Which means there’s at least a hypothetical chance.
Ten years ago on this blog, we were talking about the trend in advertising since probably the mid-nineties; if you look at an ad featuring a family, the man is probably depicted as a bumbling doughy cretin married to an improbably gorgeous woman who is (along with the kids, apparently including any boys that haven’t gotten married and had kids yet) inevitably smarter and more capable than him.
And now, the people who study and talk about these things are…well, studying and talking about it. At least in the UK:
The Mintel research confirmed that 20 per cent of men think we are portrayed as incompetent about the house in ads, and small wonder. In ad land – unlike the real world where men dominate computing and engineering – bumbling blokes can’t even get a broadband connection and struggle with basic domestic appliances, while smarter women roll their eyes, then save the day.
Overall, this means that, increasingly, men in adverts are prized for their looks, but ridiculed for their brains – which is precisely where women were in the 1950s and ’60s.
Here’s the scary part – and the part that I’ve never seen anyone write about; advertising doesn’t happen by accident. Even in the Mad Men era, advertising was the product of rigorous audience research; it’s vastly moreso today.
The “Dumb Husband” stereotype reigns supreme in ads for products where women might be reasonably assumed to be the primary consumers. Look at ads aimed at men; for the most part, women may well be eye candy, but the ad passes on little or no subtext about the womens’ intelligence. And yet ads aimed at women are highly likely to portray men as idiots.
Given that ads – much less trends in advertising – don’t happen by accident, this suggests that these ads are dominant because that’s what women think about their men.
And yet society wonders why young men are choosing video games over dating.
Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
What politician will tackle this persistent patriarchal problem, deal with the disparate impact, equalize the inequity and smash the Glass Coffin?
I’m sure Hillary will look into it if elected…
…oh, I slay me.
…that, in fact, it did: a Feminist “Onion”.
A regular reader emails:
Gloria Steinem has a new book out. Someone told me about it, saying he wants to read it because it is about her life as a child, traveling with her father. I looked up the review of it and decided it would not be mainly about her life as a child, traveling with her father. It is more likely the same old grating antiquated feminist thoughts that she always spews. The review mentions that she touts ideas for education reform, a shift from competitive classrooms to more co-opting classroom learning. I scratch my head at that, since I think that the successful Gloria Steinem probably credits her own competitive nature more than any partnerships with people for her own success.
But, it also got me thinking about the Republican candidates, their diversity, and the language that Republican voters use when talking about the candidates versus the Democratic candidates and the language used when talking about them. In 2008, Democrats were focused on whether they’d have the first African American president or first woman president. That was basically what Obama and Clinton were reduced to. When Sarah Palin became the VP nominee, Steinem focused again on the candidate’s gender, saying that she was a win for feminism, but not the right woman. On the other hand, today’s Republican candidates are talked about in terms of their leadership skills, their experiences, their ideas. Gender and race play a minor role, at least when I talk to Republican voters. Which is how it should be. As a woman, I know when I’ve competed and won because of my skills and when I’ve won because I was a token. It is much more humiliating to win as a token than to fail because of lack of skills. The idea of taking competitiveness out of the classrooms is utterly frightening. How would children develop self worth? Develop skills to be marketable in jobs?
I did an Internet search for Gloria Steinem and Hillary Clinton and found more reasons not to read Steinem’s latest book. Compare that rhetoric with what Carly Fiorina said in 2002 about labeling people by gender.
Obviously, the liberal Slate writer doesn’t agree with Steinem on this particular issue, but I think that the contrasting level of maturity seen between Steinem and Fiorina here epitomizes the general level of maturity seen in the Democrat voter versus the Republican voter.
I heard Steinem on “Fresh Air” a few weeks back, plugging the book – and was struck by how the author, who must be in her mid to late seventies, still sounded like a cranky junior high kid.
Last week, the NYTimes published a piece by a Brian Lombardi, “27 Rules for the Modern Castratus” – retitled “27 Rules for the Modern Man” at publication time. In it, he spelled out a list of “rules” for what passes for a “modern man” among NYTimes readers and staff – a few that were pure common sense, and a bunch more that seemed to devolve from some combination of “feminization” and “slavery to marketing”.
