Lately, feminists like Annie Lennox, bell hooks and Emma Watson have taken issue with Beyoncé’s sexual openness. While trying to discredit Beyoncé as a feminist, they seem to have forgotten one of the most important parts of Chimamanda’s speech in ***Flawless."What does a lady dress like, exactly? And who decided what a lady looks like? What bearing should one’s clothing have on one’s identification as a feminist? This is exactly the kind of misogynist policing we’ve fought tooth and claw against for decades, and to level this line of “reasoning” at Beyoncé is not only antifeminist, it is despicable." (x)
We should also note that Black Women are perceived and fetishized as hyper sexual. Which is why mainstream feminists willingly call Miley Cyrus, Iggy Azalea, and Katy Perry revolutionary and in charge of their bodies meanwhile demonizing Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, and Beyonce.
When I was younger, my mother tried to get me an agent because I was always singing and dancing, but whenever she took me to an audition, I would just shut down. By high school, I was telling everyone, “Oh, I’m going to be a doctor when I grow up,” because my dad was always saying to me, “Pick a career path where you’re always going to be necessary.” But by junior year, I was president of choir, I was the lead in the school play, and I just loved being onstage performing. I literally had a breakdown because I’m not big on denying myself the things that I want, and I knew I was going to do it anyway. So it was coming to terms with the fact that my life was never going to be stable. I’d never know where the next job was coming.
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All these widows and orphans, but what do you call someone who lost a child? You’d think someone would have given that a name.
It’s really bizarre and frustrating to see posts like this one about how to get away with murder that take the characters completely on the surface level and fly in the face of what the show is setting out to do. Like the whole point of these characters and this show is to take the people from other shows, other mediums who have traditionally been thrown into one-dimensional roles and show them as fully complex, realized people with both flaws and attributes.
The oversexed, flamboyant gay character becomes a ruthless, ambitious go-getter willing to use the role society has placed him in to get what he wants, but who flounders under pressure when he’s faced with real emotions, when he’s thrown into a situation with too many unknowns and variables.
The one-note do gooder crusader becomes someone willing to break rules, defy morals, corrupt himself in order to help someone he truly thinks deserves it - someone he knows the system is going to make a pariah because he’s lived under the weight of that system his whole life.
The pretty, quiet, malleable student is fully aware of how people see her (‘it’s just my face’), is determined to remain true to herself, to force others to see her as she wants to be seen.
The type-a ‘prom queen’ works hard, fucking hard to have her life as ordered and perfect as she wants it, and has dreams and ambitions as much as any other person - she isn’t just someone’s antagonist, someone’s villain.
All of this is cemented by the fact that the one character in the show who is reduced to a gag is the straight, white man - the one who, in any other show, would be the lead, would be the one allowed to have layers, to have an underlying reason for the way he acts and the choices he makes.
And like, the way people seem DETERMINED to fly in the face of the progressive, fascinating, deliberate choices the show makes is regards to its characters is so telling about the way media is received, about the stereotypes it engenders, about the assumptions people themselves bring to what they consume. The need to make these characters simple, palatable, understandable in the context of stereotypes and assumptions is so clear and something that needs to be confronted, imo.