Critical Response To A Feminist Blog

Posted: April 15, 2012 in Social Justice Activism through Arts-based Research: Agency and Tranformative Identity Politics

Hello there!

This time I am going to response to the Blog site “The F-Bomb” in a more critical way.
So what’s up with all this feminism stuff you ask?

Ok that one was cheap. Although if you take feminism serious you’d need to be able to laugh about it too.
Still this humorous demotivational picture points out a valid perspective on the “being strong and independent” part of feminism. We are all just humans. Nobody expects someone to be the invulnerable strong superhero.

Well now off to the Blog!

I’ve been browsing through a few entries and would like to comment on a few of them.
The first one is “You Don’t Have To Walk In High Heels To Protect Me From Sexual Violence“.
Kate S, the Autor of the text, refers to an activism-based event in Western Kentucky, where 50 members of a fraternity walked with red high-heels around their campus. This aimed to raise awareness about violence against women and Kate seems to be unhappy with the way they decided to get attention to violence against women.
While I can understand her points she tries to make quite well, I still feel she does not honor them enough for their activism. It were men organizing the event and taking part in it. Men who decided to stand up for the cause and I feel that this shouldn’t be downgraded in a way like:
“Yeah nice try gents. Red shoes? C’mon! Thats so useless and won’t change anything. But thanks anyways.”
I’ve exaggerated here a bit, although this is the impression I have been left behind with. Yes it may be a simple campaign but just because it is not a fricking Hurricane sweeping over the country, it shouldn’t be ignored by feminists. This may sound like a harsh critique and blunt put. But shouldn’t be the High-Heels event a place where you stop and witness? A moment where you reflect on the topic for yourself. So in my eyes the goal is still achieved.

Another Topic I would like to refer to is “Growing Up A Tomboy“.
Aimee B wrote about being a “Tomboy” and growing up as one. This reminds me of a friend growing up with me and my other friends when we were children as well. She always played with us boys, since she did that from kindergarden on. The real difference to Aimee was that she didn’t style  (or was styled by her parents) like a boy at all and that she mixed her activities. She played with dolls and stereotypical “female toys”, but on the other hand she played with toy-guns, took the role of a firefighter and gazed at large trucks passing by like we did. Since I moved away with about 10 years for myself, I wonder now how she does now and how she grew up through her juvenile years in school.
Thinking about how Aimee adapted to the situation in school, I’d rather want to stay away from judging this situation. Sure it is more easy to stay with the flow and behave (and look like too) like the social environment expects us to do. But I can’t tell if she did wrong by becoming more feminine or not.
We all are playing different roles in our life to get along with people, to advance in our jobs and to “keep a low profile”. It may just be a little play-acting every here and then, but truth is, if we would act like we really think then we’d be living in an asylum sooner or later. On the other hand there should never be a community driven force which sticks us to social accepted appearances or behaviors. We can not (and should not) say if Aimee did right or wrong in behaving like the people expected her to be. This is something that only Aimee herself can reflect in retrospect.

So thats it for now.
I hope you enjoyed reading!

D.

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