I was reading a tumblr article (mistake number one) about a show I watch (mistake number two) and the first paragraph started with "I love this show, I own all of the seasons on DVD, I never miss an episode, and I could quote the entire series to you."
Starts off nice, right? But then she goes on (and i wish she wouldn't have) to totally and completely bash and criticize the show, the actors, the writers, the producers, and the network. No one was safe.
It was a little like watching a train wreck. I was getting more and more annoyed with this girl the more I read, but I couldn't stop myself from reading on (mistake number three).
She took a very feministic view (which is totally fine) in her article, bashing the show for being too masculine and throwing fighting words around like "homophobic", "misogynistic", "transphobic", and "sexist". Which are some pretty big accusations and not words I would ever consider throwing around willy nilly. Those words mean something to people and they lose their power and validity the more we toss them around without anything to back them up.
So as I was reading I was getting myself worked up and incredibly annoyed, but as I got towards the end of the article I realized that no, I didn't agree with her, but she's entitled to her opinion, so I need to chill the F out. I took a calming breath or two and decided to finish her article with an open mind (mistake number four).
She went on to say more things I didn't agree with, but I stayed calm. Opinions are opinions and she's entitled to her own. OH BUT THEN she placed the cherry on top of her large, hot fudge hate sundae (with extra nuts, obviously) and ended her rant with "I don't actually believe these things, but I know most of the fandom does, so I just wanted to get it out in the open so it can be discussed and possibly addressed in the next season. Love the show! Can't wait for October!"
I think that's about the time my blood boiled over.
I'm not even going to discuss her opinions on the show or even mention the show, because that's irrelevant. I'm angry because she wrote this opinion piece on a opinion that she flat out says wasn't her own.
Listen, words mean something. It's the reason I put extra effort into not using the word "retarded" and the reason I flat out don't say "faggot". Those words mean something to people and while your intent might not be to verbally abuse someone with those words, sometimes your intent doesn't matter. Words can be hurtful and they can and do hold a lot of power.
Words like Feminist and Homophobic and Racist MEAN SOMETHING. And if you are going to use them, you better darn well be able to back them up.