And while the criticism of the piece was immediate and usually hi-freaking-larious, I figured it was high time we codified the rules for those of us who consider modernity to be a cancer when it comes to matters of eternal principle.
And so I present “Rules for the Paleo Man”
- The Paleo man does a good job, whatever his job is. He also knows it’s his responsibility alone to know what “good job” means, and how to do it.
- A Paleo man presents himself to the world exactly as he needs to to be appreciated as what he is; whether a CEO, a plumber, a soldier or a radiology technician, he says what he needs to say, does what he needs to do, wears what he needs to wear to convey the impression that he does a good job. Fashions and trends and brand names are irrelevant; being seen as a good investment of others’ time and stewards of others’ investment, property, well-being or safety is.
- The Paleo man respects himself. He treats himself accordingly in his personal habits.
- Because the Paleo man respects himself, he respects others, and acts accordingly. It also means he keeps the opinions of others in proper perspective; they’re feedback, not guideposts.
- The Paleo man respects women in general, and his significant other in particular.
- The Paleo man has integrity; he practices what he preaches, and he only preaches what he needs to.
- The Paleo man takes care of his kids, whatever it takes.
- The Paleo man protects himself, his loved ones, his neighbors and his property; whether childproofing his living room or becoming proficient with a shotgun – and teaching them how to do the same – he learns, and does, what needs to be done.
- The Paleo man has the tools he needs to do all of the above; whether that tool is a socket set, a book on “Diaper Changing for Dummies”, a melon baller, a new Java Virtual Machine, a shotgun or an Armani, he knows, obtains and takes care of the tools he needs to earn a living, care for and protect his family. Brands and fashions and trends don’t matter to him; effectiveness does.
- A Paleo man doesn’t need a list of rules to tell him any of this.
- A Paleo man doesn’t tell others how to live their lives. And he quietly dismisses others who try to tell him how to live his.
- A Paleo man only goes into a club with a DJ if it’s a very promising date. Otherwise, it’s either a live band, or a jukebox.
The NYTimes has favored us with a piece by one Brian Lombardi of De Freaking Kalb Illinois, on “27 Ways to be a Modern Man“.
And I must have missed the vote when all of us guys voted for Mr. Lombardi to write up the spec sheet, and for that I apologize – but I will reserve my right to confirm or veto as appropriate.
And it is oh, so appropriate:
Being a modern man today is no different than it was a century ago. It’s all about adhering to principle. Sure, fashion, technology and architecture change over time, as do standards of etiquette, not to mention ways of carrying oneself in the public sphere. But the modern man will take the bits from the past that strike him as relevant and blend them with the stuff of today.
Although the “principles” Mr. Lombardi “adheres” to seem to be more about “being a modern NYTimes / MPR fan” than being a man.
1. When the modern man buys shoes for his spouse, he doesn’t have to ask her sister for the size. And he knows which brands run big or small.
It’s both harmless, good marriage tactics…and kinda trite, doncha think?
2. The modern man never lets other people know when his confidence has sunk. He acts as if everything is going swimmingly until it is.
Yes, but John Wayne and Humphrey Bogart taught us this 80 years ago.
3. The modern man is considerate. At the movie theater, he won’t munch down a mouthful of popcorn during a quiet moment. He waits for some ruckus.
That’s a good one.
4. The modern man doesn’t cut the fatty or charred bits off his fillet. Every bite of steak is a privilege, and it all goes down the hatch.
Again – 50% “well duh” and 50% trite and cloying. I suppose it’s a little more couture than having a “princple” about bacon, though.
5. The modern man won’t blow 10 minutes of his life looking for the best parking spot. He finds a reasonable one and puts his car between the lines.
I can get behind this one.
Better still? The Modern Man doesn’t ever combat-park in a crowded parking lot.
6. Before the modern man heads off to bed, he makes sure his spouse’s phone and his kids’ electronic devices are charging for the night.
