Last week was my blogiversary! I'm excited that I'm back to posting a year after I began blogging in earnest. I've learned an incredible amount, read some fantastic writers, made mistakes, and done some writing I'm proud of. I'm so glad I started on this adventure - it's an ever-shifting, ever-fascinating challenge.
I’ve been thinking about it in the context of what I want to do in my next year of blogging, and I’ve come up with a few goals, both feminist and selfish:
-Make more of an effort to write about oppressions I do not experience in a fair and feminist way. I want to raise my knowledge and consciousness of the language I use, and how I can be better and less oppressive in my use of that language. I want to find more words like dumb that I use all the time, that hurt people, and exterminate it from my language. I want to find more words like cis that I can use to describe my privilege without making my body standard.
-Read more feminist theory, and finish 50 Books for Problematic Times.
-Double my readership.
-Centralize the voices of people who experience the oppressions I do not face but do write about. I’m planning on a big post about this in the future, but this is simple: when I write about race in this blog, I want to quote more authors of color. When I’m facing word counts in writing on race outside of DP, I want to link more to authors of color. The same applies to other forms of oppression: centralize trans voices when talking about cissexism, centralize GLB voices when talking about heterosexism, centralize mothers’ voices when writing about mothers. I need to read more, and learn more, and link more, and quote more.
-Get more paid writing work.
-Write more consistently. Even if I’m not able to write as often as I am not, or as often as I did last August, I want to write every week.
-Comment more, promote other blogs more, make new Internet Friends.
I’m also excited to share a few new ventures with you!
I’ve just this week begun blogging about television for Bitch Magazine! I’ve been a huge fan of Bitch since I was a teenager – I love them enough to display their covers as art in my house (above)! I am a little giddy about this particular instance of teenage wish fulfillment. The series is called TelevIsm, and I’ll be writing there on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. My introduction to the series is here, and this is from my recent post on The Office and socially responsible jokes:
And from today's upcoming post on what a socially irresponsible joke looks like:
Jokes that can be interpreted as critical under this condition are not, generally, the strongest critiques of the kyriarchy, no. Because it’s not fiercely anti-kyriarchy , some folks are going to laugh at these jokes for the wrong reasons, and possibly appropriate it in the service of whatever ism the joke is critiquing.
But racism and other isms should not be erased in popular culture, and there’s a way to responsibly portray oppression without an oppressed person as the butt of the joke. Mainstream culture – widely popular television that does not use social justice as a guiding point of the show – can communicate to the audience that active oppression is harmful and unacceptable.
Now, here’s what I guess a few of you are thinking: "it’s just a joke, it’s not a big deal, there are more important things.”. These are jokes! And there are a lot of other, probably more serious issues! But, you know what? Violence against women, ableism, transphobia – these things are big deals, and they do hurt people. And these shows perpetuate that. Kyle’s, Stan’s, and Cartman’s constant and uncritical use of ableist language makes people think that that is funny and okay to use. Rape jokes make people think that rape is okay. Racist jokes make people think that racism isn’t a real problem. Presenting an episode devoted to showing how silly and fake trans people are helps people justify hatred, discrimination, and even violence against a lot of marginalized people.In other news, Deeply Problematic is now on Facebook! Become a fan! Get updates there! Suggest it to your friends! We need more fans so that we can
We are also on Twitter, though that is currently just for site updates.
I’ve also begun a new blog, Drinking Critically, where I will write about various things I do or do not like and why I do or do not like them. I’m basically using it for writing warm-up. It’s pretty heavy on the first person and not very serious – so far my topics have included Crocs, cucumber plants, dirty dishes, and cheesecake. I am not positive I will stick with it, but it’s fun – a place to blow off meaningless steam. Or less-meaningful steam.
Also, I think I’m going to start doing fairly-regular link roundups. So, if you have something you’d like to see linked on here, send it to me!