I’m a feminist.
I love dancing to popular music..
I’ve recently been thinking a lot about where my place is in the world of feminism outside academia. I’m clearly a strong advocate, but where does it end? Does it end at all? Do my daily choices sometimes make it harder for me to make a positive change toward equality?
I’m a little skeptical.
Even though I believe degrading women, or anyone for that matter, is awful. As I’m sure all of you do as well. But, I find myself hanging out with friends and sometimes laughing at those off color jokes. And going out to parties and dancing to those distasteful songs. And you know what? I love dancing to them. And I think that is a really big problem.
Is it okay to enjoy something if you detach meaning from it?
I’m not so sure.
I would like to say yes, but I’m not sure I can.
When I’m dancing around to Nikki Minaj and singing along to “ASS ASS ASS ASS ASS,” am I less of a feminist?
I enjoy the music, the face paced lyrics, and the bass. I don’t particularly enjoy the words.. but because I know that the lyrics are ridiculous and I know that I don’t support their meaning, I feel like I can still listen and enjoy the other parts of the music.
What I’m unsure about it where that ends. At what point should I just stop supporting the music altogether? Have I already crossed that line?
When you’re jumping around and having a good time, you’re not really registering the implications of lyrics like “How your waist anorexic and then your ass is colossal” (from Big Sean’s song Dance Ass).
But after sitting and really thinking about what that means and the type of body image Big Sean is promoting, I’m outraged.
So where’s the compromise? I don’t want to support an industry that deconstructs feminist progress in the world, yet I still want to be able to go out with friends and have a fun night (because we all know, there’s rarely a party/bar without these jams).
I don’t see myself as a hypocrite, and maybe that’s just my own biased opinion. But it’s incredibly hard to avoid and actively not participate in things that may not be good for feminism. Like watching movies with patriarchical and stereotypical undertones, watching television cough like the bachelor cough, or even reading trashy magazines.
Chris Rock’s Never Scared stand up pretty much sums it up! (Warning: Explicit!)
Tell me what you all think!