This was once the most common representation of female bodies. The rolls of fat and pudgy bellies existed along with thick thighs and broad hips. Some of those bodies were slim, some were chubby, some were fat, but they weren’t stretched out and smoothed out in Photoshop. They acted like bodies do, they looked real and believable. We lost that somewhere along the way, when people in the fashion business started wiping out any inconvenient fold, making us think they don’t exist and to have them is a blasphemy. Maybe it’s about time we remember they are perfectly normal and everyone has them, sometimes or all the time, no matter skinny or fat.
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“Men look in the mirror and see a Senator, and women look in the mirror and say ‘I’m not qualified.’”
What would have once sounded like a far-fetched feminist fantasy – women forming the majority of a parliament – is a reality in one country in the world, Rwanda.
In fact, women are making gains throughout all of Africa, but these achievements have been met with a loud silence from the western feminist movement.
“Screw writing “strong” women. Write interesting women. Write well-rounded women. Write complicated women. Write a woman who kicks ass, write a woman who cowers in a corner. Write a woman who’s desperate for a husband. Write a woman who doesn’t need a man. Write women who cry, women who rant, women who are shy, women who don’t take no shit, women who need validation and women who don’t care what anybody thinks. THEY ARE ALL OKAY, and all those things could exist in THE SAME WOMAN. Women shouldn’t be valued because we are strong, or kick-ass, but because we are people. So don’t focus on writing characters who are strong. Write characters who are people.” – Lori
Women of color would be nice, too.
“I’ve experienced firsthand how the “model minority” narrative– this strange tendency to assume that Asians are simply a quiet, high-achieving community tagging along with our white brethren into a melting pot of joy–effectively de-legitimizes our voices in conversations about promoting racial justice. Leaving our voices and experiences out of the fight for racial justice erases our long, often tragic history in this country and homogenizes all Asians into one, high-achieving blob. Leaving us out means turning a blind eye to the fact that 1 in 6 Filipino-Americans and 1 in 4 Korean-Americans are undocumented, that Southeast Asians have the highest high school dropout rates in the country, that Asian American students are the most bullied ethnic group in classrooms, and that Asian women are consistently hypersexualized, objectified, and orientalized via widespread media representations. If you choose not to include us in discussions on racial justice, you are telling us that our struggles don’t matter.”
—Linsey Yoo, Racialicious, "Solidarity is for white women and Asian people are funny"
I’d prefer to see this graph in percentages, but still. The point is clear.
“[T]hey looked at the ratio of men and women in groups. And they found that if there’s 17 percent women, the men in the group think it’s 50-50. And if there’s 33 percent women, the men perceive that as there being more women in the room than men.”
What we’re, in effect, doing is training children to see that women and girls are less important than men and boys. We’re training them to perceive that women take up only 17 percent of the space in the world.
“No one ever asks if a male character is “strong”. Nor if he’s “feisty,” or “kick-ass” come to that. The obvious thing to say here is that this is because he’s assumed to be “strong” by default. Part of the patronising promise of the Strong Female Character is that she’s anomalous.”
Also excellent: “Sherlock Holmes gets to be brilliant, solitary, abrasive, Bohemian, whimsical, brave, sad, manipulative, neurotic, vain, untidy, fastidious, artistic, courteous, rude, a polymath genius. Female characters get to be Strong.”
But ultimately, it’s all about writing characters of all genders who are well-rounded. “Strong” is just another way for female characters to be one-dimensional, and real women aren’t one-dimensional.
Hillary Clinton hasn’t even declared her intention to run in the Democratic primaries, and the awful, gendered rhetoric has already begun.
Of particular concern is The Hillary Project, a PAC dedicated to “[waging] a war on Hillary Clinton’s image” and “tell the whole truth about Hillary Clinton, from her early days as a student radical to her days in the White House and beyond.” Okay then. Typical smear campaign, except when you get to the “Games” section of the website, featuring a "Slap Hillary" game. While the Republican Party (and conservatives at large) are already suffering from a a perception issue amongst women voters, I’m not sure this will do them any favours. Of course, it points to a greater issue of silencing women in positions of power or those who speak out. Given that women of all partisan stripes face a disproportionate amount of vitriol simply for expressing themselves - verbal abuse, even rape and death threats - allowing detractors to play out this violence, even through a Flash game, is symptomatic of a culture where women’s opinions are so devalued that people are comfortable with advocating for violence to silence them.