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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Story of My Goddamn Life

Posted by on Wed, Jan 22, 2014 at 2:10 PM

From the Onion:

Woman Takes Short Half-Hour Break from Being Feminist to Enjoy TV Show

PORTLAND, OR—Saying that she just wanted a little time to relax and “not even think about” confining gender stereotypes, local health care industry consultant Natalie Jenkins reportedly took a 30-minute break from being a feminist last night to kick back and enjoy a television program.

Jenkins, 29, told reporters that after a long and tiring day at her office, all she wanted to do was return home, sit down on her couch, turn on an episode of the TLC reality show Say Yes To The Dress, and treat herself to a brief half hour in which she could look past all the various and near constant ways popular culture undermines the progress of women.

“Every once in a while, it’s nice to watch a little television without worrying about how frequently the mainstream media perpetuates traditional gender roles,” Jenkins said before putting her feet up on her coffee table and tuning in to the popular program that follows women as they shop for wedding gowns. “No mentally cataloging all the times women are subtly mocked or shamed for not living up to an unrealistic body image, no examining how women are depicted as superficial and irrationally emotional, and no thinking about how these shows reinforce the belief that women should simply aspire to find a man and get married—none of that. Not tonight. I’m just watching an episode of Say Yes To The Dress and enjoying it for what it is.”

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unknown_entity 1
Does this mean I can play "Super Mario Bros" and enjoy it even though Anita Sarkeesian has declared it a tool of the patriarchy?
Posted by unknown_entity on January 22, 2014 at 2:27 PM · Report this
MacCrocodile 2
@1 - Anita Sarkeesian takes care to declare in each of her videos that it's totally okay to still enjoy games you enjoy. She just wants you to be aware of the broader cultural patterns in game design. Or you could just boil it down to "men=bad" if that works better for you.
Posted by MacCrocodile on January 22, 2014 at 2:50 PM · Report this
treacle 3
A friend of mine in college wrote an article entitled: "How Feminism Ruined My Life"... because it opened her eyes to the myriad and near-constant ways that so-called "traditional" roles, media and societal norms undermine women.

I like her a lot.
Posted by treacle on January 22, 2014 at 2:55 PM · Report this
fletc3her 4
That's why they call them guilty pleasures.
Posted by fletc3her on January 22, 2014 at 3:24 PM · Report this
My friend, who has been Budget Director in 3 major cities and CFO of at least 2 mighty companies is totally hooked on that show. She never misses it.
Posted by crone on January 22, 2014 at 3:48 PM · Report this
It never ceases to amaze me how little real joy leftist loonies can feel. You folks could make holding your newborn infant somehow horrible. 'The external societal bnorms of loving this incursion into my free tine and the threat of global warming make me feel sad and scared' I can picture one of you twits saying. What an ideology!
Posted by Seattleblues on January 22, 2014 at 3:50 PM · Report this
unknown_entity 7
@2 - She demands purity. Ergo, Captain Janeway from Star Trek Voyager was not a strong female leader, she was a female leader who was given masculine characteristics (see her thesis on women in science fiction).

In the case of Super Mario Brothers, she deems it part of the history of video games perpetuating negative stereotypes of women as opposed to it simply using the "hero saves knight from fire breathing dragon" narrative because that was about as complicated as video game plots were in the early 80's. Did she expect Shigeru Miyamoto to pause while creating Super Mario Bros and ponder the gender implications of having Mario rescue the princess?

In conclusion, she comes across like an aggressive Christian who comes up to a gay couple and says "I think it is wonderful that the two of you are in love, but did you know that the bible says your relationship is an abomination and you will burn in hell for it?"

Okay, not that bad, but the same principle.
Posted by unknown_entity on January 22, 2014 at 3:54 PM · Report this
SchmuckyTheCat 8
Is posting this a snipe at raku?
Posted by SchmuckyTheCat on January 22, 2014 at 3:57 PM · Report this
Catalina Vel-DuRay 9
Everyone should be more like Seattleblahs, and use their imagination. He's created a whole life (wife, kids, Italy, the boat) and uses it to add color and context to his hobby of being an Internet scold.
Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay on January 22, 2014 at 10:08 PM · Report this
@7 idk if you know how petulant and implicated you sound
Posted by eptified on January 23, 2014 at 7:36 AM · Report this
@6 who the fuck enjoys babies
Posted by eptified on January 23, 2014 at 7:37 AM · Report this
Sandiai 12

What an ideology

Dude, you just made-up that "ideology" in your head and then ascribed it, also in your imagination, to your caricature of a typical "leftist." Like your friend Catalina was getting at, you apply your stereotypes to the (very diverse) people on SLOG, but it's just your imagination working feverishly, for some unknown reason.

I would also add: Man, It's a JOKE column. You saw that, right? Of Leftists making fun of Leftists in a Leftist paper?

You should get to know us for real, SB. You will see that we are mostly very nice.
Posted by Sandiai on January 23, 2014 at 8:15 PM · Report this

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