t: feminism

White girls see racism done by white female characters as empowerment and I’m tired of it. White girls will literally go above and beyond to justify a racist/facist white woman’s actions and it’s disturbing. And it’s not just racism, but abuse as well.

A white female character who forces her culture on poc coded people, who colonizes non-whtie characters, who is racist/abusive toward them, etc..etc…is automarically backed up and stanned by white girls. And you cannot tell them anything. If you try to call out a white female characters racism/abuse/imperialism etc..etc…the white girls call you sexist.

And it’s hypocrtical; it’s these girls who will hate white male characters for doing the same. Hate white male characters for being racist/abusive but worship white female characters for doing the same thing…like that’s any better?

A white woman being racist isn’t empowering. A white woman being abusive isn’t empowering. ESPECIALLY if these actions are aimed towared people of color or less privielged people than said woman.

You can’t call out racism by white men but then worship white female characters who do the same thing, even if it is subtle. Like it surprises me how white girls will stan problematic female characters and call out sexism whenever someone dares to point out her racism/facism/imperialism/abuse…etc. Like I dread seeing white women in shows/movies because chances are if they’re racist or problematic white girls will act like they’re goddesses.

And yes white women/girls can and should reblog this.
Dear feminists,

I’m sure this will come as a shock to many of you, but declaring oneself “non-feminist” does not imply that I am “anti-women”, ignorant of the equality issues faced by women in the 3rd world or are “inherently evil”.

It means that I am uninterested in being associated with the behavior and rhetoric of feminists that berate half the population for being born with a certain genitals.

anonymous asked:

Have you ever thought about how most TBS readers are female? Are you concerned about the lack of male readers, or indifferent? Would you write differently to attract a male audience? And do you know why TBS has attracted such a female majority?

This questions taps into many veins of frustration I have with society at large. It’s a big issue, so I’m not going to be able to answer it very well in one ask, but I’ll try and summarise. 

I should begin by saying that I do have male readers and have been reviewed favourably by men, and I don’t have statistics on whether more men or women are buying my books. From the demographic at my events, however, I think it would be fair to assume that more of my readers identify and/or present as female. And I think this is probably true of most authors. Studies have concluded that women read more than men and are more active in the literary world, e.g. book clubs and libraries. 

Personally, I don’t think the scarcity of men in the audience at my events has all that much to do with what I’m writing. Firstly, I think it’s simply because women read more than men. 

Second, I think it’s because I myself am a woman.   

Joanne Harris often talks at events about men who have come up to her and happily proclaimed that they don’t read books by women. That they’ve cut themselves off from a wealth of literature just because the author presents as female. I’ve heard stories like this from many a female author. Some men Just Don’t Read Books by Women. And they are apparently proud to declare this to the world. Shannon Hale has also spoken out about the fact that schools have stopped boys from coming to her events and only sent their female pupils. 

The problem begins at an early stage. Frustrated booksellers try to get books about girls into the hands of boys, but find themselves stopped by the parents, who clearly live in terror that their kid is going to grow up gay (which they would hate) and/or bullied if he touches a Girl Book. Like femininity is some sort of contagious disease. 

Society tells men and boys that it isn’t cool to read books by and about women and girls. The same doesn’t apply to books about boys. Girls loved Harry Potter, but the world didn’t judge them for it. Because it’s okay for girls to empathise with boys, but not the other way around. This is a symptom of the deep-rooted misogyny bubbling away beneath the polite face of society, and it plays into why I have such a fervent dislike of the Strong Female Character archetype. She’s praised because she displays traditionally masculine forms of strength.

I want men to feel comfortable reading my books. I want everyone to feel comfortable reading my books. But even if I did change what I wrote in the hope of attracting more men to my work – which I wouldn’t – I doubt it would have any significant impact on the demographic of my audience. Women are happy to show up to my book events and buy my books because they don’t think it’s uncool to read books by and about other women. Until society changes its attitude, many men – especially young men who are afraid of judgement from their peers – won’t feel comfortable doing the same. Hence why female authors are still using androgynous pseudonyms to this day. And why men still feel comfortable declaring to women that they don’t read books by women. 

(Side note: It will be interesting to see if The Priory of the Orange Tree attracts more male readers than The Bone Season, as it has two male POV characters. My suspicion is that it won’t, and that my audience at events will remain pretty much the same.)

I’m not going to change what I write to attract men – not only because I love my existing audience, and I don’t think there’s any reason to shy away from the fact that my work is enjoyed mostly by women, but because I’m not going to tailor my creative output to pander to a toxic system. I don’t think this particular issue begins with creators. It begins the first time a little boy is told to put down that copy of The Princess Diaries, because that book isn’t for him. 

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Story Time: I made this in response to often hearing about my friends being harassed, creeped on and in general getting unwanted attention from guys at conventions. It started with “Damn when we go to a con together someday I’m gonna dress up as Pyramid head with my giant knife and wear this shirt so assholes leave you alone.“ Then I realized other girls (and guys) should too. So to show solidarity to your fellow ladies I wanted to make this shirt available to everyone. Let those creeps know you’re watching them and won’t hesitate  ⊙ ͜⊙)

I remember the time me and my friend were walking down the street and I was telling her about the time when I was about 12/13 and some old guy looked me up and down and said “hello darling” and then she told me about a similar situation that happened to her, and just as we were talking about how gross it is, an old man looked us up and down and said “well hello ladies”

What i find utterly dumbfounding is when people use “Women’s studies major” as some sort of insult. Like………….you are freely admitting that you’re arguing with an expert over a subject about which you know next to nothing.

You might as well go up to a physicist like “I bet you believe the EARTH goes round the SUN, huh?? Yeah that’s what they’ll teach you at COLLEGE *derisive cackle* Meanwhile I, mind untainted by the literal thousands of indisputable studies on the subject, have found the TRUTH on a subreddit for people who don’t own telescopes”

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How feminism views masculinity

(So I found a version of this in my drafts but I’m cutting it back a bit as it was rambly (as I tend to be) and kinda incoherent - yes that’s right, it was longer than this before!)

In the gender equality debate we talk about gender roles a lot. The gender binary, the expectations thrust upon men and women. When feminism talks about these things they talk about everything as being negative for women and ignore the negatives that men face. And of course when challenged on this feminists say ‘no no we care about men too…. that’s why we talk about toxic masculinity’. And I cringe. Because that is how they see it, they see masculinity as toxic. Yes being forced to behave in a certain way is bad, but behaving in a masculine way in itself is not bad.  

Lets take an example - boys and men are often told that they shouldn’t cry, that it’s not manly to do so. This is seen as the stifling of emotions which is part of ‘toxic masculinity’. Well, there’s nothing wrong with a boy or man crying. But there’s also nothing wrong with a boy or man (or anyone else) not crying. They don’t have to, and if they choose to express their emotions in another way then that too is OK.  We shouldn’t be telling boys not to cry, but we also shouldn’t be implying that stoicism is a bad or toxic trait.  

Feminism takes all of these  traditionally masculine traits such as stoicism, self-reliance and competitiveness and labels them as ‘toxic’ implying they are automatically bad traits. They are not. No men should not be forced into these behaviours but they shouldn’t be forced out of them either. And then feminists try to use this to say they care about men - the poor poor men having this toxic masculinity thrust upon them instead of being able to express themselves in a feminine way. While I fully agree that men should be able to express themselves in a ‘feminine’ manner if they so choose there is nothing wrong with masculinity. It is not toxic. Men are not just broken versions of women, and I do wish feminism would stop treating them as such.