Monday, October 16, 2017

We Walk Together: Thoughts on the Women's Convention

I have a piece up over at Shakesville about how the recent outrage about Bernie Sanders speaking at the Women's Convention fits into the context of longstanding divides on the left.  Although, the lack of clear communication from the event organizers didn't help de-escalate the conversation.

Check it out!

Friday, October 13, 2017

What a Week, Huh?

To look on a bright side, season three of Supergirl premiered this week, so I guess I'll continue writing recaps so it's not all gloom n' doom around here.

I also continue to be highly entertained by humorous fan vids and will never get tired of watching some Kara Danvers/Lena Luthor flirting to the sweet 1980's sax in George Michael's "Careless Whisper" (see, e.g., the vid below at moment 1:09). That goes double for any fan vid featuring a Strong Female Character set to the tune of "I Need a Hero" (see, e.g., 3:18).

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Why Hasn't Hillary?

Over at Shakesville, I wrote a piece about the cacophony of absurd male demands that Hillary Clinton answer for Harvey Weinstein's behavior. A snippet:

"It has been revealed that a famous man is a sexual predator and yet why hasn't Hillary Clinton, a private citizen who has been widely told to retire to Grey Gardens and shut up forever, condemned him on-demand, whilst using the correct tone and words, after the appropriate time interval, and while donating money to charity in an amount and on terms precisely-determined by men, after the revelations were made public?"

Check it out the whole thing!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Wayback Wednesday: Quiet

Joss Whedon. Harvey Weinstein. The Republican Administration's ongoing assaults on women's rights. Millions of Americans and a Republican Congress supporting and condoning an admitted sexual predator as head of state. The ongoing demands that Hillary Clinton shut up and/or say only precisely what other people want her to say. The dirtbag left mocking a rape survivor without apology (to her).

Lately, I've been thinking a lot about this song, "Quiet," which went viral during the Women's March the day after Trump's inauguration.

It's not a shocking revelation to say that times are tough.

People across the political spectrum often treat women's rights, and specifically violence against women, as a game in which they can make some larger "gotcha" against a political opponent.

What becomes frustrating is when the voices of progressive feminists who have long condemned rape culture in its varied manifestations - left, right, and center - continue to be ignored in these mainstream point-scoring narratives. Many men who do get it (or at least appear to publicly), often self-promote their own performances of "getting it," rather than promoting the women who have been making these observations for a very long time.

Yet, one of the most important things men can do as progressive allies is to refuse to participate in rape culture with other men. This refusal is often done in quiet, everyday acts: calling out shitty behavior of other men, not bonding with men over the subordination and abuse of women, and not participating in "locker room talk."

Also, listen to women. Rape culture places a lot of pressure on women to be quiet about our experiences within this system. If we're talking about our experiences with rape and gendered-abuse, be aware that doing so usually results in more negative consequences than positive for us.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Femslash Friday: Dana/Alice

Oh, The L Word. I wish I could quit you.

I think one of my top five favorite belief-suspensions about this show will forever be the notion that Dana Fairbanks, First of Her Name, was a professional tennis player. Here she is doing one of her workout regimens in her girlfriend's bedroom, straining to lift a 2.5-pound weight, you know, as a professional tennis player does:

I still love her, of course. Even though she shoulda never let that soup chef get away.