everyday misogyny, feminism, gender

Everyday Misogyny: Quote of the Week

Pardon the frantic updating; my brain is making up for yesterday’s lack of entry.

In case you were worried that misogyny and sexism were broad, poorly defined concepts existing only in dusty encyclopedias and dictionaries, I’m here to reassure you: both concepts are alive and well today. So, since I’m getting all political and feminist and stuff, I thought I’d start a new set of entires, to be classed under this “Everyday Misogyny” label. Here’s the inaugural entry for the label:

I had a brief conversation today with a friend over instant messenger. In that brief span of time, he managed to say some pretty obnoxious things:

Me: I’m downloading all the texts I need to read for my women’s studies class.
Him: women’s studies?
Him: like how to clean and make babies?
Him: DON’T HIT
Me: Fuck off, dude.
Him: lol, just kidding.
Him: I forget just how sensitive you are in that area.

I find it disheartening that any man today, let alone any man that I happen to call a friend, finds it amusing to make jokes about the value of women in our society as housekeepers and babymakers. We have a woman fighting to be on the presidential ballot, and yet we’re still making “Barefoot and Pregnant” jokes. Really, have we progressed at all? And then I’m being told that I’m “sensitive” – well, yes! Jokes about the problematic views that our society holds aren’t really funny, and so I’m not bound to find them amusing in any way. I am prone, however, to getting annoyed about them, and responding with the standard, “Fuck off, dude.”

:shaking head:

8 thoughts on “Everyday Misogyny: Quote of the Week”

  1. Hehehe. Well, I think the ability to laugh at these things is also the ability to understand that it doesn’t apply to you or any other woman. But then again, that is my ever so twisted sensibilities.

    And you are Cancer Hard-Ass, hear you roar!

  2. Hehehe. Well, I think the ability to laugh at these things is also the ability to understand that it doesn’t apply to you or any other woman. But then again, that is my ever so twisted sensibilities.

    And you are Cancer Hard-Ass, hear you roar!

  3. OK. I’m going to tread lightly here so I don’t come off sounding like an ass. Could it be that your friend was just making fun of the people that do think like that? I have to believe that if he is your friend, he is not some sort of sexist pig.

    I’d have to believe that if he was indeed a misogynist, he wouldn’t be friends with you. He wouldn’t be IM’ing you unless it was in the direct pursuit of sexual conquest.

  4. OK. I’m going to tread lightly here so I don’t come off sounding like an ass. Could it be that your friend was just making fun of the people that do think like that? I have to believe that if he is your friend, he is not some sort of sexist pig.

    I’d have to believe that if he was indeed a misogynist, he wouldn’t be friends with you. He wouldn’t be IM’ing you unless it was in the direct pursuit of sexual conquest.

  5. I find it interesting to note that the two people who have left comments that show a negative response to the post have declined to include their names. Of course, the first anonymous poster left a pretty obvious hint about her identity, and I understand her comments are always anonymous.

  6. I find it interesting to note that the two people who have left comments that show a negative response to the post have declined to include their names. Of course, the first anonymous poster left a pretty obvious hint about her identity, and I understand her comments are always anonymous.

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