'If you got rid of every male creator who was a monster, we'd lose so many -'
Don't care. Do not. There isn't a single piece of music, cinema, TV or literature that I would trade for another person's safety, and that's what you are proposing.
The Tonight Show
Really digging @TheGoodDeath's new longer, more research-driven videos (this one's about mummies!) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JF4vL7p-jI0
Pre-announcements and other Life Events: https://www.patreon.com/posts/24775145
My new video is done! Anita Sarkeesian and the People Who Hate Her https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKaiq1rnSMw&feature=youtu.be
Yeah, maybe we were too subtle in our take, but our thesis was that neither of the two extremes really work in their pure form https://twitter.com/ceilidhann/status/1096893107025731585
I also think it's really, REALLY hard for most people to do a mea culpa because creative work is so inherently a) personal b) draining. Even in my own work, stuff I never even LIKED, it's taken me years to look back on some things and go "Yeah, I shouldn't have done that." https://twitter.com/GentleFishorse/status/1096890473103405056
Again, a read of "I think [Thing] is #problematic or falls within this trend of #problematic" is totally valid (I make these reads all the time), but trying to validate that read with "I think [Thing] is #problematic and therefore the author is an unapologetic bigot" is like
I suspect that the current focus on "my read on this piece of art makes means I understand the author's intent" is a means of making one's subjective read seem more valid. And it's shitty and I hate it. Unless the author has stated something, like, you can't read minds?
Twitter is wild because the dumbest people are like “Mayhaps you have slandered me with that ad hominem” and the smartest people are like “my dog is a chonky boi”
But I can say that the jump from “This song is transphobic” or “This song might unintentional empower transphobia” to “This songwriter is transphobic because of my read on a song they wrote thirteen years ago” is kind of bad faith, y’all.
So like… if someone says “I think ‘Sex Changes’ is transphobic”, I can’t say that’s an invalid read, but I can say I'm kind of ambivalent on that read because I remember how different the culture was when the song was released.
But my problem with reads like that is they tend to make the jump to a statement of authorial intent - the person who originated the “Ender’s Game = Hitler apologia” read had a big vendetta against Card, and argued that Card drew deliberate Hitler parallels with Ender.
Like I can feel that someone else’s interpretation is dumb as hell - for instance I’ve always thought “Ender’s Game = Hitler apologia” is a bad, stupid read, but it’s not an invalid read. I can’t say “your read is wrong” because that read is subjective.
And this brings me back to "Death of the Author" thoughts which I can't shake. The thing about reads of art is there’s no invalid reads. There are bad faith read, but you can’t say one person’s subjective interpretation is invalid.
That also said, I think it's easy to see where someone would read the song in question as transphobic-- I was re-listening to that Dresden Dolls album a couple of weeks ago and when it got to “Sex Changes” I definitely had the thought, “oof, this song has aged poorly.”
This is kind of frustrating - I understand where this impulse comes from since a lot of public figures are suddenly loudly disappointing, but I really wish people would pause before turning their read of a piece of art into a statement of authorial intent. https://twitter.com/amandapalmer/status/1096866601083826176
Was skimming the USA Today bestseller list and there is no way this is a coincidence. #nice
I assume that Frozen 2 is finally going to grapple with Elsa's godlike ability to create life.