Spouse? Again, just good marital tactics.
Kids? Baloney. Kids gotta learn some things by themselves.
7. The modern man buys only regular colas, like Coke or Dr Pepper. If you walk into his house looking for a Mountain Dew, he’ll show you the door.
Dr. Pepper is a cola?
And no. Just…no.
8. The modern man uses the proper names for things. For example, he’ll say “helicopter,” not “chopper” like some gauche simpleton.
Seems like an odd litmus test, don’t you think?
9. Having a daughter makes the modern man more of a complete person. He learns new stuff every day.
Presumably Mr. Lombardi and his Times-reading friends are the first men ever to have daughters.
10. The modern man makes sure the dishes on the rack have dried completely before putting them away.
I’m not a betting man – but I’d wager real money that when people beat Mr. Lombardi up in high school, the teachers figured it was justifiable.
11. The modern man has never “pinned” a tweet, and he never will.
No, Mr. Lombardi; the mondern man doesn’t know what “pinning” a tweet is.
12. The modern man checks the status of his Irish Spring bar before jumping in for a wash. Too small, it gets swapped out.
A quick reminder: this is being printed in the New York Times. The Newspaper of Record. All the news that’s “fit to print”.
Acres and acres of gatekeepers.
13. The modern man listens to Wu-Tang at least once a week.
I’m looking for the bourbon now.
14. The modern man still jots down his grocery list on a piece of scratch paper. The market is no place for his face to be buried in the phone.
This modern man would buy a copy of the NYTimes on paper, and jot down his grocery list over Mr. Lombardi’s
15. The modern man has hardwood flooring. His children can detect his mood from the stamp of his Kenneth Cole oxfords.
No man, modern or not, gives a rat’s ass about the brand of any shoes that doesn’t have steel reinforcement in the toes.
16. The modern man lies on the side of the bed closer to the door. If an intruder gets in, he will try to fight him off, so that his wife has a chance to get away.
“Get away?” To where? Does the modern man’s bedroom have a back door?
And in view of Mr. Lombardi’s #25, we can presume that the Modern Woman is pretty much dead meat if an “intruder” comes through the door.
17. Does the modern man have a melon baller? What do you think? How else would the cantaloupe, watermelon and honeydew he serves be so uniformly shaped?
Nothing about knowing how to navigate. How to make a plant grow. How to fix a flat or change his own oil.
18. The modern man has thought seriously about buying a shoehorn.
The modern real man has no shoes that need more than one hand to put on.
19. The modern man buys fresh flowers more to surprise his wife than to say he is sorry.
In other words – the modern man has common sense?
Well, perhaps. Mr. Lombardi, on the other hand…
20. On occasion, the modern man is the little spoon. Some nights, when he is feeling down or vulnerable, he needs an emotional and physical shield.
While there might be a place and time for being the little spoon, it’s got nothing to do with being any kind of a man.
21. The modern man doesn’t scold his daughter when she sneezes while eating an apple doughnut, even if the pieces fly everywhere.
One wonders what prompted Mr. Lombardi to discover this timeless, vital truth. Also, what is an apple doughnut?
22. The modern man still ambles half-naked down his driveway each morning to scoop up a crisp newspaper.
What the hell is this “newspaper” he’s yapping about?
23. The modern man has all of Michael Mann’s films on Blu-ray (or whatever the highest quality thing is at the time).
24. The modern man doesn’t get hung up on his phone’s battery percentage. If it needs to run flat, so be it.
Words to live by.
25. The modern man has no use for a gun. He doesn’t own one, and he never will.
Because the Modern Man is, apparently, expendable.
26. The modern man cries. He cries often.
No. Men do not cry.
That is all.
27. People aren’t sure if the modern man is a good dancer or not. That is, until the D.J. plays his jam and he goes out there and puts on a clinic.
So according to the NYTimes, the “modern man” is is a slave to marketing, technically hapless, literally helpless.
I’m proud to be a Paleomale.
PS: A much better response, from Stephen Miller in NRO. All of them great – especially #27:
The modern man knows he can’t dance, and refuses to attend any event with a DJ instead of a live band, on principle
I can’t believe I missed that.
