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Ableism in MLP:FIM.

Peace activist held in solitary confinement

Sexism at NPR. I sincerely hope fandom remember this article next time there’s an OMG OMG LOOK AT WHAT SF/F BOOKS NPR RECOMMENDS!! linkfest.

A public apology

From Casey:

From DarkQ’s Gay Blog:
A poster named June speculates that artistic talent is an innate
genetic gift inherent in homosexual people. This article (along with a
handful of others I’ve read on this blog) made me give them a massive
side-eye.

From Spartokos:

One on double standards in sports reporting:

And one where Rachel Marsden bashes feminists, even while supporting
feminist ideals (and ignoring how feminism supports her).

From Lindsey:

A female TV writer sheds some frustration with being dismissed as
‘diversity’.

Five stupid habits you get from growing up poor.

The impact the BIA has had on education for Native peoples in the US.

From Casey:

A Womanist Musings guest poster named SnowdropExplodes writes about a
Salon.com article detailing women in the BDSM community speaking out
against abusive tops, UNFORTUNATELY, it’s revealed in Renee’s comment
section that Snowdrop is a “kinda-sorta-almost rapist” of the Hugo
Schwyzer-ish variety (he also refers to himself as a bitch even though
he’s a self-identified straight cis man):

From Jenn:

A woman in Afghanistan has been arrested for allegedly strangling her daughter in law to death for giving birth to a third burdensome daughter instead of a valuable son. (And yet “senior officials” say the son/husband did the actual strangling while the mother in law tied her feet… anyways, the husband fled, and he’s part of a militia that has some support, and a rep for mistreating women.)

From Spartokos:

Made me smile, in a good way

WTF is up with 30 Rock?

From Anonymous:

A brief history of egalitarianism in games, and why non-traditional
depictions matter, by IGN UK’s Keza MacDonald.

From Shaun:

Cis straight white people are trying to shut Arkh down because hiring
queer and PoC designers is “discriminatory”.

HELP FUND ARKH.

From Casey:

Beyonce has been super-duper whitewashed in her latest promo pictures
for her new album

From SunlessNick:

A long forum thread discussing films that readers would be interested in seeing gender-flipped versions of.  A number of interesting suggestions.

From Casey:

They say Red Tails is alright, but not without it’s flaws.
What About Our Daughters point out the wrong-ness of leaving out
prominent black woman characters (plus some serious ish said by
Terrance Howard):
This story should have been in the movie! (if not THE MAIN PART of
the movie).

From Casey:

In order for Ron Paul to appear TOTES NOT RACIST, supporters have
photoshopped a picture (poorly) to look like he’s kissing a black
baby.

And a response.

From Casey:

From Shakesville:
A recent study shows that abortion is safer than childbirth. No
anti-choicer will listen or care, though.

From Casey:

For Cynthia Nixon, being gay is a choice.

Personally, I find nothing wrong with her statement, she doesn’t use
“you” language or generalizes about anything and since I personally
disagree with the Born This Way mentality (to an extent), I agree with
her. However, there’s a lot of misogynist shit-bags in the comments
section saying things like, since she’s a woman “she just has to lay
there and fake it with a man” and “women shouldn’t serve as
spokespeople for sexuality at it’s rawest, purest form.” They even
invoke the “HEY, DON’T CALL ME MISOGYNIST, IT’S BIOLOGY!” defense.
Plus there are other gay people tut-tutting her and telling her she’s
bisexual.

From Casey:

From SF_Drama:
Ponychan is a cesspit of failure and rape-apologist MRA Nice Guys(tm)
who’ve taken a nice cartoon show for little girls and completely shat
all over it with their “What about teh menz” mentalities.

On “lame” as a pejorative.

The NFL —> socialist??

From Jade:

Pressure from the religious right impacts PP funding. Here’s the link.

From SunlessNick:

Komen has chosen not to continue funding Planned Parenthood -
They deny the decision is politically motivated of course.
Caperton has more at Feministe -
————-
“You qualified for the Olympics?  Great – have your league cancelled.”

