Current Events – 01/20/17

Well, let’s get this shit over with…

In The News:

Yes, Donald Trump was inaugurated today as President of the US. I’m not even going to get into it today because I just don’t have it in me. Let the apocalypse commence.

His Education Secretary made headlines by crashing and burning in a pathetic attempt to field questions on her views of and plans for the education system. She claims to have been advocating for 30+ years, and yet doesn’t understand the difference between growth and proficiency. Someone please make it stop.

 

Trending on Twitter:

On a lighter note…

People are finding mysterious photos on their camera roll of their iPhones and I am sooooo here for it. Love it. Conspiracy theories, please – go!

 

 

 

 

 

Photo credit: Les Chroniques de Rorschach

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My Ruby Rose Experience

A few weeks ago I received a very urgent and excited text from one of my best girlfriends. “RUBY ROSE IS COMING TO CELEBRITIES!!!” It just so happened that I would be in Vancouver that entire week, and the Ruby Rose set was the day before I was scheduled to leave. Perfect timing! I immediately hopped onto the site to buy tickets, but they wouldn’t accept my Visa debit and lord knows my MasterCard is off limits right now. Because he is the most wonderful human being ever, my boyfriend generously paid for the ticket using his card, and that was that. I should mention that, in the the time it took for me to receive the text and get to the website, the ticket cost had already jumped $15 up to $50 plus fees. I’m not a diehard fan of Rose’s music, but I am however a huge fan of her film-making and human rights activism. Her presence in the LGBTQ+ community is spectacular and I wanted to support that and figured I would enjoy the show at the very least.

Too bad that never happened!!!

My friend and I were both feeling very excited and positive about the great night we were sure to have. Unfortunately, it was pretty much the complete opposite. As soon as we got in the door, it was clear that the attitude at Celebrities was unwelcoming to “girls like us”. I don’t even know where to begin with how I feel about was said to us…

First of all, I suppose I should start by saying that my sexual orientation is nobody’s business but my own, and vice versa. I was appalled at the number of people who accusingly asked me if I was a “poser straight girl”. I wished that I had replied “I don’t know, are you as big of an asshole as you seem?”… but instead I simply said “No, actually, I’m not.” Perhaps it was being completely surrounded by what I can only describe as the poorest representation of the gay community, but I wasn’t in the mood to get into it about my sex life with strangers. After being berated for 30 minutes on the dance floor by everyone around me, I decided it was time to take my leave to the bathroom for a moment alone.

What happens on my way there? I get SHOVED. Being knocked to the ground and called a “straight bitch” was the last straw.

I could hardly believe it. At that point I just said FUCK IT and called for a ride to go back to the apartment, without even seeing Ruby Rose go on. I felt completely ripped off. I also felt turned on by a group of people that I supposedly “belonged to” and have been publicly standing up for since the time I was 15. I was the president on my high school’s GSA and one of the first girls to come out there. I’ve been fighting homophobia and transphobia and arguing for equal right’s every day of my life. Yet here I was, being judged for my appearance. I felt cheated.

Do you think Ruby Rose would appreciate that kind of behaviour? I sure as hell don’t.

Addressing Meghan Trainor’s Ignorance

This has been a looooooong time coming.

Meghan Trainor is, in my opinion, one of the most ignorant people in pop music to date. Don’t you worry, I’m going to back that statement up. My personal views have been under wraps for quite a while now because I simply didn’t want to get involved. I left “All about that bass” alone. I kept my mouth shut (publicly) when she made a beyond idiotic statement regarding eating disorders. Let me tell you, that was difficult. Now her video “Dear Future Husband” is getting media attention for ONCE AGAIN being completely sexist and enforcing gender stereotypes and anti-feminism.

I’m not entirely sure if she’s just stupid but I know I’m about to get angry when her lips are moving. Yes I went there. So let’s look at her offences point by point.

1) All About That Bass

My problems with this song stem from my firm belief that in order to stop body-shaming we must create an inclusive and non-critical environment in which all bodies are appreciated and accepted as OK. I understand that sometimes in order to promote body positivity for an oppressed group such as plus-sized women, they must be raised up on their own movement which may not always include positive statements for ‘skinny girls’. However, wanting to promote ‘fat-acceptance’ (we’ll get to that shortly) doesn’t mean you need to straight-up call out people of other body types. IE “Go ahead and tell the skinny bitches that.”