Next week: the real rules for proud paleo men.
I oppose the death penalty. I oppose it for one reason; the inevitability of executing the innocent.
It’s not that no case has ever made me want to see some one eaten by mice, of course. Classic example; the Susan Smith case. Smith was convicted twenty years ago of pushing her car, with her kids strapped into the back, into a lake to their deaths. At the time she was alleged to be involved with another guy, and killed her boys to keep their father from getting custody.
She’s “setting the record straight“.
I read it.
I’ll stick with the mice.
The biggest story in the world today? As ISIS saws off Christians’ heads, and Planned Parenthood does the same for babies, and the nation lurches toward a Presidential election that, if it were held at this moment according to the results of junk media polls taken six months before caucuses and 15 months before the election, would be a contest between the star of a real reality show and the co-star of a virtual reality show?
Ashley Madison’s data breach.
Ashley Madison is, of course, a website purportedly devoted to helping married people find extramarital amoreuses. And the hint that some of the people ostensibly busted in the breach were famous “family values” crusaders (notwithstanding the high likelihood that they were fake accounts) had the usual social-lefty suspects aroused to a fever pitch; social conservatives straying from their message is the social-lefty’s hard-core pornography.
What this episode shows us is that lots of Americans – including many who design and build websites – are illiterate about data security.
Tech tabloid editors are foaming at the mouth, just thinking about finding something that’ll implicate someone they know. You’ll have hundreds, if not thousands, of people downloading the torrent file to see if their loved ones, or boss, local priest, sister, father, scout leader, or public figure’s names are in the cache. It’s hard to feel even a morsel of remorse for any cheating hack husband, wife, or partner who gets caught out.
But, even the worst people in this society should expect — and deserve — privacy.
It’s certainly hard to defend a cheating spouse.
But I’d nominate a few other people – drug-cartel hit men, late-term abortion providers, serial killers, Sidney Blumenthal, pedophiles, people who hack off other peoples’ heads – for “Worst People In Our Society”.
Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
When you see the headline “First Female Football Coach,” does it make you cringe? Probably some Affirmative Action hire to please Social Justice Warriors, making the NFL more inclusive and welcoming? A ploy, like hiring Denny “The Knee” Green to be a Black coach – he’s Black all right, but not much of a coach?
Normally, I’d agree. But this particular woman doesn’t sound like it.
- College rugby.
- 14 seasons Women’s Football Alliance (full-contact, tackling football, not flag or lingerie).
- Running Back for Texas Revolution Men’s Indoor Football team (3 carries, -1 yards rushing).
- Two Gold Medals for Team USA in International Women’s Football.
- Master’s in Sport Psychology and PhD in Psychology.
If she only had the academic degrees, or only had flag football experience, I’d suspect this was a publicity stunt to get the team some good PR.
But she’s actually played the game and taken hits. She might know what she’s talking about. And if she can teach inside linebackers to play a better game, well, that’s what coaching is all about. And who knows, maybe she’ll bring back some decorum. “When you get into the end zone, act like you’ve been there before” could apply to linebackers . . . not every tackle requires a victory dance. Huddle up, get your head back in the game.
I might become a Cardinals fan after all.
She may have rushed for more yardage than all current Vikings running backs whose last names aren’t Swedish.
Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
New York bar charges women 77 cents on the dollar because . . . pay equity? Great deal . . . for ugly women. Pretty girls never pay for drinks. And most of the wait staff is women, who work for tips, which are based on total tab, which is now 23% smaller. So women get paid less to protest women getting paid less? Genius.
So will the female servers be giving part of that to the ugly male bartenders, who don’t make nearly as much as they do?
Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
We are informed that Sex is biology – XX chromosomes, female, XY chromosomes, male – but the Genders “man” and “woman” are a social construction. One may be born male but feel like a woman trapped in a man’s body. Since Gender is only a social construct, an individual can change it. Changing one’s gender in the face of cultural bigotry is bravery . See: Bruce Jenner.
