Not that I don’t find Tina Fey funny at times, but hey…my overly aggressive insult got you to click the link so my day is going well.
Hollywood Feminism is the lighter hearted, more comedic twin sister of the screaming, shrill, angry feminist movement. Neither of them rely on facts or figures, instead relying on attacks on men (and sometimes other women), cliched talking points, and a completely skewed view of reality.
One of them disgusts most people, would cause us to cross the street to get away from the people in the movement, and cover our children’s ears as we walk past their shrill, vulgar diatribes.
The other we invite into our home voluntarily during all sorts of television programming, from awards shows to sitcoms to Law & Order re-runs.
Hollywood Feminism is, frankly, the more insidious of the two because we invite it into our homes, rather than threatening to call the police on the angry feminist if they scream at us about the “f*cking patriarchy scum!” one more time.
Even feminists tend to recognize this:
You see, some of us have forgotten this basic point: Responding to a situation with humor, as opposed to, say, dead-serious self-righteousness, is a rhetorically effective way to get a political point across.
The reason I mention Tina Fey is that she is one of the prime examples of the feminists who turns their diatribes into silly little humorous jabs. Jabs that are no less potent in making us see women as victims and invalidating anything that men do.
Sadly it’s not that I don’t like Tina Fey. She says a lot of good things* and I would like to like her a lot more. Her problem, like most Hollywood Feminists, is not that she’s a bad person or that she is trying to pass on misinformation to everyone listening to her. It’s just that she’s completely unaware of the reality and facts when she opens her mouth about a situation. Her point is to make a joke and damn the consequences of the joke being based on faulty information, she just wants to get a laugh. However her position as a Hollywood Feminists means that every joke is taken as gospel so when she cracks a joke this one I’m about to discuss, she ends up creating a false narrative that spreads throughout society, because she has an audience…an audience composed of idiots who think comedians are actually a source for newsworthy information.**
Comments like this bring out this strange idea that women, and only women, suffer from the ridiculous standards of beauty in the movie industry.
Oh yes, women in Hollywood, those poor victims of oppression. Because clearly women are the only ones who ever have had to make drastic changes to their body for filming
To Tina Fey’s legion of ill-informed rabble this may sound like some sort of epic call out of misogyny in Hollywood, but to anyone with even a passing knowledge of how actors and actresses prepare for parts (as in both genders lose and gain weight and muscle mass in insane quantities for films), this just sounds stupid and whiny, but because Tina Fey is a Hollywood Feminist, this joke translates across society into a message of “how dare you applaud a man for doing something pretty difficult for his job, you should only care when women have to do something difficult, PATRIARCHY!”
So in a way, Hollywood Feminism is the master that feeds the beast of the shrill feminist that screeches at you on a street corner. They are no more informed than Tina Fey on a topic, but they have taken her word (and the word of other Hollywood Feminists***) as gospel and they repeat those jokes (now turned into talking points) over and over at you and couldn’t care less about any facts to the contrary that you hand them.
When talking about the above joke (or many of the other things Tina Fey has said over the years) there is probably a legitimate discussion to be had, in this case a conversation about the standards of beauty that Hollywood puts on actors and actresses in films, but her joke destroys the possibility of that discussion. Now every time the “struggle” of women in Hollywood to change their body for parts comes up, no one can mention that actors have this problem too, unless they want to be met with shrill angry voices asking “WHY DO YOU HAVE TO MAKE THIS ABOUT MEN! GOD, YOUR MALE TEARS DISGUST ME, GO AWAY!”
That’s why Hollywood Feminism, even when it’s “just a joke”, is quite possibly more damaging to society than anything Code Pink or N.O.W. could inflict on us.
*No really, like:
“So, my unsolicited advice to women in the workplace is this. When faced with sexism, or ageism, or lookism, or even really aggressive Buddhism, ask yourself the following question: “Is this person in between me and what I want to do?” If the answer is no, ignore it and move on. Your energy is better used doing your work and outpacing people that way. Then, when you’re in charge, don’t hire the people who were jerky to you.”
“Do your thing and don’t care if they like it.”
“Girls get a lot of mixed messages—they are told, ‘Girl Power!’ and what does that mean? It means you wear a T-shirt that says, ‘Girl Power!’ but you call each other bitches. You make fun of a girl for being a virgin and you make fun of a girl for having sex. There’s no right place to be.”
“I only hope that one day I can frighten my daughter this much. Right now, she’s not scared of my husband or me at all. I think it’s a problem. I was a freshman home from college the first time my dad said, “You’re going out at ten p.m.? I don’t think so,” and I just laughed and said, “It’s fine.” I feel like my daughter will be doing that to me by age six.
How can I give her what Don Fey gave me? The gift of anxiety. The fear of getting in trouble. The knowledge that while you are loved, you are not above the law. The Worldwide Parental Anxiety System is failing if this many of us have made sex tapes.”
**I’m looking at you Tumblr and your penchant for getting your news from The Daily Show.
***Freakin’ Jennifer Lawrence, I swear.