Wish you could’ve been there to see how it all went down.
This ARTIST, when I saw her, I couldn’t wait to talk to her. When I walked over, she looked at me like, "And you are….??"
But wouldn’t you know it, we were into all the same stuff!! Or, at least I knew enough to talk about the same stuff. Ah, iPhone and Interweb.
Anyway. Done deal. Tell you more later.
[link to app and artist avatar omitted]
The idea that feminism should be kept under glass, broken only in case of a "real" and "serious" emergency, is predicated on the erroneous assumption that "the little things" happen in a void, as do, presumably, the "real" and "serious" things, when, in reality, they are interwoven strands of the same rope. And as soon as one begins to judge the worthiness of feminists' attention on a sliding scale, even generally-regarded "serious issues" like equal pay are dwarfed by global concerns like sex trafficking or government-sanctioned use of rape as a tool of war. It doesn't have to be one or the other—feminists can multi-task.
And, in a very real way, ignoring "the little things" in favor of "the big stuff" makes the big stuff that much harder to eradicate, because it is the pervasive, ubiquitous, inescapable little things that create the foundation of a sexist culture on which the big stuff is dependent for its survival. It's the little things, the constant drumbeat of inequality and objectification, that inure us to increasingly horrible acts and attitudes toward women.
Irrespective of intent, the recommendation to "ignore the little stuff," so often intertwined with accusations of looking for things about which to get offended, is not just ill-advised, but counter to the ultimate goal of full equality. It's like a knife in my gut when I see feminists accusing other feminists of "hurting the cause" by focusing on "the little stuff," because that's It—that's the stuff, that's the fertile soil in which everything else takes root and from whence everything else springs, that's the way that the fundamental idea that women are not equal to men is conveyed over and over and over again.
Ouisch: That's all well and good for you, but obviously the people who are concerned about this think there is a reason for that concern. It'd be pretty shitty to dismiss that concern out-of-hand, especially if you're not one of the people who feels offended by this.
Cause, if you're not, then there are lots of other things you can feel free to discuss, without coming here and derailing this discussion.
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