undoing feminism

(Once I had a pretty girl, her name it doesn't matter.) Perfect Antifeminist Texts, Volume I.

Thanks to Cait for motivating/inspiring me to make this list, would y'all be interested in my zipping this for download? (Gotta transfer stuff from my old computer first.)

Study Questions: what does it mean to be an antifeminist text? What does it mean for a feminist to reject a text? What is feminist appropriation? Is Ben Weasel a better feminist than Rivers Cuomo? If a feminist criticizes Rihanna and no one cares to hear it, does it make a sound? What is “slut shaming”? What is “girl hate”? Whose bodies? Whose voice? Whose ears? What does it mean that these are, essentially, my favorite songs?

  1. Del Shannon - “Hats Off to Larry
    (shouts to the inventor of dude feelings & pop punk)
  2. blink-182 - “Dumpweed
  3. Britney Spears - “I’m a Slave 4 U
  4. Lady Gaga - “Boys Boys Boys
  5. The Max Levine Ensemble -“Leopard Print Girl
  6. Screeching Weasel - “Sunshine
    (shouts to the most sexist song ever recorded)
  7. One Direction - “What Makes You Beautiful
  8. TLC - “Silly Ho
  9. Kanye West ft. Jamie Foxx - “Gold Digger
  10. No Doubt - “Simple Kind of Life
  11. Weezer - “No One Else
    (shouts to the other most sexist song ever recorded)
  12. The White Stripes - “Ball and Biscuit
  13. The Crystals - “He Hit Me (And It Felt Like A Kiss)
  14. Rihanna - “S&M
  15. Nicki Minaj - “Stupid Hoe
  16. The Guess Who - “American Woman” (Live at the Paramount “American Slut” cut, from about 5:30-12:30)
  17. The Queers - “Ursula Finally Has Tits
  18. The Pussycat Dolls - “Don’t Cha
    (shouts to 2005-era feminist talking heads)
Hey feminists

If you are spending more time arguing with other feminists online than you are fighting actual gender oppression, you’re helping patriarchal culture, not hurting it. The point of feminism isn’t to “win” it online, it’s to change the world. Comment thread snarking isn’t changing the world.

Patriarchy loves nothing more than to see feminism turn into a girl fight or a SJW fight. Keep your focus on the mission, not your ego.

anonymous asked:

Can I ask what exactly is anti-feminist about Rihanna's S&M? Given that she's singing about a consensual sex act, why/how is it anti-feminist? Just curious.

nothing, that’s not what that mix was about. whose bodies? whose consent? whose feminism? whose “choice”? who was mad about it? how does it position her in relation to the miserable white feminists who wanted to criticize how she responded to trauma? (I could have used “Birthday Cake” or “Love the Way You Lie” or even Kanye’s “All of the Lights,” but S&M raises the same questions and happens to be my favorite Rihanna single.) whose sex-positivity? what’s objectification/sexualization? what’s kink visibility? why did white feminism try to usurp Rihanna into a dogmatic narrative one way or another?

in other words, how does that single challenge feminism or antifeminism to begin with? how are pop stars like Rihanna operating outside of feminism and making the best jokes about feminism? (see: Beyonce, “We Run the World,” “Why Don’t You Love Me,” etc.)