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If you’re a fan like me, then you may have noticed a recent alarming trend: Overwhelming amounts of people of color and LGBTQ+ characters are being killed off their shows.
The video came to my attention after a friend humorously tweeted, “Emma Watson beatboxing makes me not want to be a feminist.”
Arguably the world’s most famous rapper, Kanye West, has marked the release of his new album, The Life of Pablo, in true Kanye fashion, with a slew of controversial tweets, name dropping everyone from Michael Jordan to Mark Zuckerberg.
As a feminist, I believe we should be conscious and critical of the media we consume, even if it’s media we love. I enjoy Bieber’s new songs, but I also acknowledge they portray both sides of a toxic relationship—abuser and abused.
You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone at Emerson today who doesn’t have an Instagram account. There’s a universal satisfaction that comes from posting a picture of yourself or photo you took onto the Internet and receiving a positive response. This experience is particular to millennials: never before in history was it possible to take and share photos and videos instantly.
Though I believe none of these men had the intention of invalidating I had written my comment in an attempt to express my feelings about a particular female experience.
As a feminist, I feel protective of young One Direction fans who are experiencing their first pop-culture heartbreak.
It can feel intimidating to jump into discussion about gender, even at a liberal college that, by and large, invites such conversation. At Emerson, where many people seem so well versed on social justice issues, it can be hard to find your footing when you’re trying to learn more about feminism.