We are informed that Race does not exist – there are individual genes for characteristics such as skin color or eye folds – but Race itself is merely a social construction. Therefore, logically, it must be possible to be born looking like one “race” but feel like another “race” trapped in the wrong skin. And since Race is only a social construct, an individual should be able to change it. See: Rachel Dolezal.In the olden days, Black people tried to “pass” as White so they could get better education, jobs and awards. Nowadays, White people try to “pass” as American Indians or Blacks . . . so they can get better education, jobs and awards. That’s what makes the Twitter account #wrongskin so interesting. Godfrey Elfwick claims to be a Black Woman trapped in a White Man’s body and therefore entitled to stand in solidarity with Rachel and by implication, to claim the benefits currently reserved for Blacks. The comments are illuminating, as he applies the same “logic” on his critics that is accepted without question when used by trans-gender advocates.
Whether #wrongskin is a parody of the present or an intimation of future, it illustrates the wisdom of Chief Justice John Roberts, who wrote in 2007: “The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.” If society didn’t base education, jobs and benefits on race, nobody would bother trying to “pass.” Then, and only then, will The Dream come true.
I’m just going to call myself a trans-superathlete, rather than a cis-schlub.
Joe Doakes from Como Oark emails:
Years ago, men and women served in different branches of the military. Discipline was strictly enforced. Sexual harassment was unknown.
Years ago, men and women attended different colleges, or at least lived in different dormitories. Chaperones were strictly enforced. Campus rape was unknown.
Today, men and women are bunked side-by-side in the military and in college dormitories. Discipline and chaperones are unknown. One in five women will be raped on campus and the Army’s number one mission is preventing sexual assault in the ranks.
These societal enhancements were brought to us by Progressives. Isn’t Progress wonderful?
i’m pretty sure he’s being extremely sarcastic.
Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
What a load of sexist, paternalistic, offensive, male-centric lies.
Why won’t men marry American women? First, why buy the cow when you get the milk for free? And second, palimony is cheaper than divorce.
In other words, men are acting in their own long-term interest, as if women were fully capable of being strong, independent people.
My two cents worth: men are responding to a generation of being treated like optional accessories.
I mean, who are we to say, really?
Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
Unisex bathrooms are used by both men and women.
Bisexuals are physically attracted to both men and women.
Either the bathrooms are misnamed or the swingers are.
While on the one hand bisexuals and transgenders aren’t the same thing, who’s to say a transgender can’t also be bi?
Charles Manson’s wedding is off again after the spree killer and cult leader discovers his betrothed really just wants to build a museum around him:
They apparently thought the Lenin’s Tomb-esque attraction would draw a huge number of visitors and make a lot of money.
But Manson, 80, apparently got wind of the plan and now no longer wants to marry Burton.
“He’s finally realized that he’s been played for a fool,” Simone told The NY Post.
It would have been an ironic turning of the tables…
The tourist attraction was also something of a non-starter because Manson believes he is immortal.
“He feels he will never die,” Simone added. “Therefore, he feels it’s a stupid idea to begin with.”
To be fair, I remember worse business plans back during the dotcom era.
Western women are invited to celebrate “World Hijab Day”.
Don’t get me wrong – religious freedom is for everyone. I’ll fight as hard to defend Muslim womens’ right to cover themselves up as I will to defend Presbyterians rights not to.
But like a lot of Western Christian conservatives, I’m slightly amused by Western feminists unwillingness to tackle a fairly significant, not to mention real, “war on women”.
Now, for years, I called myself “Minnesota’s Best Feminist” – largely because it pissed lesser feminists off so much.
I’ve laid off the bit for a few years, now – not because it wasn’t true (like most fathers these days, I don’t want my daughter to be held back for any reason but her own merit or hard work, or lack thereof (and she has plenty of both). I am what some academics would call a “Gender-Equity Feminist” – someone who believes in removing obstacles to female equality in law, which is the starting point of real equality in our society. That’s as opposed to “Gender Identity Feminists”, who see feminism as something analogous to nationalism, an identity to be upheld against a hostile opposition. I’m not one of those.
