“I’m not scared of desperately uncool cultural reactionaries like Jack Thompson or anti-witchcraft Harry Potter burners. I’m scared of the people who do hold cultural power, who have the loud voice, who are, in fact, the cool kids, but think they’re embattled underdogs. I’m scared of the people who think that because disco was “taking over music” they had the right to “fight back” bullying and attacking disco performers and fans.
I’m scared of people who look at someone like Zoe Quinn, an individual who makes free indie games, or Anita Sarkeesian, an individual who makes free YouTube videos, and honestly think that these women are a powerful “corrupt” force taking away the freedom of the vast mob of angry young male gamers and the billion-dollar industry that endlessly caters to them, and that working to shut them up and drive them out somehow constitutes justice. The dominant demographic voice in some given fandom or scene feeling attacked by an influx of new, different fans and rallying the troops against “oppression” in reaction is not at all unique. It happens everywhere, all the time.
But let’s be honest: It’s usually guys doing it. Our various “culture wars” tend to boil down to one specific culture war, the one about men wanting to feel like Real Men and lashing out at the women who won’t let them. Whenever men feel like masculinity is under attack, men get dangerous. Because that’s exactly what masculinity teaches you to do, what masculinity is about. Defending yourself with disproportionate force against any loss of power? That’s what masculinity is.”—Of Gamers, Gates, and Disco Demolition: The Roots of Reactionary Rage - The Daily Beast (via brutereason)
“You’re going to have people who are going to say ‘Oh, you know like, she just writes songs about her ex-boyfriends’ and I think frankly that’s a very sexist angle to take. No one says that about Ed Sheeran. No one says it about Bruno Mars. They’re all writing songs about their exes, their current girlfriends, their love-life, and no one raises a red flag there.”—Taylor Swift on some peoples views on her songwriting. (x)
“The fact is, wherever we fall on the spectrum, we’re all still sexual minorities. Even LGBT kids growing up right now, in the post-DOMA world, will be put in sex ed classes that won’t teach them anything relevant to their personal sexual health. They’ll go from pediatricians to college clinic doctors to real-world general practitioners who won’t ask them the right questions and won’t give them the treatment they’ll need. They’ll be exploited by marketers of cigarettes, alcohol, and diet pills. They’ll be denied pre-HIV exposure drugs or hormone therapies or surgeries that they are told aren’t medical necessities. They’ll be denied health insurance if they don’t fit within a traditional family unit. They’ll be told to conform to sexual expectations or else deal with the consequences.”—Marriage won’t save you. (via outforhealth)
"All About the Bass" Meghan Trainor Title EP, 2014
Oh great! An unconventionally beautiful girl has a body positive song about self-love! That’s wonderful.
So tell me why I don’t like this song more—no wait, you don’t have to, ‘cause I’m going to tell you why right now. I don’t like this song because it’s not actually body positive. There are two main themes behind this song: 1.) men like curvy girls better, 2.) “skinny bitches” aren’t “real women”. It’s really just a song that pits voluptuous women against thin women, and that shit is not helping anyone, not really anyway.
Then there’s this whole thing about “men wanna have sex with me” that seems to be such an essential part of her image. I haven’t listened to Trainor’s Title EP, but from what I’ve read about it, that seems to be the overarching theme of all of her songs. Maybe Trainor is not a feminist. Cool, whatever. It’s not her responsibility as an entertainer to take a political stance like that—but it’s really nice when entertainers do. But the fact of the matter is she’s being heralded as a feminist talking point. I’m not saying Trainor needs to change her crappy songs about the male gaze, I’m just saying people need to recognize that she’s not really helping things much.