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I've been meaning to write *something* about the whole Harvey Weinstein thing. There are a hundred things I could link you to. However, the thing that I can't get out of my head is this bit of dialogue from 'The Initiative' (slightly edited):

Parker : [Laughs] oh, yeah. The word is stamina. I mean, definitely a bunny in the sack, but later on, well. You know the difference between a freshman girl and a toilet seat? A toilet seat doesn't follow you around after you use it.

Riely decks Parker who hits the floor.

Riley : (Walking between Forrest and Graham.) I can't believe that I did that.

Forrest : What the hell for?

Riley : He--he was just being so crude.

Forrest : Please. You've heard me say much grosser things than that.

Riley : I just didn't like hearing him (he pauses thoughtfully) talk about buffy that way. I think I... Well, I guess I like her.


I have said before that I think Riley Finn was a metaphor for male privilege (straight, white male privilege specifically) and this is the perfect example.

Riley is a nice guy. Decent. Works hard. Goes to church. Serves his country. And it's possible we're meant to cheer him on for decking Parker. But. The line that stands out is Forrest's:

You've heard me say much grosser things than that.

The only thing different is that Riley happens to like Buffy. The whole of the cold open is a lengthy frat-boy-ish objectification of women. And Riley never speaks up.

I wish they'd done more with him. I can't even tell if the metaphor was deliberate, or if they just took the most basic template possible to create him, and the metaphor was built in.

However, it's useful. (Also see Xander of course.) Because in creating him, they essentially made Buffy date the Patriarchy. And the Patriarchy couldn't hack it and ran away.

But... they never really made the Patriarchy face its issues. Maybe they couldn't. Maybe that would have been a step too far for Joss... (*SO* not surprised at his ex-wife's allegations.)

And so it goes. From the Weinsteins and the Trumps at the top, through the Whedons and the Gibsons right down to the guy on the bus who puts his hand on your knee.

Because all the Riley Finns in the world just laugh when their friends are crude.


Not because she's your sister, your mother, your daughter, your girlfriend. Because he is your brother, your father, your son, your friend.


(ETA: Much like white people need to tackle racism, and straight/cis people need to tackle LGBT+ bigotry.)
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So, I have somehow collected a whole bunch of links again...

Read more... )
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(Via Sueworld)

I wish I could think of what to say, and there are endless articles extolling Buffy's virtues (which are all good, but none quite reflect ME). I guess above all she gave me fandom, fic, meta, all you lot... ♥

ETA: Oh, and if anyone's curious, here is My Buffy History. :)
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And via my flist:

Most Men Think Sexism Is Over
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Like it.

17 July 2016 07:28 pm
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Wolf-whistling is no crime – but it is part of our misogynist culture

And more cheering:

33 Hilarious Tweets That Perfectly Sum Up Being A Woman

It's one of those annoying slideshow things, where you have to keep clicking to get the next one, except I can't stop. Also there are WAY more than 33...

My favourite is this one:



And speaking of Hillary, this is an excellent article:

Understanding Hillary
Why the Clinton America sees isn’t the Clinton colleagues know
(with thanks to kerkevik!) Why she's different (she's a woman! And would you believe it, women do things differently. For those skeptical, it lists both the pros & the cons.)
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This is very upsetting.

It's one of those places that I'll dip into randomly, because it's funny and smart and on-point and female.

However, it has one hell of a classy send-off:

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So many links, I'm gonna put them under a cut...

This is history )

And finally, you can download 'The Hunting of Hillary' here for FREE. ('Learn the true history of the “vast right-wing conspiracy” — as Hillary Clinton herself once described it.' Hillary is obviously deeply flawed in many ways, but like I've said before - the Hillary haters remind me of the Moffat haters. The hate gets in the way of the facts. And of course, the fact that she's a woman taps into all the prejudices that are still unfortunately alive and well. See above.)

Oh and if you want to know what she actually wants to do: Hillary’s vision for America, and key policies she will fight for as president. (The one thing that comes across whenever I hear her interviewed is that she's all about action. 'This is a problem, here is how I propose to solve it.' (Including the background/history, previous policy and how that's worked, how it should be tackled in the future. Like some sort of encyclopedia with vision and a plan.)

ETA: How could I forget???

Listen To Hillary Clinton’s Interview With BuzzFeed

That’s right, Hillary hung out with BuzzFeed — and it’s not your typical interview. With the hosts of BuzzFeed’s boozy and culture-savvy Another Round podcast at the helm, we didn’t pull any punches. We asked her about everything from how she’s dealt with sexism in Washington to her opinions on the characters from The Good Wife, and even got the scoop on why she never seems to be sweating. (“You guys are the first to realize that I’m really not even a human being. I was constructed in a garage in Palo Alto.”)
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What Happens When You Elect Women, According To Science. Why electing women matters.

Can You Not. Can You Not PAC is a political action project that aims to dis/empower and dis/incline people in positions of privilege, specifically straight white men, from ambitions of running for office in progressive urban districts.

True.

28 April 2016 02:01 pm
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ETA: Also this, omg:

Play the ‘woman card’ and reap these ‘rewards’!

Hillary's response: “If fighting for women’s health care, and paid family leave, and equal pay is ‘playing the woman’s card,’ then deal me in.” (x)
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I wasn't familiar with Elle King before seeing her on Graham Norton, and thought I'd look her up on youtube. And just look what I found:



Which is a nice anti-dote to stuff like this.

(Not that Elle King isn't gorgeous of course.) (ETA: ISN'T! Dammit, why can't I type?)

Or this, which I had to walk past every day for weeks on my way to work. I can't think of another movie poster I have loathed quite so much. Somehow 'objectification' takes on a whole other level.

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