EllenBeth Wachs

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When Is Jezebel Going To Stop Being Offended?

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Originally posted on Thought Catalog:

I mean, I get it. I could read the internet all day and find people who do offensive things too. How does that help women? I would actually argue that it’s slactivism on an enormous scale because the good mental feeling of moral and intellectual superiority from reading article after article confirming your existing worldview prevents people from feeling motivated to do any actual action that Jezebel might endorse.

Here’s some things they’ve been offended by lately:

Bar serves a drink called “Date Grape Koolaid”

Controversial? Sure. Going to change anyone’s mind? No.

What’s funny to me is that the writer of this article, Kelly Faircloth, laughs at the person who runs the bar’s social media for standing behind their choice rather than espousing a corporate-speak apology. I thought every 20-something was familiar enough with bars that they knew these social accounts are run by waitress turned bartender…

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Written by EllenBeth Wachs

February 2, 2014 at 7:38 pm

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  1. I was thinking just the other day that so much of online feminism seems to be about being offended by some jerk saying something online.

    I remember a few months ago when Angelina Jolie wrote about her preventive double mastectomy there were a few people who posted tweets along the lines of “shame about those boobs.” Then there was a huge to-do in the feminists blogosphere about how this shows that our culture (as represented by maybe half a dozen morons on Twitter…) values women’s breasts above their lives.

    I also remember someone on Twitter posting something along the lines of “as long as such attitudes exist, we need feminism.” Well, if your goal is a jerk-free world … good luck.

    Cathy Young (@CathyYoung63)

    February 2, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    • Isn’t most activism basically a response to jerks? It isn’t exclusive to feminism.

      EllenBeth Wachs

      February 2, 2014 at 8:51 pm


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