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Globe trashes

here's the article, and it links to the original post on jezebel:


is it just me or do they totally misrepresent what the jezebel article says.  The globe essentially gives the reader the impression the article says THE EXACT OPPOSITE of what it's really saying.

clearly, the article points out the idea of female on male sex harrassment is "funny" not in the sense of "ha, that's funny!" but that's it funny because it reverses the gender roles typically seen on TV and puts the woman in the man's "role" making it glaringly obvious to men that no, actually sexual harrassment is not funny and you wouldn't like it if this happened to you so don't do it.

That doesn't mean the sketch SUPPORTS harrassment or thinks the subject itself is funny, it means it's using comedy to get apoint across, and obviously that has to involve making people laugh during the sketch.  But didn't all the greatest comedians that spoke on issues get their point across by making us laugh?

seems pretty clear to me anyways.

to me this is a great example of how mainstream media twists and bends facts so they can put whatever spin they want on an article, regardless of the evidence.

Also a good idea of how writers for todays big media really have no sense of what art/comedy is, or that sometimes it uses metaphor to get a point across.  kinda like conservatives.

Issues Pages: 

Jezebel, used to be very interesting. However, all of Gawker forums became ultra-superficial in the past year. io9 for example used to have high-quality literary criticisms of major Hollywood works.

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While has been problematic in the past, I think you're right, milo. The blogger lauds the sketch for reversing what we're accustomed to see from men without blinking:

We're used to seeing men harass women in pop culture — TV, movies, and commercials generally frequently treat men as oversexed goons driven to chase tail at all costs, no matter the consequences. Sexual harassment starts to seem like just a fact of life when the men we see onscreen are senseless dickbrains who can't control themselves. In this climate, a woman thinking with her ladyboner is transgressive.

At any rate, there are very few (if any) media outlets approaching the mainstream who attempt to report and analyze pop culture from a feminist point of view. jezebel is by far the most successful, even if they don't always get it right.

ETA. and moving to the feminism forum

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‘Men-Ups’ Are So Much More Than Just Men Posing Like Pin-Ups

I had had the idea for such a long time, and just never went for it. The imagery of showcasing the feminine/masculine ideals in one single image just struck me as something that could really work. Hilariously enough, and beyond my fascination with gender binaries and their inherent nature to be completely incomprehensible to me, I first began tinkering with the idea, because I will at any given moment strike very specific poses that would be defined as feminine by society; more specifically, the pointed toe. Haha. From there, it was completely obvious that pin-ups and all the associations with them would be the right choice in moving forward.


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Wasn't sure if I should start a new thread for this, so I decided to post it here since it's from Jezebel...


[url= Can You Tell the Difference Between a Men's Magazine and a Rapist?[/url]

Well, this is upsetting. According to a new study, people can't tell the difference between quotes from British "lad mags" and interviews with convicted rapists. And given the choice, men are actually more likely to agree with the rapists.

The University of Surrey reports on the study, to be published in the British Journal of Psychology. Researchers gave a group of men and women quotes from the British lad mags FHM, Loaded, Nuts and Zoo, as well as excerpts from interviews with actual convicted rapists originally published in the book The Rapist Files. The participants couldn't reliably identify which statements came from magazines and which from rapists — what's more, they rated the magazine quotes as slightly more derogatory than the statements made by men serving time for raping women. The researchers also showed both sets of quotes to a separate group of men — the men were more likely to identify with the rapists' statements than the lad mag excerpts. The only slightly bright spot in the study: when researchers randomly (and sometimes incorrectly) labelled the quotes as coming from either rapists or magazines, the men were more likely to identify with the ones allegedly drawn from mags. At least they didn't want to agree with rapists.