Most of American “feminism” in academia and “womens’ studies” programs and the media today is the latter – which is a sort of dumb irony; members of the most spoiled, cossetted community in America, academics and social thinkers, from most most spoiled and overweened generation of people in American history (Generation X and the Millennials, who are rapidly approaching the Baby Boom for sheer irritation factor), prattling about the hardships they face.
The WaPo recently ran a list of new years resolutions by a group of “feminists”.
Most of them are written in the curious, circular argot of the post-1990s humanities graduate student, clogged with circular, post-structural, deconstructionist language that is only intermittently interchangeable with standard English.
By the way, the drawings of the various thinkers involved were done by the author of the WaPo piece, Ruth Tam.
So as my service to you, I’m going to translate the statements into plain(ish) English.
|Janet Mock, 31 | ‘Redefining Realness’ author and MSNBC’s ‘So Popular’ host | @JanetMock||“All you white, urban, upper-middle-class women have seized “feminism”. I’m here to subdivide the turf! Stand back!”|
|Lux Alptraum, 32 | BinderCon co-founder | @luxalptraum||“When I talk about “putting programs and policies in place to level the playing field”, you know what I mean is yet another social-service bureaucracy staffed with lots of people like me – because those Women’s Studies degrees aren’t exactly raking in the bucks, if you catch my drift”.|
|Leigh Stein, 30 | BinderCon co-founder | @rhymeswithbee||“While everyone that has any sort of public profile online gets harassed one way or another, I want to make harassing women a special, extra level of wrong. Sort of like ‘hate crime'”|
|Ai-jen Poo, 40 | National Domestic Workers Alliance director, Caring Across Generations co-director, created #dwdignity, #caringamerica, #womentogether | @aijenpoo||“Hey, don’t let Lux Alptraum reel in all the swag! The political process…er, ‘feminism’, needs to provide jobs for my constituency, too!”|
|Elizabeth Nyamayaro, 40 | Senior Advisor to Executive Director of UN Women, heads HeForShe campaign | @e_nyamayaro||“It sure sounds like I’m asking for men to just siddown and shaddup, doesn’t it? There’s a reason for that…”|
|Jessica Pierce, 29 | Black Youth Project 100 National Co-Chair | @JFierce||“Not only should one never waste a crisis, one must find a way to turn a crisis into power”|
|Charlene Carruthers, 29 | Black Youth Project 100 National Coordinator | @CharleneCac||[Actually, Ms. Carruthers wasn’t especially satire-worthy; while I likely disagree, she says nothing especially outrageous]|
|Lindy West, 32 | Writer, performer, I Believe You | It’s Not Your Fault founder and editor | @thelindywest||“Free Speech, Schmee Schmeech. Women, while boundlessly strong, are fragile vessels that must be protected from the scrum of the marketplace of ideas, above and beyond current civil and criminal law. That’s right – you must both respect womens’ power and yet show us a level of deference that’d make the Victorians shake their heads with disgust. Also, why did Ruth Tam dislocate my mouth?”|
|Mikki Kendall, 38 | HoodFeminism.com co-editor, created #solidarityisforwhitewomen, #fasttailedgirls, #NotJustHello | @karnythia||“Poor black men are the disproportionate victims of police brutality. That’s a lot of victimological mindshare we feminists are leaving on the table. Let’s get moving on that!”|
|Feminista Jones, 35 | Social Worker, writer, activist, created #YouOKSis and #NMOS14 | @FeministaJones||“More marches now!”|
|Mia McKenzie, 38 | Award-Winning Writer, Black Girl Dangerous founder | @blackgirldanger||“You know when I say ‘I want to see queer and trans people of color with radical social and political analyses dominate independent media by creating and growing our own platforms, so we can centralize and control our own narratives’ that I actually mean ‘I want to develop yet another left-wing noise machine that allows ‘us’ to lie with impunity, just like the Alliance for a Better Minnesota and Media Matters do’, right?”|
