(Photo: Tim Samuels)
Good. You’re here. Sarcasm is useful, n’est-ce pas?
Without further ado, 3 reasons why we should thank Julien Blanc and Real Social Dynamics:
1) Former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford
In the same way former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford amassed a concerted public outcry from citizens, Julien Blanc is just one of the many rallying points that is needed is the movement for gender equality and saying no to violence against women. At a time when this conversation is reaching a fever pitch, it is clear that this conversation and action is STILL important and necessary. Thank you Julien, for reminding us that depraved and narrow-minded misogynists still exist in the modern era.
2) We Have a Lot of Work To Do
To truly understand what we’re up against, I present exhibit A:
Because the most important thing here is about how many girls you can get in a day, am I right? How opaque must your view of human interaction be that you need to pay up to $3000 to ‘learn’? Try this: read a book on proper communication, and treating someone as an actual person. It works 9 times out of 10.
While the conversation on equal rights has begun reaching a wider audience, the mindset of men that promote and subscribe to the mentality of the above tweet indicates that objectification of women and cognitive dissonance are, indeed, still very real.
They are not to blame, entirely.
Meanwhile, corporate media (namely Time Magazine) is having a crisis of consciousness, on one hand asking If Julien Blanc is the most hated person in the world, while on the other, considering banning the word feminist altogether from their publications. Imagine – feminist!
‘You have nothing against feminism itself, but when did it become a thing that every celebrity had to state their position on whether this word applies to them, like some politician declaring a party? Let’s stick to the issues and quit throwing this label around like ticker tape at a Susan B. Anthony parade.’
A thing? A label? Stick to the issues? This is as clear an argument for political correctness as I’ve ever heard, purporting that if we don’t actually use the word, maybe it – along with the power dynamics, systemic oppression, and history associated with it and the people to whom it has affected – will just go away. That’s like saying you “have nothing against racism, but the term racist is just sooooo outdated.” Absolutely deplorable.
In a world where corporate media has consolidated distribution to the extent of determining the entire mainstream agenda, banning the word feminist is nothing short of fascist censorship from an organization that should at least feign an attempt at proper journalism. Let’s not forget the audacity and historical ignorance evident in comparing banning the words “feminist’ alongside inconsequential words like ‘om nom nom’ and my favourite ‘yaaaassss’.
This is exactly the reason why Julien Blanc can exist in the mainstream arena – because pop culture encourages it. Pop culture confuses men into thinking that dominance and abuse is acceptable; that every object of your desire should be so lucky to have you be interested. This is the mountain that has to still be climbed: frats, top 40 music, and celeb culture all perpetuates this disconnect.
3) Julien Blanc Sets a Fine Example of the Kind of Behaviour We Will Not Tolerate in this Country
Tell the Canadian Government to follow Australia and the UK in banning this wretched example of a human being. Sign the petition to ban Julien Blanc from Canada
What other reasons did I leave out? What do you have to thank Julien Blanc for?