This tumblr is a love letter to how awesome my personal tastes are. I like pretty stuff, nerdy stuff and being a learned individual. Wanna do it too?
‘Discipline’ by Nine Inch Nails
I ordered Hesitation Marks today. In the meantime, I’m revisiting this gem (and twerking).
‘The Jig Is Up’ by El-P
Wouldn’t want to be a part of any club that would have me.
A Dream About Being A Person
reminds me of every conversation I’ve ever had with a white dude that went
"oh, I don’t like black girls, unless, it’s like, y’know beyonce/halle berry/insert some other famous black woman who wouldn’t even spit on my stupid racist face if it was on fire"Its always someone light and acceptable. ive never heard alek wek or gabby sidibe as the preference.
If you’re not familiar with Schwyzer’s story, it’s a classic redemption narrative: man is addicted to booze and drugs and exhibits numerous destructive behaviors like rape, attempted murder, and domestic violence. He gets clean, sobers up, converts to Christianity (and maybe Judaism? It’s unclear), supposedly stops victimizing women, and becomes a megaphone for feminism. It’s a MIRACLE. He’s cured! Here’s someone who used to hate women who now clearly loves them—enough that he advocates for them!
But a lot of feminists noticed chinks in the armor, especially when he began to write about his past. Writing about how terrible you used to be is, of course, part and parcel of the apology circuit for the redemption narrative. But his writing exhibited a lot of red flags. He spoke about the attempted murders in such loving detail that it was disturbing. And then he wrote an article about how he was an “accidental rapist,” essentially admitting to raping an ex-girlfriend, but refusing to call it rape. Feminists started blacklisting him—after all, having a “former” abuser acting as a mouthpiece for a movement supposedly on the side of survivors of abuse? Not exactly a good look.
while i appreciate the OP’s overall point and think that this is a good article—this section in particular peeved me. If you must know the honest to god truth, it wasn’t “feminists” who noticed a “chinks” in his armor—it was a small community of radical feminists (i.e. rad fems) who very first years and years and YEARS ago were like, omg, here’s this MAN speaking for WOMEN.
hugo did NOT start with the “redemption” story—he started with the “mediator” story—he was the man who could see both the MRA’s side of things AND the rad fems side of things. and yes, that’s right, it wasn’t just random “men,” it was men’s rights guys. and most mainstream feminists didn’t pay much attention to hugo, because they just in general didn’t pay much attention to ANYthing outside of themselves.
somewhere in there the jval book was released and many women of color voices critiques and concerns about the book. it was about that time that hugo inserted himself into the conversation WHILE STILL POSITIONING HIMSELF AS A “MEDIATOR.” he blatantly advocated for “reform” and tried to position himself as a “leader” because he was “pulling two sides together.”
i KNOW this because back then WOMEN OF COLOR (including myself) had conversations with him. WHY? Because white mainstream feminists had already dismissed us as “jealous” and ‘trouble makers’ and hugo was sent out (spokes person like) to present their arguments.
from those discussions (in which many feminists showed up in comments saying “thank you” to hugo for defending them) women of color saw the belittling nasty way he talked to us (ask black amazon about how he made fun of her manner of speaking some time) and the way he used his women of color students without their knowledge as a tool to “win” the conversation between women of color online and jval (ask me sometime why i wrote an entire blog post about how professors always teach radical women of color theorists ‘at the end of the semester…if there’s time’).
the same type of feminists who are now taking credit for “noticing’ hugo’s “armor chinks” are the same type of feminists that have repeatedly not only defended, been friends with and worked alongside hugo—they’re the same feminists that used his defense of them to silence and remove women of color from the feminist community. they’re very often the same type of feminists that have put the need to “appeal to men” above in importance over the need to *organize with women of color*.
hugo began working that whole ‘redemption’ thing while he was acting as a “mediator’—but it wasn’t until his position within the feminist community was firmly established (i.e. all the women of color walked away, left, or gave up) that he began to shift from a “mediator” to a “redemptionist.’
in other words—the redemption storyline became firmly entrenched, believed, defended and accepted through the lens of feminism. with the help of the feminist community. (of which, rad fems don’t belong (and i have no quarrel with that, and i doubt they do either), and neither do women of color (which i DO have a quarrel with).
so i think the question is not so much about ‘consumerist culture’ and how it ‘laps up’ redemption stories—but rather instead is about *how feminists are consumerists*—and why they will buy the redemption story of a rich white cis heterosexual able-bodied man *who fulfills a narrative of ‘protection’ for white women*, but NOT buy the story of even a (formerly) poor white man who claims to have changed (i.e. eminem, ask me sometime about how feminists acted when i wanted to complicate eminem and rhianna’s video), much less the story of a black man who hasn’t claimed to change, but is claiming to *try* AND has the support of the black woman who he abused (chris brown).
what is hugo schwyzer doing that eminem and chris brown are not?
and what does the constant emphasis on a feminism that is sexy, hot and desirable (ask about that ‘feminists wear fishnets’ article some time) and easily digestable (ask about jval’s justification for her first book’s writing style some time), or, in other words, easily consumable, have to do with hugo being FIRMLY entrenched in the feminist community?
what is the bill of goods being sold here? and why are feminists paying for it?
maybe the solution is not so much to “approach redemption narratives with suspicion”—but to believe the people you call “sister”?(via brownfemipower) the real brownfemipower
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gabourey sidibe is just gorgeous!!
She’s always pretty, but this is some STELLAR makeup on her. She looks extra stunning.
By 13 years-old 53% of girls say they are unhappy with their bodies. When were we happy? Marie C. photographed and interviewed 4-8 year old girls and asked them what they liked about their bodies to find out.
(via gabifresh)Interrupt Magazine