Nations are not communities and never have been. The history of any country, presented as the history of a family, conceals the fierce conflicts of interest (sometimes exploding, often repressed) between conquerors and conquered, masters and slaves, capitalists and workers, dominators and dominated in race and sex. And in such a world of conflict, a world of victims and executioners, it is the job of thinking people, as Albert Camus suggested, not to be on the side of the executioners.
– Howard Zinn, A People’s History of the United States
There is nothing inevitable about men oppressing women, being full of aggression, or clamping down on other men who don’t conform to a rigid concept of masculinity. Being a man can mean being inclusive, open and accepting. Masculinity is fluid and its future is up for grabs.
– Owen Jones, left-wing journalist and Guardian columnist, writing for The New Statesman, 2nd June 2016 (x).
If you haven’t witnessed the spectacular work of Orange Coat Girl, you really should. There isn’t a copy of the video on YouTube, aside from one published on Milo Yiannopoulos’ channel which you can find here. The clip of her starts at 00:09 and ends at 00:39. I hate to give him any more views than he has (because his politics are gross), so you can also access the video on Twitter/Facebook/Instagram.
In the video, Orange Coat Girl, a student of UCLA, has taken down posters which read “Feminism is cancer”, followed by an image of Milo Yiannopoulos’ face. She is carrying the posters, presumably to dispose of them. She is pursued by an aggressive anti-feminist – another student who had previously put these posters up – who yells at her and films the encounter. To her credit, OCG remains totally calm and dignified throughout, despite the other student calling her “cancerous to society”. Honestly, the student filming sounds completely desperate, demanding to know why OCG removed the posters and insisting that OCG nearly assaulted her when she reached past her to take down a poster.
I don’t know the full story; perhaps OCG was more hostile when she initially removed the images. But she was well within her rights to do so, as has been pointed out – material of that nature is against the university’s regulations. OCG herself called the posters “hateful” and “illegally posted”.
As of 3rd June, a clip posted by @itsfeminism on Instagram has been viewed 13, 565 times. Another I saw on Facebook, posted by BRUHH, has been seen 8, 545 times. Orange Coat Girl herself (who you can find on Twitter as @orangecoatgirl) has 9, 393 followers, and it’s still trending. Little gestures of rebellion like this are great. They foster a much better, safer, fairer environment and they clear the path for more activism.
From Orange Coat Girl:
Just goes to show that you have a voice, no matter how small you believe it to be!
The first act of violence that patriarchy demands of males is not violence toward women. Instead patriarchy demands of all males that they engage in acts of psychic self-mutilation, that they kill off the emotional parts of themselves. If an individual is not successful in emotionally crippling himself, he can count on patriarchal men to enact rituals of power that will assault his self-esteem.
bell hooks, American author, feminist and activist.
You’re damn right, my body is a temple; I am the god it was built for. I am the landlord and I can let whoever I want live inside it.
Savannah Brown, Hi, I’m A Slut: A Slam Poem (x)
“An activist is someone who cannot help but fight for something. That person is usually not motivated by a need for power, or money, or fame, but in fact driven slightly mad by some injustice, some cruelty, some unfairness – so much so that he or she is compelled by some internal moral engine to act to make it better.”
-Eve Ensler, American playwright and feminist, known for The Vagina Monologues
I understand feminism to be a social saviour because it liberates everyone without exclusion, whereas masculinism damns itself by measuring a man’s health by the amount of sexual gratification he receives.
(Oh, I can’t help quoting you, because everything that you said rings truuue, ooh ooh)