earlier today i was thinking about the thousands of girls who post videos on youtube reviewing makeup and talking about their fav products and making tutorials and how no girl has ever once done it just to impress men like literally that whole community exists just for girls because it’s something that so many of us enjoy and yet men still think that we wear makeup for them
“Many women are reluctant to advocate feminism because they are uncertain about the meaning of the term.Other women from exploited and oppressed ethnic groups dismiss the term because the do not wish to be perceived as supporting a racist movement; feminism is often equated with white women’s rights efforts. Large numbers of women see feminism as synonymous with lesbianism; their homophobia leads them to reject association with any group identified as pro-lesbian. Some women fear the word “feminism” because they shun identification with any political movement, especially one perceived as radical. Of course there are women who do not wish to be associated with women’s rights movements in any form, so they reject and oppose the feminist movement. Most women are more familiar with negative perspectives on “women’s lib” than with the positive significations of feminism. It is this term’s positive political significance and power that we must now struggle to recover and maintain.”—
bell hooks, Feminist Theory: from Margin to Center
"Star Wars has employed actors that would have never been able to receive jobs because of height.”
Not only is that just…horrible…but I’d like to point out that we already know you don’t have to wear a fur suit to get an acting role in SF/F Genre films as a little person.
[images:Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones; The cast of Time Bandits, Warwick Davis in Willow; Jyoti Amge in American Horror Story; Verne Troyer in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus]
I’m not saying these are all the best roles (the quality of representation leaves a great deal to be desired), but saying it’s Ewoks or nothing is ridiculous.
Truthfully, I’ve never expected much from Sarah Silverman but this? She can keep this bullshit non-apology.
I absolutely believe that the cissexist undertones of that video never crossed Sarah’s mind. But that doesn’t make the content any less hurtful. Remember, intent vs. impact. But after being called out for trivializing sexual reassignment surgery and completely ignoring the fact that trans folk face a huge amount of discrimination in the workforce, her response ultimately ends with, “I support groups I’m not a part of so trans people should support me even though I just trivialized your existence and shit on your humanity”. THAT’S NOT HOW BEING AN ALLY WORKS. Could you imagine if a man said that after being called out on his sexism? White feminists would have a field day! You want support from a community you don’t belong to? Don’t be an asshole and just admit when you’ve made a mistake! Why is this so hard?!?!?!?!?
If you’re confused about why making jokes about sexual reassignment surgery and equating gender with genitals is problematic, here’s your chance to learn from Sarah’s awful mistake so you can be a better ally to the trans community. In an effort to avoid cissplainning, I wanna encourage you to read this great post from HelloGiggles, "Why Sarah Silverman’s wage equality campaign made me feel awful", which really breaks things down. Let’s do better, ok?