*SPOILER ALERT: HUNGER GAMES DETAILS*
Femistorian and FemOnFire have just discovered that they share a passion for the Hunger Games. While discussing the recent release of the movie, Femistorian mentions the recent publicized reactions of fans who read the book, but somehow didn’t realize that Rue, a character the protagonist allies with and becomes attached to, is black. The bloggers discuss the reactions of racist fans, and how they reflect the values we still inherently hold in our society:
Femistorian: Hey FemOnFire! So I have to ask, have you seen The Hunger Games yet?
FemOnFire: I have! I thought it did a great job of staying true to the book! Have you seen it?
Femistorian: I actually just saw it this past weekend. To be honest, while I thought overall they did a decent job, I was very disappointed that they left out or changed some of the political story lines. But that’s not all I was disappointed in. Did you read this story over at Jezebel?
[Trigger warning: images from "thinspo" sites and discussion of eating disorders]
Katie O. and internationalcupcakebandit are pissed off about the “thinspo” trend, where women are encouraged to be unattainably skinny and shamed for even thinking that they might want to eventually eat something. Coupled with an emphasis on fake baking until you’re a creepy shade of Oompa Loompa orange, we’re wondering why the standard of beauty for women is targeted to make us sick and unhealthy, and why, regardless of whether we’re skinny or curvy or happily fat, we will never be good enough.
This week at the Bitchin’ Table, eszenyme and femistorian take on the issue of feminist critiques of pop culture, and try to find a little common ground that anyone can approach feminism from.
eszenyme: Hi Emily!
femistorian: Hey Marie! I’ve been meaning to tell you, I love your series, Totally Awesome Women! I think it’s great how you’re turning a feminist lens to pop culture, but I have to ask, what made you decide to write this series?
This week at The Bitchin’ Table, Kaycorbs444 and FemOnFire are confused. Even with the growing sexual liberation of women, it seems that we can hardly go a day without seeing images and commentary that portray women’s sexual decisions as selfish or trivial. When Kaycorbs444 found an image online about the “irritating” denial of “backdoor passage,” she decided she needed to bitch.
Kaycorbs444: So FemOnFire, I came across this picture the other day on Facebook and it really rubbed me the wrong way… there’s so many issues that stem from this one image, and it’s even more upsetting that people can actually laugh about something like this…what do you think?
For this week’s Bitchin’ Table, InternationalCupcakeBandit and eszenyme are tackling the oh so relevant topic of.. drum roll! BATHING SUIT SEASON. Yeah, it’s large, ferocious, and in the back of all of our minds. Feel free to join in, and start some bitchin’ too!
InternationalCupcakeBandit: Hey there, eszenyme!
eszenyme: Hi, int’lcupcakebandit!
InternationalCupcakeBandit: So, maybe it’s just me… but, i’m getting bombarded by (literally) at least 5 emails a day from clothing stores about
BATHING SUIT SEASON
This week at The Bitchin’ Table, femonfire and aliasmitch are angry. So angry that they are willing to start an arbitrary facebook group that demands everyone they don’t like to be fired from their jobs because these people shouldn’t have jobs (because we said so.) We will call ourselves 5 Zillion Deviants and we will DESTROY THE NUCLEAR FAMILY WITH OUR HOMOSEXUAL AGENDA. We will all wear solid lavender uniforms with hot pink piping and menacing shoulder pads. We will terrorize the suburbs with propaganda that will corrupt your children with our messages of love for all. Ellen DeGeneres will lead us into our war with your simple, clean lives, effectively destroying back yard barbecues, after-school bake sales and most important of all: YOUR MARRIAGES.
YOU WILL RUE THE DAY AMERICA.
Join us, readers, and hope that you will survive our homosexual reign of terror.
This week in The Bitchin’ Table KCorbs444 and Parklena analyze (and bitch) about the extreme and ceaseless measures women partake in to protect themselves from assault… as well as everyday life practices calling for women to deal with the issues men inflict. Inspired by a chain letter and their own experiences as college students, these women are FED UP with the never ending defense of their bodies and their dignity.
Welcome back to the Bitchin’ Table, your Friday feature where two ShoutOut! bloggers bitch and moan and shriek, all favorite feminist pastimes. This week aliasmitch and Katie O. discuss poor oppressed straight, white man Rick Santorum, his plight of persecution by the gays, how sad it makes him when people think he’s racist (jeez, he meant “blah people” okay?), and why he should control your womb, you silly woman!
Me: I hate it that everyone thinks all feminists hate everything.
Friend: Aren’t you just validating “everyone’s” claim?
Me: Shut up. Seriously, though, it really bothers me when I get the, “shouldn’t you be really pissed right now,” comments whenever someone tells a sexist joke or when a patriarchal song is played. Those things obviously bother me. But, I don’t think it’s productive to say something like that. It’s obviously a joke that insinuates that anytime I hear anything remotely offensive, I go up in arms and it ruins my day, my whole world crashes down, and I start breathing fire.
Friend: Well, it does.
Me: Shut up. I’ll admit, that does happen but most of the time, that is not my go-to reaction.
Friend: So, what’s the problem, then?