From Casey:

Here’s an infographic from NARAL Pro-Choice America detailing the
anti-choice politicking in 2011.

I’m thinking that’s a no.

This CANNOT be real.

Gay men who hate women

From Casey:

Margaret Atwood reflects on the impact of The Handmaid’s Tale

From Casey:

“It’s funny how much ‘Hollywood liberal elitism’ looks like an Ayn
Rand wank-fantasy.”

From Casey:

I don’t really pay attention to sports, but apparently the US women’s
soccer league’s 2012 season has been cancelled less than 24 hours
after the US women’s national team qualified for the Olympics. To
quote Liss from Shakesville, “if there’s one thing we know how to do
in America, it’s treat women’s sports like absolute shit!”

From Casey:

A really great post from RaisingMyBoychick on the myth of what is and
is not “healthy” food:

From CloudTigress:

Found this via an article on Yahoo. A Southern slave master circa
mid-1800’s locates a former slave years after he (and his wife,
apparently) ran off. The master writes to the slave, asking him to
return to work on his farm. The former slave’s response is at this
link. Closing line in this letter is funny, I think.

Comments

  1. SunlessNick says

    That letter from the former slave to the fomer master was magnificent.

    The level of entitled moral blindness required to write what the former master did is mind-goggling.

  2. says

    LOL, SRSLY, CASEY YOU NEED YOUR OWN BLOG. Not that we don’t appreciate the links, but look at the ratio of YOU to everybody else there, my friend – you certainly have enough material. :D

    Say howdy to George Carter, and thank him for taking the pistol from you when you were shooting at me.

    Wow. I echo SunlessNick on the Jourdon Anderson’s letter. It’s one thing to hear what slaves went through; quite another to read one of them talking about it. What an experience.

    “It’s funny how much ‘Hollywood liberal elitism’ looks like an Ayn
    Rand wank-fantasy.”

    No kidding. This is something I’ve been talking about for ages, and it really needs to catch on already.

    As much as the article on stupid habits of the poor is joking, it makes some damn good points: my favorite was the part about failing to take advantage of sales on the basis that “I’m not quite out of that yet” and then having to buy at whatever price when you do run out. This is a consequence of not only lacking money, but also lacking the storage space: I realize it’s smart to stock up and buy when the price is right, but just living in an apartment prevents my taking advantage of that in many cases. I.E., I just cannot see the point of Cosco unless you have a decent sized home with room for a freezer and a laundry room or closet where you can store a huge supply of toilet and other paper goods.

  3. Fairfield says

    The article with the female writer being dismissed as diversity made my blood boil. How she resisted giving the idiot who said that nonsense a piece of her mind is beyond me.

    The timing of that link to the gay men hating women article was somewhat perfect. Today, during a conference call with a few friends, one of them — a gay man in his late twenties that I only recently met — basically said: “I hate lesbians” and went into a tirade about their hygiene, manners and a whole bunch of other stuff. I was utterly shocked and to be honest it made me feel pretty sick. It was only after a few minutes of incredibly awkward silence (credit to my other friends, they seemed as disgusted as me) did he finally add “only joking!” as if that would somehow make what he said okay.

  4. sbg says

    Jennifer Kesler,

    I realize it’s smart to stock up and buy when the price is right, but just living in an apartment prevents my taking advantage of that in many cases. I.E., I just cannot see the point of Cosco unless you have a decent sized home with room for a freezer and a laundry room or closet where you can store a huge supply of toilet and other paper goods.

    Shit, yes. I mean, you can’t even buy a regular 4 pack of toilet tissue at Target anymore. All they seem to stock are those huge 12 or 24 packs, which is fine, but I have nowhere to put it when it’s not on the dispenser. Really. I barely have room for the expensive 4 pack I have to buy at the local pharmacy instead.

    I have a small freezer that cycles a lot, so any food in there ends up freezerburned fast, no matter what purportedly miraculous no-freezerburn-storage container I use.

