The 10 Commandments Of Pop Culture Feminism

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1. Thou shalt not see a sexist, misogynistic ad, say "that sucks" and leave it at that.

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2. Thou shalt view all media through a critical lens.

3. Thou shalt watch every movie while wondering if it will pass the Bechdel Test.

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4. Thou shalt critique media when it portrays women as one-dimensional, second-class citizens.

5. Thou shalt vote with thy wallet (also known as the "I will not pay $12 to see ‘I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell' commandment.")

6. Thou shalt consume shitty forms of media (i.e. tabloids, reality TV) to be aware of what the "mainstream media" is saying about (and to) women and girls.

7. Thou shalt write letters, make phone calls, and send emails to let Dodge know you won't buy their cars or to tell GoDaddy.com that you'll look elsewhere for a domain (or ? or ?).

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8. Thou shalt utilize social media to get the message out.

9. Thou shalt not feel bad for still being influenced by the barrage of unattainable images.

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10. Thou shalt criticize the culture, not the women (employ the pro-woman line).

I'll add an 11th: Thou shalt recognize intersectionality in every component of media representation, sniffing out and calling them out on colorism, homophobia, heterosexism, classism, racism, ageism, ableism etc.

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What would you like to add? Lets make it a full-fledged manifest(a).

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This post originally appeared on the site Feminist Fatale. Republished with permission.

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DISCUSSION

Welp, looks like I'm a bad feminist. Again.

Still, I'm starting to think that if so many people aren't identifying as feminists anymore, the movement still needs me around...even if I don't give a rat's ass about gossip rags, would much rather judge the movie based on the quality of the action sequences and the acting, care about the record of how a company treats its female employees rather more than its ad campaigns—seriously, you want to get mad at a car company, Ford's done bad things to actual real women at their plants—don't remember the names of most celebrities, and think "intersectionality" is an ungainly word tortured out of an already battered language when there are so many elegant and useful words that would do the same work.

I'm probably not doing enough as a feminist, but somehow, I don't think obsessively reading about celebrities actually helps.