Kiwi. 24. Graduate. Atlantic Sea Monster; Stateside re-settled. Fangirl. Fandomer. Genderqueer girlbendy person. Laydee-lovin' laydee(bird). Writer-ish-person. Doc Martens, Chuck Taylors. Nerdpacifist. Hairy hippie. Intersectional equality now. Dresses and drag. Consent in the sheets; dissent in the streets!
Alan Cumming. Alan Rickman. Alex Kingston. Beth Broderick. Cate Blanchett. Drew Barrymore. Ellen DeGeneres. Ellen Page. Emma Thompson. Imelda Staunton. Judi Dench. Kate Duchêne. Kate McKinnon. Kate Mulgrew. Kristen Stewart. Maggie Smith. Margaret Hamilton. Mary McDonnell. Meryl Streep. Patricia Clarkson. Portia de Rossi. Sigourney Weaver. Sue Perkins. Susan Sarandon. Tina Fey. (More to be added when my brain works.)
Once upon a time there was a little person named Kiwi. Ze was a person with strange waking and sleeping dreams. Ze often lived zir life in a state of such dreams: rainbows, unicorns, laughter, smiles, song and nature. These days Kiwi is a ukulele-playing student of the Universe. Ze is made of carbon and stardust; zir stardust salutes yours.
please don’t feel bad because you feel like you cry too much or that your grades suck or that you eat too much. Sailor Moon had all those flaws but she was a hero and so are you.
Half twelve and I’m back in my own bedroom, messy as it is after a few days of housesitting and lugging my stuff upstairs only to haphazardly toss it about. I just finished oil pulling. I should get quite a bit done before I go to sleep but what’s likely going to happen is that I’ll shove stuff from my bed onto the floor, clamber in and put it off until tomorrow.
All right. So this spans this evening and tomorrow; I don’t know how much I’ll actually get done but it’d be nice to get a chunk of it, particularly now that I’m not away from home or looking after a dog. I want more of these calls doooone ‘cause they take ages with being on hold. D: Thursday I’ve got Worship Committee meeting back in MA and that will take up most of the afternoon. Fridays are always hectic until the evening and then I usually flop out.
I am feeling halfway human now that I’m back home for a bit with my housemates. We’re all watching The Room.
It’s as terrible as I expected it to be.
when male writers create “strong female characters” that show hints of feminism without ever calling it feminism.
when said strong female characters go ahead and slut shame and spray hate all over other women.
I’m still waiting to hear what happens when these crimes are committed by a TV show you’re watching.
I suppose when these transgressions occur, you eventually rise up above the all-consuming horde and …
….post an animated GIF. Of a person on a different TV show rolling their eyes.
It’s a bummer to me that I can broadcast 30 minutes of content through a gauntlet of state and corporate-imposed boundaries and still somehow manage to enrage a real person.
It’s a bummer to me that a real person, without restriction, with nobody policing what they say or how they say it, can sit down to make their voice known, and end up…posting a complaint about a sitcom. A sitcom on a network that predates our grandparents, from a company that makes stereos, games and phones.
Everything’s a bummer to me, but I try to focus on what makes me happy and what I’m able to control. Now imagine a GIF of me shitting on your face and tell your parents I said “you’re welcome.”
Oh Dan, Mr. Harmon, whatever,
You are missing the point completely.
Good for you, you have succeeded to get a real show on national television. But that’s not the point being made here. Yes, she criticized something that may have been on your show (I don’t know, I can’t see her tags), but you should take pleasure in the little things, You are being given criticism on something relatively minute. Feminism is often silenced and thought of as this big dirty word. It’s not. It’s human rights. Yes we can get angry, but when you live in a world built for white men, and every little piece of your femininity, and possibly race, is shat on by the media (we are silenced, never pretty enough, or too pretty, we are too much this and too little that) some of us would like to see a woman actively calling herself a feminist and not being the butt of a joke. We want women who call themselves feminists and don’t actively hate on other women for petty external things, like how much sex they think the other is having or how she chooses to dress herself.
But its common to write women this way, it really is, because society tells us that this is how women act to each other. They pit us against each other. So you did something that is just a symptom of a greater problem. But you can take this and either stop doing it in the future or complain about how she criticized you, for legitimate things, in her own space on the Internet. Sure it may not have been a ten paragraph essay on why slut shaming is harmful, but other women have wrote this, its not her job to write a grade A Women’s and Gender Studies paper every time she has something to say. So this time she chose an eyerolly gif. Well really that’s how we all feel when we see so many progressive shows decide to not use the dirty “F” word and then have their most feminist character go and be all anti-women and slut shame.
