As Noam Chomsky once pointed out for Z Magazine, old media types from the institutional bodies like American Enterprise Institute tend to regurgitate the same ideas with a reliability that is equally impressive and infuriating. While assuring the public that rape is a terrible crime, writers like Caroline Kitchens and Heather McDonald of right-wing think tank The Manhattan Institute try to claim that feminists have blown this whole rape culture thing way out of proportion.
Apparently, many women disagree. On Tuesday there were more than 1 million responses on the #RapeCultureIsWhen hashtag started by a frustrated Zerlina Maxwell in response to these right-wing narratives.
Keep speaking up!!!!!
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At least now that I disabled Anonymous asks, your own face is attached to your pitiful hatemail.
And if you recognize this ugly mug, shoot me a name!
ETA: He’s been tracked down.
HIS NAME IS BRANDON BAYARD AND HE LIVES IN SUPERIOR, WISCONSIN.
Reblog the shit out of this so it shows up on every background search done by every guy trying to hire him ever.
REBLOGGING THIS ALWAYS, FUCK THIS PIECE OF SHIT
Oh my gosh.
No workout? It’s okay. Eat 2,600 calories? It’s okay. Eat 2,600 calories without workout? It’s okay. Eat cake? It’s okay. Eat cookies? It’s okay. Eat lots and lots and lots and lots of chocolate? Sexy time.
Okay, look: “Don’t rape” and “don’t threaten rape” are pinpoint-specific parts of social compact, also known as “the bare minimum expectations for getting to be part of society.”
These are things that should be taken as a given. Don’t hold up ”don’t rape” and “don’t threaten rape” like they are gifts.
I mean, don’t do those things, and deter others from doing them, and talk about all of this, but, fuck, man.
The best way men can improve the lives of women and girls in geekdom is to do their damnedest to shift the balance of power. Geek dudes—especially white geek dudes—you have something the ladies do not: you have a platform from which to speak about issues of justice with relative impunity. Use it. Better yet, share it with or give it to someone who does not have that privilege.
Are you a pro on a panel that’s all white dudes? Give up your seat to a woman of color. Encourage other panelists to do the same. Straight-up refuse to be part of panels that do not work toward equal representation. Hold speaker and guest lists at cons to the same standard. And talk about what you are doing, and why.
If you are in a position that gives you hiring power, hire women—especially into positions where they will have power, not just low-level editorial and work-for-hire gigs. Actively seek and use the input of women, and go out of your way to make really damn sure they’re credited for those contributions.
Seek and vocally advocate for works by and about women, for female-friendly and generally diversity-friendly publishers, retailers, and fan communities. When someone does shit right, vote with your dollars and spread the word. When someone fucks up, call them out, and—if there’s any real potential for it and you’ve got the capacity—offer them impetus for and tools to change.
Buy girl books. Buy books with pink covers, and read them in public. Break down the box of geek masculinity, and live the geek culture you want to see and be part of. Subvert everything.
Meanwhile: Hold other men accountable. Don’t tell rape jokes. Call out bullshit.
And respect the anger of those of us who have been consistently marginalized. If you want to be an ally in this fight, recognize that the fight is not about you: sometimes solidarity means giving other people space to be frustrated and angry at a system from which you directly benefit, and sometimes that means that they will, by extension, be angry at you—and that this, along with everything else, means *that system* is your common enemy.
Speaking of systems: Educate yourself. Read How to Suppress Women’s Writing and call that shit out. Understand that in this fight, your voice is generally considered to mean more than mine. Fight that inequality as hard as you can—but meanwhile, while you’ve got that platform, use it.
Dear god, I’m so bored of this conversation. Fat people literally cannot talk about being sick of how they’re treated without someone crying BUT WHAT ABOUT THE THIN PEOPLE???? I’m so tired of conversations about thin privilege that revolve around being careful what you say about thin bodies!
I did not, at any point, infer or outright say anything that referred to thin bodies the way people constantly refer to fat bodies. I did not call them ugly or shameful or disgusting or unworthy or unhealthy or immoral. I did not, and would not, ever use that language to describe any body.
To shame someone’s body is to make them feel as though it’s wrong. To make them feel as though their body does not deserve to be. Me saying that thin people do not experience the systemic oppression that fat bodies do is not shaming. Stop throwing that word around. Thin people are not shamed on a systemic level for their bodies.
Anyone can have insecurities, of course. But fat people’s insecurities are constantly being reinforced by toxic messages. Now, if you want to get nuanced and talk about the reasons why a lot of people experience insecurity based on messages from our societies, let’s talk about how body insecurities are often tied up with misogyny and Eurocentric beauty ideals; with ableism and classism and transmisogyny and gender roles.
Body posi enough for you now babe?! ♥♥♥
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