If you hadn’t heard, Emma Watson gave a speech on feminism at the U.N. over the weekend.
vanityfair wrote an article about it, calling it a “game-changing speech about feminism”, even though it was nothing that hadn’t been said a million times. They then go on in their article to say that Emma has a better chance at impacting young people to become feminists than Beyonce because of the generation she is an influence to.
Beyonce has just as many young fans in their early twenties, if not more. Emma is a young, white woman. She dresses modestly, for the most part. She’s educated. So when she talks about feminism, people listen.
However, when Beyoncé calls herself a feminist, she’s rejected and supposedly the “inappropriate” image she portrays for young people (the costumes she wears while performing for adult audiences) is why she’s picked apart.
Beyonce also didn’t go to college. Beyonce is a Black woman, married to a Black man with a Black child. So although many women can identify with these aspects of her life, nobody wants to hear from her when it comes to feminism. Even though she is a powerful woman who has surpassed succeeding in a male-dominated industry, she can’t be a feminist because she owns her sexuality.
Keep in mind, everything was fine when she was only seen as an entertainer. The hyper-sexualization of her body by the masses, was no issue. However, when she decided to own her sexuality in a more mature way AND speak about feminism, this became a problem.
I’ve been a Harry Potter fan since I was eight years old. I think Emma is a good role model for young girls. But while she and I are in the same age group, I still cannot identify with her brand of feminism because I am a Black woman and our experiences differ greatly.
The term ‘intersectionality’ (the study of intersections between forms or systems of oppression, domination or discrimination) is what has helped women of color to find their place in feminism. Although many Black women had already been practicing feminism in their daily lives, they could not connect to the movement because of racism.
This is still an issue today. The broader face of feminism is white. That, Vanity Fair, is the real reason why Emma is widely accepted as a feminist and Beyoncé is not. The racism engrained in feminism is a contributing factor as to why women of color do not identify with the movement. The same goes for transgender women who are often purposely misgendered and face harmful ridicule when they search for their place in the feminist movement. The same goes for disabled women.
Womanhood differs due to race, class, disability, sexuality and gender identity. Had Emma brought any of this up at the U.N., that would have been game-changing. Instead, women who look like me stand to keep being erased from the feminist movement. Not only do we not have the platform to talk about it and be taken seriously, we also can’t count on those who have the privilege to do so.
To use Beyoncé as an example as to why Emma’s feminism is gladly accepted and not write about it transparently was irresponsible and further perpetuates how the world and the feminist movement often diminishes the efforts of women of color, specifically Black women.
This is the second time in a matter of days, that a major publication has made a Black woman the scapegoat for shallow journalism. Who knows? Maybe the skewed perception of Black women that the mainstream media carelessly sends out into the world has something to do with how groups of people view us as well.
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Old vaccines have been reformulated with higher costs. New ones have entered the market at once-unthinkable prices. Together, since 1986, they have pushed up the average cost to fully vaccinate a child with private insurance to the age of 18 to $2,192 from $100, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Even with deep discounts, the costs for the federal government, which buys half of all vaccines for the nation’s children, have increased 15-fold during that period. The most expensive shot for young children in Dr. Irvin’s refrigerator is Prevnar 13, which prevents diseases caused by pneumococcal bacteria, from ear infections to pneumonia.
Like many vaccines, Prevnar requires multiple jabs. Each shot is priced at $136, and every child in the United States is required to get four doses before entering school. Pfizer, the sole manufacturer, had revenues of nearly $4 billion from its Prevnar vaccine line last year, about double what it made from high-profile drugs like Lipitor and Viagra, which now face generic competitors.
It’s almost like running a vital service for profit has bad consequences.
ignore anyone who tells you otherwise.
No white girls?
Why? You do t think white girls should be told they’re beautiful?
The amount of white whine in the notes…it’s ridiculous.
Every time we ask for the inclusion of young girls and women of color in pieces similar to this, where everyone is white, we’re told
"If you want representation then make it yourself and shut up about this!"“Let the artist make whatever they want and include whoever they want! Freedom of expression!”
"If you need to see someone who looks like you in order to feel included then you are the real racist."
Yet all I see in the notes are:
"If you want equality you have to include EVERYONE including white girls and guys!"
“it’s pathetic that the only way you can feel good about yourself is by excluding others.”
No doubt they feel some type of way with their own bodies but what is dedicating a piece such as this to women who fall no where near the Eurocentric standards of beauty taking away from white women when they have so much representations and campaigns centered around them.~Eon
In case people like lifandiveira would like a simple explanation as to why white girls are not needed, go to images.google.com and type the word “beauty” and tell me what you get.
If you’re not blown away by the insanely disproportionate amount of white women depicted with a dash of women of color scattered about, then I don’t know what to tell you.
Reblogging for spot on commentary.
i love that barrowman’s response also distances him from the contestant
"hahahaha women do laundry right john? you with me, john?"
"don’t lump me in with you, you fucking martian”
This is what I’m talking about when I keep saying that men have to deny the endorsement. This guy wanted Barrowman’s tacit support or agreement for his sexism, as part of bonding through humour. John went nope.
This is a very simple thing men can do to be a feminist ally.
couldn’t keep her eyes open one more second!!
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I replied: You’ve just described rape culture. A woman should be able to wear anything she wants, without worrying that a man will use it as an excuse to assault her.
I ♥ Wil Wheaton so much.
Congrats on your career and your dignity, stellar performance at life my friend.
He’s the thing you probably go to work for a set amount of hours and even if you don’t particularly do a very good job you get paid, as long as you turn up and do the bare minimum, I’ve worked “proper” jobs, why would I chose working 60 hours a week with the moany general public, earning minimum wage and dealing with moron bosses who expect too much of their staff when I can work for myself, set my own hours, and earn more money than I’ve ever earnt before in my life.
I pay my tax, national insurance and I pay my rent and my bills, I’m slowly clearing my debts, please oh please do tell me what exactly I’m doing differently to you? Except I’m probably not as educated as you and I don’t work a “conventional” job.
There’s nothing’s wrong with what I do for a living, and I don’t beg for money, I advertise my content. If people want to buy it they buy it. Just like every other cam girl. If they don’t want to buy it then that’s fine too. But I have never begged anyone for money.
I’m sorry but calling it prostitution is just wrong anyway, I don’t sleep with any of the guys/girls that tip me on mfc, I sit in my room by myself in front of a damned computer screen, and so what if I did fuck people for money, or if I did make porn, how is that any of your fucking business?
I feel sorry for you if you think you’re better than someone else just because you’re educated and have what you consider to be a better job than them.
You’ve got your priorities wrong my friend, if you think your job is the be all and end all you’ll end up a very lonely person, how about you work on your social skills before you tell me I’m not a valuable member of society and I need to improve myself.
I like me, I’m fine just the way I am. Also every single person in the world has insecurities, so don’t pick on me for having them as well. Yes I’m insecure about my body but I’m working on changing myself. I can change the way I look, but you can’t change the fact you’re a coward who hides behind a fucking anon button on a blogging site to get their kicks.
I’ve never cared about people’s opinions on me or anything I do with my life, so why would I start now.