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On an unrelated note although nothing that trashes Gala in this article can be unrelated: the All Points West article she wrote was possibly the worst piece of journalism I've ever read. And I read Cosmo for kicks.
But Gala Darling, whatever her flaws may be, is an extremely inspirational person to a lot of people and does inspire them to make their lives better in a way only a very jaded person would disagree with. She does *not* tell them *how* to live their life, just encourages them to go through life with a better attitude. I think that's pretty rad.
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"The Triumph Of Magic Over The Brute"? C'mon. That's literally a filler article: she just C&Ped part of an interview.
But a lot of you guys are being critical for the sake of being critical. A lot of your criticism stems from you guys actively looking for things to criticize about the lady in question. She never called herself a feminist (although to be fair, a lot of self-proclaimed feminist are not so much feminists as women who don't like it when people trash women but buy into the Male Gaze; ugh yawn), and she only puts down her own personal experience as a goth kid and the negativity that is associated with that scene. I'm pretty sure she still digs goth fashion pretty hard.
iCiNG is a very heteronormative blog geared towards a very heteronormative audience, yes. Gala Darling is a very privileged person, yes, in that she is a white heterosexual able-bodied person who is fairly well-off. There is nothing wrong with either of those things. That is a status quo, as unfortunate as that status quo may be.
I can't say much about her podcast; I only skimmed through those posts, but I'm pretty sure she doesn't actually market it as a business advice podcast. It's marketed as "Making Magic Happen," no? That doesn't seem like a business podcast so much as a lifestyle one. Cause, you know, iCiNG is a lifestyle blog.
(Also, in regards to the breaking the speed limit thing? All of you are stupid. For serious. Everyone involved in the entire 'discussion.' You, Gala, everybody. Have you ever driven on a highway? I get beeped at all the time for driving at the speed limit and not faster than that.)
(PPS: You wanna talk about privileged and being disconnected from the real world? How about having a PhD in poetry? I mean, as someone who goes to Officially The Most Annoying Liberal Arts School in America, that's a pretty "not knowing the real world" kind of degree.)
Mm, you know what is a catty thing to do? Sitting around trashing a person without any institutional/political power and therefore cannot affect yours or any other person's life directly with a group of other like-minded people. Just throwing that out there.
(I'm seriously waiting for a, "Gala's not even that pretty!" comment.)
I agreed with a lot of the initial criticism about Gala's recent articles: all she posted for a while were TiLT and Carousel, and