|Alexandra Brodsky, 24 | Know Your IX founding co-director; Feministing.com editor; The Feminist Utopia Project co-editor, Yale Law School student | @azbrodsky||“Dealing with sexual violence via concepts of ‘male guilt until proven innocence’, ‘trial without representation’ and ‘mob justice’ have done so much for higher education; it’s time to bring them from the campus to the larger society!”|
|Patrisse Cullors, 31 | Dignity and Power Now executive director, co-created #BlackLivesMatter | @osope||“I have something to say – but first, I’m gonna cut Ruth Tam for this drawing she did of me”|
|Alicia Garza, 33 | National Domestic Workers Alliance Special Projects Director, co-created #BlackLivesMatter | @aliciagarza, @blklivesmatter||“When I say stuff like ‘black women are the portals to the future’, I’m not being racist. Seriously.”|
|Opal Tometi, 30 | Black Alliance for Just Immigration Executive Director, Co-Founder www.blacklivesmatter.com, co-created #BlackLivesMatter, #reunitehaitianfams, blackimmigration.net, reunitehaitianfamilies.com | @opalayo||“When I went to the doctor, I told her ‘forget about the virus – treat the sneezing!'”|
|Brianna Spacekat Wu, 35 | Giant Spacekat head of development | @spacekatgal||“Just as Americans did at Omaha Beach and Selma, we need to mobilize our entire society against the plague of doughy, cheetoh-dust-flecked thirty-something game programmers sending hate male to female game programmers; that is the real plague!”|
You hear that sound, gender-equity feminism? That’s a boat revving up, pulling a full load of Fonzie behind it.
In 1992, I left the broadcasting industry. There a lot of reasons; the culture of the industry was a holdover from the “Mad Men” legend in many, many ways; the radio industry in the 1980s and 1990s was an amazing throwback to a much more depraved era. The culture of the industry…
…oh, who am I kidding? I left radio because I was making $7/hour, was married,and had two kids and another one on the way. I needed to make some money.
And after I left, not a single academic launched a single study. Because there was a time that people entered, and left, industries because the change made sense to them; because the money was better; because their goals in life had changed since college; because they discovered engineering didn’t enthrall them like cooking did; just because they felt like a change in their lives.
That was then.
Notwithstanding the fact that technical studies majors – engineering, computer science and the like – are among the few academic areas where men still outnumber women in college, the LATimes is wondering why there are fewer women in the world of technology.
I’m not going to bother with a pullquote; the writer, a woman who went from the CBC to Wikimedia, cites the usual reasons; misogynistic men, pay gaps, lack of female role models in management, and so on.
The article misses two points, I think.
For starters? Everyone leaves technology, eventually. And by “everyone”, I mean that eventually, some people decide that the romance has left the idea of sitting up and grinding out code for thirty hours at a shot; that they don’t get the same thrill out of slaving for months on a solution that gets vetoed by some marketing dweeb with a degree in political science; or they just decide that the things that excited them when they were 20 don’t have the same effect now.
Is it different for women? I’d imagine so – as individuals.
But if women are leaving technology in droves for any reason different than men are, the LATimes article doesn’t explain it…
Feminists – including some, no doubt, who think “slut walking” is an “empowering” thing – are overshadowing discussion of a major scientific achievement (including, no doubt, the work of female scientists) over what a nerd was wearing.
We’ve come a long way, baby.
Harassment’s a bad thing.
If I had money and video talent, I’d re-shoot the original “Catcalling” video with a woman wearing a conservtive-themed piece of apparel.
Now that would be interesting.
The thing that always bothered me about the Democrat “War on Women” meme wasn’t so much that it was BS (there is no “rape culture”, women with the same credentials and experience are not paid less than men, there is no shortage of contraceptives and Republicans are actually the ones trying to get The Pill sold over the counter – a move Planned Parenthood opposes, since it’d cut into part of their, ahem, gravy train).
No – it’s the fact that it assumes women are stupid.
