Friday, August 26, 2011

What is Up With the Blogosphere This Morning?

I'm just criticizing everybody this week. Wednesday it was MRAs, the dregs of the humanity barrel (and I got my very own enraged would-be commenter, I feel so special). Today I'm going the opposite route, because I've got a bit of an issue with some feminist blogging.

Feminism is not a monolith, of course; you'll find a fair amount of disagreement on a wide variety of topics within the movement. At the same time, it's hard to be a feminist if you're not for equal pay. Or if you're anti-choice. Being opposed to the practice of slut-shaming is pretty par for the course as well.

In case you're unfamiliar with the term, slut-shaming is when you attempt to take a person (usually a woman) down a peg by implying that they're too sexual in some way, or sexual in the wrong kind of way. Most feminists agree that it is a bad thing to do, and that's the impetus behind the SlutWalk movement. It's definitely something I don't expect to encounter in the "Feminism" folder of my Google Reader account.

But this morning it's happened twice. First, we have Amanda Marcotte over at Pandagon saying:

Suck it, Zooey Deschanel. (Though you probably were sucking something already, chin pointed downwards, and eyes cast upwards as if you're ingratiating yourself with someone three feet taller.)

Is it me, or did she just imply that Zooey Deschanel exchanges blow jobs for favors of some kind, for no reason other than Marcotte doesn't like the roles Deschanel plays? (And, for the record, wear a damn Hello Kitty shirt if you want. It doesn't make you less of an adult woman. For Christ's sake.)

Then I headed over to Feministing, and read this (about PETA creating a porn site):

They’ll lose the remainder of little respect they have left by the general public.

ARGH. This sounds JUST LIKE the things we say about women who perform porn. To my knowledge, Feministing does not take an anti-porn stance, so I find this rather hypocritical. And no, throwing in a "it’s not like sex-hating is okay either, but come on" doesn't negate the sex negativity you just engaged in. You can criticize PETA for all the sexist shit they do, you can discuss the ways in which you find porn problematic, but it's not cool to celebrate the disrespect that usually accompanies sex work.

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