it’s funny, people will generally allow you to have an opinion on goods and services that you consume
like I’ve never seen anyone respond to, say, a negative review of a sofa with “if you don’t like it then go build one yourself”
and yet if you express the desire for more/better representation in media someone always shows up to tell you to write something yourself
And then when you do write something yourself, it either gets whitewashed or people complain at there not being more of the status quo, claiming it’s oppression.
“I think Osterndorf is correct that MRA types will gleefully cite this case as justification for their overt misogyny. That’s depressing as hell. But it’s not Oberst’s fault.”
—Tom Hawking, The Sad Strange Aftermath of the Conor Oberst Rape Accusations (via flavorpill)
“Intersectionality gives us the framework to understand the multiplicity of lived experience. It gave me insight into why my womanhood felt so different from that of my white friends and allowed me to understand the implications of being the Other on a structural level. I was able to understand that maybe some of my experiences hadn’t been shaped wholly by my actions but by forces of hierarchy way outside of my control.”
laverne cox is well on her way to becoming one of the most important, inspiring feminist icons of our time don’t even look at me if you think differently.
“Female voters in the US have been called “soccer moms” and “security moms”. In 2004, single women were “Sex and the City voters”. Now – because apparently women can’t ever just be “citizens” or “voters”, or more likely because conservatives prefer to call us names instead of delving too deep into women’s issues – we are “Beyoncé voters”. Bow down, bitches.
Most single ladies would generally be thrilled with a comparison to Queen Bey in any way, shape or form, but the cutesy nicknames for politically-engaged women need to stop. Surely pundits and the political media culture can deal with the collective electoral power of the majority voting bloc in this country in some better way than symbolically calling us “sweetheart”, complete with head pat.”
—Jessica Valenti: Nick-naming women ‘Beyoncé voters’ is exactly why we don’t vote Republican