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miss maggie ([personal profile] bossymarmalade) wrote2010-10-12 10:06 am

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Dear Yoko Ono:

You shouldn't even be here.

But since you are, and at the time when the man you wanted to spend the rest of your life with would have turned seventy years old --

I guess they thought you couldn't carry your own story, the one that began with you surviving the bombing of Tokyo and continued with you becoming the first woman accepted into the philosophy department of Gakushuin University. Maybe it didn't make you three-dimensional enough that you studied music and art at Sarah Lawrence with a special interest in the avant-garde and audience participation, that you had sex with who you wanted when you wanted and had abortions and miscarriages. Maybe to them you represent an idea of a weird dragon lady with careful accented English and inscrutable slanted eyes and wild harionago hair.

I know you didn't make it onto the chart because they think you don't have any flaws.

So you're not a villain, but you, an artist and a woman long long before Johnny and Paulie went on a magical mystery tour, you are mainly a love interest. They at least know you're not only interested in your man and only disapprove of his actions from time to time, but it's easy to assume that May Pang (another unimportant possibly fictional Asian woman) never existed, that you never sent John off to have his lost weekend and recover from all the alcohol and heroin before you let him come back to you.

You're not an action heroine. Hunting down the daughter who was stolen away by your ex-husband, facing down headlines like "John Rennon's Excrusive Gloupie" and the constant death-threats and racialized insults, enduring the deep freeze from the rest of the Beatles during those tense White Album sessions because John would only go if you promised to go with him, those don't qualify you.

Do others like her?

Oh, Yoko, surely that's the damning stroke, because who could like you? A nation full of white people enraged that you stole away their Liverpudlian poet son, a world full of people enraged that you, single-handedly, YOU caused the end of the fabbest four, an unending stream of people who still call you ugly and shrill and a bitch, who say that those bullets should have found their way into your body that night and not that man who you loved and who you watched be gunned down and lost. How dare you think that you and your son have any right to decide how to remember John? Don't you know he belongs to the world, and not you who taught him to love and respect women, not you who took care of the business so he could stay home to feed the cats and rock the baby and bake the bread when he wanted to do that most of all? Do others like you?

No, the chart says, and so you're Yoko Ono.

Dear Yoko: I'd say fuck them, but you were in a bag in a hotel room decidedly *not* losing your shit at assholes attacking you for being a strong Asian woman since before I was born, so instead I'll say: It's bullshit that you're on this godawful chart at all, but I'd still be happy to find myself landing on your name at the end of it.


http://www.recmusicbeatles.com/public/files/bbs/jl_yo.playboy/interview.html
http://thecurvature.com/2008/12/15/yoko-ono-a-feminist-analysis-introduction-oh-yoko/
http://imaginepeace.com/archives/5576
http://www.lorainesammy.com/v2/2010/10/may-pang-and-yoko-ono/
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[personal profile] glass_icarus 2010-10-12 06:14 pm (UTC)(link)
I LOVE THIS POST, AND YOU, SO FUCKING MUCH. YES.
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[personal profile] crossedwires 2010-10-12 06:14 pm (UTC)(link)


(That chart makes me so cranky.)
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[personal profile] jackandahat 2010-10-12 06:18 pm (UTC)(link)
This is an excellent post. (And the chart is so much bullshit.)
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[personal profile] gloss 2010-10-12 06:19 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you.
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[personal profile] skywaterblue 2010-10-12 06:21 pm (UTC)(link)
FUCKING PREACH.
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[personal profile] impertinence 2010-10-12 06:27 pm (UTC)(link)
Fuck that chart generally, but fuck it specifically for including Yoko, who aside from being a REAL GODDAMN PERSON is someone who consistently fights not to be defined as a stereotype, and whose work is forgotten more often than it's commended. FUCK. THAT.
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[personal profile] raanve 2010-10-12 06:27 pm (UTC)(link)
Yes, this. Thank you for this post.

(And that chart says Uhura is useless??? WTF.)
Edited (html fail) 2010-10-12 18:28 (UTC)
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[personal profile] fightingarrival 2010-10-12 06:28 pm (UTC)(link)
Yes.

*looks at chart* Did they seriously use the term "noble" fucking "SQUAW"?!

*in, out*

But, hmm, yes.
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[personal profile] beachlass 2010-10-12 06:29 pm (UTC)(link)
Hells, yes.
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[personal profile] monanotlisa 2010-10-12 06:34 pm (UTC)(link)
This is so fucking wonderful. ♥
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[personal profile] prettybird 2010-10-12 06:43 pm (UTC)(link)
That was the first thing to pop into my head, sorry, after my initial "WTF" reaction to that chart.

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[personal profile] katarin 2010-10-12 06:41 pm (UTC)(link)
Fucking SERIOUSLY! I'm generally offended by the idea that women all fall into stereotypes and only an infinitesimal percentage qualify as a "strong female character" but the idea that a real woman who is a fucking feminist ICON falls on that chart is BULLSHIT.
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[personal profile] such_heights 2010-10-12 06:44 pm (UTC)(link)
This is a FABULOUS post.
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[personal profile] lanning 2010-10-12 06:46 pm (UTC)(link)
This is a fucking awesome post and you should feel fucking awesome. You rock! :D
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[personal profile] violetisblue 2010-10-12 06:48 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you. Do you mind if I link to this on Twitter?
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[personal profile] sidewinder 2010-10-12 06:55 pm (UTC)(link)
*mad applause*

Thank you.
Edited 2010-10-12 18:55 (UTC)
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[personal profile] dine 2010-10-12 07:02 pm (UTC)(link)
you (and this post) = awesome

Jezebel (and that flowchart) - not so much

I am flat-out disgusted by their attitudes
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[personal profile] minoanmiss 2010-10-12 07:05 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh, wow. Thank you for writing this. *applauds*
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[personal profile] devilc 2010-10-12 07:05 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh, Yoko, surely that's the damning stroke, because who could like you? A nation full of white people enraged that you stole away their Liverpudlian poet son, a world full of people enraged that you, singled-handedly, YOU caused the end of the fabbest four, an unending stream of people who still call you ugly and shrill and a bitch, who say that those bullets should have found their way into your body that night and not that man who you loved and who you watched be gunned down and lost.

Yes, This. Exactly.
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[personal profile] silkmoth101 2010-10-12 07:09 pm (UTC)(link)
Here via lanning.

You made me cry. Thank you so much for writing this, it is simply beautiful.
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[personal profile] scrollgirl 2010-10-12 07:10 pm (UTC)(link)
I never paid much attention to the Beatles or to Yoko Ono, but I did see an art exhibit of hers once and was moved by the simple, pure compassion of its theme. This was a wonderful post, thanks for sharing.
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FUCK YEEEEEAHHHH

[personal profile] haddayr 2010-10-12 07:10 pm (UTC)(link)
A) this post was a wonderfully perfect roar.
B) I now have more, specific data, for my semi-annual Argument With Some Dumb Fucker About Yoko Ono.
C) FUCK YEAAAAAAAHHHH

[personal profile] noldo 2010-10-12 07:15 pm (UTC)(link)
This is fantastic.
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[personal profile] duraflame 2010-10-12 07:17 pm (UTC)(link)
Yeah, this is seriously amazing. You, and Yoko, are the best. ♥♥♥
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[personal profile] trinker 2010-10-12 07:18 pm (UTC)(link)
Maybe I've been hiding under a rock or something, but this is the defending Yoko Ono essay I've been waiting for my whole life.

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