Farmer’s Market

I went to the farmer’s market this weekend, and had two feminism-related experiences.

First, there was an old dude wearing a “Feminist chicks dig me” shirt.

Dudes think they are soo hi-larious.
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Watch us all laugh.
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*crickets*

My initial thought was that this shirt must be a dig against feminists, and that those wearing it actually do hate feminist women and want to shame them.

But then I saw that Jessica Valenti gave Stephen Colbert one of these shirts on his show. I honestly do not know what to make of that. See? Feminists actually do like dudes! Look, I gave you this shirt that demeans me– that proves we have a “sense of humor”!
*sigh*

Many of us know dudes who call themselves feminists. The internet is full of them! One of them just joined my book club! (YUCK)

But most of the men who self-identify as feminists do so on the belief that so identifying will bring with it sexual perks. Make her think you give a ‘ish about her rights, and she’ll be sure to let you bone her!

Real pro-feminist men don’t spend their lives bloviating on about how much of a feminist they are. They teach other men, instead of trying to lead women. But these men are rare.

Anyway. My next feminism-related experience came when I saw what I’m calling a princess-off in the middle of the grounds. Yep. There were two adult women dressed up as Disney princesses for the kids. One was Cinderella, and the other was Princess Merida from Brave.


Obviously, one of the princesses is much more feminist-approved.

As you all know, Cinderella teaches young girls that women cannot trust each other, and that the only way to advance in life is to marry your way out of misery by being petite and “beautiful”.

Now, I haven’t seen Brave and therefore can’t fully evaluate its feminist cred, but I have read the wiki on it. Though it seems somewhat problematic in depicting Princess Merida’s relationship with her mother, it does revolve around a young woman’s self-determined choice not to be married against her will. Also, she is an active character that makes things happen, rather than a passive one that receives the action like Cinderella.

What was encouraging about the princess off was that the Brave princess was much more popular with the young girls. They were circled around her, and asked her if they could play with her adult-sized bow-and-arrow. They lined up to shoot the kids bow-and-arrow set that was set up for them. There were young boys there too. Cinderella looked bored and embarrassed in her hoop dress and shiny gloves. Actually, I felt bad for her.

The two princesses at the farmer’s market could not have been more different, and the young girls decidedly chose the more active, self-determining, and adventurous option. I found this quite encouraging.

For more feminist analysis of Disney princesses, check out Allecto’s post here. Andrea Dworkin also talks about Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty in Woman Hating. As she says, the moral of fairy tales tells us that, “happiness for a woman is to be passive, victimized, destroyed, or asleep.”

So despite the frustration created by dude’s shirt, I was thrilled to see girls embracing a powerful– if imperfect– female role model. On top of all that, I bough some delicious chomp from local venders. Overall, it was a lovely Sunday.

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6 Responses to Farmer’s Market

  1. “But most of the men who self-identify as feminists do so on the belief that so identifying will bring with it sexual perks. Make her think you give a ‘ish about her rights, and she’ll be sure to let you bone her!”

    SPOT ON. Whenever a man claims to be a feminist, RED FLAGS– he’s trying to get a cookie or get laid. I think “male feminist” is an oxymoron.

  2. MistressofBoogie says:

    Seriously, Brave is great. I really don’t understand how the reviews from feminist viewpoints have derailed this movie. The mother thing is a beautiful – and seriously thought-provoking for both mothers and daughters (well, my daughter anyway) – depiction of the dissonance between a mother’s love for her daughter and her desire to protect her from the workings of the Patriarchy.
    And it isn’t at all hard to understand why girls gravitated to Merida; she is so seriously awesome, even I wanted to be her..!

    • smash says:

      Hey MistressofBoogie, thanks for stopping by! I will definitely see Brave soon. It’s not fair for me to review it based on a wiki. Overall, it is thrilling to see more appropriate role models for our girls in the media.

      • MistressofBoogie says:

        Pleasure to be here! I’m going to do a review of Brave when I can get round to it; I’d be very interested to hear your take on it.

  3. doublevez says:

    don’t know how to contact you. have a request, sent it to CB and Dav also. hope you will help. xxxooo

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