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This often feeds people who are not feminist and decide that since feminists said it was OK, they have carte blanche to trash female creators and to use really hateful language when doing so.
The polarization that surrounds discussions about works of pop culture created by women can sometimes make it really hard to fairly and honestly critique female creators.
There’s a fascinating double-edged sword that comes out of the sheath when it comes to talking about women creators.
On the one hand, there’s an attitude that we should unreservedly support female artists.
There’s a reason that when people talk about music and other work created by female artists, they don’t just talk about the art, but also about the way the artists dress. I don’t see the same scrutiny being applied to male creators.
Absolutely we should, but the scrutiny applied to female creators of pop culture seems to run much deeper to me.
We all internalize misogyny to some extent and I am never surprised, though I am disappointed, when it expresses in pop culture critiques. It is necessary to evaluate and critique all pop culture, no matter the gender of the creator.
Being a woman does not make you immune from criticism when your work is problematic.
At the same time, we need to recognize that there is a history when it comes to talking about art created by women.
A history of bringing discussions about personal lives into discussions of art, of picking female creative professionals apart personally, not just professionally, of expressing some internalized tropes in the way we interact with art created by women.