Photos from baby goat’s future. Fame is really going to my bandmates’ heads.
The trend of labeling women “crazy” is part of the culture that socializes women to go along to get along. When women are told over and over again that they’re not allowed to feel the way they feel and that they’re being “unreasonable” or “oversensitive,” they’re conditioned to not trust their own emotions. Their behavior — being assertive, even demanding or standing up for how they feel — becomes an “inconvenience” to men and they’re taught not to give offense and to consider the feelings of others before their own.
Casually, even reflexively calling women crazy and the stigmatization of “crazy” (i.e., inconvenient or uncomfortable) behavior has become a way of trying to keep women behaving in a very specific and limited manner. It perpetuates the madonna/whore dichotomy — that women are either submissive, demure and sexually restrained or irrational bitches on wheels, the emotional equivalent of riding Space Mountain after five shots of Mescal.
So, these are only a FEW of the tweets that were aimed towards me, for openly being a female with armpit hair. There are millions more that I may or may not post. But for now, let’s go ahead and review this here folks.
Does a dozen teenagers who have been brainwashed by our patriarchal, misogynistic society telling me that I’m a disgusting hairy ape hurt my feelings? Absolutely not. I’m obviously very proud to display my body and my personal choices that go against our cruel standards for women.
But what does make me sad, is that this is what we are teaching our youth. These are the real, raw beliefs of young people today in regards to women, and what they can and cannot do with their bodies.
They truly believe in their minds that it is ‘unacceptable’ and ‘disgusting’ for a woman to make the choice to not shave. What’s even more sad to me is that the people agreeing with this boy were ALL FEMALE. Is this kind of bias, this kind of internalized hatred for womens bodies & choices really what we want to continue to teach them? This is probably the first time they have seen a woman who doesn’t take a razor and shave off what naturally grows on her body, and they’re legitimately angry to the point where they can personally attack someone they don’t even know about their body. They are angry to the point where it’s almost as if they feel personally insulted that a girl does not shave. Let’s stop and think: why would they feel this angry about a personal choice that is so very insignificant? That has no effect on our health, hygiene or well being?
Think back to this the next time you hear yourself or someone else saying 'women are equal' or ‘women aren’t discriminated against.’Because this is what we are teaching our young women. We are teaching them that your body is not okay, it is not okay to go against what society defines as ‘beautiful.’ It is not okay to be open about who you are, what you choose to do with your body that makes you most comfortable. It is not okay to make a choice that goes against the rules that society has set for us. That you are ‘psycho,’ an ape, disgusting, & that your choices that fit your comfort are not okay. This is the world we have created for women.
I have this belief that goats (much like dogs) are a great way to cure heartache. I’ve had this belief since childhood and growing up I spent every moment I could with my grandmother’s goats..
I refer to this as “goat therapy.”
When my father passed away one of the first things I did was visit a local farm. I sat on the ground and let the kids climb all over me. The goats were the only thing to break the darkness.
Because I now live in Philadelphia and do not own a car it is a little harder for me to regularly visit goats but I’ve made a promise to myself to go to “goat therapy” at least twice a year, which usually happens when I visit my family in Indiana.
That said, I named my band “baby goat” because playing music has also become a form of therapy for me. The name makes sense in my head and makes total sense if you know me personally. So of course, we did a song about baby goats to stay in theme. I posted it yesterday but I also wanted to give some insight into this whole goat obsession I have.
Check out the song here
Like the band here (we are recording more songs soon, promise and that’s the best way to find out)
AND TELL YOUR FRIENDS! GIVE THEM GOATS! <3
baby goat finally has a song up on bandcamp. It’s a rough recording of a cover song. The original song was recorded by Sickabod.
We’re still working out some kinks in our songs but soon, my dears, there will be original baby goat songs for you to enjoy but be warned, they are not as happy/peppy as this love song.