There’s a lot of rancor on the Internet, much of it centering around social justice, race, relations and equality between men and women, sexual identity, and religion. So when someone finds a way to express frustration and drive a serious point home with good-natured humor, it tends to bring down the defenses and get people listening, talking, and maybe absorbing the point in a way that doesn’t leave them feeling impaled on it.

Normally, I’d advise against reading the comments section on many news articles, opinion pieces, or public Facebook posts, but this one’s been delightful, so far – largely because it’s got both men and women participating, and everyone’s in on the joke. It hasn’t degenerated into trollish, humorless, bitter, ill will towards anyone.


Oh, sure. Give it time. But for now, enjoy!

2 thoughts on “Women!”

  1. The respondents are too nice. They’re taking it in a gentle spirit of fun.

    These kinds of comments are usually made to wound, when they come from the other side. Poking lightly is for people who haven’t been affected by the fallout.

    If your life has been made hell, as a women, by men and their comments, you’re not going to like being teased about it.

    But I did share it. And enjoyed seeing it. I’ve been ‘lucky,’ as usually the lone female in classes, etc., to receive far more benign neglect than abuse. Lord only knows what I ignored by not recognizing it – I was brought up a girl in Mexico.

    Just for the record, ‘benign neglect’ isn’t.

    1. Poking lightly can – sometimes – make the point better with people who are willing to change, if only they’re more aware of the hurtfulness of such comments.There are still people who are fairly ignorant of that, believe it or not. Turning the tables to make the point – using satire – is often much more effective than a full frontal attack. If your life has been made hell, it’s understandable if you lose sight of even the possibility of humor. That’s fair. People shouldn’t have to be patient and wait decades for simple justice.

      I went to Mexico when I was 16. Its was either the biggest ego boost ever, the most terrifyingly sexist experience ever, or reason to appreciate the less overt sexism of the community I grew up in – maybe all three simultaneously! I was flattered, courted, assaulted, guarded, and disregarded. I know what you’re talking about, and I was only there for about a week. Benign neglect isn’t always, but it does beat abuse. We’re smart women – we don’t need that kind of attention.

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