  5. says

    Thank you for the link! Hathor Legacy is one of my regular reads, and it is so fantastic to know someone here saw something of mine. I have some posts on gaming and such brewing so keep an eye out!

    Thanks again!

  6. says

    Daydreamer,

    Thank goodness. I was all like, “…never donate to you, ever, and if I even see that a product is donating to you, I will not buy it, and hey, maybe I should email them and pressure them, since they caved to pressure from emails and whatnot in the first place.” Maybe they didn’t cave to that pressure after all… or maybe they just waffled and then waffled back. Whatever – breast cancer prevention is more important than the sensitivities of some assholes who think preserving life means forced births rather than, you know, fixing up the already-born.

  7. Casey says

    Jennifer Kesler: LOL, SRSLY, CASEY YOU NEED YOUR OWN BLOG. Not that we don’t appreciate the links, but look at the ratio of YOU to everybody else there, my friend – you certainly have enough material. :D

    LOL, well IDK about that…I mean, I like sending links here because I know there’ll be an audience, I don’t like raging to nobody! :XD:
    (maybe we could work out a guest-posting deal thingy?)

    Those LJ posts about Derpy Hooves couldn’t have come at a better time (especially since my PonyChan post deals with it too) and OMG I raged so hard at Tabitha St. Germain’s response to all this you can’t even imagine:

    Hm.
    Well. I’m sorry you are upset. I’m also frankly astonished that you consider yourself intellectually disabled, because I’m reading a letter from someone who is intellectually clearly quite formidable. And so, while I prefer to play with people and engage their natural innocence which I feel is the higher part of them, I’m going to speak to that intelligence that addressed me. Offence is seldom about the object to which it is attached, it’s usually an issue of self-love, self-worth. And when you feel it, that is where it is honest to go first, to that feeling, and talk to it first, and deeply, before you try and take your self-esteem out of a total strangers pelt. That’s a really short-lived high. (and a detructive long term habit) When you truly value yourself you become open and friendly, slow to take offence, and quick to forgive.

    Now, If you are saying that you somehow saw yourself in the portrayal of a cartoon horse and felt offended, I scratch my head. Does a man get offended by the portrayal of Homer Simpson because he’s a man? Do people get offended by Disney’s Goofy the dog? As a woman, do I get offended by a drag queen because he wears women’s clothes and parodies women? No. I recognize that it’s not in any way about me. Am I offended that you metaphorically walked into my cyber house and started accusing me. Well, I don’t really like it. But no. I’m not offended. This is more direct than that.

    There is no intent by myself, — (and I did not write the scenes, character or her name,– I’m an actor,) to portray a person of disability. It’s a cartoon. A cartoon horse. A loveable clutz? Yes. That’s it.

    And, for the record, I happen to deeply love and respect all people no matter what their race, religion, ability, disability, sex, beauty or lack thereof, or whatever other marker by which people believe themselves separate from the oneness we all share. I know at core, you and I are the same essential thing. That’s why you must know I would never deliberately set out to offend you and if I didn’t care, I wouldn’t bother to try and explain. I love and respect even you, little sister and I hope you find yourself able to unlock from argument and play and engage some joy and some light. Sweetheart, peace be with you.

    all the best,
    Tabitha.

    URGE TO KILL
    RISING

  8. SunlessNick says

    Casey,

    Offence is seldom about the object to which it is attached, it’s usually an issue of self-love, self-worth. And when you feel it, that is where it is honest to go first, to that feeling, and talk to it first, and deeply, before you try and take your self-esteem out of a total strangers pelt.

    The hell? “If you were really honest, you’d admit that you just don’t love yourself enough to love my stuff” – is that right? At least she called you formidable, I suppose.

  9. says

    Casey: I mean, I like sending links here because I know there’ll be an audience, I don’t like raging to nobody! :XD:

    That’s how all blogs start, though, including this one. You get an audience pretty quickly.

    When you truly value yourself you become open and friendly, slow to take offence, and quick to forgive.

