feminism and food

Food, sex, puppies!

Okay, now that I got your attention, I wanna tell all of you to watch The Bold Type. If you’re a feminist, you’ll want to watch this new show. It’s got three amazing female leads and an almost entirely female cast, it’s so beautifully diverse I actually cried. Did I mention there’s a f/f relationship between a black girl and a muslim girl? Sexuality is talked about in the most natural way possible. And the three men that appear on the show are feminists too. The one hetero couple is healthy and unproblematic. It’s a story about millennials from millennials. In one world: intersectionality.

Give this show a chance, I promise you won’t regret it. Watch The Bold Type @ Tuesdays 9/8 on Freeform (you can fine previous episodes on the app!). If you’re not in the States - I’m not -  there’s plenty of streaming links around. 

Watch it, tweet about it, share it on Facebook, make some noise! TBT deserves appreciation and better publicity. I am not letting this show get cancelled after the first season, so dear allies and people of Tumblr who are always complaining about the lack of rep, this is our chance. 

Why girls wear makeup:
- Because it’s fun.
- Because its a creative way to express your style.
- It’s artistic.
-You can consider it a skill since it’s challenging when wanting to make it look very nice.
- It makes you feel confident.
- People like to see how many cool and different ways they can look.
- You feel like the most powerful princess ever.

Wearing makeup does not mean:
-They are insecure.
- They are unattractive.
-They want boys attention.
- They want your attention.
- They are sluts.
- They are fake.
Stop judging people based off of how they change their physical appearances due to their perception of how they want to look in order to be happy with themselves.

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.
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