Lemme tell you sumthing. One of the issues I have with some of the “members” of the feminist community is their worship and glorification of problematic celebrities. Just because a woman has access to wealth and fame doesn’t mean that she is dismantling the patriarchy.
She reaffirms and strengthens the machine. A machine that many before us have tried so hard to dismantle.
I was not trying to defend her by any means.Although I do feel some type of way about how society vilifies women about decisions made about their sex life.
I feel too many of them are quick to be sex-positive (pass the point of practicality). So much so that they to derive quasi-feminist prospects from celebrities who really don’t give damn about it (or them).
I honestly believe that constantly talking about celebrities is pointless. But please feel free to express how you feel.
I just think there are more pressing matters at hand.
Just my opinion, Followers ? MODs ?
I’ve been thinking about this post a lot, and I think it sums up my feelings here, with what Emmanuela said about celebrities.
A rich celeb isn’t going to feel the same effects of racism or other systematic oppression that normal non-rich-non-celeb person would (celebs can obviously be affected by racism, that’s not where I’m going with this). But like, because they’re not feeling the effects of classism, there’s this big gap between their experiences and other people’s. And for many celebrities, they’re able to get this constant affirmation that they’re important and worth something.
So what it does it, it makes them ignorant to a lot of stuff. Stuff that regular people might be affected by and feel passionate about or be disenfranchised by, they might not know that it exists or not care.
So Kim Kardashian saying she didn’t really consider racism (I mean, it’s still iffy and stuff because people around her ARE still affected by racism, y’know), I think that’s part of that. Or celebs who do culturally appropriative things or defend people who do, because they can’t (or refuse to see) the effect it has on average people, they won’t see how it hurts us in our daily lives, because even a celebrity who is affected by their actions won’t be affected in the same way that we are. Or say, celebs who think it’s weird that people of colour are against white people cosplaying as characters of colour because the harm that comes to POC as a result, and the harm that comes when POC dress as white characters, it’s often lost on them because of the affirmation they can get from other sources.
Or celebs promoting skin-lightening creams, especially those who are already light-skinned people, who can’t see the harm it’s doing to dark-skinned people, because even if a dark-skinned celebrity tells them it’s harmful, that second celeb is experiencing the harm in a different way than an average person.
I don’t know if that makes a lot of sense, but what I’m trying to get at is that I agree with Emmanuela, that I think celebrities are often really far-removed from the stuff we want to talk about, so I think that in different situations we need to examine whether or not their input is helpful to us.
I think the point though isn’t whether or not we have hold these celebrities accountable.Rather do we hold ourselves accountable for how we view them. There is no celebrity without forms of idolization and devotion (whether monetary or not). There has to be a clear distinction and awareness.What provides sustenance and what is mere cotton candy.