    Well, that’s absurd. Certainly not MY experience of a lifetime of valuing myself quite highly. Because I encountered multitudes of people telling me it was WRONG for me to value myself more highly than I valued the boys and men around me, and that I was obviously conceited and horrible for thinking I was worth anything as an un-beautiful female. Naturally, I despise these people, rage against them, cut them down verbally in ways they won’t quickly forget (I know your deepest insecurity, and I will use it if you tell me to sit at the back of the bus), and I do not forgive.

    This person sounds painfully “L.A.” – L.A. people can witness a double rape and homicide, and then decide not to call the cops because “I’m sure his karma will catch up with him.” By never identifying anything as a “wrong”, it makes it very easy to sit around on your skinny ass doing nothing, and think you’re a good damn hippie liberal person when really, you’re just a lazy asshole.

    The old saying is true: the only thing necessary for evil to rule is for good people to do nothing. Oh, thank you, lazy assholes with your little hippie rationalizations! Thanks to you, we’re swimming in malignant assholes. Great job! Hope your karma catches up with you… and runs you over.

  10. Casey says

    SunlessNick,

    This actually isn’t a reply to me, it’s a reply to a letter someone with a mental disability in the FandomWank MLP community sent to St. Germaine (who’s the voice actress for Rarity and Derpy Hooves, among other characters). One of the many, MANY things that pissed me off about her response was that whole, “Oh, you sent me such an eloquent letter! There’s no WAY you could possibly be learning and/or mentally disabled! You just have low-self esteem!”
    NO FUCK-NUTS. YOU’RE WRONG
    I know plenty of intelligent, eloquent, well-written and (if they can manage) well-spoken mentally handicapped people. Hell, the smartest and least rage-inducing person in my sociology class was a guy who needed a guide-dog and a human assistant to properly function (although his definition of feminism gave me a side-eye, but I digress).

    Jennifer Kesler: This person sounds painfully “L.A.” – L.A. people can witness a double rape and homicide, and then decide not to call the cops because “I’m sure his karma will catch up with him.” By never identifying anything as a “wrong”, it makes it very easy to sit around on your skinny ass doing nothing, and think you’re a good damn hippie liberal person when really, you’re just a lazy asshole.

    Yeah, she reeks of hippy-dippy assbag-i-tude. GOD ACTORS/CELEBRITIES/ETC SHOULD JUST SHUT THE FUCK UP FOREVER

  11. Casey says

    FYI, everyone: even though the voice actress for Derpy Hooves is a stupid jerk, the actual WRITER of the episode she was featured in was really dismayed and disheartened to learn of DH’s ableist origins and felt bad. Apparently she doesn’t really know how to rectify this ‘cuz she wrote the script for the episode well over a year ago.

  12. says

    Casey,

    LOL, not ALL actors and celebs should shut up – some of them are quite sensible and all that. L.A. has just developed a culture in which telling the truth is considered meaner than actually hurting people, and that’s the culture a lot of film wannabes feel they need to blend in with. And it’s gotten much worse since I moved here.

  13. TansyJ says

    Cracked isn’t always a safe space, but I do like a lot of John Cheese’s articles.

    And Christina H. posted a great article about how annoying women’s clothes can be.

    http://www.cracked.com/blog/the-7-most-baffling-things-about-womens-clothes/ [warning: contains use of "retarded" as pejorative]

    In a “mock the manufactures” way, not making fun of the women who wear them.

    The My Little Ponies thing is depressing, because I’m always looking for feminist-friendly cartoons for my niece, and I was planning on getting her the 1st season DVD when it came out. Not if they’re going to be mocking the disabled though, that’s just bullshit. And seriously, Derpy Hooves? I thought that was some kind of stupid inside-brony joke, not that the production team of a children’s television show would actually think that was a great name for a character.

