For the new semester on the blog, I want to choose a different theme for my posts. I will be writing a series of posts on some totally awesome women in pop culture and their contributions to feminism. I want to write about these “lesser-known” feminists because I think there is a stereotype that feminists hate pop culture because it’s all “sexist, misogynistic, pure evil, etc.” I’ll be the first one to admit, there are some things in our pop culture that really piss me off…like the shows Bridalplasty and The Swan. When I see them on TV I shout, “ARE YOU KIDDING ME?” (maybe with stronger language, though) But, I’ve realized that although there are heinous shows like that in existence, there are a lot of women in our culture who work hard to consciously (or in some cases unconsciously?) promote feminism and equality.
As much as I respect the women I will write about, I do think it’s important to not let my posts regress into some sort of odd “shrine” of appreciation for feminist women. Sure, I will be talking about how I think they exhibit respectable qualities. But, I will call it like I see it. Some of the women I have chosen have qualities that conflict with feminism and I find it extremely important to discuss the contrast.
We’re all human (duh). In real life, feminism isn’t as easy as, “I am a feminist and everything I do is feminist.” Sometimes, we are raised with conflicting ideologies that challenge the ideals of feminism. Even if we don’t have outright contrasting views, we still think things that are “un-feminist”. We say things that are “un-feminist”. We do things that are “un-feminist”. So, we need to learn how to deal with all of our potentially conflicting viewpoints. First step, throw them all out and start with a new foundation! Just kidding. I’ve been meditating on Descartes for Modern Philosophy too much lately….
But, regardless of however long we’ve been feminists, I think it would be positive to look at real people and how they reconcile (or don’t) conflicting thoughts/actions and pop culture seems to be a good common ground for most people.
So, since the goal of these posts is to encourage dialogue about feminism and pop culture, I will hope to hear from you often. Even if you have nothing to say about the particular person I am referencing, you can write about another person or example of feminist or not-so-feminist stuff you’ve seen recently. I think this topic is a great opportunity for everyone to learn about awesome women in feminism. But it’s also a great way to relate this knowledge to us.
But enough of that soapbox! Since this is an introductory post and I’ve been rambling on forever, is there anyone you are dying to have me explore/write about for the blog? I will research and write about any actor, writer, character, show, politician, etc. that you think exhibits feminism in some way. Let me know!