Community Comment: Cussing Out And Forgetting Feminist Foremothers

Editor’s Note: This quote came as a response from Friday’s post about Jezebel and ageism online. Reposted with permission and edits.

Second Wave feminist Flo Kennedy. Image credit: Jo Freeman.

Second Wave feminist Flo Kennedy. Image credit: Jo Freeman.

“Well, the worst sign of ageism I noticed was a Jezebel writer forgetting a groundbreaking feminist author in her list of feminist scholars. There was a lively comment [thread] about it. To add insult to injury a young feminist came on and attacked the author herself for complaining about it (and hijacked the [thread] and promoted herself)! I see it also in commentaries that talk about the racist founding of Second Wave feminism, all the while completely ignoring the older women of color who were there. (I forget the waves maybe because I’m squeezed between them.) I think that upsets me the most. I welcome the discussion about race and feminism , but please let’s not add to the problem by ignoring the older women of color. I”ll start by naming Flo Kennedy. Or Faye Wattleton who is still here. Of course, we all know Loretta Ross, but I have yet to see her on The Rachel Maddow Show.

“We all felt the ageism too in the performance we did two weeks ago: “Between the Door and the Street.” Ironically, it was started by an older feminist but staffed by young interns, [sic] who, by the way, were paid.

“I’m glad we are bringing up younger women, but we need to take care of ourselves first, I think.

“P.S. I hate the Cialis adds but that has nothing to do with age. Why can’t birth control advertise? I think we all know the answer to that.”

~~Reynolds N. Art, artist

One thought on “Community Comment: Cussing Out And Forgetting Feminist Foremothers

  1. lynn November 4, 2013 at 12:23 pm Reply

    You see a lot of casual ageism in the comments section of jezebel as well, such as the use of “get off my lawn” to discount what an older person says and shut down discussion. Sometimes the ageism gets challenged, often it does not. Another thing I’ve noticed is that older commenters on jezebel will say things like “but I’m old, what do I know” or “I’m one of the olds” in a self-deprecating way. It’s a similar dynamic you sometimes see among *some* black folks in a predominantly white situation, who will make racial jokes about themselves in order to be accepted.

    The thing about young folks being ageist though is that in a few short years, they will be on the receiving end of it as well.

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