He said, shut up

11 12 2011

Belle Waring brings it, again, at Crooked Timber:

10 Problems Women Need to Fix Before They Can Complain About Problems With Popular New Software, On a Blog

by Belle Waring on December 7, 2011

1. Female Genital Mutilation, Everywhere, Ever.
2. Women Getting Raped in Far-Away Lands, like Afghanistan. AND YOU DON’T EVEN CARE!
3. Growing Gender Imbalances in China and India (Also known as “Where’s Your Precious Right to an Abortion Now, Missy?”)
4. Sexist Islamic Law Codes (“Wait, why just—” “Shut up.”)
5. World Hunger (But not through those programs where they only give micro-payments/loans to women on the basis of research that it is more effective.)
6. Lack of Access to Clean Drinking Water For The World’s Poorest Citizens, Because, Hey, While You’re There.
7. Africa. Is Some Shit Just Fucked up There, or What? Get On That.
8. Access to The Most Basic Knowledge About Human Reproduction and Assistance of Midwives Can Lower Peri-Natal Deaths Tremendously, But Please Don’t Tell Anyone About Contraception or Abortions.
9. Forced Prostitution, Sex Slavery, Human Trafficking.
10. Are We Seriously Just Not Even Trying to Go to Mars Anymore? Really, Though? We Made it to The Moon in Like 5 Years With Some Slide Rules and Horn-rimmed Glasses and Shit, and Now All We’ve Got is These Weaksauce Telescopes Peering Back in Time. What the Fuck? Mars, Bitches!

Now you know, ladies. Sorry any sexism in developed nations up to and including your own personal experiences of sexual assault didn’t even make it on the list, but better luck next time!

I’ve disdained what I’ve called “hierarchies about suffering”, and the term “oppression Olympics” may also be applied (in reverse, or sideways, or something); either way, the point is clear: Shut. Up.

Tch.

What was that line from Serenity? I aim to misbehave.

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3 responses

11 12 2011
emilylhauser

Just when I thought I couldn’t ❤ you any harder for bringing me this list, you go and quote one of the best lines in my current favorite pop-culture phenom.

I ❤ YOU SO HARD.

That's all.

11 12 2011
absurdbeats

It wasn’t meant as Emily-bait, but yeah, after I wrote it, I thought, Hm, Emily’s been lovin’ up that Firefly crew. . . .

Great fuckin’ line, eh?

14 12 2011
emilylhauser

I keep thinking it now: “I aim to misbehave… I aim to misbehave…” (But then, I also keep thinking “Well this is my gorram den,” and woke up this morning with a Dr. Horrible song in my head, so I’m fairly certain that Joss Whedon has just colonized my brain).

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