So I was once again perusing The Mary Sue when I came across a couple of contradictory-seeming headlines.
Kindly Refrain from Criticizing Daisy Ridley’s Body. Daisy Ridley is the actress who plays Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It seems somebody made a problematic meme, and thus feminist internet drama ensued. The problematic meme, from Instagram, apparently now deleted, courtesy of thenerdybird:
Admittedly my first takeaway from this exchange between Ridley, her critics, and her fans was just “gawd, social media can be a trash fire.” However, conversations about inclusivity and body positivity are vital, even when those conversations take place on forums that aren’t necessarily conducive to nuance, so let’s take a sec to break this interaction down.
What follows is several paragraphs discussing all the ways that real women may or may not be curvy, which is newspeak for ‘overweight’, and who are you to skinny-shame poor Rey, who apparently chops off boy parts in the Star Wars movie. Or something. I don’t know, I haven’t seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens yet. I’m waiting until parts II and III come out: Star Wars Has Lunch and Star Wars: Bedtime for the Force.
Naturally, The Mary Sue is going to cover the “women’s bodies” issue as comprehensively and discordantly as possible. Thus we get headlines like We Asked Women in Their Twenties How They Feel When They Look at Runway Models. This article, if you follow the links, skinny-shames runway models and criticizes glitter. Apparently runway model glitter is a problem, too. A few companies are adding plus-size models to their lineups, and what a great thing that is for women everywhere, except it still isn’t good enough because of all the skinny models.
For example, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue featured three covers with models of different shapes, sizes and colors a few months ago. They didn’t do it right, apparently.
Clearly, women who may or may not be too skinny or too large should refrain from having bodies. If they must have a body, might I suggest also wearing a large cardboard box with appropriate cutouts for appendages, so that nobody can possibly shame you.
Women’s body issues are merely the setup. Finally we can come to the main point, which has nothing to do with hypocrisy, double-standards, or body-shaming.
Blurry SJW Rules
This is yet another example of how blurry the SJW rules get, and how new rules seem to be constantly popping up. The ‘curvy’ woman meme has only come into vogue in the past few months on The Mary Sue. Before that it was shirtless pictures of Chris Pratt.
At first blush, you can resolve the hypocrisy on the part of The Mary Sue by believing they don’t want people to notice or mention anything about a woman’s body. This is difficult to do, since women show up in every form of media attempting to sell us stuff. They are constantly featured in articles on body shaming, which invites all manner of comments on sites like The Mary Sue. Most of those comments are problematic, and a great source of amusement if you enjoy schadenfreude.
As a bonus for those of you collecting cognitive dissonance issues, every other article features Deadpool wearing a skin-tight bodysuit. It leaves little to the imagination, but that’s okay: the character is pansexual. Did I mention the rules were fuzzy?
Even an innocuous compliment like ‘nice manicure’ can be misconstrued as a fireable offense, because the interpretation is up to the recipient. The intent of the giver doesn’t matter. What gets your microaggression overlooked is out-ranking the person you’re complimenting in the SJW hierarchy. Higher rank, for our purposes, means “larger virtue-signaller”.
The rules are made to punish opponents of the Cultural Authoritarians, but they are also made to keep their own soldiers in check. After all, anyone can run afoul of the ever-changing, vague, and inconsistently-enforced rules. It keeps everyone on their toes and on the important task of oppressing those who think wrongly, in order to protect those who are oppressed. These self-appointed Justiciars can gain power, followers, prestige, wealth, or just feel better about themselves.
Even their own leaders are subject to this pressure.
The absolute safest way to stay in the good graces of the movement is to participate in online activism, attend protests, and point and shriek at the next person so the deadly whimsy of the mob will overlook your sins. Think of SJWs as a cannibalistic pack of feral racoons, and the larger the prey they help bring down, the more forgiveness they earn. University presidents, business executives, and Donald Trump are good examples of high-value prey.
When this prey is not available, they will turn on each other. See Joss Whedon, Wil Wheaton, and George RR Martin for examples.
Remember: the vague rules exist not only to punish their enemies, but to keep Social Justice Warriors on high alert. Any one at any time for any offense, real or imagined, can suddenly become their target. SJW mobs come together like reporters scenting Republican malfeasance, ready to rip apart livelihoods and reputations. Bankrupting the victim while they attempt to mount a legal defense is just a bonus.
