So this blog is starting rather negative, but when all you think about is things that are wrong with the world and funny things your almost four year-old niece told you, that’ll happen. Also I don’t have time to do my massive heteronormative relationships post with horrifying internet pictures/quotes.
So jezebel.com fails as a feminist website and here’s why:
- I can’t get over the fact that they give a man a platform to talk about how to be a feminist*, and what issues concern women, when his method is telling women to let men cum on their faces “because it makes the guy feel clean” and somehow that makes it feminist (when you do something explicitly to make a man feel more comfortable about his penis, and not because you’re into it, I think that is far from feminist and is, in fact, the most unfulfilling way to have sex). Furthermore, this man (whose name I will not mention because if you’re going to look him up, I’m not giving him his precious pagehits) routinely writes in the most patronizing way possible, frames feminism in terms of what women have done to him, and tried to murder his ex-girlfriend, which he sees as similar to accidentally endangering the life of a dog. OH BUT DON’T MENTION THIS ON JEZEBEL in relevant comment areas, in fact, don’t criticize him at all. You might actually get banned over it. Seriously.
- Their articles have no substance. They link to other sites and show pictures and offer next to zero original content.
- The commenters are so fucked up I can’t even just… http://fucknojezebel.tumblr.com
- Gawker (Jezebel’s parent) motivates its writers by making page hits public to them. This means I have to see “whore” in the title of links on my fb newsfeed because… ohh! They must be hardcore! They have such snappy titles and say whore and stuff!
- They routinely post incredibly racist, classist articles without criticism. Like, all the time. It’s about a woman so it must be feminist, right? RIGHT? No.
- It is seriously not any different from Cosmopolitan magazine. I don’t know how people claim that it is. Choice feminists seem to run rampant, so that’s probably how. An article about why men like teen porn? That actually says nothing? Check.
- You can seriously find ALL of its content elsewhere on the internet, without being an oppressive fucker. It may be a good starting point for people who aren’t comfortable calling themselves feminists yet to then, I don’t know, google the word and find better stuff, but after those twelve seconds it has no business calling itself feminist.
- I’m sure I’m forgetting other things. I haven’t clicked on a jezebel link in weeks, so my irritation is stale.
My issues with it primarily center around its claim to be feminist, and people defending it as feminist, when it is oppressive as hell. I mean, it got some award for best website for women’s issues or something, which is positively enraging. If they aren’t doing some half-assed job of calling out racism, they’re letting racism slide. As a regular (non-feminist) website, I don’t care as much, because so many websites have problems. I also don’t care if you enjoy it. We all like problematic things to some extent; it’s kind of inescapable. Just link to wherever the actual content comes from when you’re reposting it, and don’t try to sell me on the fact that it’s “soooo feminist it talks about politics that hurt women!!!!!!” No, it posts a link to another article with a title that facetiously calls birth control “whore pills” so you’ll click on it.
*I do believe that men can be feminists. I do not think that their voices should be better heard in feminist circles than women’s voices. In general society men can be better feminist advocates because of their gender privilege; however, in feminist spaces it’s generally accepted that we all think feminism is a good thing, so a man making an effort to use his privilege in that space is essentially anti-feminist