peeintothewind asked: Heya! I am the girl in the picture who held up the sign about feminism. Someone referred me to your post about that picture. While I'm aware of your disclaimer and that you were just using the image as food for thought, I just want to clarify with you (and the Internet, since somehow a picture of me from 2-3 years ago is now widely publicized) that I was not implying gender binary. I have written a response about it on my blog to add my own thoughts on this matter. Hope that clears things up.
Thank you for this post! I also want to further emphasize that not only was my argument based on an assumption from your photo, the only reason I wrote it in the first place was because many other people actually do cling to the gender binary of rape culture.
In your response, you stated, “And I think that the fact that some people (like the man in the photo) automatically believe I am conveying that notion just goes to show that this gender binary of rape culture IS very much prevalent.” And that’s important.
Check out the rest of her response! It’s very insightful.
From Ancient Japanese literature to American pop culture, rape has too often been classified into “men raping women.” Which is to be expected, considering that statistically, majority of rape does happen to be perpetrated by men, with women being the victims. However, this gender binary of rape culture, which has existed throughout history, continues to this very day, despite the strides we make against heteronormativity and other socially destructive concepts.
That being said, there are three clear issues with this narrative:
1. This marginalizes men. Which is fairly obvious. When you portray men to be perpetrators of rape, you delegitimize the fact that men are also often the victims of rape. By doing so, male victims of rape are hurled into a sociological and psychological paradox, inadvertently reinforcing the notion that if anyone should be rapists, it should be men. Perhaps this may even be a precursor to the fact that many male victims of rape and abuse become the perpetrators later in life. But this is getting really out there, and the statistics are not significant enough to make such a claim.
2. This marginalizes women. Woah, what? How can men and women be marginalized simultaneously? Is that even possible? Well, yes. By reinforcing the narrative of men as perpetrators and women as victims, female victims of rape also become delegitimized. “Oh, you were raped? At least societally, that makes sense, because you are a woman.” You also simultaneously completely ignore the issue that women can also be perpetrators of rape and abuse. “Oh, you were raped by a woman? Well, that doesn’t make sense…”
No. That is not how things work.
3. This marginalizes all those who lie in between. Transphobia is a serious fucking issue, and I am more than certain that all of you have seen enough statistics on this website (although most of them are unsourced and some are even blatantly incorrect so I encourage you all to do your personal research) regarding the abuse, rape, and discrimination faced by trans members of society. Extending even beyond this issue of rape culture, placing any social issue into a gender binary marginalizes trans people. So don’t do that.
Lastly, HUGE FREAKIN’ DISCLAIMER: The context of my argument is based on the assumed inference that the person on top hold this image is implying gender binary, which they necessarily (and probably) are not, because feminism, although a social doctrine that revolves mainly around women, is obviously not strictly bound to women. I am merely using this image as food for thought in order to portray and dismantle a popular narrative which should not exist in today’s society.
Thanks for reading, y’all. And if you disagree with my argument vehemently or have any of your own thoughts you would like to share, please feel free to respond or even inbox me. This is an important social issue that deserves intellectual discourse.
TL;DR – GENDER BINARY IS BAD. RAPE IS ALSO BAD.
Anonymous asked: What's wrong with everything else that John Stewart says?
He’s a sensationalist. Although he does do a very good job pointing out many examples of mass ignorance and downright stupidity, he does a rather shit poor job with fairly portraying both sides of the controversy, often relying on humorous straw man arguments and ad hominem. Considering he’s such a politically partisan journalist, his actions really infringe on intellectual social discourse.
And of course, being the hyper-liberal community that Tumblr is, everyone here eats that shit up without a second thought. But at the end of the day, I’d still rather listen to Jon Stewart any day over Fox News.