What a lousy way to live. For all of us.
The Spork Speaks – Tempest in a Teardrop – Quizzer
Pretty feeble shock troops, though.
Justiciars- good word
So are ants, until a million of them show up in your kitchen.
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Baby powder is awesome for this, although I can’t say I’ve ever gone up against a million at a time. o.O
Really? We’ve had ants a couple of times and it takes forever to get rid of them. Will try baby powder next time. At least the counter won’t chafe any more 😉
Orvan Taurus said:
Footpowder might work, too. The stuff that smells of wintergreen… because of the wintergreen. And it turns out that while (non-infant) humans can tolerate and enjoy wintergreen, it’s an insecticide.
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Yup. It’s the talcum powder. I pretty much just “sprayed” the ants liberally, as well as their points of entry. It takes a few times of doing it, but eventually the ants all go to that big picnic blanket in the sky.
This is what happens when those who inhabit the plane to the left of Reality are unable to avoid at least brushing up against reality every so often. When that happens, there’s usually a lot of screaming, a call to arms, a declaration that Something Must Be Done, and then the zombie horde turns on the normal villagers.
Point of fact, most people in the Western world do *not* consider obesity (aka curvy, aka plus-sized, aka full-bodied) beautiful. Otherwise we wouldn’t need so many people lecturing us on it. I don’t see people declaring the sky is blue (not technically) and going on search and destroy missions against anyone who begs to differ. (Although the status of Pluto’s planethood is a sore spot for some. :p) Disclaimer: a certain amount of fat is needed to achieve a youthful, beautiful look–but it’s all in how and where and how much that fat is distributed.
Women, I think, in general like to feel pretty, attractive, and desirable. Nothing wrong with that, so far as it exists in moderation. If you try to have your cake and eat it too, you’re looking at an increased risk of depression, decreased mobility, joint problems, heart risks, diabetes, really ticked off internal organs, and general malaise up to and including death. Most of those symptoms also fit for those who are severely underweight. Forget body image for a second (and hey, what about how evil and wrong it is to objectify women? Because that’s what they’re doing when they shove those images at people. It’s not about the woman herself or what makes her beautiful. It’s about fitting a certain body type, fulfilling a certain cause, and you’d better like it, or else!) and just looking at the health risks, it’s foolishness to fetishize a state of being that is so adverse to a woman’s health–which affects her overall happiness and quality of life. They aren’t doing anyone favors by insisting on trying to pass a lie off as the truth.
The more I’ve learned about feminism from watching the antics of its acolytes, the more I realize it is an insidious poison. And the more determined I am to inculcate both my sons and my daughters against it. Feminism definitely doesn’t lead to happiness if you ignore what they profess to believe, and actually look at the people who are practicing it. And this time they don’t have a fungus theory to fall back on as to why so many feminists are determined to see witches all about them and on every side.
If feminists weren’t haranguing us about this, it’d be something else. I haven’t looked at The Mary Sue yet to see what the outrage is today.
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I’ve said it before, there is a war on women. It’s called feminism.
Very true. It’s almost like feminism was specifically designed to leave women as empty and unfulfilled as possible. All the while promising happiness that’s impossible to achieve under these conditions.
Orvan Taurus said:
I had a complaint about the ‘Pluto decision’ but it was not about whether or not Pluto is considered a planet – I’m fine with that going either way, really. What I dislike(d) was the rather poor way of defining a planet that was used. Of course, after having explained all that, what did I get? People hollering “It’s NOT a planet!” who evidently failed to read or comprehend what I had written.
Pluto will one day have it’s revenge, and we’ll all cast blame on the scientists.
I agree re: poorly defined parameters. My brain stil can’t wrap its head around eight plants, though. Eight feels unfinished, whereas nine is elegant. Pluto’s just the runt of the family is all. 😀
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“Blurry SJW rules”. They have to be, otherwise how could they shift the goalposts as often as they do? 😛
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I agree but the blurry isn’t needed. They move the goalposts even when you surrender. Hence, never apologize because, as an admission of guilt, you must then pay for your sins against the cause.
Oh man, you missed the best part of that shitstorm: how it all started.
Read and enjoy.
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Thanks, I was about to post that link if you hadn’t. Classic.