I honestly believe that other entertainment communities have these problems but don’t talk about them. I’m proud that when we find out someone is being completely disgusting, we don’t try to sweep it under the rug. We don’t let them back in to perform at the Grammies next year. We don’t pretend they’re too big to be packed up in a box and removed.
I’m not saying we couldn’t do a better job. But I’m proud of how the community has handled this. Particularly Laci, who is amazing.
I wish the assholes in comics did their stupid shit on tape. Would make so many things so much easier.
Y’ALL! I got to curate the mix in this month’s issue of Lumberjanes. I’m feeling EXTREMELY COOL.
I made a playlist on Spotify so you can listen to it and pretend you are at a haunted camp for girls! WHEE!
If you’re not reading Lumberjanes, probably do that because it totally rules!!
This video apparently just turned 13 years old, which means I discovered it at age 16 and oh god that explains so much. Pretty sure I still have a crush on Shirley Manson.
WELL. This is a bit too familiar of a feeling.
Like yeah it’s important to a degree that Emma Watson is publicly and scholastically identifying as a feminist but the more I read that speech the more it just doesn’t really say anything? It’s v broad and careful to not say anything important/specific (aka “controversial”) and actually get to the root of anything. It’s just broad general strokes saying “oh this is a problem”. I dunno. She could’ve done a lot better and either did that because she’s rolling up on her White Feminism horse or she felt pressured to pander so as to not rock the boat. I’m inclined to believe it’s much more possible that the answer is the former but it’d be nice to consider if it was the latter. However I sincerely doubt it given her stance on Beyoncé. Seems like a waste to go to such a fancy school and get all this nonprofit money and not even pick up a Crenshaw essay or read some damn bell hooks or Audre Lorde???? Like just really basic stuff from the biggest names in black feminism like how hard would that be?
I think you’re wanting her speech to be something it wasn’t intended to be, or even capable of being, considering the venue. I’d even argue that what she’s doing is rocking the boat, not pandering. It doesn’t even read that White Feminism to me. She’s doing something else—providing a very entry-level gateway to the idea of fighting gender inequality for those whose main perception and conception of it is he-man woman-haters. She’s saying nah, that’s not what it is, we can’t let them continue to define it that way, and here are examples why it’s important we all work on this.
It’s not a deep dive so much as one of the better known actresses of a generation, a voice people recognize and already accept on a default level thanks to growing up alongside her while she was in Harry Potter, saying “I got a lucky break, but this is a problem for everyone and we need your help” as part of an effort to get men engaged and involved. She could’ve brought the thunder and lightning, but a soft touch is okay sometimes, too.
"The point of the song is, you know, that we are fairly well damaged by the legacy of the Romantic poets—that we think of love as this, you know, thing that is accompanied by strings and it’s a force for good, and if something bad happens then that’s not love. And the therapeutic tradition that I come from—I used to work in therapy—you know, also says that it’s not love if it feels bad. I don’t know so much about that. I don’t know that the Greeks weren’t right. I think they were—that love can eat a path through everything—that it will destroy a lot of things on the way to its own objective, which is just its expression of itself, you know. I mean, my stepfather loved his family, right? Now he mistreated us terribly quite often, but he loved us. And, you know, well, that to me is something worth commenting on in the hopes of undoing a lot of what I perceive as terrible damage in the way people talk about this—love is this benign, comfortable force. It’s not that. It’s wild, you know?”
I keep coming back to this.
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Cartoonists! The MFA in creative writing program at University of South Florida in wonderful, sunny Tampa, Florida, is actively recruiting students for next school year (fall 2015). The deadline for application is January 1st.
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