Whoopi Goldberg reminds us that women fart too—and that’s OK

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Below is an excerpt from my recent piece (“Whoopi Goldberg reminds us that women fart too—and that’s OK”) which has been published over at The Daily Dot. I encourage you to go read it.

In these visual representations, attitudes toward women farting tell us a lot about attitudes toward women in general, especially black women. Apparently this isn’t Whoopi Goldberg’s first time farting on-air—she let one slip in 2011 as well—and one look at the comment section in that case reveals some truly heinous invective (which I will not repost here, as they are incredibly triggering). As recent as three months ago, commenters have thrown around the “N-word” with ease, calling Whoopi “animalistic” and “ghetto trash.” This reaction to Goldberg’s femaleness, but also her blackness, tells us that farting—like anything that relates to femininity—is a complicated issue, one that carries the weight of the farter’s sex, race, and socioeconomic status.

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6 thoughts on “Whoopi Goldberg reminds us that women fart too—and that’s OK

  1. Renata Di Gregorio says:

    This is an interesting topic because not only would you not expect a fart to make headlines, but you wouldn’t normally expect that it would become an issue of feminism and racism. But by the response of society to Goldberg and the depth you delved into it such as with Googling visuals of boys’ vs. girls’ farts, it is undeniable that people can project their prejudices even on bodily functions. I think the issue of girls being precious, innocent, and “ladylike” and “girls not pooping” or “girls not farting” is something hammered into our skulls since birth by previous historical context in a society that still has so far to evolve. What kind of a word is “ladylike” anyway? (That’s not even delving into the fact that we still say things like “Take it like a man” or “Hit like a girl.”) The fact that the little girls’ toy aisle is filled with pregnant Barbies and babies that cry and poop is just the commercialism of society training its 3-year-olds to fulfill their “duties” as mothers. It’s archaic and ought to be changed. I guess examining the gender ideas behind farts is a good place to start.

  2. egrimany says:

    Very good article. There definitely is something wrong with the way we view women and bodily functions. I’ve talked to several pregnant co-workers who say they’re so afraid they’ll poop during childbirth. They are pushing a human being out of their vaginas but they are worried about poop. It’s unbelievable. I also have a co-worker who has never farted in front of her husband, while I’m sure he has farted in front of her several times.

    • lkeke35 says:

      I had a friend once who told me that she stuffs a massive amount of toilet paper into a public toilet before she pees, so that no one can hear her peeing. I thought that was the weirdest thing I’ve ever heard. Isn’t it what the bathroom is for?

      And tha s*** is contagious. Everytime I use a public restroom, I think about doing that, now.

  3. vikkywattz says:

    Reblogged this on vikkywattzent and commented:
    hmmmmmmmm

  4. Kelly Matthee says:

    As I always say “We are human, what men do women do, too” Thanks for posting :)

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