The first time wasn’t so bad. Maybe it takes a few times to get comfortable. (Do you see how I went all Lena Dunham on you there?) Or maybe it takes a few times and you want to throw yourself in front of a bus and test the true limits of YOLO. Because it happened to me: I read xoJane.
Look, I’m not a hardcore feminist really. Yeah I can open a door by myself, but I kind of like it when guys open them for me. I love wearing makeup because it makes me feel pretty. I will happily pull the “I’m a girl and I don’t know anything about my car so help me” bit. But xoJane really gives chicks a bad name. It makes our gender look completely incompetent, especially when they post things like “Feminism Is Ruining Everything”.
No, xoJane, you are ruining everything with this: “You have inborn feminine tendencies, and you need to let them express instead of trying to squash them down in some sort of pathetic attempt to be just like a man.” Good god! You are literally setting the women’s rights movement back like twenty years. Feminism isn’t about being just like a man. It’s about EQUALITY. You know, that thing that women and races have strove for since well…ever.
Here at CollegeCandy, we’re no stranger to controversial articles that throw commenters into a frenzy and make trolls actually flip their sh*t. But we own up to it. We know when something causes controversy and we typically respond. xoJane is shameless, but not in a good way. They’re just all LOL GIRL STUFF. I’m shameless in that I am a strong, independent woman who takes responsibility for my actions and is proud of everything I do. There is a difference.
Reading xoJane recently makes me want to claw my own eyes out. It makes me sad that women write about things like that feminism is destroying society as we know it. But we read xoJane for things like anti-slutshaming in regards to the recent affair with General Petraeus. However, do the few gems make up for the general ridiculousness we see?
We have our columns that get flack like “X Reasons So-And-So Is Better Than You”, but grow up Peter Pan. We’re not saying those people are actually better than you! We’re highlighting reasons people like Beyoncé are great (And you know what? She is better than you. She’s better than everyone!). We want you to be positive, forward-thinking women who love yourselves as much as we love you. Editor’s Note: Or else sometimes we’re totally being sarcastic and think someone is obnoxious. That happens, too, sometimes.
xoJane is like Amanda Bynes or a train wreck. We can’t look away! I don’t even know why. So I’ll keep reading the “It Happened To Me: My Boyfriend Faked His Death In A Hot Air Balloon Accident To Break Up With Me” posts, and I may never stop.
Caitlin is a graduate of the University of Alabama who has an obsession with cupcakes, coffee, and Harry Potter. She always has random fun facts and is now living in New York City. Follow her fabulous life @caitlincorsetti. You’re welcome!