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The Daily Fail's Important Feminist Issues Quiz!

Can you vajazzle and be a feminist?
Yes. The same as you can dance the hula or drink coffee or fart in tunes and be a feminist. Feminism means belief in equality, not any particular attitude to bodily adornment.

Is it sexist to call a woman "love" or "dear"?
To paraphrase the NRA: words aren't sexist, people are. It's not about the word, it's about the use to which a word is put, and the intention behind using that word. Depending on inflection "I love you" can mean "I love you" or it can mean "you are the worst person in my world". Why should "love" or "dear" be any different?

Does Katie Price let women down?
I should hope she asks for permission before opening the valve if she does...

Should women take their husband's name when they get married?
If they want to. I'm a liberal; I don't believe in applying shoulds to situations like that. It's equally possible, of course, that a man might wish to take his wife's name. Or they might want to make up an entirely new name. And isn't this question a bit heteronormative? I mean, even cardinal Keith O'Brien recognises that relationships are not all one man one woman, even if he doesn't like it.

Is Rihanna a feminist icon?
I don't know anything about Rihanna? I like P!nk, personally.

Who should pay the bill on a date?
Whoever can afford to.

Is stripping an acceptable career choice?
More acceptable than being a Daily Mail journalist, in my eyes. At least it involves honest toil.

What feminist issues do you think are more important than any of the ones asked about above?
Oh, the wage gap, rape and consent issues, the childcare gap, the ingrained nature of benevolent sexism, the use of casual bullying to suppress women's thought and accuse us of humourlessness, the assumption that all feminists care about is superficial bollocks like the things you ask about above...

Date: Wednesday, March 7th, 2012 06:35 pm (UTC)
missdiane: (HP - Ravenclaw Lawful Neutral)
From: [personal profile] missdiane
RE: Is Rihanna a feminist icon?

Good grief, NO. After being abused by her boyfriend, she follows that up with some bullshit NOT-empowering fluffy tripe songs about S&M. Some people are calling her a "sexy feminist" and I have no damned clue where that's coming from. I think some of these people want her to be a feminist, but personally I don't think she has the chops for it.

P!nk is a MUCH better choice.

Date: Wednesday, March 7th, 2012 06:47 pm (UTC)
ginasketch: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ginasketch
Um. What does it matter if she writes songs about S & M? How in any way does that mean she is advocating the abuse she suffered? Honestly, I don't get why this women gets so much shit thrown at her.

Date: Wednesday, March 7th, 2012 06:51 pm (UTC)
missdiane: (HP - Ravenclaw Lawful Neutral)
From: [personal profile] missdiane
I didn't say nor imply that it was at all advocating the abuse she suffered, nor would I. I'm saying that other people are perceiving it as some sort of "strong woman" thing when it's not. It's pop fluff with a tee hee "edge."

I couldn't give a crap about Rhianna. I don't understand why people are doing the opposite. She doesn't deserve roses any more than she deserves shit.

Date: Wednesday, March 7th, 2012 06:55 pm (UTC)
ginasketch: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ginasketch
I'm pretty indifferent to her TBH. I just don't get why she inspires so much hate.

And I despise the fact that the media has made Chris Brown a martyr for beating her. And they HAVE. I think the reason people sostrongly about it is this is exactly what happens all the time in situations of abuse the victim is blamed.

Date: Wednesday, March 7th, 2012 06:58 pm (UTC)
ginasketch: (Blasphemy)
From: [personal profile] ginasketch
Stupid tablet not allowing me to structure sentences properly. Argh.

Date: Wednesday, March 7th, 2012 07:06 pm (UTC)
missdiane: (HP - Ravenclaw Lawful Neutral)
From: [personal profile] missdiane
I'd be perfectly happy if both Chris Brown and Rihanna dropped off the pop radar altogether. Neither one of them have all that much talent as it is.

I do agree it's disgusting that people did such a turnaround and did start blaming the victim here like happens entirely too frequently.

Date: Wednesday, March 7th, 2012 10:52 pm (UTC)
tajasel: Katie, with a purple wig on. (Default)
From: [personal profile] tajasel
It's not so much writing the song about S&M that's the issue. It was the lyrics and the way the video portrayed BDSM, trivialising it.

(A lot of people also suggested that by publishing a song about it, she was validating the beating or something, saying "we're into kink so that he beat me up is fine" but I call bullshit on that.

On Keith O'Brien

Date: Wednesday, March 7th, 2012 06:43 pm (UTC)

Date: Wednesday, March 7th, 2012 07:02 pm (UTC)
hollymath: (down)
From: [personal profile] hollymath
That is some depressingly superficial bollocks.

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