Friday Hangovers

10 thoughts on “Friday Hangovers”

  1. One girl’s voice (in the same coming of age/YA vein) would be Scout, from To Kill a Mockingbird. At least for me. And while not a voice so much as a character, an angsty young thing like Holden might be Frankie from Carson McCuller’s A Member of the Wedding. Hmm, both Southerns. What’s up with that? ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. That is interesting, isn’t it? Especially given how marginalized much Southern fiction is these days as regional fiction. But a good call on both those, especially Scout.

  3. Justine’s blog hurt my feelings. I feel like she’s fighting against me instead of sexism or oppression. I feel like she thinks those enemies are the same thing, but I hope she doesn’t.

  4. Oh no! I don’t think that’s true at all. I’ve never heard you do the mansplaining thing, and even if you did, she’s not saying it makes you a terrible person. I think for a lot of women it’s just a phenomenon we’ve witnessed time and again and a lot of time guys just don’t notice. (For a good–and hilarious–example see @gailsimone’s twitter stream for the last couple of days, where she has been taking apart a gender studies major going after her for not being a femininist, all while calling her “dear.”)

  5. Yeah, it seems a lot of regional fiction is marginalized these days, which is sad to see, since so many worked hard to have that Southern voice especially recognized in the past. Yes, Scout especially.

  6. Well what we have here is the retasking of the inclusive noun “man” to indicate something bad. So a trait that has been identified as one practiced by (knee-jerk?) oppressors has been bestowed upon a whole group based on a tangentially related characteristic. Instead of signaling out the offensive trait itself, and labeling it in such a way that describes the offense, it has been branded instead with a word that preemptively bestows the offensive behavior onto everybody male. Since I’m included, I thought I’d mention that I found it hurtful–whether or not I’m one of the good ones.

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