- We're in a "post-modern" age, in a society culture that might hate our guts. Yay.
- I am a feminist. And probably a hipster. Hate on the hipster, not on the feminist.
- Melancholia is everywhere.
- All of this involves fangirls.
It is because of this that I want to begin to emphasize the role melancholia is playing among young women, specifically fangirls. I've mentioned before the sexism that still exists in our society, a 21st century world that was glorified to have put this all behind us. We live in a culture that judges us by our appearance and, no matter what, it is never right (I'm being reminded of a post I saw about Jennifer Lawrence and how, even though people generally freak out about how skinny actresses are in Hollywood, she received criticisms for being "too big." And even girls who are skinny - not because they force themselves to be, just because they are - get heavily criticized as well). Women are encouraged to work outside the house but when they do so and still want to have families, it suddenly becomes a problem. Housewives are criticized, working women are criticized, women who don't want to have children are criticized. Men who speak out for women are criticized. Men are criticized for not being muscular enough, handsome enough, manly enough. Oh yes, men, you deserve a post on this - and you most certainly will have one. You're placed into gender roles just as much as women (but at least jokes aren't made about you being sandwich makers. You've got a certain advantage). And throughout all of this, we feel alone, abandoned, doubting ourselves.
And often, it leaves us here:
Okay, I need something to cheer me up before we continue. Hipster cat!
More to come from this vein, I'm sure. Next time, join me as I wear my feminism on my sleeve and tackle body image issues and self-esteem. That's what this post was supposed to be about, but it didn't get there. So hang tight, and here's more hedgehog related nonsense for your troubles.