Posts tagged feminisim
Posts tagged feminisim
“My appearance on Question Time prompted a web post that has in the last few days discussed my pubic hair (do I brush the floor with it), whether I need rogering (that comment was taken down, as was the speculation about the capaciousness of my vagina, and the plan to plant a d*** in my mouth),” writes Beard.
Beard provided a sample of comments from the website Don’t Start Me Off where she was also named “Twat of the Week”.
Many of the postings are aggressive and sexual and include a photo of her face superimposed onto a picture of female genitalia.
Explaining why she is refusing to laugh off the comments she writes: “First, the misogyny here is truly gobsmacking … the whole “cunt” talk and the kind of stuff represented by the photo … is more than a few steps into sadism. It would be quite enough to put many women off appearing in public, contributing to political debate, especially as all of this comes up on Google.”
I can criticise GQ if I want, just as you can criticise 97% of female comics if you want. it doesn’t mean I have to agree with you, or you with me. (If it helps I hate most women’s magazines too.)
Not sure what the purpose of this “ask” is. Are you expecting me to now say, “You’re right, I’m sorry. I didn’t realise GQ had won 39 major awards since 1991. Everything it prints must therefore be brilliant. And, yeah, I hate listening to other women talk about sex and body weight. Only women are interested in those topics - they don’t affect men at all - so why should comics talk about it?” Not all men are alienated and threatened by these topics being discussed by female comics, because not all men view women as a different species.
How can you seriously expect me to think this article is not sexist, just because it mentions some female comics the writer likes, when it ends with, “As for the majority, you can only hope that, one day, they’ll master the basics of that other elusive and precious skill: sitting down and shutting up.”
I spotted this book in Waterstone’s today and it filled me with RAGE. If you can’t read it very well in the picture, the title is “The Girl’s Guide to Growing Your Own: How to Grow Fruit and Vegetables without Getting Your Hands too Dirty”.
To be fair to the book, I haven’t actually read it, and many people who have reviewed it on Amazon found it helpful. And, on the one hand, anything that gets people into gardening is a good thing; on the other, I just hate the title and concept of this book so much (although, admittedly, the daisy-themed wellies are really cute).
What worried me most about this article were these couple of paragraphs:
Now normally I am the type of person who can stomach, and often smile along, with a touch of what has just become known as casual sexist ‘banter’. Having studied politics at university and shared a house with five testosterone-fuelled male students, I was schooled early-on in picking the battles worth fighting and knowing ‘how to take a joke’ – even when it seemed like it was at the expense of my gender.
Usually sexist jibes, statements, or even t-shirt logos, have some kind of juvenile or puerile humour to them. There’s more often than not a slight hint of tongue-in-cheek that allows most women to just pass off the remark or slogan as ‘stupid banter’ – even if they are seething inside. It’s just easier and we know it’s not meant with ‘any real harm’.
I don’t think we should ever accept sexist comments as being just banter. The amount of quotation marks she uses in this segment seem to suggest that she doesn’t believe it either. It IS harmful - she even acknowledges that women are sometimes “seething inside” when they dismiss sexist humour as stupid banter.
Banter is bullshit. We shouldn’t have to put up with it.
ok does anyone know where the kissy face came from it’s always been so absurd to me.
I find this interesting…