Femmostroppo Reader – June 28, 2009

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  1. 1. I’m just stunned by the number of people who, say, spent a lot of time laughing at that “Jeffersons” South Park episode who suddenly refuse to hear a bad word about Michael Jackson. I feel quite a lot of sympathy for people who idolised him, and who felt that their lives were positively affected by his work, and I know it can be very difficult to reconcile that with the child abuse allegations that were brought against him (not that that means we should ignore them), but people who only seemed to mock him when he was alive (and indeed contributed to the dangerous narrative that only people who are perceivably “weirdos” abuse children) suddenly decide that he was a paragon among men any that everyone who takes those allegations seriously is just being sucked in by the tabloids — wtf?
    2. Best of luck to Pop and Pop’s parents. It always boggles me with these things that the people who believe that gender is an innate part of our biology are those most offended when parents refuse to reinforce those gender roles socially. Surely, if gender is innate, then it doesn’t need social reinforcement?
    3. I’ve found the images of women protesting in Iran both inspiring and heartbreaking. It’s a measure of my privilege, I think, that I’ve never been called upon to demonstrate the type of courage that they are showing.

  2. 1. re the child sexual abuse allegations – I do hear the logic of someone who wrote that MJ was one of the few adult men of whom he could believe that sleeping with a child really did mean just sleeping together in the same bed. But at the same time I’m with Sady – children do not generally just make these things up. Who knows what really happened when you throw genuinely horrified parents alongside gold-digging parents and tabloid frenzies into the mix?
    2. I’ve got to find the link to the story of X that Mindy posted last week. Did you post it using your openID Mindy? It’s not coming up on a comment search.
    3. The women protesting in Iran humble me.

  3. Men who rape children usually go to great lengths to cover their tracks. They don’t have sleep overs that everyone knows about. The allegations never made sense to me.

  4. But at the same time I’m with Sady – children do not generally just make these things up. Who knows what really happened when you throw genuinely horrified parents alongside gold-digging parents and tabloid frenzies into the mix?
    Yeah, I know what you’re saying. My first inclination in any instance in which a child reports abuse (sexual or otherwise) is to believe the child; hence I take the allegations very seriously. And we all know that being cleared by the courts (especially when the accused is rich and famous) does not mean that it didn’t happen.
    At the same time, as I mentioned before, there is definitely a narrative that suggests that people who present as “weird” are more likely to abuse children (which, of course, prevents most victims from speaking out), and as Melissa mentioned in the comments at Shakesville, the US certainly does have a long history of false rape accusations against African American men. I think it’s really only reading over stuff about his career in the last few days that I’ve really come to appreciate the work he did in terms of chipping away at the racial barriers that exist in the US; this always slipped under my radar before (no doubt a combination of my white privilege and my not being a huge fan).

  5. Lucky Pop! I kind of wish we hadn’t shared the Tiny Tyrant’s sex with people (he has a gender-neutral name), though his father often refuses to do so with nosy strangers at the shops (and derives great enjoyment from the resulting confusion of just which adjectives are ‘appropriate’).
    So much what you said about it, Beppie!

  6. FSR June 18. I probably did post it with my open ID because wordpress doesn’t seem to like me.

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