here's to never reining it in!
@appletree I swear I just read something that said that Luluvise's users' average age was 21? I guess they must be keeping a bunch of Luluvise network users off the Lulu app.
@Sea Ermine Oh that is a good point - I sort of meant "not just by grudgy ex-girlfriends" to mean "not just the kind of manipulation you'd immediately assume" but you're totally right to mention that aspect. A whole culture of people being super rational and complimentary about their exes, #LovelyGuyButJustNotThatIntoMe, #NoHardFeelings, #I'mTotallyCoolWithIt, #OnlyIrrationalPeopleAreResentfulAboutBreakups.
(tbh i am on good terms with almost all of the people i used to date but i think there's also a distinct social pressure to be such, in my social circles at least)
@cee like, not only is the whole idea of a people-judging app morally ugly in the extreme (+ the idea of a women's social network that exists mostly to discuss boys is so appallingly retrogressive and also how is this woman 32 years old), but it is so open to manipulation - and not just by grudgey ex-girlfriends. (e.g. teenage boys are already known to be regularly pressuring teenage girls to share their facebook passwords with them: the content of this and the discussions thereon are in no way actually 'girls only'.)
I can never be sad that I do not get to socialise in the exalted circles of those who get to be entrepreneurs in the exciting new media and chill on private islands and go to fancy parties with fashionistas and aristos, as clearly to join these exalted circles one has to be an absolute fucking sociopath.
I have spent too long on this, today, but did get two excellent pieces of sass in a row:
"Boy, you must be a gauntlet because you are a severe trial; an ordeal."
"Boy, you must be a treadmill because you are a monotonous task or set of tasks seeming to have no end."
@kasa it not as if people in the UK don't know what racism is! we have an awful lot of previous with it.
@ariel well, here's a start: Dummy Magazine's 10 videos that pushed feminism forward in 2013.
Like Julianne Escobedo Shepherd's bio suggests, there's a rich vein of feminist content in 90s R'n'B and rap - not just dealing with the question of how the industry punishes and silences female artists for not being hot or skinny or young enough, but with other issues of sexual and gender politics, sex, finance, work and how power affects women. If you want straight-down-the-line pop, Pink's "Don't let me get me" covered the similar territory to this song (and has some of the concomitant problems). There has been feminist content in popular music sung by women since at least the 60s: no new ground is being broken here.
@ariel there are a lot of things in your paragraph that i would take issue with but for now here's one thing: there is nothing "groundbreaking" about someone talking about feminist issues in a pop song in 2013 and we do not have to be grateful to lily allen for doing it.