Criminal Minds goes the extra mile in the lesson. E for effort, as their only intended goal at this point appears to be female dehumanization. They did a whole show involving a man who wanted to turn people into puppets kidnapped and killed several men and not one of them reached the level of brutalization and degradation than did the only female victim.
Aside from her mangled bones and the insentient tired practice of making every woman on the planet a screamer/wailer/crier/weak/person who ask stupid questions of their attacker, There was the agency of the male kidnapped victims in comparison to the female victim. She only ever demonstrated compliance and weakness, the males attempted to resist and were depicted as regaining their dignity in death- even if they hadn’t really.
You can always tell whether or not women are being depicted positively in a negative situation or just being dragged through the mud by how you fell about their characters. ——
Every time I see women (not stupid ones) say “I don’t need feminism” or something akin to it I always think of Ainsley Hayes from The West Wing
A new amendment that we vote on declaring that I am equal under the law to a man? I’m mortified to discover there was a reason to believe I wasn’t before. I am a citizen of this country. I am not a special subset in need of your protection. I do not need my rights handed down to me by a bunch of old white men. The same Article 14 that protects you protects me, and I went to law school just to make sure.
They think it’s humiliating to have to ask for special protections under a law where we should all be equal - which it is, but it’s also REALITY. We are not equal under the law and although our fictional Anisley is right, redundant laws are stupid. And although we are half the fucking population not a special subset, you’d think that would lead to us being respected. But mostly it just echoes of pride.
We are treated like second class citizens, whether we like it or not and there should be efforts in place to rectify that: I’m not talking about laws here, really, I am talking about feminism as a movement. There is work still to be done.
And I think for most human beings (especially those with privilege) it is hard to look and the mirror and say people like me are sexually abused on a regular basis, people like me are shown on television only to depict a better story about people who aren’t like me, people like me get paid less than. Saying all that makes you feel like you are less than, that you deserve it, or that you are just plain helpless to change it. So it’s easier to pretend like none of that’s a problem. That if you are personally doing fine in your own life. You are employed and have never been personally aggrieved, than you can say that we don’t need it. But I find it all to be denial of the highest degree, denial and pride.
Welp my lovelies I saw a very interesting clip on TRMS and I wanted to share it but it eludes me. Still I feel it’s worth mentioning.
The topic was women’s rights and some nice lady involved in women’s rights work was railing about the GOP’s recent legislation in various states regarding shutting down all clinic’s (like planned parenthood) via enacting harsh unnecessary ”safety” policies that no clinic would be able to comply with.
e.x. all door ways must be x ft wide to fit gurneys (the kind that are only used in major hospitals)
In closing the lady insisted that this is not about abortion but that women get health care screenings at these places and that it is about making sure women are healthy so they can get back to taking care of their families.
The problem with women right’s remains - as I keep trying to articulate here- silly me. Is that women are not people. That lady (did i mention it was a lady) insisted that women must be healthy not because we are human beings and we deserve not to get breast cancer, but because if we are sick who will take care of the children. Women - even to ourselves- are still seen as baby makers and rearers and nothing else. We do not have thoughts or feelings or USE in this world save to produce and raise children. We are not autonomous nor worthy of care in and of ourselves we are simply simply tools that need to perform at capacity so that we may produce more babies.
It may me sad. I thought I’d bum you out and attempt to remind people that the source of all disrespect of women is the notion that we are not human in the first place. We fix that, the rest will follow.
lol k bye thanks
women are always taught not to give away their “flower”
when we don’t actually physically give anything up
in the act of sex men are the ones giving away shit
i feel like our lady parts can be just as equally seen as taking away things from men
wouldn’t it be funny to have men telling their sons
boy if you go around giving away your seed to any old woman you’re going to run out - you better save that- save that for marriage.
I’m getting really tired of people who complain about shows/writers being anti-women when they write strong women into horrible situations.
things like mystical pregnancies promote the idea that women are empty vessels to be used for other things and are prime examples of horrible shit that should not happen to women because it presents females as devices and not whole people
but when horrible shit happens to women that are already strong awesome characters and if the people who put the women in said situations are presented as evil. THAT’S FUCKING LIFE MAN. The world treats us like fucking shit ALL THE GODDAMNED TIME.
you can call it trauma porn or some other such thing but putting women in horrendous situations over and over again doesn’t make the writer anti women
For a woman to live in a world where women are used an abused is not anti women, it’s real life.
Most of the prominent members of the GOP regard women as nothing more than baby makers. Just ask that one guy who compared having a baby out of wedlock to having a baby from rape. To him it is the same because there is still an unwanted baby- that is why he made the comparison, he doesn’t give a damn about women, their only function is to breed. Many men think like this throughout the world.
To show a woman existing and struggling in that world is done best when that ugly reality of our society is shown and shown to be unjust. To show a women existing in the status quo of outright abuse and then to see her interrupt that entire paradigm, that is what i like to see in film, that is what some writers do and they get shit for it.
To normalize abuse of women in media is dangerous because it perpetuates abuse of women but it is the already status quo in real life, to show that there is something perverted about what we find normal in the real world, that is i think what makes a good show.
To show the ugly that happens everyday and then point to the ugly and say look at that it is ugly and wrong and that girl right there she has been through it and now she is going to fuck their shit up cause the whole world is wrong whats’ normal is bullshit.
tropes like “rape gives women super powers” are problematic and disgusting because it implies that a woman has to be violated to find her power
but to have and already powerful woman grow because of the shit that gets thrown at her is not anti women
but i mean these people are basically arguing that nothing bad can ever happen to an already vulnerable minority group.
Warehouse 13 manages to put
into one show congrats you guys
major thumbs up
who wrote this episode?
my 2 cents
Pitting us [whoever the “us” is], In this case women. against each other is a tried and true tactic. We should all be united against body shaming of any kind.
However I am afraid that we all seem to be forgetting where the “real women have curves” came from and why people use it. I am not denying that every big women whose ever been teased by the “pretty girls” at their school when they were young would relish at the opportunity to body shame the body shamers but lets be real.
The industry standard is to present body types that only 1% of the population have. The “real women” strike back so to speak was directed at models, billboards, industry exec’s and regular men with unrealistic expectations about how 99% of women on the planet look like. Additionally those women presented to the public as the standard of beauty are not only photo shopped but many grow to have eating disorders because of industry pressure.
As far as the hurls of 12 year old boy insults, the infantilizaiton of grown women is also a huge industry problem, projecting women who look like children as the beauty standard.
So although we need to respect all body types we also need to respect the power of corporations to pervert the norm.
So when large or even average women strike back against unrealistic expectations of body image by talking about real women having curves and I hear people say things like “Well, ALL WOMEN ARE BEAUTIFUL, AT ANY SIZE” I have to say.
“Yea, but, is now really the time a place to say that? Do we really need to support skinny women’s rights to body positivity on this thread? I think right now you should probably just sit down and wait your turn, honest”
i hear some people talking about aaron sorkin’s portrayal of women in the newsroom and how does he hate women? or some shit like that
i can’t help but think of
and wtf was toby’s x wife name? she was badass
all the amazing guest stars the list goes on
so i can’t co-sign that at all
it’s plausible some lady broke his heart though because yea all of the women on the show thus far can’t seem to handle relationships very well
but other than that i’m really not seeing all this so called hate- where it counts
they are all really good at their jobs , really good - yes even the panic attacky girl - one mistake does not a career make
also i no longer hate olivia munn
“do his constituents know that?”
lols tell em Munn!