I never thought I’d get to see club penguin’s iceberg tip but here we are, probably 10 years since I stopped believing it was possible, and dreams have come true. (Excuse the sniff in the middle - I was holding back tears)
I understand how “women and femmes” caught on, because there was a desire to describe a group of people associated through the general lens of womanhood/misogyny/lesbianism when some of those people are non-binary or otherwise not strictly identified as women
But the thing is:
1) this usage distances the word femme from it’s specifically lesbian connotation and history
2) and it alienates butch and gnc women by the implicit association of womanhood and femininity (this, when the phrase is not explicitly used in an argument that ‘masculine people’ exert power over ‘feminine people’)
and like… ultimately it’s an incredibly lazy, vague shorthand that does not really represent a cohesive group of people yet somehow still manages to throw a ton of women and nb woman-aligned people under the bus because they don’t fall under some bullshit umbrella of feminity
so since kevin called jughead “mr. weird, i’m a weirdo” we can assume that betty told him all about that conversation…. so she either had the option of mocking jughead or re-enacting those lines seriously and idk i just really want to see this conversation
Now that I’m on an ableism-education spree, I might want to add this to the list.
To all able-bodied cosplayers:
Let me make clear, first and foremost, that cosplaying as disabled characters as an able-bodied person is okay. Just like cosplaying white characters when you’re POC or vice versa, is completely fine.
What is not okay, though, is using devices to aid these disabilities for your costume. If your desired character is in a wheelchair, please don’t use a wheelchair if you’re able-bodied. Because you’ll take up unnecessary space and get special treatment that you do not need from other people. I don’t care if the wheelchair is essential to the character. If you are able-bodied, don’t use one. Just walk.
If your desired character uses a cane, make sure you only use it for pictures and walk normally in public any other time.
Let me try to see if this metaphor works: If you’re white, it’s not okay to change your skintone to match a POC character (blackface ain’t cool yo), so please do not pretend to be disabled just to accurately cosplay a character, either.
Our disabilities are not a costume, they are cold, harsh realities. And our devices to help aid these disabilities are not props for your entertainment.
Me:haha yeah I love seeing them beat the shit out of eachother
Me, low-key but mostly high-key: Im so glad they’re friends….. Look at them being buddies…. Smoking together…. Shootin the shit…. God bless…