“The wealthy 0.01% minority who rule over the 90% majority understands that the future of their system depends on convincing or paying off 9.99% of the population who become the opinion leaders, the managers, the foremen, the supervisors, the small businessmen and the other shock troops of the system. The rich are like the pathetic men who frequent red-light districts — they must pay for it — and the right wing columnists/celebrities/media hacks/researchers do it for money, often working in the political equivalent of brothels, called think tanks. The choices offered young writers, journalists and academics who aspire to earn a decent living at their craft are not great today. There are many more opportunities to voice opinions supporting the system than to criticize it.”—Capitalism’s Intellectual Prostitutes (via azspot)
The truth is, feminism isn’t “sexy” — which is perhaps why Elle held an entire contest to help “re-brand” the movement to wipe away its negative connotations. But true feminism, almost by definition, is not popular. It’s a movement that demands that those of the ruling party (i.e., men) and those who have accepted promoted, or otherwise unintentionally perpetuated a patriarchal system (i.e., almost all of us) challenge the structural conditions that have led to centuries of sexism and gender inequality. Feminism isn’t “sexy” — its difficult, it’s challenging and it’s wildly contradictory to claim it’s a movement led by pop culture queens, celebrities and millionaires.
“In college, when I learned about the term “Model Minority” and how it wasn’t fair to stereotype all Asian Americans, I felt guilty. I realized, “Crap! I AM the source of that stereotype, you competitive, ambitious, technology-knowing, straight-A getting, hard math-solving, rice-eating, boba-drinking, root of all de-humanizing racial judgment evil!””—Jenny Yang (via maikukhanh)