Dear Snowflake Who’s Been Angry with a Professor in Another Department,
I realize you’re busy right now. You’re in the midst of a legal brouhaha against the school, trying to get a humanities professor fired, claiming that he asked you to speak against your religious beliefs, which, according to the evidence presented, isn’t accurate at all. He asked you to simply summarize historical facts from your text. You are probably not to blame for this, so I forgive you (I don’t speak for the professor in question, however, whose very livelihood is currently being put under a microscope thanks to the right wing media). You’re sixteen, unable to think critically and see anything beyond what’s included in your little bubble. Your parents have, undoubtedly, sheltered you, educated you on a single school of thought (so to speak), so you were unprepared for the very idea of an education that would, perhaps, challenge you to think outside of your comfort zone, to consider alternate possibilities and historical theories that have been presented by scholars much more learned in the subject matter than any of us (yes, including your precious parents).
I forgive you as it’s not you, but our locale’s influence. You really don’t know any better because we here are surrounded by those so blinded by their unflinching faith, they fail to look around and see the world, really. You were taught that this is acceptable, so this cannot be all of your doing whatsoever. What baffles me though is your family’s decision to have you go to a public rather than a private Christian college. Why is that exactly?
Dear Superhero Fangirls (and fanboys) Who’ve Been Angry At Joss Whedon,
In Whedon’s latest movie, Avengers: The Age of Ultron, Black Widow/Natasha romances Bruce Banner, lullabys/mothers the Hulk, and then needs to be rescued once. So what? So she has an inclination to be soft once in awhile, despite her red-saturated file. So she (AND her male counterparts in several instances in several movies) had to be rescued. So the hell what?
What’s even moderately subversive about the new Avengers movie, imho, would be something like…oh, I don’t know… the moment we’re shown Natasha had been sterilized in a graduation ritual courtesy of the ballerina-assassin school that trained her (very Kingsman meets Margaret Atwood). Personally, I found the fact that she had a possible choice taken from her like that much more powerfully affecting than whether or not she has it in her to squeeze in a bit of romance or that she had to be rescued. And that particular controversial backstory makes her all the more intriguing (well, to me anyway) rather than have her rooted in a mysterious past (so damned cliche — the mysterious Natasha).
If there’s anything to be in a tiff about is the lack of female superheroes out there, ones who have as much of a narrative as their male counterparts so that they eventually become pop culture staples, too, merchandise (ugh) and all. Mark Ruffalo (who plays Bruce Banner) noted this in an interview during a Reddit AMA:
“I think that what people might really be upset about is the fact that we need more superhuman women,” said Ruffalo. “The guys can do anything, they can have love affairs, they can be weak or strong and nobody raises an eyebrow.
“But when we do that with a woman, because there are so few storylines for women, we become hyper-critical of every single move that we make because there’s not much else to compare it to.”
Oh, and what about this issue?
The art alone is ridiculous.
What if the costumes for the male characters were even half as revealing, too?
So fangirls out there who continue to single out Joss Whedon on the Twittersphere (and he’s so right to have left the idiocy of it), I forgive you for feeling betrayed, but that outrage of yours is entirely misdirected. If anything, Whedon has been an ally in the fight for female empowerment in pop culture, and he may just give up altogether no thanks to the hysterics. We don’t want that, do we?
And speaking of women in pop culture and the outrage machine…
Dear Angry Anonymous Responder,
Or, should I say, the Angry MGTOW activist (and thank you for educating me on the acronym since MRA seems no longer to be the trend right now) who responded to my blog entry on the women of the Mad Max films…
The one who wrote this eloquent statement:
Total bullshit article. As always from a “feminist” um, nazi perspective. But no matter. Like all oppressors you need to dismiss other’s opinions and feelings about very real issues. Such as the constant denigration of men in media. Of course the Max character could not survive ‘without women’. Indeed, men have been surviving in harsh environments without women for a long time. Perhaps the when things truly change will be when women actually listen to men’s feelings and allow them a chance to express how they feel. No matter if what they say makes you uncomfortable or not. The sheer fact that you dismiss men as “fan boys” tells me a lot about yourself and others like you. You simply don’t want to hear the male perspective. Men are tired of super woman movies where the male characters are overshadowed and or diminished by the female. Though the feminists are the ones helping to fuel this fad in popular media. Most men are aware of it. We don’t like watching tv or films much these days because we can be sure that the insults are coming. Men are not stupid nor are we going to accept this abuse much longer. That is what MGTOW is all about. Your wake up call is coming soon. The lies spewed by popular media, medical science and so called activists are not going to save you from what is coming. Relish in your female fantasies of controlling and destroying men. Trust me you will see what all of this is going to lead to. Just remember you played a part in creating all of this. You claim that men hate women. Perhaps, just perhaps you help to create the very thing that you claim so to fight against. Like all oppressors your time will come and the women of the world will pay for all of the abuse and suffering they have dished out onto men for the past 40 years. When men no longer care about your “female issues” or providing you with your privileges you will see. More and more men simply don’t care about any of you. This is what you are helping to create. All of you are the scum of humanity.
I have a feeling that the gentleman who wrote this read the intro portion of the “Forgotten Women of the Wastelands” entry and nothing more. He seems to have stopped around the bits whereupon I called out the misogynist fanboys, a particular group (note that I never “dismiss men as fan boys,” either) who were griping about having female heroines in the Mad Max universe.
Obviously, he’d taken it personally.
In any case, fella, if you’re out there, you need to actually read the entry rather than skimming for key words and phrases that activate your own insecurities.
I forgive you though, guy. I do. I have a feeling there was a woman in your life who “done you wrong” someway, somehow. Ex-wife, ex-girlfriend, or mother issues, perhaps, but I’m no psychologist. Or you are just flat-out tired of women rejecting your evident charm. I don’t know. I think though that you were enraged enough to feel as if you had to get all of his anger out on someone you’d never met before, and craft an anonymous, hastily-worded, frothing declaration, complete with all sorts of logical fallacies (the most evident of them being the total deviation from the blog entry you were responding to in the first place).
Since you were kind enough to educate me on an acronym and “movement” — Men Going Their Own Way — allow me to educate you as well on the future of the Mad Max universe…
Ready? Because it’s going to make you weep a little inside…
George Miller actually wanted Max Rockatansky to have a female heroine at his side, a female road warrior…
Thus, Furiosa was created. (Boo-hoo, eh? Boo-frickin’-hoo.)
Not only that — and this will make you cringe even more, I’m sure — Dr. Miller consulted noted feminist (ooooh, it’s the icky “f” word) Eve Ensler on set due to the nature of one of the themes he was using in Fury Road: the theme of sexual slavery. In his post-apocalyptic world where violence seems key to survival, George Miller wanted this theme in his story to seem authentic and his characters to be emotionally believable. While I agree with some that his choice in advisor could’ve been better (he could’ve consulted someone like Sunitha Krishnan, for instance), Ensler isn’t a bad choice at all.
Don’t want to believe it? Here…
To all the rest who are fuming at the bit over things like this that could, in fact, be much, much worse…
In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Forgive and Forget?.”