Secondly, Meghan Trainor doesn’t even believe in her own message.

2) Hypocrisy

a – Eating Disorders

Meghan Trainor was quoted as saying: “I wasn’t strong enough to have an eating disorder. I tried to go anorexic for a good three hours. I ate ice and celery, but that’s not even anorexic. And I quit. I was like, ‘Ma, can you make me a sandwich? Like, immediately.”

I can’t even… But I must. As someone who has struggled with an eating disorder my entire life this is incredibly offensive, first off. Not to mention the incredibly awful and ignorant message it sends to people who may be struggling with body image and food. Not “strong enough” to have an eating disorder??????? Perhaps if Meghan Trainor could look outsider herself for half a second she would understand the consequences of being so vapid. Of course Demi Lovato, being the activist she is, took to Twitter saying:

“Having an eating disorder doesn’t show “strength.” Strength is when are able to overcome your demons after being sick and tired for so long.There’s a wide misconception that anorexia and/or bulimia is a choice and you often hear people say things like “why doesn’t she just start eating?” Or even “just stop throwing up.” It’s the ignorance and lack of education on mental illnesses that continues to {put} mental health care on the back burner to congress even though this is an epidemic that is sweeping our nation, and causing more and more tragedy every day. Starving is not a “diet” and throwing up isn’t something that only extremely thin men or women do. Eating disorders do not discriminate… Neither does any other mental illness. These are deadly diseases that are taking lives daily. So please, let’s be cautious of the words weuse when discussing ED’s and other mental illnesses.”

b – Weight Loss

I operate under the belief that a person’s body is no one’s business but their own. However, when you have such a large audience of young and impressionable fans, it is important to ensure that the words coming out of your mouth match the actions you are putting forth. Since the release of her single “All About That Bass” Meghan Trainor has been steadily losing weight, and her fans are noticing. Her intentions are being called into questions. Preaching ‘fat acceptance’ while clearly giving in to pressure to be thin and making comments about wishing to be thinner sends the message that loving one’s self is great in theory but in practice not so much. Clearly it’s a great tool to sell records with, though. In conjunction with the eating disorder debacle, it would be easy for young people to take away the idea that one should be anorexic while pretending love one’s self. Great…

This is the point that, for me, gets very complicated. I have mixed views about this subject because as a feminist I believe that every woman has the right to do whatever she wants with her body and I don’t think it’s right to point out someone’s weight as right or wrong. I also really don’t appreciate the ignorance and hypocrisy with which Meghan Trainor seems to be governed by in every aspect of her career. Then there’s the term ‘fat acceptance’. For those whom it has a positive connotation, I commend taking back that word and using it for a positive movement. For myself, that is a word which was used to wage war against my body every second of every day for 14 years. Thus why I use quotations around the statement. That is not meant to offend or devalue the movement, but rather a writing tool used to express my own personal struggle with it, which I cannot ignore or pretend does not still exist if I am to be honest.

3) Anti-feminist message

I feel as though I could just fill this section with quotes from her music because it would be so easy.

Let’s start with “All About That Bass”, in which she sings “My momma she told me ‘don’t worry about your size, because boys like a little more booty to hold at night’.” Yes, let’s let the opinion of boys dictate how we eat and feel about our bodies. Sounds like a great idea…

Now, with the release of “Dear Future Husband”, Meghan Trainor is getting a lot of negative press for her antiquated presentation of gender roles within the lyrics and video. She essentially sings a list of demands in which a man will have to live up to “If you wanna get that special lovin'” The entire song is very sexist and I really suggest looking up the lyrics if you’d like to see more examples.

So, there you have it. I’m so sick of women in the media saying they don’t need feminism and portraying unhealthy ideals to a vulnerable demographic. Regardless of whether you think you need feminism or not, I believe the evidence above says otherwise. I suppose you could say this is an open letter to Meghan Trainor. If she were to ever read this my words to her would be to please think before you speak. Please be honest about what you actually believe in rather than operating under the guise of body positivity and sending a confusing and contrary message to the people who listen to your music. Most importantly, please educate yourself.

-Lex