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I am not a social justice blogger now, nor will I ever be.
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, I have something that I need to say.
Obviously, there are a lot of men and women on this website who call themselves “feminists.” There are those who seem to have a burning hatred for anyone who would label themselves a “feminist,” and I honestly believe that there’s one cause of this: they don’t really understand what feminism is.
Feminism, according to Google, is:
The advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men.
If you don’t believe that definition, let’s find another.
Feminism, according to Merriam-Webster Dictionary’s website, is:
The belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities.
So those who say that they hate feminists are those who hate equality.
Now, I know what you’re thinking: what about those male-bashing, insane women who think that all men are evil and should be wiped from the face of the planet?
They aren’t feminists.
I cannot stress this point enough. Women who blame men for all of their problems and believe that they should be superior to men in every possible way are extremists: unreasonable, with beliefs that are completely blown out of proportion.
True feminists are men and women that want equality of the sexes.
So why should women want equality?
Don’t you dare hit me with the common saying that I’ve heard come from plenty of men’s mouths: “Then why should I hold a door open for women? If they want equality, they should hold the door open for me.” I’m sorry, would you like me to run in front of you so I can hold the door open? It’s called being polite – if you’re in front of somebody, hold the door for them. Get off your high horse, asshole.
The worst excuse, however, is the one in which they bring up domestic abuse. “How come a man can go to jail for hitting a woman, but if the roles were reversed, the woman wouldn’t have to?” Abuse is abuse. Get over it – in general, men are physically stronger than women. It’s a fact. And I’ll have you know that women can and will go to jail if they inflict physical abuse upon their husbands. Do your homework.
It would take me way too long to explain why women want and need equality, so instead I’m going to provide you with an example:
Example #1: Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.”
Let’s begin with the song itself. The lyrics are flat-out atrocious. There are plenty of songs out there like it, of course, but this one seems to have hit the hardest.
The lyrics, even if Thicke claims that they weren’t supposed to, insinuate one subject, and one alone: rape.
Don’t even get me started on that.
Anyway, the song and its video completely objectify women, implying (not at all subtly) that they are possessions, used solely for sex. Don’t believe me? Google the lyrics. He compares women to animals that men try to “domesticate.”
Here’s a small selection of Thicke at his best:
“OK now he was close, tried to domesticate you / But you’re an animal, baby, it’s in your nature.”
The explicit version of the “Blurred Lines” music video says anything that the lyrics neglected. Women are featured prancing around Thicke and Pharell with no tops on, and are compared to toys and animals in this sick take on the way women should be treated.
Of course, Robin Thicke isn’t the only famous singer to objectify women in his songs – but the icing on the cake is that his song was played over and over on radio stations around the globe. It is atrocious that anything as sick-minded and chauvinistic as that should be broadcast to millions, even billions of families worldwide.
Other songs that should anger any person with a conscience include “Wiggle” and “Talk Dirty.”
The kicker of the matter is that a parody of the song made by college-aged feminists was removed from YouTube as being “inappropriate.” Interesting, eh?
Still don’t believe in feminism?
I accept that out opinions may differ, but I’m just delivering the cold, hard truth.
Don’t hate on me for being honest. Pull your head out of your ass and look around you. I bet it isn’t as pretty as you think.
[To be Continued]
Josh Franceschi | You Me At Six. by Cathrine Khom on Flickr.
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Finding a band like La Dispute is like finding your soul mate. Their lyrics are so pure, so powerful, that it’s almost impossible not to feel emotional when listening to them.
I chose La Dispute as the first band to write a post about for one simple reason: they make me happy. If you’ve ever listened to La Dispute, that probably sounds a little bit strange to you. How could their songs make anyone happy? For the most part, their songs are emotional, and tear-wrenching. But I like that. I like that their songs make me think, make me reflect upon my actions and upon the world around me. Sure, the subjects of their songs are not exactly lighthearted - King Park, for example - but they’re honest. The raw, uncompromising nature of the vocals as well as the near-manic background music strike a certain nerve in the listener, turning something that would usually be considered to be painful to listen to into pure, unmarred poetry.
I saw La Dispute in concert around three months ago, on March 15, and it was amazing. The venue, The Masquerade in Atlanta, Georgia, was very intimate, making it bearable for those who were forced to the back of the crowd. The fans, unsurprisingly, were (for the most part) extremely polite and unselfish, allowing those who were shorter or more likely to be crushed under the weight of crowd-surfers to maneuver their way through the crowd with ease. The band, most importantly, were more than could be expected of them. In short, their live renditions of their songs were even more impressive then the recorded versions, and their unspoiled gratefulness towards their fans was unbelievable. Overall, La Dispute put on a wonderful show as the emotional messages of their songs were shared with everyone in the room, creating a sense of familiarity between people who had never seen each other before - and probably never will again.
If I say King Park is my favorite song, die-hard fans will probably attack me left and right, telling me that I’m not a true fan, but I’ve got to admit that it is definitely one that brings tears to my eyes every time I hear it.