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AFP's F'ing Fans

So the Feminist Review blog hosts a lot of reviews that are not especially feminist and sometimes not even real reviews. But it is called Feminist Reviews, so one expects reviews that are at least not mocking or contemptuous of feminists.

Not so! In the interest of "facilitating difficult dialogues," the editor allowed this review of Amanda Palmer's Evelyn Evelyn to be published, adding links to the actual articles the original writer just referred to disapprovingly:

I first heard about this project at an Amanda Palmer show and thought it was creative, interesting, and different. However, the feminist blogosphere went supernova with rage after the Evelyn Evelyn project became more widely known, claiming Palmer engaged in “crip drag,” and objecting to the idea that conjoined twins “need help” from two able-bodied people. To complicate matters more, the twins' background (as stated on the record) involves a history of sexual exploitation and abuse, which was further fuel for feminist media laser-sights. Afterward, Palmer seemed not to be able to do anything right in the eyes of Internet feminism, and a quick Google search will reveal headlines like “3 Reasons We're Over Amanda Palmer,” “Amanda Palmer Behaves Like An Asshole Part 37,” and “How Amanda Palmer Lost A Fan.” (Interestingly, Jason Webley seemed largely spared from the backlash for a project he helped create.)

Sigh. Of course, this is primarily the responsibility of the writer herself, Natalie Ballard, who apparently didn't even bother to link to the posts to provide evidence of supernova rage. Nor does she actually engage with the arguments presented by feminists such as Annaham and Anna of FWD (feminists with disabilities), Sady Doyle, or Sparkymonster. She just tossed that all in there as if she knew she coudln't write a review without mentioning it, but really she just wanted to talk about how awesome she thinks it is.

ETA: The author of the review has posted a comment at the blog. It only makes things worse.

This entry was originally posted at http://acrimonyastraea.dreamwidth.org/32946.html. You are welcome to comment there using OpenID. There are comment count unavailable comments on the Dreamwidth post.


May. 10th, 2010 03:56 am (UTC)
I'd say you're all more than welcome to come and kick my ass, but I'm afraid my house isn't wheelchair accessible.

See how much fun it can be to inject a little levity in a situation? Also, I'm rather tired of playing nicely. The FWDs or PWDs or whatever cutesy acronym you limp behind might have won a convert, or sympathy, or whatever else it was they were looking for... but apparently a few peoples' mothers forgot to inculcate them with that old saw about flies, honey, and vinegar. Respect is a two-way street, ladies.
May. 10th, 2010 11:13 am (UTC)
Re: :)
WOW. Okay, I don't really want any ableist, offensive flies on my journal anyway, so please don't comment here again.

And if you do, work on your jokes, will you? I don't identify as a person with a disability, but I do have ADD so maybe you could try to work in something about being lazy and addicted to Ritalin. LEVITY LOL.
May. 10th, 2010 09:36 pm (UTC)
Re: :)
Holy smokes, astraea. I am...horrified. I'm so horrified that I broke my rule of almost never commenting on the Internet to say I'm horrified because what fresh hell is this shit?!

I am so sorry.
May. 10th, 2010 09:43 pm (UTC)
Re: :)
Thanks. Like I said below, it doesn't upset me on a personal level, but it does piss me off and I'm really sorry that people are seeing this hateful shit about them.
May. 11th, 2010 12:21 pm (UTC)
Re: :)
acrimonyastraea - the author of this seems to want us to think sie is Natalie Ballard; are you able to see if the IPs match other commenters in this thread? I'd like to think it's way too abusive and over the top, but given the actions of some privileged feminists, that kinda feels like wishful thinking right now.
May. 11th, 2010 01:14 pm (UTC)
Re: :)
There are two different IP addresses for the anonymous comments. The first comment, with the subject "Natalie Ballard here" has one IP address and the other two comments have another IP address. I post with two different IP addresses all the time, between work and home, so it's hard to say if that means anything.
May. 10th, 2010 09:28 pm (UTC)
Re: :)
Wow. Wow.

Astraea, I'm sorry such a horrible comment was left in your LJ. :(
May. 10th, 2010 09:39 pm (UTC)
Re: :)
Thanks for the support. I was tempted to delete it, but it really doesn't bother me on a personal level and certainly reveals that she was never really arguing in good faith, if there was ever any doubt.
May. 10th, 2010 10:08 pm (UTC)
Re: :)
Since you've already described calling the feminist blogosphere "supernova with rage" as a "stating (rather factually) that the feminist blogosphere was upset at the perceived ableism inherent in the Evelyn Evelyn project," I'm not sure why I'm so surprised at your inability to recognize that you were not playing nicely when you responded critiques of your arguments with the following obfuscations and insults:

May. 11th, 2010 02:27 am (UTC)
Re: :)
DUDE! WHAT! WHAT!!!!!!!!



May. 11th, 2010 03:17 am (UTC)
Let me guess-- are you an able bodied white woman?
May. 11th, 2010 02:37 pm (UTC)
This is not, and will never in any situation be, an appropriate comment.

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