||[Monday, Apr. 26th, 2010|11:55 am]
The richest girl in town.
So, the outrage over this Boobquake thing....|
I don't get it.
It's a joke, obviously.
Why are people getting their panties in a bunch over this blogger's tongue-in-cheek response to a ridiculous pronouncement that women's immodesty causes earthquakes? Am I missing something?
Wait - really? People are crapping themselves over this? Who?
2010-04-26 07:04 pm (UTC)
And why are you around those people?
I would not say "crapping themselves." I personally liked the Broadsheet commentary
on it - that once again, political statements get reduced to "show us your tits!" and a bunch of guys piling on to get their ya-yas. GGW with a cause, as Salon put it.
b'cuz the Boobquake joke response (Show Yr Boobs!) falls neatly in line with something we hear all the time from the flip-side of the Patriarchal injunction to Never Show Yr Boobs. Sometimes it doesn't matter who's telling me to Show My Boobs -- it doesn't feel empowerfulizing like it should, because it fits right into another disempowering paradigm.
Which is a bummer, because it could be fun. But what could be a funny joke if not for rape culture is instead an unfunny, heard it before bomb.
I guess it didn't occur to me that anyone would actually do it. It definitely didn't even occur to me that anyone would care about this except snarky people who would see this as a joke more than anything else.
don't you know the internetz r srs
The most sensible rawr against it I've heard so far, has been folks talking about how the protest centralizes western, non-muslim women.
I suspect there's probably at least a couple of people who see it as problematic given we had "The Open Source Boob Project" just a year ago, too.
But, yeah, my outrage meter is pretty burned out at this point.
I didn't think about #1
(there's my white and US privilege) but I did think about #2
. Like, really, again we are faced with "take it off or the prudes win"?
See, I didn't get the impression that "the prudes win" from what she posted originally--but I am seeing that now in some of the comments she's getting in support.
It's yet another case of "get off my side."
I'm not outraged, but I am made uncomfortable by the response I've seen to it, which is a lot of white "Western" women taking it somewhat seriously and using it as justification to basically fluffily condemn stupid/evil brown men and hijab, etc.
Yeah, I'm looking at the comments to the clarification the blogger posted (linked above) run the gamut--from men saying "I LIKE BOOBIES" to "ISLAM IS EVUL" to "YOU'RE OBJECTIFYING WOMEN."
Yeah, that was prettymuch my take on it.
For me, a lot of what I've been seeing is the garbage about how this is the greatest political movement of our time, and if you don't like it, you're a hater that hates boobs and freedom and sides with terrorists and whatnot.
Then I heard about Brainquake and was all for it until I realized how slut shame-y it sounded. So I gave up on that, too.
Then I heard about Femquake, which was about combining the two ~schools of thought~ and realized I was in the fucking Twilight Zone.
I just don't understand the self-righteousness on either side. It's about showing your boobs! Why can't we keep it real? Does everything have to be a larger political struggle?
I've always taken it as silly, sexpos stuff. But I deleted the invite from my FB event because I don't want it there where colleagues and my parents can see it. There's been other elements who've co-opted on to it- the d-bags who are also the same jerks who slaver and high-five each other during Critical Tits at Burning Man and shrill western-centric thinking about the oppression of Muslim women.
But I mean, I wish people would put their outrage into something more productive, like say- remembering that New Orleans still needs rebuilding or a million other crises that are still happening but just happen to no longer be pop culture topical...
Just add boobs, they'll listen.
I don't get it. I like it, but I don't get it.