Classic moment in ERV history:
Me: *ranting to my mother about my interactions with a big-box-store veterinarian not understanding what ‘platelets’ are and letting smaller dogs attack him while he was waking up from anesthesia when he was getting neutered and my inability to get across to the ‘vet’ how FUCKING STUPID her actions were*
Mom: Now honey, you know you dont deal well with those kinds of people.
Me: *stops mid rant*… What kind of people?
Mom: … You know. Stupid people.
I dont. Some people are just so stupid I honestly cant figure out how they know how to ‘feed themselves’ or ‘tie their shoes’. Its got nothing to do with education, I know some fantastically stupid people with advanced degrees. When I was little, I got the impression that stupid people did stupid things with the sole purpose of pissing me off. But when I grew up, I finally figured out they were just a different species. There is a genetic–>physiological difference in how their brains function.
For instance, I was recently directed towards this ‘hysterical’ post on ‘feminism’ and Richard Dawkins.
Its not funny, and its really sexist, from line 1.
Liberal dudes (and that boobquake chick) just love celebrity biologist Richard Dawkins.
Um, ‘that boobquake chick’ is Jen McCreight. Shes a graduate student in biology. ‘Boobquake’ was a really cool counter-attack to Muslims attack on womens personal rights and freedoms.
Jen, who brought attention to that very serious topic in a lighthearted, non-intimidating way, is just ‘that boobquake chick’.
A ‘feminist’ thinks its appropriate to dismiss (thus discourage) the positive actions of a young, intelligent activist female, with decades of activism ahead of her.
Of course, at least Jen gets to exist, even if she is unworthy of a name (or a link, very bad blog manners, ‘feminist’).
This ‘feminist’ is also a supporter of the sexist notion that religion is gender appropriate for females, while atheism is gender appropriate for males. Dawkins millions of female fans dont exist– his fans are a bunch of ‘liberal dudes (and that boobquake chick)’. This ‘feminist’ might have marginalized Jens actions, but they marginalized the very existence of other women (or if they do exist, they must be indistinguishable from ‘dudes’, degrading their ‘femaleness’ by taking it away. when theyre religious like good girls they can have their gender back?).
And then we just have the good-ol-fashioned anti-atheist sentiment of “DERP! ATHIESTS WORSHIP DAWKINS LIKE WE WORSHIP JESUS AND LOOK DAWKINS ISNT PERFECT STUPID ATHIESTS STUPID DAWKINS DEEEEEEERP!” Apparently its something that lets some theists feel better about their own idiotic personal life choices. Creationists do this all the time with Darwin “LUK AT DEM DER EVILUTIONISTS WORSHIPING DARWIN! BUT DARWIN ATE BABIES AND BIRTHED HITLERZ!” Because of Dawins position as one of the main individuals to help make ‘atheism’ an acceptable label in todays society, he is the King of Atheists. Not only do anonymous female fans not exist, but the women who have contributed to normalizing and humanizing atheism in the public square dont exist.
Its King Dawkins and a bunch of dudes (and the boobquake chick).
Extremely bizarre position for someone purporting to be not only a feminist, but an atheist.
Of course there are viable points of contention and viable complaints about the positions Dawkins holds on anything, from science to his favorite flavors of cupcakes. And I understand that because of his position in pop culture, its attractive to address his personal opinions instead of Fran from Bostons personal opinions. But if one wishes to criticize his position on ‘feminism’, and you start off with sexist premises and sexist ‘jokes’, you have no credibility on the topic. Its called ‘ethos’. I am not taking fitness advice from someone who is fat. I am not taking video game recommendations from the Amish. And Im not taking anything on the topic of ‘feminism’ seriously from someone displaying blatant sexism, while actually thinking its funny.
Ive never read ‘I Blame the Patriarchy’ before. From that one post, I think the writer is 1) sexist, 2) completely self-unaware to the point of being intellectually offensive, a characteristic I associate with stupid people, and 3) weird. The writing style itself is bordering on unreadable (yeah, *ERV* thinks its unreadable. let that one sink in for a minute). I almost certainly will not be visiting again.
I didnt read ‘Blaghag’ blog before Boobquake. From that one act, I thought she was genius for taking an incredibly serious topic of the subjugation of women by religions all over the world and bringing it to the forefront of the public consciousness in a lighthearted, palatable manner. The public can only take so much of priests raping women and children and Muslims pouring acid on women before they shut down. Its hard to be constantly aware of how poisonous religion is to this planet and everyone on it. Jen made that awareness funny for a minute, rather than torturous. I check Jens blog regularly, now.
It takes a very different kind of brain function to think the former form of feminism is ‘hysterical’ and the later is dismissible.