"Louisa May Alcott wrote Little Women for the money. And it made her miserable.
As a young writer, Alcott concentrated on lurid pulp stories of revenge, murder, and adultery–“blood and thunder” literature, as she called i–and enjoyed writing very much. She was in her mid 30s when an editor suggested she try writing a book for girls. Alcott wasn’t very interested, but her father was a complete moron with money and had left the family in terrible financial trouble. Alcott wrote Little Women in hopes of some decent sales and a little breathing room and got way more than she asked for. The money in sequels was too good to turn down (and her father didn’t get any smarter with a dime), but Alcott hated writing what she called “moral pap for the young” and longed to return to the smut and violence of her early endeavors."
but have you considered:
- strong females who don’t denounce femininity or being girly
- strong females who are “like every other girl” bc why the hell not girls are rad
- strong females who tear down the culture of girls hating on other girls
- strong females who are proud to be feminists
- strong females who support and acknowledge trans women
- strong females who understand that being strong isn’t synonymous with manly or with “acting like a man”
Anonymous said: as a white woman, how do you understand your feminism as intersectional? like, maybe it's easy to be an advocate of intersectionality, at least in theory, but how do you really practice it in everyday life? do white women really even have access to intersectional thinking? is the advocacy of intersectionality sometimes used by white women as a way to absolve themselves of guilt? do you still find yourselves prioritizing sexism over racism?
This started out sounding like a serious question but at the end it just sounded like you wanted to yell at me?? But I’m going to answer it anyway because this is important.
To apply intersectionality in my every day life as a white, cisgender woman means to
1. actively catch and deconstruct it every time I have a thought that’s rooted in racism or transphobia; ask myself why I thought that, and make a note to try not to do it anymore/unlearn it. I make an effort to unlearn the shitty things that I grew up being told.
2. make sure I actually HEAR the words of PoC/trans individuals; like when they, let’s say, make a post about experiencing discrimination, I acknowledge that I have no idea what it would be like to experience that particular breed of hate, and I try to reblog posts by them so more people see them
3. Do not insert myself into these conversations by making it about my perspective or my feelings
4. Don’t get all pouty and self-centered when I see posts making fun of white people or whatever because I know that as a woman I am comforted the slightest bit by “funny” posts at the expense of men, and because I know it will not systematically harm them. I know that white people are not hurt by white people jokes, so I’m not going to let them make me into a pissbaby.
5. CALL OUT MY ALSO-PRIVILEGED FRIENDS WHEN THEY SAY SOMETHING FUCKED UP
So yeah this is how I try to practice it in every day life.
Unfriendly reminder that in America it’s reasonable to say an unarmed black kid deserved to be shot six times because he might have robbed a convenience store, but a white kid shouldn’t be kicked off the high school football team just because he violently raped a girl.
"I just did an arc with Warren Ellis — and no one else on the planet could get away with this, because I think this is like harassment? — But Warren felt like there was a depiction of Spider-Woman where it looked like her waist perhaps didn’t contain any internal organs. And he suggested very quietly … ‘You should fix that, or else I will come to your house and nail your feet to the floor and set your house on fire.’ … And it totally got fixed!"
Bringing this back … no reason.