Tone-policing is a way to silence emotion in the movement for equality. To silence emotion in the movement is to silence the movement entirely.
Why is the Fat Acceptance Movement, which is defined as the social movement seeking to change anti-fat bias in social attitudes, such a controversial topic?
Intuitively, this broad ideology may seem positive at best and harmless at worst, but given its disregard for socioeconomic relations and resulting behaviors of socialization, it can be deeply problematic.
Privilege is a right or benefit, often in the form of power, given to certain people and not others by societal systems based on demographic characteristics like gender, race, wealth, or sexuality.
Women may choose to talk as an attempt to obtain justice, or as a way to gain personal empowerment, raise awareness, and show solidarity. #NotAllMen disrespects that process because it negates the feelings of the women who have chosen to be vulnerable and reveal their wounds.
The GOP has always had a reputation for invalidating, ignoring, and outright insulting women, especially when it comes to sexual assault. This election cycle is an unfortunate example of how little things have changed.
The fact that the 78 cents statistic is so widespread is indicative of a much larger issue: feminism too often ignores people of color, people with disabilities, and transgender people.
Heterosexual men control women’s bodies in a variety of ways, including restricting our access to abortion and healthcare, sympathy for accused rapists, and objectifying and trivializing our sexuality. That last one is especially true for non-heterosexual women, who are consistently a target of objectification and fetishization for heterosexual men.
Taking a class on postcolonial literature this quarter made me aware of the insularity my education had bred.
Fetishization is usually defined as the sexual fascination with things that are not inherently sexual. But when it comes to the fetishization of people because of their genders, races, or sexualities, it quickly becomes a means of oppression, subjugation, and dehumanization.