I get that it’s exhausting to pick shit apart looking for flaws. I get that it’s exhausting to see other people picking shit apart looking flaws. I get that it’s hard to see something you love get lambasted, or tarred with a brush you’d rather not think about, or called bad names. I get that it feels like things are being ruined, like people are looking for things to hate, like people are taking things too seriously. I even get that, as much as we’d like to pretend otherwise, it can feel like a personal attack to see a piece of media we’re attached to get put through the wringer. I get that, in seeing someone say, “This piece of media is dangerous and flawed and sending a bad message,” it can feel like they’re saying, “You are dangerous and flawed and sending a bad message for liking this.” They aren’t saying that, but I get how it can feel that way, because it’s felt that way for me. That’s what happens, when you get attached to things and somebody talks shit about them. That’s what happens when media is designed to emotionally manipulate you; you become emotionally manipulated. It’s just how it works.
But consuming media critically is a skill, and in an age where media is more prevalent than ever before, it’s a skill worth having. It’s a skill worth having because you are going to continue to be exposed to media, and it is going to continue to attempt to manipulate you. It’s a skill worth having because it makes it less difficult to see people talking shit about things you like, not more. It’s a skill worth having because some of the shit being taught en masse by media is horrible…
“new atheists aka 20-something year old white dudes who think theyre so edgy for believing in “science” (basically a rudimentary idea of how evolution works) and how it was soooo hard for them to obediently go to church when they were younger and deal with ~lesser minds~ and how hard it is for people to accept them now for daring to get upset when they insult every religion out there for some karma on reddit”
and this is why I don’t call myself an atheist
The issue, of course, isn’t atheism itself, but these “nu-atheists” who cannot and refuse to understand religion as a cultural praxis, and the various Euro-centric and white-centric their views often take. As such, their discourse, rather than subverting oppressive institutions, re-inforces them wholesale, including racism, anti-Semitism, Euro-centric ideals, imperialism, colonialism, and more besides.
And therein lies the problem.
Cultures that endorse modesty and cultures that endorse hypersexualization are the *same* thing. Both define female sexuality by how it relates to the male gaze. In both cases the female body exists as an ornament either to be kept carefully hidden or put on display. Neither is an empowering feminist achievement.