Disability seems like the only part of the social justice movement you’re allowed to comment on/have an opinion on with absolutely no previous knowledge, no actual idea of what you’re talking about, no experience with it, and your opinion is taken as 100% accuracy. People have based entire literal killing sprees (recently, too) off of this shit, but if we speak up about it or just ask to be consulted before an able bodied person says what they think our opinion is we’re asking too much and being too demanding.
so if you post any of the mentioned (one direction, les mis, hamilton, book of mormon, musicals in general, feminism, artsy stuff) than i will check out your blog!! (extra points if u ship larry, enjoltaire, lams, and mcpriceley!)
Alright, chickadees, I’ve seen a lot of discussion of this topic recently and I feel like it really needs to be set straight, because –– unfortunately –– the general consensus of feminism among figures in American history (especially where they overlap with Hamilton musical characters) is often incorrect. I don’t want to burst anyone’s bubble, but saying things like “John Laurens was a total feminist!” just simply isn’t true. Sorry.
That being said, I figured I would take a few minutes to sum up the opinions on women’s suffrage held by some of the more recognizable faces of the American Revolution.
Luckily for me, @john-laurens already explained why Laurens wasn’t a feminist in this post. Quick recap: Laurens held the standard opinions of where a woman’s place in society was for that time period and never actually spoke out about any women’s rights issues. So, not a feminist.
And not to keep the bad news train going but… Hamilton wasn’t a feminist, either. Hamilton didn’t think women should be allowed to vote (see: Farmer Refuted, the classic “only land-owning men should be allowed to vote” argument), and the way he discusses women, especially to his boyfriend Laurens, is definitely not the way any feminist would speak. In the April 1779 letter from Hamilton to Laurens (yes, that letter), Hamilton describes what he’s looking for in a woman and, well:
Take her description—She must
be young, handsome (I lay most stress upon a good shape) sensible (a
little learning will do), well bred (but she must have an aversion to
the word ton) chaste and tender
(I am an enthusiast in my notions of fidelity and fondness) of some good
nature, a great deal of generosity (she must neither love money nor
scolding, for I dislike equally a termagent and an œconomist). In
politics, I am indifferent what side she may be of; I think I have
arguments that will easily convert her to mine. As to religion a
moderate stock will satisfy me. She must believe in god and hate a
saint. But as to fortune, the larger stock of that the better.
Yes, this letter was primarily Hamilton being a cheeky little shit to Laurens about not telling him about his wife (that’s a whole different can of worms; basically Hamilton was upset his boyfriend didn’t tell him he was already married when they’d known each other or, as drunk me put it, had been doing hand stufffor over a year), but there’s clearly language in that portion of the letter indicative of Hamilton’s general lack of respect toward women. Most of that particular letter is him just being ‘yes homo’ to Laurens, but that combined with the fact that he never spoke out for women’s rights is a pretty solid case for Hamilton not being a feminist.
Surprise, surprise, Aaron Burr was actually sort of a feminist. Yeah, he fucked his way through Europe like the plague, but before his Hamilton-related mental breakdown, Burr had married a woman a decade his senior and his intellectual equal. He also made sure his daughter got the best education on offer, and she was often considered one of the most intelligent women in America (though, let’s be honest, that’s her accomplishment and not his). He wasn’t by any means the pinnacle of feminism in the 18th and 19th centuries, but he was better than most of his colleagues at the time.
Thomas Jefferson believed in equal rights for women’s education, but not that they deserved the right to vote. Personally, I don’t think he can be pegged as a feminist given the whole Sally Hemmings situation, so I’m just going to leave it at that. Abigail Adams was a total feminist. And badass. I love her. Her husband John was none of those things. Sorry, John. You sorta suck. Benjamin Tallmadge and Nathan Hale spoke out for women’s rights to equal education while at Yale, and Tallmadge continued to support the women’s rights movement after the war was over.
There are a ton of other people I could get into with this, but this post is getting long already and, honestly, I felt like I’d just touch on a few of the basics. If you’d like a more in-depth analysis
(with textual evidence, etc) on these or any other AmRev era historical
figures and their views on feminism, just hit me up.
All the Disney couples are cute, but I would love to have a relationship like Mulan and Shang. Now I love those Cinderella swooning moments, but here’s why: Mulan is a strong, independent person. Shang is a strong, independent person. They can keep up with each other on that level. They are equal. She found someone just as strong as herself. He knows her inner strength and respects it, instead of challenging it. One day, they’ll raise independent, feminist babies that can fend for themselves. That’s the dream.
A woman being attracted to a woman is not inherently predatory. A man being attracted to a man is not inherently predatory.
A woman being attracted to a man is not inherently predatory. A man being attracted to a woman is not inherently predatory.
Being sexually attracted to another adult is never, ever inherently wrong.
People can do bad things because they are attracted to other people. People can do absolutely monstrous things because they’re attracted to other people. But the attraction isn’t what makes those things monstrous, and the perpetrator’s gender identity isn’t it, either. The things themselves are monstrous, regardless of who’s doing them.
Being attracted to someone is not a bad thing and does not make you a bad person. And fuck anyone who says otherwise.
You're much cooler than one would expect from a blog that labels itself as anti-sjw, I was expecting some neck beard shit lmao
Ha! I have fooled yet another tumblr user!
Yeah a lot of people expect to see really misogynistic or transphobic stuff on my blog but I’m actually very supportive of trans identities, and don’t really rag on feminism in general, just on individual cases.
I’m glad you like the blog. or at least, you like it more than you expected you would lol
Regardless of what you think about Hillary; It’s almost embarrassing that a woman with her intelligence and qualifications will be forced, with a straight face, to debate a moron like Trump on live TV.
This woman has been a Yale graduate, lawyer, Flotus, twice-elected New York senator and US Secretary of State, ffs.
Trump’s biggest claim to fame prior to this election was firing Gary Busey on a bad reality TV show after he came up with the idea for a mechanical dog to accompany Ivanka Trump around.