Here’s an interesting article from the Guardian written by the effervescently happy Ellie Mae O’Hagan:
Apparently, there are some sexy, cool feminists out there and they are wrecking the fun for all the screechy, withered shrews who are accustomed to having the ear of the media. Here are some of the sexy feminists Ellie is talking about:
Is it cold in here?
You see, feminism has undergone a change in recent years, from the earnest whining of Betty Freidan about the crushing oppression she, and other middle-class ladies endured in their carpeted bungalows stocked with every modern convenience to a raunchier, more aggressive sort of feminism, personified by the lovely ladies of Sex and the City.
I will confess that I have only seen a few episodes of that show, and they all left me with a bit of a bad taste. That red-headed one, who is a lawyer, is just a massive cunt, the blonde one is a whore, the curly haired one is a shallow gold-digging bore and the mousy one is just, well, mousy. I thought all those ladies sucked. I’ll take Ripley any day.
“Get away from her, you bitch!”
There has recently been a media kerfuffle over two of Ellie’s Strong Sexy Feminists™ going after Taylor Swift, who dares to dress modestly, chase after boys, sing about getting her heart broken and who yearns for love and marriage and children.
Oh, Taylor, you silly girl. You’ve got it all wrong. Boys don’t matter. Don’t you know that girls run the world? You shouldn’t be lying on the cold hard ground, sweetie. You should be crushing him against a wall in your Cadillac.
Amy Poehler and Tina Fey are a couple of strong, sexy feminists, and they personify what feminism has come to mean rather perfectly. These ladies don’t undermine feminism: they are the embodiment of it.
Let’s go back to Ellie’s article, wherein she writes:
In my mind, if being sexy and funny are the two cornerstones of a new feminist movement, we may as well all pack up and go home now. At its core, feminism should be angry. It should be angry because women are still being taken for a ride. Like the women in The Feminine Mystique, we are being sold a lie of equality in a society where the odds are politically, socially and economically stacked against us.
Feminism’s most basic function should be to emphasise that sexism is not an accident, but an inevitable consequence of a society structured to favour men. Jokes about vaginas and reassurances that we won’t have to give up lipstick are not enough. To put it bluntly, a new feminism should not be afraid to piss people off.
On that last note, success is yours honey! You’ve certainly managed to piss me off.
Let’s take this apart, shall we?
A society structured to favor men. And which men would those be? These ones, who are behind their peers in academic achievement before they are even FIVE YEARS OLD?
Or these ones, who commit suicide at a rate double that of the social average?
Maybe you mean these men, who are ten times more likely to go to prison than the social average, mostly for non-violent, drug-related crimes?
You must mean these men, who have seen their jobs evaporate and their livelihoods disappear and their social usefulness eradicated.
Fortunately, these men still have jobs, because their jobs are shitty and dangerous and dirty and obviously, they adore living in a society structured to make sure their lives are the ones that can be thrown away in a mine explosion. Well, the ones who aren’t drafted into the military to die as cannon fodder, either by poverty or legislative decree.
You know which men benefit from the social structure? These ones:
Rich white men. Who tend to have WIVES.
I’ve said it before, but I think it’s worth saying again: PATRIARCHY IS NOT THE SAME THING AS ARISTOCRACY
The majority of the men in the world have been, and continue to be, slaves working for a rich class of men AND women who have been ever willing to exploit their labor and ingenuity and raw brute strength for their own gains.
The odds are politically, socially and economically stacked against us (women)
Bitch, are you crazy? The entire political system is rigged to ensure that politicians must chase after women’s votes, which is not a bad thing in and of itself, except that the media has convinced women there is a “war” against them, and that they should vote, not with their economic interests in mind, but with their cultural interests.
Try being an American politician and refusing to pay for birth control measures. For women, of course. Dudes, you can buy your own fucking condoms.
Yeah, socially, the rich, white world just sucks for women. Oh, the injustice of being able to jail men for poor decisions made while drunk!
The terrible burden of being able to force a man into parenting and paying for a child he did not intend and does not want.
Economically, women are just screwed. They earn more university degrees than men (albeit in useless subjects like Film Theory), have the option of staying home with their small children, paid for either by a husband or by the state, and they continue to push for the right to be paid on par with men, even though men tend to work harder, work longer hours, acquire more training and spend more time doing socially productive and useful things.
A new feminism should not be afraid to piss people off.
Your new feminism is indeed pissing people off. Maybe not the people you intend, though. There is a growing group of men and women alike who are getting sick and fucking tired of feminism’s screechy, jackassed whinging and who have had just about enough of this shit.
The author at the Salon piece thinks the Men’s Human Rights Movement will not grow. That women won’t get on board with equal rights for their sons, husbands, fathers, brothers, uncles, nephews, friends and even all the men they’ve never met before. That they will happily surrender their children to poor women to be raised in absentia.
I hate Sex and the City. I think slut walks are basically a bunch of stupid, ugly whores using the occasion as an excuse to prance around in their underwear. Look at me! Look how edgy I am! Check out my tits! I think single mothers are selfish slags who don’t give one shit about their children. I think Betty Freidan can kiss my pampered ass. I think hiring poor women to raise your children is the height of feminist hypocrisy.
And mostly, I think Amy Poehler and Tina Fey can go fuck themselves. Two rich white ladies who stand in their halos of wealth and privilege and honestly argue that women are oppressed and in need of more benefits, opportunities and advantages, paid for by men, of course. All the while mocking young women who reject the feminist narrative in favor of something a little more human. That is what feminism has become. Women so blind to their own privilge that they honestly believe they are getting screwed while all men, everywhere, are benfiting somehow.
In Bossypants, Tina writes:
“It is an impressively arrogant move to conclude that just because you don’t like something, it is empirically not good. I don’t like Chinese food, but I don’t write articles trying to prove it doesn’t exist.”
Welcome to the New World Order. Women are starting to get angry again.
You might be surprised to find out just what we’re angry about. Hang on to your rich, white asses, bitches. This ride could get nasty. And never forget that we’re fighting not just for men, but alongside them.
That tends to be a lethal combination.
Lots of love,