FAQ1. Who makes these?
My name is Danielle. I’m a graduate student and teacher in the gender studies program at the University of Wisconsin.
2. Why? I mean…why?
This blog was started as a joke to keep track of the theorists I’m currently studying; I never intended for anyone other than my classmates to see it. I’m not an expert - just a student working through some dense concepts. I need the help, and thought feminist flashcards were a funny idea.
3. Why Ryan Gosling? You must be a super fan.
It’s derivative of the “Hey Girl” meme. I have no idea if Ryan Gosling is actually a feminist, and don’t make any assumptions here of that sort. Dreamy though it may be, Ryan Gosling hasn’t actually said any of this. I’ve only seen a couple of his films, neither of which was The Notebook, and this is not a Ryan Gosling fan blog. He seems to be quite charming and lovely, and his dog is very cute, but I do not know much about him, and honestly?
I don’t find him terribly attractive. I know - I’m in the minority. We’re a house divided. FINE, HE’S STARTING TO GROW ON ME A LITTLE Nope - not feeling it. But I do like him.
4. It’s not very feminist of you to start every picture with “hey girl.”
Yes, the “hey girl” is pejorative. Have you seen the original meme? That’s the joke. That. Is. The. Joke.
4a. It’s not very feminist of you to use a white male as your avatar. As a black woman who has lived every moment of my black life as a black person in a country that never lets me forget that I’m black (and who has an academic focus on intersectionality, representations of race, and examining the feminist relationship to racism), this is not lost on me. It’s actually quite intentional. That. Is. ALSO. Part. Of. The. Joke.
5. Do you take submissions?
I do not accept submissions. I love your ideas, but unfortunately don’t have time to track them.
6. Can I correct your tiny spelling mistake?
I can’t stop you. But please know that it takes me 0.5 seconds to write these; I’m going to make mistakes, and it doesn’t bother me.
7. Can you print these on bags/tshirts/playing cards/shoes/gum? I’d buy all of them!
That’s sweet. But I don’t own the images I’m using, so there’s no way it is ever going to happen. I pull my pictures from Google; I try to include a click-through link to its original source (hover over the photo and click for the source).
8. Well, what Spivak was actually saying was that poststructuralist thought…
I’m going to try and say this as nicely as possible: Save it for someone else. I spend 90% of my day immersed in academic thought; this site is both fun and an outlet for me. I’m also sort of making fun of the way academics communicate here; we sound like aliens to some people, and assholes to the rest. I’m glad of your opinions, and love it when people engage in intelligent discussion, but if your singular purpose is to prove me wrong you can save your emailing fingers for another corner of the internet. I have plenty of opportunities to be proven wrong on a daily basis, trust.9. Have you seen Blankety Blank Ryan Gosling? Or Blankety Blank [Famous Person] Feminist?
Probably. By my count, approximately 18,000 pictures of Ryan Gosling are published every single day - there’s plenty of him to go around. This site is derivative, too, and I’m glad to see people having fun with something silly.