantic squabbling is a very effective way of getting women to shut up. After all, most of us grew up learning that being a good girl was all about putting other people’s feelings ahead of our own. We aren’t supposed to say what we think if there’s a chance it might upset somebody else or, worse, make them angry. So we stifle our speech with apologies, caveats and soothing sounds. We reassure our friends and loved ones that “you’re not one of those men who hate women”.
What we don’t say is: of course not all men hate women. But culture hates women, so men who grow up in a sexist culture have a tendency to do and say sexist things, often without meaning to. We aren’t judging you for who you are but that doesn’t mean we’re not asking you to change your behaviour. What you feel about women in your heart is of less immediate importance than how you treat them on a daily basis.
You can be the gentlest, sweetest man in the world yet still benefit from sexism. That’s how oppression works."
Especially relevant given the response to a FB friend’s post on calling out street harassment. A few of us posted but were systematically ignored, maligned, and told we were being “sexist” against men. No. No. No no no. If you go back to that post and look at the most recent comments it’s obvious that women have given up trying to contribute to the discussion. This is why “open discourse” doesn’t always work — not when it’s easy for one party to shift the goalposts on the other.
29 10 / 2013
Anonymous asked: Scream some for about injustice please, it's my favorite game.
the injustice that i have to get out of this bed and do shit today lmao
no but for real though the entire world is dominated by near-invisible relations of power which almost fucking everyone will fight to the death to defend and simultaneously deny the existence of it’s like the fucking X Files but instead of shapeshifting aliens and sentient sludge it’s just fucking dipshit white boys.
26 10 / 2013
Schrodinger’s Douchebag: One who makes douchebag statements, particularly sexist, racist or otherwise bigoted ones, then decides whether they were “just joking” or dead serious based on whether other people in the group approve or not.