    And on the Komen front, there’s an interesting post about how the PR non-apology does not say that they are going to fund PP in the future, just that they aren’t cutting off funding now (which they weren’t going to anyway) and that PP is welcome to apply for future grants (which is what they had already turned them down for) with no language about how they look forward to working with them, or that they are sorry for what happened. It’s possible they will approve them, but they could just be biding time until the coverage dies down.

    http://studentactivism.net/2012/02/03/komen-statement-on-planned-parenthood-is-a-pr-move-not-a-policy-reversal/

  14. TansyJ says

    Oh, geeze, content note on the Christina H. article close to the end she refers to annoying clothes as “retarded” I had read the article a while ago and forgotten about it.

    If you can’t remove it, just know ahead of time, and color me wildly embarrassed and sorry.

    And now I remember why I didn’t link it on FB.

  15. TansyJ says

    Jennifer Kesler,

    That works, it’s disappointing because I love supporting women in comedy, and I enjoyed the article right up to there, giggling until that sentence. But if you want to remove it completely I wouldn’t argue with it.

  16. Casey says

    TansyJ: And seriously, Derpy Hooves? I thought that was some kind of stupid inside-brony joke, not that the production team of a children’s television show would actually think that was a great name for a character.

    Derpy Hooves WAS an inside brony-joke, then it got canonized ‘cuz MLP LISTENS TO THE FANS~!! (by which I mean, they cater to misogynist, ableist douche-fucks…it’s only a matter of time before they canonize the Fleur-de-Lys cutie mark-having unicorn as being an escort named “Slut Hooves”)

  17. Quib says

    Casey,
    That is a crappy response. People do need to understand that if you offend someone, it means that you hurt them, and hurt isn’t something that can be explained away, or erased by intent.
    (I also like the part where she seems to mock people for identifying with characters. “empathy towards a cartoon horse I give character to? what ridiculousness is this?”)

    For my own reading of it… I don’t want to suggest that I think I’m the most correct, or know better, or anything like that, and with symbolism, especially with how fast things move on the internet, it’s difficult to deconstruct things effectively or to say which interpretation is most prevalent, or if any and all interpretations can be said to be valid.
    I have my own familiarity and understanding ofthe term “derp”, (sorta convoluted onomatopoeia that denotes cluelessness, temporary screw ups, or generic nonsense, not unlike “duh” or “blah blah blah”, ) and… I’m not entirely sure how problematic I see its use in childrens entertainment.

    I’m not familiar with anti-ablest objections to the “herp-derp” memes, so that might take some thinking through on my part, and, umm, I don’t know that I have the greatest understanding of where the offense to the character starts, umm, I mean, like if it starts and ends with the term “derpy” or if there’s an objection to any instance of goofy acting.look, always-gets-it-wrong characters, or if it’s the combination of the two.

    I think I would have to object to “correcting” or erasing the character completely, but it doesn’t seem like that’s what’s being argued for. (at this point it would ring too close suggesting that googley-eyes need to be fixed, or that characters that mess up can’t be likeable)(my opinion). How I feel about rewriting the dialog needs a little more thinking through.

  18. says

    TansyJ,

    While most people know that calling someone “retarded” is wrong, not everyone’s aware that calling ideas or other non-people things that is also problematic for different reasons. I’m not defending the writer, but just mentioning we’ve all had to realize some of our past language choices were privileged at some point.

  19. Patrick McGraw says

    As has been noted, the term “derp” did not originally have any ableist meaning, simply referring to silly behavior, but it didn’t didn’t take long for ableist usage to show up.

    I think it’s the same process by which neutral terms for disability become ableist through being used as insults, just in reverse. I’m reminded of elementary school children who had been forbidden to use the term “retarded” simply using “LD” (Learning Disability) in exactly the same manner.

    I was very disappointed to read Tabitha Saint Germain’s response, she was one of my favorite members of the MLP:FIM cast due to her performance as Rarity. Her response was total “Intent: It’s Fucking Magic!” where not intending to hurt someone means they have no reason to be angry, and the offender should have no reason to feel sorry.

  20. Casey says

    Patrick McGraw: As has been noted, the term “derp” did not originally have any ableist meaning, simply referring to silly behavior, but it didn’t didn’t take long for ableist usage to show up.

