Black women can be feminine
Black women can be masculine
Black women can be delicate
Black women can be quiet
Black women can be loud
Black women can be patient
Black women can be cute
Black women can be adorable
Black women can be sexy
Black women can be dominant
Black women can be submissive
Black women can be straightedge
Black women can be gyaru
We can be literally anything we feel like being.
We are not a monolithic group
We are not the same
We share melanin not mindsets
What would have once sounded like a far-fetched feminist fantasy – women forming the majority of a parliament – is a reality in one country in the world, Rwanda.
In fact, women are making gains throughout all of Africa, but these achievements have been met with a loud silence from the western feminist movement.
"I’m not a feminist but I believe men and women are equal"
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that’s what a feminist is???????
The PBS webseries Game/Show hosted by Jamin Warren just published a new episode called “Do Gamers Need Anita Sarkeesian’s Feminism?” focusing on the negative backlash to Tropes vs Women in Video Games and to Carolyn Petit’s GTA V review at Gamespot.
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She’s losing by 20k votes. Let’s fix this.
After the 30th or so reblog on my dash, I finally went over to vote. Apparently she’s now destroying them. Nice work, tumblr.
Not for long. Adam has been getting ~600 every half-hour or so and if we don’t keep this up, Rose will lose.
GO TEAM ROSE FOR SPACE!
Adam’s average hourly increase has been roughly about 1.5K votes/hour, while Rose’s is slightly under 600 votes/hour.
I’m guessing that if the current trends continue, Adam will outpace Rose within 31 hours.
Leading competition just shot up by 2700 votes in the last hour! COME ON TEAM ROSE FOR SPACE!
BOOST BOOST BOOST BOOST
Thank you!! Remember, folks, you can vote MULTIPLE TIMES, once every hour! We’ll definitely need that momentum all the way thru to Tuesday to make sure Rose wins!!
GOOOOOOOOO GO GO GO
I need feminism because, permanently:
- half of the world tells me to uncover myself to be more attractive for men’s eyes,
- and the other half of the world tells me to cover myself to avoid prompting men’s desires and sexual aggressiveness,
while the only thing I want is to uncover myself when I am hot and cover myself when I am cold.
We can have discussions until the end of time about how women are put into hetero romantic roles far too often in media and how often this is done in an extremely problematic and sexist way. We can also talk about how there need to be more romance-free women and more types of relationships between women and men, women and other women, etc. in media. These are valid and important discussions.
But don’t you ever condemn a woman or think less of her just because her feelings for a male character happen to be romantic. And don’t you ever think a character is so much greater because she doesn’t fall in love with anyone in the narrative.
Mako Mori would not suddenly become less feminist if she had snogged Raleigh on the mouth at the end of the film. Donna Noble wants to stay with the Doctor because she loves adventuring and because she platonically loves him, but this does not make her more feminist than Rose Tyler who wants to stay with him because she loves adventuring and because she loves him romantically.
A romance plotline can be written in a way that demeans the woman involved and presents them in an extremely sexist manner, and this is sadly very common.
But the idea of a woman falling in love or not falling in love, whichever way it goes, has no bearing on her value as a character. And by behaving as if it does, not only are you implying that women who fall in love are lesser, but that a female character’s value really IS determined by their relationship (or lack there of) to a male character.
gender equality is changing “you can’t hit a girl” to “don’t fucking hit anyone how could you possibly think that’s acceptable in the first place”
The Bechdel Test has long been the barometer of women-friendly films, but Pacific Rim fans say it doesn’t give the movie’s female lead enough credit.
…[I]n fandom, where most of the cultural commentators are women,Pacific Rim is beloved, as is its female star, Japanese actress Rinko Kikuchi. Kikuchi’s character, Mako Mori, seems to be almost universally uncriticized on Tumblr, where she stars in fanart, gifsets, headcanons, fanfiction, and routine gusts of praise from female fans who love that her character is neither sexually objectified nor given a narrative arc that revolves around a man.
In the film, Mako struggles to asserts her independence despite the protectiveness of her stern father figure, Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba). She is strong, smart, and perhaps most remarkably, her goal of fulfilling her dream of being a Jaeger pilot is a major part of Pacific Rim’s storyline.
On Thursday, Tumblr user spider-xan wrote about what Mako means to her as an Asian woman, in the context of the film’s failure to pass Bechdel:
It’s really easy to throw away a film because of that test (which is flawed and used incorrectly in a lot of ways) if you’re a white woman and can easily find other films with white women who look like you and represent you… But as an East Asian woman, someone like Mako — a well-written Japanese woman who is informed by her culture without being solely defined by it, without being a racial stereotype, and gets to carry the film and have character development — almost NEVER comes along in mainstream Western media. And honestly — someone like her will probably not appear again for a very long time.
In response to this post, and in the process of running down numerous arguments for why the Bechdel Test can’t and shouldn’t be the only measurement by which feminist films are judged, Tumblr user chaila has proposed the Mako Mori Test, “to live alongside the Bechdel Test”:
The Mako Mori test is passed if the movie has: a) at least one female character; b) who gets her own narrative arc; c) that is not about supporting a man’s story. I think this is about as indicative of “feminism” (that is, minimally indicative, a pretty low bar) as the Bechdel test. It is a pretty basic test for the representation of women, as is the Bechdel test. It does not make a movie automatically feminist.
There is a difference
between having a love interest
and being reduced to a love interest for a male lead.
That is all.
"The comments on any article about feminism justify feminism."
"What about the comments on articles about Men’s Rights?"
"The comments on any articles about Men’s Rights also justify feminism."
I totally understand the frustration behind this. And co-signed and hell yes on a 1:1 ratio other than a 3:1 ratio on our screens, a greater number and a greater variety of ladies.
But it also worries me. I don’t want ‘Strong Female Character’ to become the next ‘Mary Sue’—a handy excuse for hating on the ladies that we have, while going vaguely that ‘yes yes, we’d like female characters if they were better, we’d love more female characters in the abstract.’ I still remember the time I talked about not liking a certain kind of heroine, and someone immediately used the phrase I’d coined to talk about hating some specific heroines. (My extreme bad, why do I do so many wrong things?)
That doesn’t mean that I think imaginary women, any more than real women, should be exempt from criticism, but I think audiences should keep in mind that there isn’t an even playing field. ‘I wish the writing for (This Lady) was stronger, or that they’d done more with her backstory, or I liked this element of her and wanted it expanded on’ means a lot more to me than seeing yet another ‘I hate This Lady’—even if this particular ‘I hate This Lady’ comes from feminist frustration. I’d like us all to keep in mind that we all (me definitely included) find it easier to dismiss or demonise ladies, given half a chance.
'Why I Hate Ladies' is something that's always, always going to get attention. It's even going to be seen as a more feminist thing to say than 'Why I Love Ladies.'
And that is extremely troubling.