Teen Vogue doesn’t limit the information it provides your kids to the correct way to do anal sex. It has serious articles as well, because what teen girl doesn’t stay awake at night wondering how you, dear parent, caused climate change and intentionally destroyed the world? Fortunately, Teen Vogue brings your child one of the world’s foremost experts on such matter to teach her the truth: Roxane Gay.
The question posed was fairly simple: Why is climate change the fault of the patriarchy, as women are its primary victims.
When women fight for climate justice, they are also fighting for their lives. The research makes clear that women are disproportionately affected by the impacts of climate change: 80% of climate refugees are women, while less than 20% of the land in the world is owned by women.
Not that it begs the question a bit, but the question concludes:
For long-lasting climate justice, it is imperative to recognize and change the paradigms of colonization, capitalism and patriarchy that lie at the root of gender inequality and environmental destruction.
Who better to explain than Gay?
TV: How can the environmental movement take more seriously the direct and indirect ways that misogyny shows up in the very spaces where we are fighting for justice?
RG: Like how do we make men not be misogynistic? The question is how do men take it upon themselves to do the work of taking up less space and being less misogynistic. It’s really important for us to not take that work on. They already know what to do; they just don’t want to or have to. So create situations where they have to, where we will not engage unless they act right. We aren’t the problem here. I truly believe every woman needs to remind themselves that. Also, call out that behavior when it happens. Another thing that women can do is support each other in the spaces [in which] they are fighting with the patriarchy. We can’t just say ‘Oh, this person does something really good here so we will overlook all the sh*ttiness that they do.’
What did you expect her to say? But that’s not the point today. This is:
Roxane uses her words to instill in young girls’ minds that females are victims… They’re never valued in society.
Teaching girls they are victims in society is NOT empowering… You’re only instilling resentment then teaching them to be motivated by that instilled resentment.
— Lisa Britton (@LisaBritton) November 4, 2019
What are the consequences of popular media teaching our children, our daughters, that they are victims? This isn’t merely a matter of girls being told that they are slaves to the patriarchy, but so many of the consequential problems, from rape culture hysteria to cancel culture, to the basic inability of young men and women getting along and being happy with each other.
The old school tenets of equality have given way to the new-found adoration of victimhood, with whatever claims of intersectionality serving to jocky for position on the victim hierarchy, voices like Gay’s are contradicting parents telling their daughters they can be any damn thing they want, make of themselves whatever they please.
At the same time, parents of sons live in fear of their saying the wrong word, looking at a girl when she doesn’t feel like being looked at, and risking their lives being ruined at the behest of some young woman taught to believe that her every feeling is reality, her every tinge of discomfort traumatic and her existence proof of misogyny.
What are the consequences of putting someone like Gay in Teen Vogue to teach our children well? It’s not that she should be silenced, as even the worst of us has the right to express their views, so what can be done to counter this lesson that women are victims and men are their enemy? How do we teach our children about equality when everything they hear under the guise of equality teaches them differently?
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