Forget #MeToo for one minute. Right now, it’s all about #WhiteWomenBehavingBadly.
Heartless comments from two famous white women about celebrities of other colored women have reached several progressive triggers in recent weeks, causing a cultural cancellation to regain control of COVID-19 on social media. Twitter Woke arises from quarantine, sleepy eyes but energized by something familiar to rampage around: racism, dragging-on, shuffling girls, white rights, good vs. bad feminism, sexism, cultural appropriation and (serious) cutting boards.
Singer Lana Del Rey and chef Alison Roman triggered a storm when, in a separate incident, they complained bitterly about the success of their female colleagues, almost all colored women. Earlier this month, in an interview with New Consumer, New York Times food columnist Roman, recklessly called Netflix star Marie Kondo, a “prostitute” and “bestseller” and said the presence of the Chrissy Teigen brand was “terrible.”
On Wednesday, Del Rey went down far Manifests Instagram overcoming ancient criticism that his work was anti-feminist but that the same detractors gave artists such as Beyoncé and Cardi B permission. They have “number one with songs about being sexy, not wearing clothes, [having sex], cheating … “he wrote.
There are more conversations and their complaints, which are careless and deserve the best, but the reaction can be predicted. Women attack Roman and Del Rey for attacking other women, as if there were not enough scorn, shame, and judgment to do. Both were accused of making racist remarks and showing off their white privileges, and Del Rey was asked by half of Instagram why he didn’t pursue artists like Taylor Swift. (Del Rey maintain its original position on Thursday, wrote, “Don’t … call me racist”; Roman made his New York Times column suspended, a decision Teigen does not approve.)
Constructive debate does exist, but it still manages to pierce the tide of anger, trying to fight all obstacles to reach the light before the possibility of meaningful resolution, or really learning from one’s mistakes, is eliminated.
Anger as e-sport is not new, of course. Neither do female mud wrestling. We also witness the dynamics that often occur among women in male-dominated industries. In music, for example, there is so little space at the top for women, and a scarcity of shared strength, that artists like Del Rey fall prey to measure themselves, and other women, against the standards instituted by sexist men who are running (and still running) the game.
Women who spend a small part of their lives in traditional workplaces know that it’s tiring to navigate systems that aren’t meant for you, or worse, that are specifically designed to get you out. We stick to higher criteria for lower wages, are given menial jobs while our male colleagues are given promotions. The inclined playing field is not surprising.
Our mother warned us that to move forward, we had to work harder, get better, and complain less than the men, at least until we did things. Then all bets are off. Although they hoped the world would change when their daughter entered the workforce, it was still a man’s world, a reality that emerged in study after study. We fight it, overcome it, work hard – and we still survive.
However, along the way, hopes for how female colleagues relate to one another have been built on the belief that women generally behave better than men, and that we are all part of the same underclass of gender. Surely we will all take the same direction upward, towards a fairer tomorrow.
A very good idea – if not for racial discrimination, ambition, greed, socio-economic inequality, and everything that is an inseparable part of the capitalist empire. And don’t forget the American political machine that sees division as an opportunity.
FX on Hulu The 1970s limited series “Mrs. America” tells the end of one dream and the birth of dozens more in a drama about struggle to pass the Equal Rights Amendment. His re-creation of the Nixon era pro-and anti-feminist movement is a timely reminder that the right color is not just a human problem. And that is also not new among women.
When the situation became difficult when conservative factions tried to stop the equality movement, black women activists were sidelined by their white “sisters”, disputes threatened to tear the movement apart and women threw each other under the bus. famous. Man-driven, of course.
Patriarchs make rules, and as fast as we violate and bend them, it’s not fast enough. Careers are broken, people are injured, conflicts are monetized and sold as cat fights.
And this is where I will shamelessly take my time together Gloria Steinem, whom I met and spent together at Hedgebrook writing retreats at Puget Sound in Washington. I never finished my book but I witnessed what strength in forgiveness was like.
We are discussing how he passed so many targeted attacks and still remains a vital force. For example, he supported Hillary Clinton over Barack Obama in 2008, and that has led to a backlash against her – many of which are rooted in race (and some of which may have been produced in Russia, for all we know now). “It was very painful,” he said. “But don’t hate the players. Hate the game. Otherwise, we continue to play.”
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