Fake Feminists: I´m So Fucking Tired of your Shit (re: "Avengers")


I remember when I read Clive Barker's Imajica. After finishing, I went deep into interviews and journals from Barker himself. I loved that book in almost every possible way you can love a book. And one of the things I enjoyed the most was how in this fantasy book published in the 90s, the women were all badass goddesses (sometimes literally) and all the men were a babbling bumbling band of baboons. It was referred to as "feminist fiction", and I was completely down with that on both a philosophical and artistic sense.

It's something I tried to later emulate in some of my own writing (and something that has been said about The Armor of God). I liked to consider myself a feminist despite being in possession of penis, probably because the ideas behind real feminism completely align with the values I was taught and developed in my life.

Sadly, the core concept of feminism has been twisted so much, I can't call myself that anymore, and not only that, I no longer care about the movement as it exists today.

You know how PETA has made big deals about things as fucking absurd as animals being killed in videogames? And how that kind of stuff instead of strengthening the noble and easily agreeable cause of stopping animal abuse, it actually cheapened it and eventually turned it into a joke?

That's fucking exactly what you people are doing.

So media touring for Avengers: Age of Ultron Jeremy Renner and Chris Evans (Hawkeye and Captain America, respectively) were asked for an interview what they thought about Black Widow, and in specific her vaginally dangerous romance with my main man Hulk. In response, laughing, they called her a slut.

That's where the story ends. They didn't go on about how Scarlett is a filthy cunt. They didn't complain about how she made the same amount of money as they did. They didn't say anything about her pregnancy or sent her to the kitchen.


Yes, I will absolutely trivialize their words because that's what they were. You can't be dense enough to just get #triggered by the word "slut". It's exceedingly obvious that the joke was that they were, speaking for their characters, both of whom have had possible romantic brushes with Black Widow and have then been pushed aside for the big guy, so they were pretending to be angry and jealous. As fictional characters.

Hell, you can tell it's a joke they've made with Scarlet Johanssen on-set.

These are people who have been working with Joss Whedon, the feministest feminist to ever feminism, for fuck's sake.

The backlash these comments got from supposed feminists was just embarrassing for everyone involved. The whole thing felt so insincere. Fake feelings, fake outrages, fake words (someone even called them "idiot frat boys" for saying this). The fact that they had to apologize is even worse. I sincerely hope they apologized with big, obvious, eye-rolls. They didn't do anything wrong, and if you fail to understand the harmless joke then you're too dense to stand up for anything. Go eat a crayon.

And I'm not even defending Renner and Evans. I'm defending feminism. From you feminists.  Did you know that women still earn less than men for the same job? Did you know that the media still holds and portrays women through a lens that has been outdated for fifty years?

Women are facing real problems, even now; problems in which you can actually put all this hopefully well intentioned energy.

This bothers me because it's true for many social movements that fall into the hands of keyboard warriors without social identities. Making a big deal about something that is 100% harmless isn't strengthening the cause; it's cheapening it. In this case it's feminism, and it is not something you hop on because you're bored with your life and spent a lot of time on tumblr noticing feminist posts get a lot of notes. It's an actual movement hoping to find a fair balance and improve society. You're fucking ruining it.
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3 comments:

  1. well said.

    my own line on this: renner was asked how he felt when his fake character was fake dumped by another fake character so she could be with another fake character, when in fact, their fake relationship never happened in the first place, except in the brains of shippers, and he gave a fake response demonstrating fake outrage at being fake spurned.

    to me, women's rights are very important. every day i have to read about how religious nutjobs in the US are assaulting planned parenthood and deny women access to reproductive medicine. every day i have to read about how women are treated anywhere where this same ideology runs the show: in saudi, women can't drive. in iran, her vote is 1/3 a man's. in afghanistan, if she dares to show her hair, they stone her. in yemen, i have to hear about how underage girls are forced into marriage, frequently with male relatives. in africa, where this ideology has formed a hybrid with animism, i have to hear about how it infibulates unconsenting little girls.

    now that these two actors have apologized, how does that help that horror show? not in the least, not one bit. so twittersphere should be very proud of itself for wasting everyone's time with a fake character when real women are suffering real problems.

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  2. Even it was meant as an innocent joke, the existence of a word that condemns the amount of people a woman has had sex with goes against the principles of feminism. We can't aspire to a world where women have the same rights as men without COMPLETELY removing these little acts from our everyday lives. They are not funny, they are not innocent, they are OFFENSIVE, but we still think they're normal. Now, that's what's scary. Women should not be criticized for actively demanding the removal of acts they find offensive in EVERY level, we don't care if you think we are exaggerating.

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    1. There you have it folks... Women are oppressed until no woman anywhere, ever, can say she is offended. Ignore the fact that this is carte Blanche for every woman to make demands at any time for any reason for all eternity... If a woman is offended, she is oppressed and anyone who's not fighting to obliterate whatever has caused the offense is a misogynist.

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