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KILLJOY CANUCK ([personal profile] mad) wrote in [community profile] scans_daily2010-10-29 02:40 pm

Gabby's Playhouse: Discussing Sexism on the Internet

So, recently Kate Beaton made some comments on Twitter about how sometimes guys that like her work will respond with comments she finds creepy/uncomfortable/offensive.

Gabby's Playhouse then did a webcomic entitled "How Every Single Discussion About Sexism and Woman-Type Stuff on the Internet (and real life) Has Ever Happened And Ever Will Happen, Always, Forever, Until the Earth Finally Falls Into The Sun. (Or until the patriarchy is finally dismantled.)"



Comic by Gabbysplayhouse.com
[Source.]

I don't quite get that last panel, but the rest of it is kinda recognizable.

This was bona fide (http://womensspace.wordpress.com/2008/01/27/carnival-of-radical-feminist-anti-pornography/#comment-83129), I just didn't have the link to hand. Here's the actual quote - watch as the commentators climb over each other to declare how vile the male sex is:


  • Hectate: "That's what sex is: a means to control and subjugate wymmyn. It’s a form of abuse, plain and simple. The worst part is, they were all rapists and didn’t even know it. My heart weeps for the wymmyn those men ended up with. They’re rape victims. All heterosexual wymmyn are."
  • Satsuma: "Yes, I believe that’s true. All heterosexual women are rape victims. I never put this thought into words, but now that I read Hecate’s post, it makes perfect sense to me."
  • Debs: "Wow (again) Hecate’s words make perfect sense to me too. Hecate should get a blog and write about this stuff, I want to read more! I believe that too, “all heterosexual women are rape victims.” It’s so hard to say, but that’s probably because it’s true."
  • Etc ...


That thread is a good example of the group man-bashing that these discussions descend into, as appears to have also happened here. Gabby posts a fairly decent bit of satire and soon a bitter few start spouting lines like "Every man we meet could be a rapist.". Ripe for it's own satirical response, non?

I clearly acknowledged the major obstacles that Sexism creates for women and believe a cultural shift is needed to address this. However, I take exception (and anyone here would in the reverse) to hateful generalisations torward men (without so much as an inkling of irony in the context of a discussion about Sexism!) and the repeated assertion that it's a one-way street - see my points above.

But feel free to post another "Huh d'huh" reply, Miz Mad. Or perhaps -shock- appreciate that this thread leaves something to be desired in terms of overcoming stereotypes.