Professional “Good Guy” Charles Clymer and the hazards of male feminism.
"One of the hardest parts of coming to grips with the depth and breadth of the patriarchy is recognizing that there are no exceptions. Maybe you didn’t, personally, do anything wrong, but you were still born into a power structure that gave you unjust rewards. The system — whether it’s the patriarchy or white supremacy or capitalism — does not offer special exemptions for individuals with good intentions."
I’m really tired of this trend of mediocre photo series presenting clichéd ideas (yes, we fucking know fairy tales aren’t real) by using violent-but-sexualized images of brutalized female bodies dressed as Disney princesses and other similarly trendy-but-nostalgic imagery.
Oh, God. I hate this shit so much. Not merely for the reasons you cite, but because it’s so fucking lazy.
You see this stuff in comedy all the fucking time. Every few months some fucking terrible “comedy” video goes viral with the only comedic idea being “Famous children’s characters… but doing adult shit.”
Right now, as I type this, there are at least two students in every Sketch 101 class writing sketches with HILARIOUS premises like “The Rugrats but they’re fucking” or “Charlie Brown but he’s doing drugs” or “Darkwing Duck but he’s super violent.”
None of this shit has anything to say. It tells us nothing new about the characters or their situations. It is unoriginal in every sense of the word. And the worst part is it’s always presented like its being super fucking transgressive. Guess what, hack comedians or artists: You can’t be “shocking” if you’re doing something 5 million people before you have already done.
Seriously, I hate this garbage.
I actually like this series more than most that capitalize on the idea of “adult fairy tales.” These ones feel like they have something to say about violence against women. The Ariel, Aurora and Pocahontas ones are particularly successful because they play on elements of the original stories in the context of the real world (a mermaid washed up on see and covered in trash, sleeping beauty whose story has always been rapey actually killed on her mattress, and the rape of kidnap of an indigenous American who was actually captured and taken to England). The other photographs don’t work as well because their context feels off (like what the fuck is that Tinkerbell one even trying to say?).
But I agree, arbitrarily putting childhood memories into adult contexts without trying to say something is about as lazy as it comes.
Keep your head down and do good work. Don’t worry about the politics of success. If you like watching the sport of politics, watch it in an arena in which you are not personally or professionally involved. Worrying about who you need to network with as your key to success will only take you away from doing good work. People who rise due to networking fall just as quickly when their contacts fade. Do good work, be a good person and the right thing will happen.
The thing I’m going to miss the most about Derek Jeter is small, but crucial to understanding why he is so beloved. In every postgame interview, Derek Jeter would always say, “we.” We had a great game. We hit well. We played hard. Even if he made the big plays, it was always we. When they lost,…