I'm pissed. Not at Anthony
-- he's entitled to his opinion, and I think he's more misconstruing and minimalizing the danger than avoid ing. Not at Chuck Eddy
-- he's free to run whatever
he wants. I do wish someone at the Voice
had thought about this a bit more, though. Do we really need writing on why something like "Wait" could be defensible? Other than stirring up the inevitable controversy, does such a thesis contribute anything to the public minds?
I'm just pissed at the world in general.
Pitchfork got it right on this one
, and I'm especially glad to see a guy stepping up on it. The main responders (Hopper
) have been women, which is awesome, but this is NOT a woman's issue. It's a fucking human issue, and until more men are willing to call a prick a prick (so to speak), it's only going to slowly get better. Thanks to Ian
for speaking up, too, even if we don't exactly
Comments like this one
: "Accusations of phallocentrism and misogyny are usually accompanied by humorless disinclination to debate that's instinctively, um, autocratic." by very good writer Alfred Soto
are every bit as offensive (and more insidious) than the original pussy-beatin' stuff. If the YYT can get away with "oh, I'm only joking" and every girl grows up knowing that "I'm only joking" means it's time to shut the fuck up, then what does it mean when a male critic says, "Hey, you're humorless"? It means, "Shut the fuck up because you're not entertaining me and you're being self-righteous and that's so uncool." The thing is, I like Alfred. It's an issue
, and not a personal thing.
But where's all the debate, and why is this shit (the music) being produced, and why are people buying it? A week or two ago, I asked in an incoherent ramble
why people were afraid of the label feminist. I never thought it would become such an immediate issue, though.
I look forward to hearing from (hopefully) Mark Anthony Neal
and filmmaker Byron Hurt