Lets do an experiment: reblog if you would feel safer hanging out with trans women (regardless of what genitals they currently posses) than Cis women who are transphobic and deny trans women’s obvious womanhood.
I guess it’s kind of difficult to figure out how my tags work (hint: strawberreli.tumblr.com/tagged/John+Green)
but I digress.
- He wrote An Abundance of Katherines.
- (Other people also dislike this book.)
- He’s racist. (If someone could get me links to his fat-shaming, I’ll include that here.)
- He’s a broken record. With a shitton of white male privilege.
- He’s kind of creepy. And sexist.
- More explanation of sexism.
- He defended Laci Green. [x] [x] [x] [x]
- (Also used the t-word while defending her.)
- He’s not too good at accepting privilege and his apologies are just as shitty as Laci’s. (Also see above “He’s racist” link.)
All of these reasons are on two individual tumblr blogs. Some of them come from anonymous ‘sources’. The first reason is literally “he tries to make the book sound more intelligent than it is and used an arabic word”. Another reason is he made a pun of his brother’s name and Cinco De Mayo. While Laci’s use of the word ‘tranny’ is definitely problematic, it happened years ago and she has apologized numerous times for it and spent the last few years dedicating her life to educating people on sex positive behaviours and attitudes. Laci’s videos have helped thousands of people, including me, understand why certain terms or ways of thinking are inappropriate and demeaning. John was obviously defending her from the psychotic people who were posting her home address and threatening her life.
Please don’t let this post circulate around tumblr like the one about Jennifer Lawrence that blindly forces people to hate on other people without really understanding or having their own opinions.
I feel like I should cap off this ignorance at it’s root, so here we are.
First, let me thank half your mindless drones for coming into my askbox and harassing me and telling me to go die (wait, but that doesn’t matter, because I’m not fully white, so it’s ok to tell me to go die, right?) and thank the other half for reblogging this post and making it super popular (“don’t let this post circulate” they say as they reblog it, and their 40,000 followers also reblog it)!
Second, let me direct you here: [x]
Third, this reblog serves as a receipt that Rhyse, pizzaforpresident is an apologist shitstain, who also used the t-slur without starring it out
tldr; you, john green, and laci green were made for each other.
lol okay I thought some of strawberreli’s links were a pretty good explanation as to why he was problematic (the nerd girl post, the way he used that derogatory Arabic word over and over again, etc). But I just want to put in my two cents as to why I’m not too fond of John Green.
I’m going to preface this post by saying that I was a huge John Green fan since I was 12. Looking for Alaska literally saved my life in middle school and it was one of the reasons why I didn’t successfully take my life. He was my hero.
Which made it all the more disappointing that when I got into feminism, I realized he was problematic.
His books are full of manic pixie dream girls and they’re incredibly formulaic in terms of character. It’s always about a pair of white cis straight upper-middle-class people, the unpopular depressed boy falling in love with the quirky poetry and adventure loving girl who shows him how to love and how to life. He pretty much reduces the main female interest to a bunch of quirks and pretty much shames every other real life girl who doesn’t act like that.
I am 5000% done with how much of a RomCom it all sounds. His books may sound pretty, which is fine, and people may like them, which is fine, but I have an issue with how people call his books revolutionary and I just…no, they’re not. He’s playing on misogynistic tropes from ages ago and it boggles my mind how people can call him feminist.
Moreover, in An Abundance of Katherines, he objectifies this one girl and then describes her as anorexic looking. I QUOTE: “The girl also had—how to put this politely—gigantic gazoombas. She was incredibly hot—in that popular-girl-with-bleached-teeth-and-anorexic kind of way, which was Colin’s least favorite way of being hot.”
Calling a girl anorexic-looking sets up an image for how people afflicted with anorexia should look. Not everyone who is thin is anorexic, and people who are fat can also be anorexic.By even calling it hot, he fetishizes anorexia. The book never said she has an eating disorder, and Colin calling her that is mean, offensive, and potentially triggering for people who have EDs.
lol and the way he phrased it almost encourages slut-shaming and girl-on-girl hatred. Like, this girl is not the way you should look. She is the least-favorite way to look hot. Let us cater more to the male gaze.
Also, the way he wrote Hassan made me feel incredibly uncomfortable. I just. I felt like he was appropriating Arabic culture and making fun of it, opposed to actually explicating the character and giving Hassan more depth. He portrays Hassan as incredibly lazy and desexualizes him to the point of nada. John Green also used a derogatory Arabic word over and over again in the book, and I’m not sure if that’s a slur he should be using. If someone can explain this better, please do.
ugh and that video where he called nerd girls ‘romantic resources’?
1. girls are not resources
2. girls are not here to be anyone’s romantic savior
3. way to encourage slut-shaming by subtly saying that nerd girls are better than other girls gee thanks
Also, him coming to Laci Green’s defense and completely excusing everything she’s done? She shouldn’t have received death threats, no but that doesn’t change the fact that she said some super problematic things. I did like her Sex + videos, but she’s incredibly islamaphobic, and her explanation of fat acceptance and thin privilege kind of irked me a little.
I’m still pretty conflicted about whether I like John Green. He’s done a lot of shitty things and I don’t think his next book is going to get any less manic-pixie-dream-girl-like and I’m so done with having to read about that trope over and over again in every book he writes.