Sheezus Talks: a critical roundtable/psychoanalysis of Yeezus from seven woman culture critics including myself, Tracy Garraud, Puja Patel, Maura Johnston, Jessica Hopper, Anupa Mistry, and Claire Lobenfeld. Readable right here.
I enjoyed reading this. If I could make one tiny observation that has nothing to do with the content of this piece: there is something interesting and maybe slightly disconcerting to me to in the subhed where the participants are referred to as “badass female culture critics.” I feel like women in this situation are more likely to be referred to as “badass,” which could be read as just a little bit condescending. The whole idea of the piece has to do with gender so identifying them as female makes perfect sense. But it’s very hard to imagine me being on a panel/roundtable of any kind and being referred to as a “badass” anything. And you know, I’m white, I’m male, I’m older, maybe my badassness, if it exists, is implicit, a privilege. Seeing it here popped out at me in a weird way, a thing that made me go “hmmm.”
I hear that. For the record, editor Rob Harvilla gave it the hed and dek, and then asked me if I thought he should add “badass.” I was like “HELL YEAH,” because I for one love being called a badass (thank you Rob), because that is what we are. If it feels like it is marginalizing or otherizing, sure maybe, but what is more marginalizing or otherizing is that even tho the group of women on this roundtable is pretty established, every single one of us still experiences being passed over for assignments and jobs in favor of men, even when we have more experience and expertise on specific topics than they do. So I’d rather call attention to our badassitude and underscore that we are all extremely smart and experienced and important, than feel any kind of way about that word standing out. To a lesser extent, but still worth mentioning: “badass” is a nicer and less controversial way of calling attention to #BadBitchAlert, which we were all feeling super hard, and which I would have titled the piece if it were on my blog or in my fanzine, but which seemed slightly inappropriate for a FAMILY ORIENTED MAGAZINE, ha.