Lindy West wrote a piece on Jezebel describing her sheer fatigue at the misogyny and sexism on display at the Academy Awards with the hosting of Seth MacFarlane. She didn’t hear anything shocking on Sunday night, just lazy misogynist humor. She writes, “a famous man making sexist jokes on a primetime awards show watched by millions of people is so banal and status-quo in our culture, that to me—a woman professionally committed to detecting and calling bullshit on sexism—it just feels like a drop in the bucket.” West describes her fatigue with responding to every day and special occasion misogyny to the point of needing to remind herself that she needs to feel something about this. She writes, “to put it simply, I AM TIRED OF TRYING TO EXPLAIN THIS SHIT TO PEOPLE WHO DON’T WANT TO HEAR IT.” And let me tell you, I feel this. As someone who works every day in a relatively masculine field researching and writing on topics of gender, feminism, sexism and discrimination, it was a cathartic read. Some more of my favorite parts below.
“I am tired of being asked to “cite sources” proving that sexism is real (that RAPE is real, even!), because there is no way to concisely cite decades and decades of rigorous academia. Allow me to point at the fucking library. We can’t cite “everything,” and our challengers know that. It’s an insulting diversionary tactic, it’s an attempt to drag us all backwards, and fuck it. Do your own research like the rest of the grown-ups.”
“I’m not a feminist by choice, I’m a feminist because this is the world. And if my fatigue sounds defeatist, it isn’t. It’s the opposite. It’s an internal rallying cry that reminds me how bad things are.”
Definitely head over to Jezebel and read the whole thing through (if you haven’t already been directed there by your friends’s facebook sharing of the article).