But you might not want to go to the beach because of the attitudes you will encounter there. And these attitudes? Are not about whether you personally are ‘beach ready.’ They are about the fact that you live in a shitty society filled with judgmental assholes who apparently think they can decide whether you have a ‘beach body.’ And I wish I could make all those assholes go away so you could enjoy the beach in peace, I really, really do. I wish I could remove all the obstacles that make it hard for you to get to the beach and have a fun time while you’re there, whether you can’t even get ON to the beach because it’s not wheelchair-accessible or you don’t really feel like being snickered at by people when they walk past your towel and cough ‘whale’ into their fists.
This article was submitted to me by somethinglikeagnome, and it is rife with internalized misogyny. The main premise of the article? Women shouldn’t get tattoos because men might find them unattractive.
It’s 2012, and we still have women telling other women that they shouldn’t express themselves in any way that a man might find objectionable.
But not only does assistant news editor of the University of Buffalo Spectrum Lisa Khoury tell women that a personal work of body art is tantamount to “putting a bumper sticker on a Ferrari”, but she offers some helpful hints for what you could better put your time and money into. The gym! Manicures! High heels! You know, suitably ladylike things!
This is a pretty tired and contrived article for this day and age. I much prefer the counterpoint article published five days later…I only wish it hadn’t been necessary.
And FYI, Khoury? My tattoo is awesome, and it’s also pretty damn sexy.
alleyleeplz sent me this last night but I didn’t have a chance to post it then (sorry!) but here it is. Besides the awfulness of the actual article, there are some horrible comments on it too. You don’t fight internalized misogyny with misogyny, people!