Lately I’ve had this weird feeling that I’m not entirely sure about yet, but I’m beginning to acknowledge and understand. I feel like there’s been this really weird modern objectification of women of the past “peace, love, music, free spirit” theme/time/era/whatever. It’s tough because I feel like people are probably genuinely into those concepts and are revisiting them in a way applicable to the current world, and I do think that is actually pretty sweet. But for example, my school is hosting this “music festival” of tons of local bands, and the theme/guise is that of a modern day woodstock. Which is kind of cheeky and cheesy or whatever but like, that aside, it’s a cool concept and local bands are a good thing and stuff. But on the event’s facebook page, people (men) keep posting these pictures of women of the past who are usually partly/mostly naked and who are dancing or somehow involved in a music festival/gathering. Then other men will post comments like “yum” or “i hope she comes along” or “peace, love, jam chicks” and it is just making me feel really super weird. Like, yeah, they hardly have any clothes on which is fucking awesome and hot but like, do you even understand how radical these women were? How radical that entire movement was? Do you have any idea how pissed they would be if they knew their bodies/spirits/pictures were receiving comments like “yum”?? DO YOU EVEN KNOW WHO JONI MITCHELL IS? HOW AMAZING SHE IS? I know there are probably a whole bunch of complications and shitty things that were happening in that movement, and I’m not trying to idealize it, or ignore the shitty things, but come on. You can’t just live life under this guise of peace and love and equality and radicalism and then make completely undermining comments like that? I don’t understand?! It’s all the same objectification, whether its under the pretense of a “hippie culture” or “bro culture” or “pop culture” or whatever fucking culture. When you use these amazingly radical acts as empty symbols of your actually sexist fascination with awesome women grooving to awesome music, you really suck and you don’t perpetuate love and equality and voices being heard. You suck.