Posts tagged sexism
Posts tagged sexism
Sick of the sexist crap that keeps appearing on my Facebook feed every day - most of it shared stuff. Part of me feels I should challenge people about it, but I’m also not very good at confrontation and don’t want the unnecessary grief of facebook arguments (hence one of my previous posts).
Part of me also wants to delete Facebook, but I don’t want to lose contact with some of family and friends who are on there.
I think I’m just going to post a load of my own feminist crap on there to redress the balance…
“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.”
The Myth of the Average Gamer: 2012 Entertainment Software Demographics Deconstructed
Last week, the Entertainment Software Association released their 2012 sales, demographic and usage report for the computer and video game industry. Read Rick’s assessment of the statistics, taking apart the notion of the stereotypical gamer, as well as the gaming industry’s staid approach to production and marketing.
Yes, we do exist. I may not play Gears of War and other similar games, but I still class myself as a gamer. I play a lot of casual games, but my favourite ever games are the Monkey Island series and the Syberia series. More games like these, please, developers!
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.”
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.
Did you know that Hattie McDaniel was the first African American woman to ever be nominated for an Academy award?
She was not even allowed to attend her own movie’s premiere. The movie, in case you are unfamiliar, was 1939’s Gone with the Wind.
Her career began with radio in which she played a maid who went by “Hi-Hat Hattie.” The radio serial was called “The Optimistic Do-nut Hour.” She was paid so little for her role (especially in proportion to her white counterparts) that she had to work as a real maid off to the side in order to make enough money to live.
She also got criticism from different groups such as the NAACP, who felt she, like other black actors at the time, were only perpetuating stereotypes of African Americans. She decidedly kept working as she did saying, “I’d rather play a maid for $700 a week than be one for $7.”
I love the films from the Ministry of Food. Some of them are shockingly sexist by today’s standards, though! For more info: http://food.iwm.org.uk/