Because these tropes, fiction’s cliches as it were, are annoying and over used, and can grate on our nerves. And sometimes only an eyerolly gif can adequately express her emotions at the moment.
And just because she doesn’t like one aspect of the show doesn’t mean she wants to stop watching. We can take the good with the bad. We are grown ups. It’s like being given pickles on a burger when we said no pickles, we pick them off and go about our day. But these aren’t just an inconsequential pickle, these are things that continuously hurt women as a whole. They are called “microaggresions,” Google it. So us feminists feel the need to talk about it, as without thought about our lives, how are we to grow as a species. “The paragon of animals” we have higher level thinking and can analyze our world. For the better and for the worse.
Now, you can choose one of two paths.
1) Continue complaining and insulting (yes, you insulted her) someone who is presumably a fan for having a legitimate complaint and not giving her a legitimate counterargument, and continue being part of the problem.
2) Learn. Grow. Think. Be part of the solution. You discussed once about how having a writer’s room with equal male/female representation was a good thing, and the way it should be, natural. So you’ve set precedent. You’ve done it once you can do it again.
Now you choose.
or 3) the age old adage: STAY OUT OF THE TAG, nothing good happens there. Seriously. Just, don’t even bother with the tags. They are that shadowy place, the elephant graveyard. (Lion King reference, what whaaaaaaaaat.)
Bolding this, because Anais’ post pretty much describes my feelings as well.
First of all, a lot of people asked, why Dan thought this was directed at him. It’s because my tags were the following
And one of the main reasons I only included this in the tags and not in the original post, is because Community isn’t the only show that features the “non feminist feminist” trope. It’s just the most recent one I’ve watched and made me roll my eyes. Yes, it made me roll my eyes. Which is why I included the eyerolling.gif, because that’s all it does. The issue I stated in the original post doesn’t make me sad or angry, it just annoys me a bit. Mainly because I know, that the writer has good intentions with characters like that, but it’s just not quite there.
That being said, I didn’t even know Dan Harmon had a tumblr, let alone that my criticism, intended to spark a conversation with my followers, would reach him or a few hundred other people.
But all the better, it got even bigger than originally intended. But I suppose not for the benefit of Dan, since many of the people (who wouldn’t even have seen the post, if it weren’t for his response, ironically), have reblogged it adding negative comments toward his reaction.
I, for one, wasn’t going to stop watching Community, just because of the (minor) problem I criticized. I still like the show, and to be quite honest, I think it’s very cleverly written, and that is one of the reasons why I even bother voicing my criticism! Because I think it has the potential to be even better!
However, let’s see how that might change if every time I watch an episode, I’ll have the image of Dan Harmon’s hairy butthole hovering over me, while he’s shitting in my face before my inner eye. That would be a reason to stop watching.
(Seriously, that was uncalled for and immature. Nobody should react to criticism like that. I know it’s not always easy but it just makes you look like an ass and as you can see, it’s not helping you.)
Oh man, shit on tumblr got real with shit. That was totally called for…
Back to eyerolling about minor things on shows I still love and watch, because it’s a completely normal thing to do in the same way that rolling my eyes at my brother but still loving and hanging with him is one of my top priorities in life.
Work yesterday sucked a lot.
Getting out of bed today was nearly impossible.
Today we have a long meeting preparing us for the upcoming evaluation of the afterschool programme, which will happen half in my classroom and half in one of my colleague’s.
My boss emailed me on two little mistakes I made with weekly summaries (sent the wrong document—oops!—and wrote my Thursday in to my Wednesday section for the one I sent, and huh, how did he not notice it before? Did he perhaps not read it?! Oh my!) but was all condescending about it for no effing reason.
How excited am I to go get dressed and work my way through my last hour of freedom before work again?
Yeah. Super excited. That’s what.
I have a few minutes before I have to let the dog out and head to work. Not sure I’ll finish this in time—might have to finish it after the staff meeting—but we’ll see. I’m doing mostly well except for random chest pain and the fact that Tom&Jerry is on and I don’t want to go to work!
One minute to spare. Just realised that I totally forgot to write up my daily summary on Friday this whole weekend and that I left the little notebook at home, so I’ll just have to do that after work today. Whatever. Programme Director will have to live with it ‘cause every other week I always have it in before meeting; we all make mistakes. I just want it to be this evening already! Then I can get all wrapped up in comfy clothes and a blanket again.
Now I know why I’m broke right now: I just put two paychecks in a row into rent. Oops.