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Sarasvati ([personal profile] sarasvati) wrote2011-04-08 01:31 pm


Sometimes people I know are smart say some incredibly idiotic things. Like this little gem I found on a friend's Facebook wall a few moments ago:

TERMS USED BY A WOMAN. (1) FINE - this is the word women use to end an argument when they know they are RIGHT & YOU need to SHUT UP. (2) NOTHING - means SOMETHING & u need to be WORRIED (3) GO AHEAD - this is a dare not permission DO NOT DO IT. (4) WHATEVER - is a woman's way of saying F**K YOU. (5) THAT'S OK - she is thinking long & hard on HOW & WHEN you will pay for your mistake. Re post if u agree!


The problem with this sort of thing is that both men and women think it's funny for different reasons. Men think it's funny because hurr hurr, women are always saying stupid crap and not meaning it, and women think it's funny because hurr hurr, men should know better that whatever we say means the opposite.

(Except for when it clearly means exactly what it sounds like, and all men should instantly know the difference.)

Way to portray women as irrational morons! Way to glorify a negative streotype! Seriously, what the hell is wrong with people? This isn't funny. It's insulting. It's one side saying that women are irrational and backwards, and the other side agreeing and turning it into a big joke.

This sort of thing is why women are still fighting for respect. This sort of thing is what makes women and what they say get dismissed, because who can take them seriously when even women admit that what they say isn't what they mean? This is not something to glorify. It's not something to laugh at. It's something to break down and stop. It's neither funny nor cute, nor endearing. It's a pain in the ass, and every person who perpetuates this is piling problem upon problem.

This is just made worse when you consider that these same things are being said by women who also (rightfully) talk about how "no means no." So what are people to infer from this? That no means no, unless it means yes, and sometimes yes means no, and by damn you'd better make the right fucking judgment call or else I'll call the cops?! Yeah, because that gets women a whole buttload of respect too...

You can't say one thing, make a joke about how you always mean the opposite, and then expect people to take you seriously. You just can't.