Do We Live in “Outrage World”?

Very '90s-Woman 'Don't Tell Me How I Feel' Gesture, TDS Ladies!

Emily Gould just wrote a piece on Slate’s Double X lady blog criticizing blogs like Jezebel for fanning the flames of outraeg about, for example, the lack of women at The Daily Show, and then taking those page views all the way to the bank. Gould writes:

[These outrage-a-thons]  are ignited by writers who are pushing readers to feel what the writers claim is righteously indignant rage but which is actually just petty jealousy, cleverly marketed as feminism. These firestorms are great for page-view-pimping bloggy business. But they promote the exact opposite of progressive thought and rational discourse, and the comment wars they elicit almost inevitably devolve into didactic one-upsmanship and faux-feminist cliché.

On one hand, I’m like, it is true that totally unfounded scandals erupt because of how the internet continually reports on itself. The Daily Show women’s recent repudiation of Jezebel’s thing about them seems to confirm that, in fact, this was a faux-crisis or at least a not-very-well-reported one. On the other hand, there’s something about Emily’s article that seems very anti-complaint (complaint being very ’90s woman) and very anti-the reality of needing to make money (anti-consumerism being very ’90s woman).

Which makes this a very ’90s-Woman conversation, I think. Outrage is very ’90s woman. So is learning not to  tell other people what to think. So is learning that people can be sexy like Olivia Munn and still be feminists. So is this kind of idealistic, maybe naive, desire that everything exist in a commercial-free vacuum to count. 

Anyway, I say: fun fight. Kara?

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5 responses to “Do We Live in “Outrage World”?

  1. Hm I had a similarish response I think. Not about the 90s but about outrage.

    http://mikkipedia.net/?p=191

    I apologize for the crappy formatting of my blog.

  2. Great response, Mikki!

    “Feminism is about liberation, and it is completely liberating to be able to point to something and say, “This is fucked up. And I am going to do something about it.””

  3. It’s just a mutual admiration society, that’s all. Except for your sad wrong opinion about Hanson.

  4. cmoney

    you know, one of the female daily show correspondents was interviewed recently and said that the producers told her that she should never ever apologise for her appearance. i think her hair was weird or something and she asked the producer guy if she should do something different, and he straight up told her no and to never ask him about that stuff again. apparently, even though there are a lot of males on staff and in front of the cameras, they don’t give a fuck – and how many television shows do you watch that would tell a woman to not worry about how she looked or her hair or what she wore?

  5. feminist

    you guys are complaining that gould is taking an anti-complaint stance in complaining about all the complaining. look, it’s a nice not to tell people how to think, but having a negative opinion about, say, vajazzling, is not a feminist thing or non-feminist thing, it’s about individual judgment, and in fact although you don’t want to tell people what to think, you do want to champion the things that you believe in, yes? unfortunately, most people, men and women, act in their self interest though they often imagine they are acting in a way that is “right.” BP needs to make money: i think we should let up on them.

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