Power and less.

/Power and less.

In her 2017 book The Perils of Privilege, Toronto-based writer Phoebe Maltz Bovy noted that the call-out culture of Twitter metes out especially cruel treatment to successful women—a phenomenon she traces to “the fetishization of powerlessness.” In its broadest form, this ideological fetish has metastasized into the twinned ideas that (a) anyone who has attained success should defer morally to those who haven’t, and that (b) hierarchies of merit can be understood in purely political terms, which means that successful writers such as [Margaret] Atwood are guilty of taking up “space” that should be given over to others—even if those others are commercially obscure and possess less talent.

Jonathan Kay on callouts.

Like… on the one hand Kay is another notorious Hot Taker and the article (and book) this quote is taken from needs to be read with some serious side-eye and lifted-brow. But, that being said…

I’m reminded of the phenomenon, noted in fandom, wherein media that at least tries for some kind of diversity/inclusion/awareness (q.v. Steven Universe, anything by BioWare) can have a tendency to get shat on even harder than media that makes no attempt whatsoever (q.v. Sherlock, all of the MCU prior to, like, 2018). It’s hard to say whether this phenomenon is actually real or just feels real to frustrated fans of the former properties, but…

… hm.

Something to think about, if not necessarily uncritically accept.

2018-03-19T16:01:41+00:005th September, 2018|Tags: culture|
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