I stopped criticizing “MySpace angles” in profile shots the instant I realized the subtext to those criticisms was often “c’mon ladies, we want to know exactly what kind of product we’re getting.”
WAIT WAIT WAIT
DID JOE JUST START A SENTENCE WITH
LET IT GO?
LET IT FUCKING GO?!
Apparently I drew this strip two days before the movie came out. It wasn’t even intentional! I’m a Frozen precog!
"We live in a world where losing your phone is more dramatic than losing your virginity"
Um ok but I don’t recall my virginity having 16 GB of memory with all my contacts, music, photos, calendars, and apps or costing over $200.
my phone is an expensive and important material object and not a useless social construct put in place to shame and commodify women
Plus I remember where I lost my virginity.
A feminist dynamic
Sometimes feminists, especially white feminists, attribute everything to patriarchy and ignore other power dynamics.
This can cause a lot of problems. One problem is that white feminists sometimes ignore racism and do racist things. I don’t know as much about that as I should, so I can’t yet write about it at length. But I do know about another issue more extensively:
Some feminists teach girls that sexism is the issue when it isn’t. For instance, this happens a lot to girls with disabilities. Girls will disabilities get discriminated against in ways that most women do not, but as they reach puberty they’re often taught that everything they are experiencing is about sexism.
That can be crushing. It can also cause problems for disabled boys, who are discriminated against in ways that most women are not. (Or ways that are similar to what women experience, but not normally experienced by boys without disabilities). Sometimes they are taught that they can’t possibly be experiencing real discrimination because they are boys. This is especially common when women who feel powerless have a lot of power over boys with disabilities. (Especially developmentally disabled boys who are going through puberty and starting to have sexual feelings.)
Sexism and patriarchy are very real things that destroy lives and hurt people in all kinds of other ways. There are also other power relationships that hurt people. Being aware of patriarchy is not enough.
I am very poorly today and very stupid and hate everybody and everything.