Started by Captain Courageous, Dec 30, 2009, 05:03 PM
How many feminists does it take to change a lightbulb? Two. One to exclaim that the light-bulb has violated the socket, and the other to secretly wish that she was the socket.
How many feminists does it take to screw in a light bulb: 12. One to screw it in, one to excoriate men for creating the need for illumination, one to blame men for inventing such a faulty means of illumination, one to suggest the whole "screwing" bit to be too "rape-like", one to deconstruct the lightbulb itself as being phallic, one to blame men for not changing the bulb, one to blame men for trying to change the bulb instead of letting a woman do it, one to blame men for creating a society that discourages women from changing light bulbs, one to blame men for creating a society where women change too many light bulbs, one to advocate that lightbulb changers should have wage parity with electricians, one to alert the media that women are now "out-lightbulbing" men, one to just sit there taking pictures for her blog for photo-evidence that men are unnecessary.
[...] an assumption that feminists couldn't take a joke. Problem is, we were having trouble finding any resources referring to that specific "feminists aren't funny" phenomena.
Quote[...] an assumption that feminists couldn't take a joke. Problem is, we were having trouble finding any resources referring to that specific "feminists aren't funny" phenomena.For one. she's moving the goalposts: "couldn't take a joke" does not equal "feminists aren't funny".For another, she blithely talks about "an assumption". That feminists wouldn't take a joke from non-allied men is a historical fact which can be documented by reading through old Usenet posts (soc.men, soc.women, alt.feminism comes immediately to mind), the NOW bulletin board archives (which was taken down maybe a decade ago), Salon magazine archives, with special attention to readers' comments... the material is out there, but it have to be mined and processed with a researcher's attitude, ie. with true interest in learning what went down. She doesn't sound like somebody interested; she wants to push the work onto the other side, she wants to be convinced with 'proof'. This appeal sounds like a challenge, not a call for collaboration in finding out about our common past.