Feminists have always been accused of hating men because it is a very effective way of silencing a very threatening movement. In a society where women’s value is based on our ability to please men, and where men hold almost all the cards, the worst possible thing we can do is hate them. So when feminists point out and object to the oppression, abuse and discrimination perpetuated by men against women, this is framed as man hating in an attempt to silence us, in an attempt to ensure that we are vilified and ignored by the rest of society, so that male oppression of women and male privilege can continue unchecked.
No matter how we frame our arguments and no matter what kind of image we seek to project, as long as we highlight, object to and fight misogyny, feminists are going to be called man haters.
So I’m not going to waste my time trying to prove that I’m not.
— “Man haters?” by Laura on The F Word blog (via acruelambition)
"Here’s a question: if Barack Obama had to go through a brutal process of defending the doctrines, sermons and ideology of a church he merely attended, why is Mitt Romney exempted from explaining the doctrines and statements and ideology of a church he was an actual leading official in?"
Andrew Sullivan, at The Dish.
That’s a very good question…
"If you think internet anonymity is a license to act like a racist, sexist, foul-mouthed bigot, you’re a douchebag. In fact, what you need is a therapist and a swift kick in the gooch."
- Zachary Levi, VGA 2011 (via seraix)
+1 for being Zachary Levi
+1 for being awesome
+1 for “gooch”—a usefully goofy, non-gender-specific term for genitalia that I can use to supplement ‘nads….finally!
Michelle Rodriguez (pictured above in Girlfight) on being typecast as the strong chick who keeps getting killed:
“… people can call it typecast, but I pigeonholed myself … Saying no to the girlfriend, saying no to the girl that gets captured, no to this, no to that, and eventually I just got left with the strong chick who’s always being killed, and there’s nothing wrong with that.”
You read that right: She’s limited her roles to interesting, strong characters. For a male actor, that means “action hero.” For a woman, it means she has to die — over and over and over again, each time making way for the petite model to take down the villain with her Waif-Fu instead. That’s the phrase TV Tropes coined to describe the martial art that allows a woman to thrash trained soldiers twice her size while having no musculature on her frame at all. It’s considered empowering when Joss Whedon includes ass-kicking females in everything he writes, but when he needs a badass kung fu killing machine, he casts the pretty, wispy Summer Glau.
The women who develop careers as action stars are not just pretty, but are pretty in the most feminine way possible: Angelina Jolie, Charlize Theron, Uma Thurman, Milla Jovovich, Michelle Yeoh and Halle Berry.
Joss Whedon can pretend like the ass-kicking supermodels were created as a reaction to the helpless victims, but he’s just substituting one weird male fantasy with another. It’s as if there’s nothing in between “beautiful victimized woman crying while splattered in blood” and “beautiful invincible woman kicking people while wearing skintight fetish gear.”
Now seriously—who looks like she’s more capable of kicking your ass? Michelle Rodriguez or any of the following women?
Hell, I think Michelle could kick ALL of their tiny asses in one go. Yet we’re supposed to believe that waifish women without visible muscles can credibly play invincible badasses?
I love Joss Whedon’s work, but the point the article makes is undeniable. He did challenge action/horror convention by creating female protagonists who don’t rely on male characters to save them. But he also cast conventionally beautiful, femme, delicate-looking women to play those butt-kicking, strong female characters. One step forward, two steps back.
I do believe Joss is sincere about his feminism
, but sincerity only gets you so far. The situation reminds me of those ‘enlightened’ liberal guys who say they prefer pretty brunettes over pretty blondes.
I’d like to make a slight defense of Joss and say that, specifically with Buffy, the entire point was that it was an unassuming young woman. He’s said in interviews that the whole inspiration for Buffy came from an idea of a scene where you see a small young blonde woman—your stereotypical ~*victim*~—running through the woods. The audience sees this an assumes she is on the run from an attacker. But then, it is revealed that she is actually the hunter—not the hunted. The point was to turn audience expectations of the beautiful, feminine, delicate looking cliche on its head. Also, Buffy, like the other Slayers we see on the show, was imbibed with the spirit of a demon in order to have her powers. Her powers are supernatural, they don’t come from working out in the gym and taking a lot of kickboxing lessons.
With River, Joss continues his fascination with institutionalization and governmental attempts to create super-warriors (which is a common trope in sci-fi!) that we see in Season 4 of Buffy with The Initiative and Adam. Again, I think the point with River was that we underestimate the potential strength and power of femininity. And like Buffy, this power that isn’t something that is naturally gained or purposefully sought after, its forced upon them by patriarchal institutions (the alliance and the watcher’s council respectively) and then used against said institutions to dismantle or at the very least discredit them. Yes, Summer Glau is waspish and willowy, but River Tam is a government experiment.
I haven’t watched Dollhouse, so I will refrain from comment on that.
Can we hope for/demand a larger and more diverse look to the women of the whedonverse? Hell yes. And we should. We all know he’s crap at writing POC characters and the whedonverse is—generally speaking, a whiteopia. I’m certainly not trying to claim that he gets it 100% right and that I have no bones to pick with him regarding representation, but I think that when we’re talking about sci-fi/fantasy genres, we also have to look at the character’s origin story in addition to the actor who is cast in that role.
Right but, I think the question may also be more of a systematic issue as to WHY female action/sci-fi protags are always coded in a manner to be casted in this way. Even with the primary example of Rodriguez given, her characters have also never been mainline protags, that in itself is a foundation to take issue with.
Bless this convo.
Specifically regarding the comment just above me, I’ve spoken to (white, cis, unbelievably arrogant) guys who have flat-out informed me that they have absolutely no interest in seeing a movie based on a woman’s perspective. They say it has nothing to do with them. Even some women have piped up and said that it seems like it would be “more boring.” And unfortunately this seems to be the viewpoint most execs in Hollywood seem to be endorsing.
To which I would like to politely say:
the only overarching thing I can say to keep track of is to realize that everything you do is colored by your existence in a society that tells you that your way is correct. Remembering that you are naturally biased against PoC (not intentionally, but that is how white people in most countries are raised), and that racism isn’t about you, ever, at all, are the two biggest weapons a white person has to fight their racist tendencies.
had to make this rebloggable. I feel like this is an awesomely concise answer to this question. All of our interactions are shaped and directly affected by the way society constructs race, race relations and the racial hierarchy we live in. Throw gender in there and things get even more fucked up. When you’re a person whose ‘culture’ & way of life is normative and framed as the only or “correct way” - you need to be conscious of the fact that there are SO MANY people, that you probably deal with every day, who have to struggle against the fact that their way of life, or culture, is BY DEFAULT incorrect or “otherized”
I just need this on my blog.
(Source: the-original-dtwps, via squeetothegee-deactivated201111)