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01 February 2012 @ 10:09 am
Internalized Misogyny in Fandom  
This isn't something new, unfortunately. Sexism is everywhere, fandom included. But there's been a huge massive amounts of it presented recently to an alarming amount that I literally had to stop and walk away from the computer. I was that livid. What shocked me were how it wasn't the fandoms that constantly express blatant sexist and problematic issues such as in Glee and Supernatural, but from positive, empowering pro-woman ones like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Veronica Mars. The amount of hate spewed towards the woman characters of these shows, particularly towards Buffy and Veronica, and more specifically stemming from their relationships with the men in their lives and how they so-called treated those men (a.k.a. these people end up placing the male characters on a pedestal while blaming and shaming the women), and calling them derogatory names thinking it justifies anything is just outright vile and disgusting.

For example: someone commented on how Buffy was a "whore" because of the way she treated Spike and how she still holds feelings for Angel, another person said that Veronica was a "bitch" because she didn't forgive Logan for the Madison thing, even went on saying that she should have just "gotten over it" because she "suffered way worse" and she should have thought about his feelings instead of being selfish and only thinking about herself. Even in the Gossip Girl fandom, people end up shaming Blair Waldorf calling her a "bitch" and a "slut" because she doesn't stay with Chuck, while at the same time excusing and justifying all the mistakes and horrible things Chuck has done himself. These people feel the need to hate and shame women every chance they get, making cowardice comments about how they are "bitches" and "sluts" and actually think it's okay, while defending the male characters because apparently they can do no wrong.

And all these things are just the tip of the iceberg of the kind of sexist bullshit that happens in fandom, and real life, on a daily basis.

I was bombarded with a shitload of it just the other day, and while I do my best to defend and make my points whenever I see something that offensive pop up it was completely unbearable this time and I couldn't stomach it anymore. It's disgusting, repulsive and it needs to be called out on whenever it occurs. I just couldn't believe someone would have the audacity to post something that horrible about strong female characters who, while flawed, are just human and you can understand where they are coming from. It's just unbelievable.
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what doesn't kill me better run: buffy: gryffindorcarlyinrome on February 1st, 2012 06:21 pm (UTC)


bitterbird on February 1st, 2012 10:21 pm (UTC)
this post is perfect <333
philstar22: Buffy: Buffy and Kendraphilstar22 on February 2nd, 2012 01:48 am (UTC)
Yes, this. The amount of hate Buffy gets in her own fandom never ceases to astonish and horrify me. Okay, yes, Buffy did kind of treat Spike badly, but he treated her badly right back. The whole thing was really messed up (and yet hot), and she was hurting deeply and needed an outlet. Spike knew what he was getting into, and he goaded her even though he knew she didn't love him. Yes, there was that one time he said no and she went ahead anyways, but he attempted to rape her as well. So they are about even.

And as for every other season, Buffy had the weight of the world on her shoulders and managed to do an amazing job and to be remarkably put together. Frankly, the number of times other characters ragged on her pissed me off. Most of the time it was only slightly or not at all deserved.
Renée: Six. It's good to be a Cylon.rogueslayer452 on February 2nd, 2012 04:21 pm (UTC)
Frankly, the number of times other characters ragged on her pissed me off. Most of the time it was only slightly or not at all deserved.

The episode that sticks out in my mind is "Dead Man's Party", where everyone basically scrutinized Buffy for running away after the ordeal with Angel/Angelus. That is perhaps my least favorite episode of the entire series, I can't watch it without wanting to smack everyone for shaming and blaming Buffy. It just made me so angry. >:|
philstar22: Buffy: Buffy and Kendraphilstar22 on February 2nd, 2012 04:23 pm (UTC)
Ug, I hated that episode. Joyce and Willow pissed me off so much, and everyone else was nearly as bad. Admittedly, she hadn't told him Angel got his soul back before she had to kill him, but still. Having to kill the man you love gets you a get out of jail free card. Period. And especially with everything Angelus put her through that year.