Got a lil package from @MareOdomo this afternoon - finally i can tske the internet on the bus! wait
men get into something not aimed at their gender: get special titles like “brony.” recognition by creators. heralded for defying gender appeal. get documentary.
women get into something not aimed at their gender: not real fans. probably secret friend zone warriors deadset on erasing men from the human race. get insulting demeaning memes and sexual harassment.
When I clicked to reblog this from my phone earlier, I added some text that did not survive the re-entry process, so let’s try that again.
I said that the optional worksheet pursuant to the above chapter is to take a look at the following list of words, and think about how what is conferred upon the root noun by each respective gender modifier - whether it’s implicitly made more legitimate or less.
Kanye West: Yeezus -
Marking a blunt break with the filigreed maximalism he nailed on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Kanye’s sixth solo album trades smooth soul and anthemic choruses for jarring electro, acid house, and industrial grind while delivering some of his most lewd and heart-crushing tales yet.
“As on “Runaway”, there’s something palpably sad about the men in these songs, which twists them away from misogynistic assertions of power toward feelings that are ultimately more self-destructive.”
Has anyone started a tumblr of people dismissing Kanye’s casual misogyny by talking about how damaged he is? Because that seems to be the company line, and I think it’s hella dishonest on a critical level.
I haven’t got all my ducks in a row on Yeezus yet, but I feel confident in saying that “Runaway” is NOT a casually misogynist song. It’s not memoir or confessional, although it has elements of personal experience and revelation underpinning it - like much of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, it’s a character piece. It’s specifically and very intentionally about how men behave toward women.
I don’t know if you read the fantastic in-depth article Complex ran about recording that album, but here’s some stuff Pusha T said about his “Runaway” verse:
[…] I wrote ‘Runaway’ four times—and what he does not know to this day is that I was going through a relationship scandal in my life. So this man is asking me to write a song about a relationship and to say that I’m the biggest douchebag ever. He’s telling me, ‘Yo, you need to be more douchebag. We need more douchebag!’ I didn’t want to say to him, ‘Dog, I don’t know if I even have douchebag in me right now.’ I’ve been jammed up, and it’s hard for me to even tap into that part,because I’m remorseful. [Laughs.] And he’s fucking beating me for fucking more. All I hear in my head is, ‘More douchebag. More douchebag. More douchebag!’
So whatever is present in “Runaway” may be a reflection of some unlovely things those artists were able to find in themselves, but it wasn’t just them saying whatever came to mind and it showed how they don’t even realize they feel about women. They’re presenting these perspectives for castigation.
I do think Kanye is casually sexist elsewhere, I just think that song in particular really does call for the critical analysis suggested above EXCEPT that I think that reading it as being “ultimately more self-destructive” may point to a little bit of casual misogyny on the part of the writer, because I think it’s pretty clear that the destructive potential of the behaviours and attitudes fictionalized in that song are focused more outward than inward. If anything, they’re inwardly protective.
I’VE BEEN SPELLING ‘WHOA’ WRONG THIS WHOLE TIME
I AM NEVER CHANGING I AM WHOAH FOR LIFE
my favorite line from yeezus. whats yours?
nope yeah this is mine too
Just Buggin' (Nothin' Serious) by Whistle -
Always loved this jam. Used to play the xmas version / chubb rock sendup pretty much non-stop, too.
yo how is this what you are buying your coffee with in 2013. are you a time traveler. this bill was used to pay NES game rental late fees. i wouldn’t feel creepy hitting on this bill. what the.