Feminism needs outrage. Outrage is a natural response to oppression. It is outrageous that we are not equal, that racial and gender discrimination affect all of us every day. We should be angry at the ridiculous magazine covers we’re expected to compare ourselves to, we should be critical of the fact that “The Daily Show” only has a few women correspondents who rarely see air time—and that they are, like the off-air staff, predominantly white, something that has not been mentioned much–we should be livid that our reproductive rights are constantly under siege, we should be irate about transphobia, we should be pissed about bad wars, short-sighted environmental policies and a surreal food distribution system, and we should be furious that there have only been 38 women in the Senate ever. Feminism is about liberation, and it is completely liberating to be able to point to something and say, “This is fucked up. And I am going to do something about it.”
We all have our different points of entry into feminism. Some of us get it from our mothers. Some of us get it in school. Some get it from books. Some get it from reading blogs. And once we get it, we are, rightly, outraged. Being outraged is not the “exact opposite of progressive thought and rational discourse.” Outrage is what fuels a demand for justice. It is what underscores our thoughts and discourse and helps guide our actions. We express our outrage in blogs, and on Twitter, and at marches and at conferences and in a hundred different ways. I’m thrilled to be living in Outrage World. All ages welcome.
“When someone tells you they’ve just bought a house, they might as well tell you they no longer have a personality. You can immediately assume so many things: that they’re locked into jobs they hate; that they’re broke; that they spend every night watching videos; that they’re fifteen pounds overweight; that they no longer listen to new ideas.”—Douglas Coupland (via) (via syntheticpubes)
“You go to the store, and you stand in line with everyone else. All 2,000 of them. (Seriously, that is so many people to be standing in line for a fucking phone. Unacceptable. That is the thing that people should have been booing. “Booo! Get off the line!”)”
“Obama is under relentless attack now from the Right. That’s a great help. I have been arguing in his defense, asking, please, what can he do to “handle” the crisis? We are told he hasn’t seemed “concerned” enough. He flies to the Gulf states for his fourth trip and is attacked for having a goddamn ice cream cone. He expresses concern. He says he’s mad. He gives a speech from the Oval Office in which he comes up with no answers because there are none. “This is Obama’s Katrina,” shouts the Right, forgetting that they said Bush did a good job with Katrina. The difference is, Bush could have done more with Katrina, but I don’t see what Obama can do with the Spill. He’s instructed: “Take personal command!” Should the President be our go-to guy on oil spills? “Express more emotion!” What is he, a head of state like the Queen, delegated to going places and looking concerned? He can try to pass some energy legislation, but both parties are in the pockets of Big Oil. Those few legislators who work for meaningful federal solutions are pilloried as “socialists.” God help us if we should attempt to slow the eagerness of corporations to consume us.”—Roger Ebert (via azspot) (via chuckmore)