Carmen’s Team Pick:
Am I a feminist? Well, it depends who you ask. Last summer, I finished up a radio interview for SlutWalk on NPR and returned to my office to find an email in my inbox from a stranger – a strange man – just helping me out by letting me know that my raspy voice was damaging the movement. It began like it always begins: “I respect feminism, but,” and ended with, “you do a disservice to your cause when you sound like Joe Camel after a bender.” In the interest of full disclosure, I was sick and I hadn’t had a drink in at least two days. But all of that aside, there was a real problem, and it wasn’t my voice. It was some dude who’s done jack shit for the movement criticizing me.
IS THIS FEMINIST is a Tumblr devoted to illustrating the absolute moronic logic people exercise in calling someone out for “not being a feminist,” and their tactic is mockery.
This woman is listening to music on headphones. IS THIS FEMINIST?
To be clear, there’s nothing inherently problematic about music, which many believe is an interest that started in the pre-patriarchal era when ancient people beat drums while contemplating the Venus de Willendorf. But we have to ask why this woman is using headphones, essentially cutting out her listening choices from the community. Being private about our musical choices makes it easier to listen to everything from misogynist rap music to douche-y sexist indie bands like Modest Mouse. It would be better if she opened her taste up to accountability. PROBLEMATIC.
This woman is riding two dolphins, in a magical moment of pure joy, feeling like a mermaid princess surveying her kingdom in a glimmering sea chariot. IS THIS FEMINIST?
No. Feeling like a mermaid princess betrays an internalized ideological support of monarchy. Also, animals were not created to be our servants! Read “The Sexual Politics of Meat” some time! PROBLEMATIC.