Thursday, March 7, 2013

On feminist nightmares

Apparently, Taylor Swift is one.

You know, I can see nightmares about ghouls, car crashes, falling off cliffs, being locked out your dorm room naked five minutes before the big final exam ... but if your nightmare is Taylor Swift, then your pathetic.

The real problem, on the surface anyway, is that Taylor Swift won't call herself a feminist. APparently that means that she isn't allowed to object if other women say mean things about her. Yeah, that makes sense. Agree with our ideology or will attack you. You're either for us or against us.

Note, by the way, that even Hana men-are-so-over Rosin thinks maybe the term "feminist" may have used up its fifteen minutes. Why can't Taylor Swift do likewise?

Is it because she's kinda, what's the word, normal? No, that can't be it. Here are the the right words:
Some may argue that Taylor Swift is a role model, a class-act in the drugged-up, sexed-up music industry. But do we need another photogenic cisgendered carefree white girl singing heteronormative songs about mooning over boys?
 Glossary break:
Cisgender: "individuals who have a match between the gender they were assigned at birth, their bodies, and their personal identity,"
Heteronormative: A word meant to imply that being heterosexual is an oppressive act.
Well then.

Of course, most girls are like Taylor Swift. Most girls get all worked up about boys. And pop singers who sing songs about what most girls care about will always be much more popular than pop singers who call themselves feminists. What feminism is or isn't is up to feminists to decide but, a little free advice, if your ideology requires girls to stop being girls, you're doomed.

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