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Lemuel Pitkin (
2010-10-30 12:00 (UTC)
Agreed. I was amused by the webcomic, and think that it brings up some interesting points...but at the same time, I think that it does generalize, and I too would call it sexist. As falseaesop concludes, I do believe that this would receive a very different reaction if the roles were reversed. I think that most of the rebuttals to this point ("Well have you ever been..." or "It's different for women..."), however true, speak nothing to the sexism of the webcomic.
I'm a man and took a couple of feminist literature courses in college. During that time, I met a variety of women who were very serious about gender equality and opposing the patriarchy. Some of these people were rational and understood that sexism can be a two-way street (Kristeva's work on feminism endorses this view somewhat). Others turned EVERYTHING into arguments about the patriarchy, called anyone who watched a movie with a nude scene a misogynist, and basically earned eye-rolls from everyone else in the classroom--even their peers.
When I see a defense for this webcomic not being sexist, I'm reminded of the latter category. Again, I enjoyed reading this and believe that the scenario is representative of what women actually experience publishing their art/writing etc. to the Web--but I also believe that it was a bit heavy-handed and, yes, sexist in its generalizations.
When I read old crime novels, I recognize that women are portrayed negatively, and that such portrayals are degrading to women. I recognize this, lament it, and enjoy the book anyway. Same with this webcomic. Fun read, but yeah, it's sexist.
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