Jezebel and lots of rambling

Ugh, [note: this ugh is refering to something I'll get to much later in this post, not feminism. I told you I rambled, did I not?] I've been reading the responses on Jezebel about feminism etc and what I think is that the girl (my book is no where near me and I'm blanking on her name right now, I have an awful memory for names) really is a feminist but since there's sort of this background to the term 'feminist' that makes girls feel as though if they're not at every pro-choice rally they can't consider themselves feminists. Wait, I'm talking about myself and making it general again, sorry. A few years ago during diversity day at my school we had an activity where terms were listed and students were to step into the middle of the gigantic circle if they associated themselves with the term. When 'feminist' came up I remember not stepping in and as I watched so many of my peers (of both sexes) do the same. I now fully believe in feminist ideas (now more than ever (but I'll get back to that)) but it took time for me to realize that the term feminist is not synonymous with the term feminazi (a term I despise because there's no reason why women who are extreme and serious with their views of sexual equality should be compared to *** in any way.) Now back to why I believe in feminist ideas now more than ever: I've been managing my friends' band for the past few months and may start managing two other friends' duo and I love it. Although it's not much work because the band I'm managing now is busy with other stuff so they're not all that serious about it this semester but I hope to work in the music business someday and have worked very hard to gain experience in the field but when men in the industry (which is heavily male dominated) (fine, I'll go out and say it's Nicki from Don Hill's, it's not like anyone would care to know him who read this) tell me that I'm just the "band girlfriend" or even make me pay to get into the band's show I get really fucking angry. Don't ask me why I didn't fight him on these points, I don't know, and maybe this shouldn't really be included in this post since I wasn't going into this wanting to write about myself but I've already started so I'll just ramble a bit more. I think I, and many other women in this book and, obviously, elsewhere, will deal with these situations many times over their professional (as well as personal) lives. But seriously, if I had a big fat *** I guarantee you I wouldn't have gotten any of this *** from an *** who dresses the same as he did thirty years ago. Am I wrong?

But I digress, (if such a ramble can be considered something so small as a digression) now back to that 'ugh,' the one I started with. Well: as I went back to Jezebel to look at the newest comments I saw one saying that anything written by anyone under thirty "isn't worth reading." This is what I really wanted to say in this post so I hope at least a few people made it this far. I was really ofended by this. The problem with writing about this is that it's pretty obvious why I'm angry so HA, there's the most anticlimactic point I've ever made. It's really sad but I can't think of a way to talk about this since it's obvious that 1. Since I'm connected with this book I don't like to hear people tell me my writing and the essays of so many other great writers in this book aren't worth reading and 2. That it's really rude to file us away because of our age plus it's pretty mean. But then there's the fact that I'm offended by this person picking on kids while saying we shouldn't be discrimintated against. There goes my second point I guess, and here's agism for all of us to deal with on top of everything else. I'll shut up now but I was pissed about that and didn't really understand why it was necessary to say so i decided to ramble a bit. Isn't that what blogs are for?

Published Nov 18 2007, 09:51 PM by alisons
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jordynt said:

Yeah, that comment about "anything by anyone under 30 isn't worth reading" really made me angry too. But thank goodness not everyone thinks that way, right? Age doesn't make you a good writer, WRITING makes you a good writer. Practicing, just like people who are violinists or soccer players or actors do. So yeah. That made me mad.

November 22, 2007 1:41 PM