Ronda Rousey. Beyonce. All politics aside, both women have dominated in their respective fields. That might be one thing we can all agree on, yes?
But if you’re an extreme feminist, nothing is good enough. Real feminist issues like women being raped by ISIS, or women being jailed for cartoons in Iran…boilerplate. Beyonce referencing Rousey? Red meat. Sorry, soy burgers.
At a concert, Beyoncé opened her song “Diva” with a voiceover of Ronda Rousey, who said this:
I have this one term for the kind of woman that my mother raised me to not be and I call it a ‘do-nothing bitch.’ The kind of chick that just, like, tries to be pretty and be taken care of by somebody else. That’s why I think it’s hilarious, like, that people like say that my body looks masculine or something like that. I’m just like, listen, just because my body was developed for a purpose other than f**king millionaires doesn’t mean it’s masculine. I think it’s femininely badass as f**k. Because there’s not a single muscle on my body that isn’t for a purpose. Because I’m not a do-nothing bitch.
If you’re a woman and you think that’s empowering, you’re obviously not reading your latest issue Feminist Weekly. HuffPo Columnist Allana Vagianos (that’s really her name) took issue with Rousey’s statement and Beyoncé’s use of Rousey’s statement. Because a woman critiquing two women who kill it in their respective industries? That’s part of the new feminism.
Who exactly is this “do-nothing b*tch” that Rousey rails against? Is she the stay-at-home mom or housewife? Is she the hip-hop honey in rap videos? Is she the sugar baby who sleeps with older men to fund her education? Regardless, what does calling other women “do-nothing b*tches” really accomplish? It’s certainly not empowering, and it certainly does nothing to combat the larger issues that create a society where athletic bodies like Rousey’s are judged as less than.
Okay, so the issue here is that Rousey described other women as “Do-nothing b*tches” without listing bullet points of who that is. And for using the word bitch, because as someone in the comment section of the article sagely said “That’s what men call us.” Newsflash to women against the word “bitch”: women call women all sorts of colorful names. Rousey also kind of defined who a do-nothing bitch was, but in the sisterhood of feminism, one never calls other women as bitches. Unless they’re conservative. Then it’s totes allowed.
Vagianos, after nitpicking Rousey, added:
Rousey has made transphobic comments and her recent book My Fight/Your Fight has some racist undertones. She is by no means a feminist role model and her words should not share the same pedestal as Adichie’s.
As a long-time follower of Beyoncé feminism, I’m disappointed.
We don’t know where Ronda Rousey falls on the political scale, but she’s quickly losing favor with the “pro-woman” crowd. She describes women as “do-nothing bitches,” called out Fallon Fox for having a distinct advantage, because he’s a dude (that’s the transphobic part), has said that female Cris “Cyborg” Justino is more of an “it” for using steroids, and her book has some “racist” undertones, which in this day and age could mean she’s never dated a black guy. And she doesn’t buy the pay gap myth, either.
But since having different sects of feminism is maybe the new thing, like “Beyoncé feminism,” maybe Ronda should start her own feminist sect. Call it the Do Something Bitches. They’re logo could be of a broken arm. Just ideas, Ronda. Just ideas!