The whole campaign springs from the same place as Thomas Franks’ idiotic “What’s The Matter With Kansas“, a book based around the ideal that people should vote for “their interests”, meaning “the party that gives you the most goodies”. Which is, itself, a noxious but inevitable end-result of the fact that while conservatives see people as assets – individuals of boundless worth who via their existence are capable of creating things that are human, moral or financially good additions to our world and lives; liberals, on the other hand, see humans as liabilities. And liabilities should seek to have their liability mitigated. Kansans should vote for more subsidies. Women should vote for someone who keeps spreading the salve on the sense of victimization they’re suppose to feel.
It’s why the Obama Administration close to depict its prototype American woman in the form of “Julia“, the pathetic lifelong consumer, blowing hither and yon through her life from one government program to another:
To a liberal, people are liabilities. Stupid incompetent liabilities whose existence without government is of no meaning.
Women, more so; to the left, women are liabilities those sole worth is measured in their “lady parts”.
That’s why the news that women are turning on the Democrat Party’s “poor victimized widdle wimmin” schtick is so un-farging-gardly sweet.
Of course, it’s pretty obvious when you compare the two sides’ women; prominent liberal women seem to have gotten to where they are as a result of their spouses (Hillary! Clinton, Arianna Huffington, Wendy Davis, John Kerry), or by pretending to be someone they’re not (Elizabeth Warren). (The one exception I can think of is Jennifer Granholm – and she was a terrible governor, who left Rick Snyder a Bulgarian goat-rodeo to clean up).
Conservative women? I’m at a loss to think of a prominent conservative women who got to where they’re at for any reason other than being very smart, tough and capable (and moreso, having thicker skin than an M1 Abrams given the “conservative-shaming” that seems to so enthrall the American media; I’m at an even bigger loss to think of the name of the spouse of any prominent conservative woman, other than Todd Palin and Marcus Bachmann – and neither Sarah Palin nor Michele Bachmann depended on either of their spouses to get where they are today. Nikki Haley? Susanna Martinez? Shall I keep going?
As we slog through the final week of the campaign, the Obama Administration and Democrat candidates around the country are doubling and tripling down on the “war on women” meme.
And if the Democrats lose, and lose even bigger because the female vote deserted them (or should I say the unmarried female vote, since married women are more likely to vote Republican anyway), it’ll be a great sign for gender relations in this country…
…and a signal that only a gender-identity feminist, a U of M women’s studies major (but I repeat myself) or a Jezebel staff writer would be stupuid enough to miss.
A couple of weeks ago, I was doing a piece about Tina Flint Smith, Minnesota’s first whore. Having someone like that in the office of lieutenant governor would serve to concentrate all of the power of the executive office…
… wait – did I just call Tina Flint Smith a whore?
Dang. That’s bizarre.
Anyway – I was talking with a Republican friend about “Take Action Minnesota”, the community organizing group run by that door-to-door, bore-on-the-floor whore Greta Bergstrom. The group has been working overtime…
…What? Really? I did? I called her a “whore?” Not only that, but concocted a cutesy rhyme to set it all off? Oh, not again. How could that possibly happen?
Well, I guess it just goes to show you it could happen to anyone.
Accidents! Who knew?
Or at least that’s what the media wants you to think about – I’m sure it’s just a coincidence – a Democrat saying it about South Carolina governor Nikki Haley (emphasis added):
FLORENCE, S.C. (CBS Charlotte) – Democratic gubernatorial candidate Vincet Sheheen is coming under fire for accidentally calling Gov. Nikki Haley a “whore” at a campaign event.
Sheheen was caught on video at an appearance in Florence last week stating “we are going to escort whore out the door” referring to Haley. His gaffe appeared to be a slip from the tongue and he quickly corrected himself stating “we’re going to escort her out the door.”
So Shaheen “accidentally” used a rhyming couplet, for which he corrected himself, before yukking it up with his peckerwood supporters?
But immediately after correcting himself, Sheheen has an almost gleeful interaction with the crowd and laughed at his gaffe. Video of the event has gone viral.
Who hasn’t had that happen, honestly?
I’m imagining a world where the Democrat Party didn’t have a media “accidentally” serving as their Praetorian Guard.