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I get the impression I'm the only person who is a little annoyed by the fuss over Rachel Bloom's video "Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury" (NSFW) (which was recently nominated for a Hugo).

in an interview in Wired, Rachel Bloom says: "The No. 1 thing I am earnestly attracted to is intelligence."

Well, god/dess(es) know I feel the same way! And I've committed plenty of fiction about it.

And there are many messages in the video that I approve of: Women making sexual choices. Women making sexual choices based on things other than what the sociobiologists think they make sexual choices based on. Women publicly celebrating their sexuality. Public celebration of fandom, reading, genre writing, and intelligence.

But the video is full of conventional sex cliches, and I think it also sends the message "Some women are attracted to intelligent men, and what women have to offer said men are boobies and blow jobs." And that message feels limiting.


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Date: 26 Apr 2011 08:19 pm (UTC)
laughingrat: Because a woman who doesn't laugh at sexist jokes is about to invade Poland. (Feminazi)
From: [personal profile] laughingrat
Thank you. As an evil, sex-hating, humorless fem'nist (clearly), I feel the same way. Seriously, they might as well have said "The only way women can fit into the sci-fi community is if they spread their legs." The fact that a woman wrote it doesn't really change anything. Internalized oppressor, anyone?

Date: 26 Apr 2011 09:24 pm (UTC)
laughingrat: A detail of leaping rats from an original movie poster for the first film of Nosferatu (Default)
From: [personal profile] laughingrat
Haha, thanks. :)

Date: 26 Apr 2011 09:49 pm (UTC)
apis_mellifera: (Default)
From: [personal profile] apis_mellifera
I hadn't thought about it in that way. Sigh. And considering some of the issues that the SF community has had around the way women are treated... Double sigh.

Date: 26 Apr 2011 08:35 pm (UTC)
epershand: An ampersand (Default)
From: [personal profile] epershand
Argh, also the fact that it's a song for RAY BRADBURY of all people. So, given the gender politics of his novels, the message is basically "fuck me, call me 'girl' and remind me that my only place is to service men, Ray Bradbury."

Date: 26 Apr 2011 10:04 pm (UTC)
shanaqui: Zoe and Wash from Firefly. Text: badasses. ((ZoeWash) Badass)
From: [personal profile] shanaqui
I think I agree with your nitpicks! Unfortunately, that song is now stuck in my head. (I wasn't aware of the song before this post.)

I guess "fuck me, Ursula Le Guin" doesn't quite have the same ring to it.

Date: 26 Apr 2011 10:13 pm (UTC)
shanaqui: My Habitican mod avatar, featuring me and a pile of books bigger than me. (Default)
From: [personal profile] shanaqui
Ahaha, if I were to make it, it would probably be '[insert awesome writer here], I am monogamous and anyway I'm asexual, but can we hold hands for a bit while we talk about a wide range of awesome things?'

Date: 26 Apr 2011 10:42 pm (UTC)
sasha_feather: Retro-style poster of skier on pluto.   (Default)
From: [personal profile] sasha_feather
Hahahaha agreed!

Date: 26 Apr 2011 10:55 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] anansi133
I wasn't as annoyed as you were, but neither did I like the song all that much. She's deliberately going over top in her hyperbole, but it's more than is really necessary to get the point across. it comes off as bad lyrics with a catchy tune.

For the erotellectual vibe, I much prefer Moxy Fruvous, My baby Loves a Bunch of Authors
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9F_XHb81N0&feature=related

Date: 26 Apr 2011 11:45 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] maize
If it helps to just not feel like everybody loves something but you, I'm not a fan of the song or video myself either, although I admit that my analysis wasn't as deep as yours: I just really dislike them aesthetically, and only made it about five or ten seconds in before I closed the window. (I find that for me, when all I hear about a thing are positive things, it starts to get to me that I'm apparently the only person who doesn't like it, then I often find out later that lots of people I know didn't like it, but just didn't say anything to that effect.)

Date: 27 Apr 2011 12:37 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] boxofdelights
I agree with you.

Date: 28 Apr 2011 05:25 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] vito_excalibur
The internet means never having to say, "Am I the only one who...?"
Edited Date: 28 Apr 2011 05:25 am (UTC)

Date: 28 Apr 2011 08:55 am (UTC)
aquaeri: Alice in armour (warrior)
From: [personal profile] aquaeri
I'm not convinced the video is "harmless fun". And I was certainly surprised it's up for a Hugo, seriously?

Date: 29 Apr 2011 06:50 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] beaq
I felt that way, too, but not as articulately. :-)

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