January 6, 2013

Lazy Sunday Thoughts: On Liking Kittens and Polka Dots

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I took a good look at my Instagram account this week and realized that it is super girly. But, that’s ok. I’m girly. In February 2013, Zooey Deschanel is on the cover of Glamour magazine.* I know this because my Celebrity Flipboard is full of stories about this. Why? Probably because Zooey uses the F-word 3 times in one sentence, (Omg, she uses the F-word! sarcasm) a sentence where she expresses her frustration with people giving her a hard time over her girly ways. She states that liking Peter Pan collars does not make her less of a feminist.

I admit that I wasn’t always a fan, but after watching New Girl, Zooey won me over a little. I like her in that show. She is quirky and spunky but she’s also just a woman trying to get by; she just also happens like kittens and polka dots. In this season’s opener, Zooey is laid off and doesn’t know what to do with herself, something a lot of women can understand. Maybe the show is silly sometimes, but I don’t think it’s ruining feminism.

This reminds me of a few blog posts, I no longer remember where or who wrote them, about the supposed problem with Pinterest, a predominately female social media. Here is everything that is wrong with women and how we’ve all failed at feminism because we’re all obsessed with cookie recipes, cute animals, and makeup tutorials, according to some people. I just don’t understand this. No one is forcing me to pin recipes, or nail art, or hair-dos, or pics of cute dudes, or shoes (omg, the shoes I pin!). I like pinning these things. They make me feel good. I do not feel oppressed when I find a pumpkin loaf recipe. Has anyone been oppressed by a pumpkin loaf? I also like to pin quotes that inspire or motivate me to do better in my life. They make me feel better too.

 

That’s not to say there are not some weird things (seriously, a book on growing bigger boobs, growing bigger boobs, people!!!) on Pinterest and that it sometimes sets unrealistic expectations. Like the lady says, “Ain’t nobody got time for that!” However, we women aren’t stupid. We know Pinterest is mostly fantasy. There are whole blogs devoted to failed Pinterest projects. It’s fun. Please, just let us have it without all the judgement! We’re not anti-feminist because we like kittens.

 

*Glamour lost some points with me when they made 2 of their cover stories “Guys Get Honest” and “The New Girl Talks Boys” Blergh! You failed the Bechdel test, Glamour Magazine!

13 comments :

  1. "We're not anti-feminist because we like kittens!"

    :-)

    Have you read Herland? It's an early 20th century feminist novel about an all women country. The women in it have bred a superior race of cats, as I recall. It's a fun book, too.

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    1. Yes, I read that one. It was an odd little book.

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  2. Isn't the whole point of feminism that we can decide for ourselves whether we want to make pumpkin bread? Sheesh.(and I totally love New Girl. Schmidt is so many kinds of awesome).

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    1. Love Schmidt! I do not like being told what I should or should not do.

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  3. I love all the thoughts in this post. I wholeheartedly agree!

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  4. Double amen to this post! I like to paint my nails and wear heels sometimes. Big whoop. I like to bake/cook/decorate. I don't think that makes me less of ANYTHING. I love football and baseball. Does that make me more of something? Bah. Feminism is the belief that men and women are equal. I don't think it has a damn thing to do with what my hobbies are ;)

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  5. I heard once that feminism is the radical idea that women are people. Denigrating people's interests just because they're female seems contrary to that purpose.

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  6. OMG I love that pinterest fails blog! I am about to submit my fail from today! I tried to make Harry Potter muffins and they were awful!

    Angie
    Angela's Anxious Life

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    1. I'm sure there are tons of Pinterest fails out there!

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