Default Genders’ James Brooks: ‘I Totally Failed’ | SPIN Q&A
I held off on reading this interview by Marc Hogan before finishing this post, because the issue was bugging me and I wanted to get it down, but he basically repeats the same points I made in it. There’s a larger issue - why did he fail - that I didn’t get into, because I’m not sure where to even begin. Should he, as the Pitchfork review suggests, have spoken more clearly from a personal perspective (although I think that’s implicit in most of the lyrics)? Is it, as he seems to read it, mainly due to an internet hype cycle that tries to see the worst in everything? Or is there something about feminist attitudes to male voices and opinions which, while being an understandable and frequently justifiable reaction to their dominance in most discussions, is counter-productive when it comes to encouraging men to talk about their own experiences and culpabilities?
agree w/ basically all of this
Two thoughts on these points. First, I think some really smart and talented people genuinely just heard different things than he expected and reacted accordingly. Second, in a more general sense, I think it’s human nature to find ways to divide ourselves from each other. Especially when we agree more than we disagree. Not limited to feminists or to “On Fraternity.” Or to the internet, unfortunately.