: See the thing is, feminist and queer theorists have already been heading in that direction since the 90s. The definition of feminism that you are holding onto is one that is rooted in old ideas of binary genders and stationary sexualities. Any feminist or queer theorist worth reading about (such as Judith Butler) already knows that isn't reality and has moved on, even if popular culture ideas of feminism has not. Feminist ideas have already evolved, even if you aren't aware of it.
And I do not oppose people like that. My tumblr, and the stuff I reblog, is targeted towards the common idea of feminism. The spoiled, entitled, middle class women who have never had to work a day in their lives and who are generations removed from any semblance of oppression, claiming from behind their pretty plum computers that they’re so oppressed, posting shit like “I need feminism because Korra from Avatar is finally a muscular female hero but fan artists keep drawing her slender omg patriarchy sexism” while at the same time posting “omg Sam and Dean from Supernatural are so fucking hooooooooooooooootttttt omfg!!!11 ^_^ <3333 8::::D”.
Want to know what my blog is really about? Browse the feminism tag. Go onto google images and search “i need feminism because”. Browse some of the spoiled, selfish, hypocritical, self-entitled examples of femininity that society has managed to vomit onto the internet, without the slightest shred of knowledge as to how society and how human sexuality work. That’s why I’m critical of feminism. I’m not critical of feminism because of this. I’m critical of feminism because of that.
With the post about depictions of comic book characters (and others like it. I also have seen many), both you and the people in the post are misunderstanding the issue. It’s not about men can be monstrous but women can’t. It’s that 95% of comic book characters are constructed via the male gaze, which means that the perspective through which characters are viewed is with primarily “male values” (or rather, what society believes men ought to value). It is just as bad that women are always viewed/shown as sexual as it is that men are viewed/shown as aggressive. Take a closer look at the images of female and male comic book characters. Not only are the women not allowed to be “aggressive” or “monstrous”, but men are not allowed to be “sexy” or “passive” or “calm”. This is because men are taught from an early childhood that it is better to be angry than to be sad. It is better to cause pain than to receive it. It is better to be “rough” than “pretty”.
Wouldn’t it be more productive towards your cause to point people towards feminist issues you think matter (i.e. genital mutilation, queer and transgender issues, etc.) than to insult random women online (and yes, assuming a woman is spoiled and entitled because she’s middle class and calls herself a feminist is pretty insulting and presumptuous)? I understand your frustration, but perpetuating anger and a false idea of what feminism is is not going to help the issue. Instead of saying you’re against feminism (which you pretty clearly aren’t), you should be just correcting people, saying “THIS is real feminism”. They may not like being corrected (and they may throw some presumptuous insults at you because they are still ignorant), but at least you can blog on knowing that you took the high road. Lead by example. Be the feminist you want to see in the world. :)
I guess you haven’t been looking at my blog for long. Fair enough, there’s a lot of antifeminism stuff on it. But I’ve already addressed every issue you’ve listed. I’ve extensively covered the comic books and feminist/sexualized female characters thing here and here, Further, I’ve talked extensively about REAL feminist issues. In criticizing middle class white women of utmost privilege, I DO point out that they wouldn’t know real, actual oppression and misogyny if it forbade them from driving a car. I DO point out that they wouldn’t know real, actual oppression and misogyny if it threw acid in their faces in the name of Allah. I DO point out that they wouldn’t know real misogyny if it was sawing off their labia with rusty knives. I DO point out that they wouldn’t know real misogyny if it was stoning them to death for the “crime” of being brutally gang raped.
I call them spoiled, self-entitled, middle class women of privilege because I’ve seen one too many of them ranting and raving online about how they’re so oppressed because Super Mario does the rescuing and Princess Peach does the needing rescue. One too many of them ranting and raving online about how they’re so oppressed because a cartoon from Japan has a character with bigger boobs than they’d prefer. One too many of them ranting and raving online about how they’re so oppressed because Colonel Sanders gets all the glory and yet his wife Claudia Price gets no recognition, or because Stephen Colbert is replacing David Letterman instead of a female comedian, or because they didn’t get a job they applied for so OBVIOUSLY a man got it, and solely because of his penis, at that.
I guess you’re right in that I don’t make enough mention of “real feminism” in my ranting. I DO get into that stuff at times, if the person I’m talking to is receptive enough to actually have a civilized conversation. Most people on this site just aren’t, however. And I’ve been doing this long enough to know that there’s little point in trying to have a reasonable discussion with people who tell me “I need feminism because they just HAD to give Barbie a boyfriend instead of letting her be a single lady.”