feminism and food

The LEGO Movie was my favorite movie of 2014, but it strikes me that the main character was male, because I feel like in our current culture, he HAD to be. The whole point of Emmett is that he’s the most boring average person in the world. It’s impossible to imagine a female character playing that role, because according to our pop culture, if she’s female she’s already SOMEthing, because she’s not male. The baseline is male. The average person is male.

You can see this all over but it’s weirdly prevalent in children’s entertainment. Why are almost all of the muppets dudes, except for Miss Piggy, who’s a parody of femininity? Why do all of the Despicable Me minions, genderless blobs, have boy names? I love the story (which I read on Wikipedia) that when the director of The Brave Little Toaster cast a woman to play the toaster, one of the guys on the crew was so mad he stormed out of the room. Because he thought the toaster was a man. A TOASTER. The character is a toaster.

I try to think about that when writing new characters— is there anything inherently gendered about what this character is doing? Or is it a toaster?

— 
Bojack Horseman creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg commenting on how weird gendered defaults in entertainment are, and why we should think twice about them.

I have compiled a list of every gender Tumblr claims there is. They’re all real, Google them. There’s genders that “only autistic people can feel”, genders that “make you feel like you know witchcraft”, genders that change if you’re near a certain amount of another gender, etc. lmao

Abimegender
Absorgender
Adamasgender
Adeptogender
Aerogender
Aesthetgender
Aethergender
Affectugender
Agender
Agenderfluid
Agenderflux
Alexigender
Aliusgender
Ambigender
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Ambonec
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Amogender
Androgyne
Angenital
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Anvisgender
Apconsugender
Apogender
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Aporagender
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Arifluid
Arigender
Argogender
Astergender
Astralgender
Atmosgender
Autigender
Autogender
Axigender
Batgender
Bigender
Blizzgender
Boggender
Bordergender
Boyflux
Brevigender
Burstgender
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Carmigender
Cassflux
Cassgender
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Dulcigender
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Effreu
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Genderale
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Genderpositive
Genderpunk
Genderqueer
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Genderstrange
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Hemigender
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Iragender
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Juxera
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Liberique
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Lysigender
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Maverique
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Salugender
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Vibragender
Videgender
Videogender
Virgender
Vocigender
Voidfluid
Voidgender
Witchgender
Xenogender
Xirl
Xoy
Xumgender
Zodiacgender

Invisible

You know what’s sad? When you know something that happened in history (for example, the food riots in New York in the 1900s that were started by the Women’s Socialist Party) and not being able to find anything on the internet about it.

A culture fixated on female thinness is not an obsession about female beauty, but an obsession about female obedience. Dieting is the most potent political sedative in women’s history; a quietly mad population is a tractable one.
—  Naomi Wolf, The Beauty Myth