There’s always been a sort of bullshit message out there that was conveyed as supposed conventional wisdom: that women will root for a man as a protagonist and identify with him, but men won’t root for or identify with a woman protagonist. I think that’s a whole lot of B.S. and I hope that this movie has helped show that it’s a bunch of B.S.
A man who assisted in autopsies in a big urban hospital, starting in the mid-1950s, describes the many deaths from botched abortions that he saw. “The deaths stopped overnight in 1973.” He never saw another in the 18 years before he retired. “That,” he says, “ought to tell people something about keeping abortion legal.
A study on masculinity and aggression from the University of South Florida found that innocuous – yet feminine – tasks could produce profound anxiety in men. As part of the study, a group of men were asked to perform a stereotypically feminine act – braiding hair in this case - while a control group braided rope. Following the act, the men were given the option to either solve a puzzle or punch a heavy bag. Not surprisingly, the men who performed the task that threatened their masculinity were far more likely to punch the bag; again, violence serving as a way to reestablish their masculine identity. A follow-up had both groups punch the bag after braiding either hair or rope; the men who braided the hair punched the bag much harder. A third experiment, all the participants braided hair, but were split into two groups: those who got to punch the bag afterwards and those who didn’t. The men who were prevented from punching the bag started to show acute signs of anxiety and distress from not being able to reconfirm their masculinity.
I punched Chris Hemsworth in the face last week. Gave him a black eye. I was supposed to miss him. And I have to say for anyone who’s ever been in that situation where, as a girl, you think it’s not going to do anything — it fucking does something. He was standing over me, like, Huntsman-ing out, and I just went BOOM. I spun around, I punched him right out of his close-up. And then I started crying. I felt horrible… [but] it felt good in the way, like, I know this [gestures to her fist] works now. I can punch Chris Hemsworth. I can spin that man around!
There are so many exceptionally good books with strong female characters, but not nearly enough, and boys are not encouraged to immerse themselves in them. How many people would never consider buying Anne of Green Gables or Island of the Blue Dolphins for their 10-year old boy, but don’t pause before giving a daughter Treasure Island or Enders Game? Books featuring girls are, for the most part, understood to be books for girls. Which is interesting as well because, in addition to there not being enough, books featuring girls as protagonists are disproportionately among the most frequently banned children’s books. In a recent Buzzfeed list of 15 commonly banned books for kids, almost half were about girls. Girls who do things apparently scare a lot of people.
Some very interesting thoughts here about gender in Children’s Literature- do you think similar conventions apply to YA?
Apparently when I put on that metal bikini when I was 23 I signed an invisible contract to stay looking that way for the next 30 or 40 years. So if any of you have a problem with how I look now… go fuck yourself!
Bless this entirely. But it’s sickening how WE have to be the ones to correct the guys’ actions. Because being a decent human being is out of the question apparently.
Taken from the source article:
“What men need is a wake-up call: You’re the problem. If not you personally, then your best friend, a coworker, or that dude in your fantasy football league is. You’re making us feel unsafe every day, in a thousand different ways. To help you better identify your harassing behavior, we’ve illustrated the most common types of misogynists—along with the comebacks from us you might not get, given the trap-door spideriness of your attacks, but which you certainly deserve.”
Illustrations by Brittany Kusa
“burp in that assholes face”
Or just act crazy and start screaming randomly ;)
I really like that last one. This happened to me the other day and I totally did the whole fuck you with the middle finger thing but they (it was two dudes) just kept whistling at me and shit. Even more shitty, I was walking alone in the dark and they were purposefully slowing down to continue harassing me. Totes saving LAPD’s nonemergency phone number in my contacts. (877-275-5273)