    I recall one person in my Public Speaking class explaining “derp” as meaning “the onomatopoeia for a brain fart”. I myself used it a lot in class as a synonym for “silly” or “ill-thought out”. People not hep to internet culture found it cute and endearing, LMAO.
    HOWEVER, I don’t use it in safe spaces hardly anymore due to being called out for being ableist.[/cool story, sis]

  21. Casey says

    Patrick McGraw: I think it’s the same process by which neutral terms for disability become ableist through being used as insults, just in reverse. I’m reminded of elementary school children who had been forbidden to use the term “retarded” simply using “LD” (Learning Disability) in exactly the same manner.

    That reminds me of my mom saying “remedial” instead of retarded…and she calls my sister “remedial” all the time. >_>V
    Has anyone else experienced people using “autistic” as being interchangeable with “retarded”?

  22. says

    I’ve gotten this for using “special” derogatorily. I use it to mean special snowflake syndrome, where someone thinks they’re magically better than everyone else or exempt from the rules. However, since other people use it as a synonym for “retarded”, as in the Special Olympics etc., it can cause misunderstandings.

  23. Patrick McGraw says

    Casey,

    I haven’t, but I have started noticing people using ableist terms like “sperg” a lot more since being diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome (an Autism Spectrum Disorder). Privilege is very good at keeping one from noticing things until the moment you realize you no longer have it.

  24. TansyJ says

    Jennifer Kesler,

    Yeah, sorry, I didn’t mean to be like “Everyone’s stupid except meeeeeeee!”

    It’s just one of my pet peeves. Even though I had a brother who was disabled, and all of my siblings would agree that it’s a terrible thing to call someone who ~actually is disabled~ most of them use it as a pejorative for everything else frequently. And it’s so ubiquitous that even though it bothers me a lot, I can read an article that uses it the same way and completely blank it a couple weeks later.

    But I know I’ve frequently screwed up, I never thought twice about using “crazy” or “lame” until I started reading about feminism, and a lot of other issues from there online.

    And yes, it seems like simply banning kids from using one name will lead to them inventing other ones that mean the same thing. I know when I was younger a lot of kids used “special” once people started cracking down on “retarded”

  25. Cloudtigress says

    On the former slave’s letter link, I think I almost regret not sending in the Yahoo version of that story as well, since it would have avoided duplicating one of the links above it, and because there was an interesting discussion going on in the comments about that letter. One person even went as far as to look Anderson up in the relevant US Census count, and found he and he kids did pretty well for themselves all told. I think he was listed as a butler, while the kids all had what we’d term today as white-collar jobs. Interesting stuff on Yahoo for once.

    Can someone please explain to me why _The Handmaid’s Tale_ is considered a major feminist work? I’ve read the book, and while it’s well written, I found Offred one of the more passive characters I’ve come across in a book. She doesn’t DO anything for almost the entire book except basically stand around and look pretty. And by doing, I don’t mean Offred should have been trying to overthrow the government or anything like that. I mean she could have at least tried to find out, ON HER OWN INITIATIVE, what ultimately happened to her husband Luke (i.e. confirm whether he really died that day or not), and whether it was possible for her to reunite with her young daughter, instead of waiting passively for someone to present her with that info only when they need something from her. I would have preferred to read about the adventures of Offred’s BBF Moria, or of fellow handmaid Ofglen, both of whom DID something about their situations (even if it ultimately failed), than read about the one character who was so perfectly passive that she needed not one, but two Duex ex Machinas to rescue her from her plight. Admittedly this might be my weird ideas of what makes a female character a feminist one at work (does the female character still find a way to make her own decisions about her life and still hold onto her dignity, even if she lives in an extremely sexist society? Then she’s probably a feminist character.), but I still don’t find _A Hansdmaid’s Tale_ to be a very feminist work.

    And unless someone asks for it, I’ll spare you guys my ranting over Atwood’s worldbuilding in Handmaid. Approaching this work from a SF/F background like I did, the (lack of) worldbuilding is as screamingly bad to me as the passive feminist Offred was.

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