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1. I am not doing the "If you saw me in a police car…" meme. I think it probably works better coming from people who haven't actually been arrested multiple times.

2. I am also not doing the A-Z of beauty care meme, because I am not a pretty lady, and my beauty care regimen consists largely of making sure most of the food stays on the inside of my mouth.

3. Here, though, is something I said to a co-worker yesterday evening.

"It's difficult for me to even approach what feminism means to me. Since I am not a woman, there is a large part of me that thinks that I have no business calling myself a feminist, and that any such designation has to come from women. But what it comes down to is this: women are human. And when one group of humans is consistently oppressed – consciously or unconsciously, with or without their knowledge – it poisons the well, and makes all of us a little less human. I believe that not only are the social differences between men and women constructed and artificial, but even the physical differences are arbitrarily imbued with vice or value. Society's treatment of women since at least the dawn of agriculturalism has strangled human potential in more vast quantities than slavery, and sexism is more common, more acceptable, and more invidious than racism. As for women's potential, that is up to the women, but the work cannot even be begun until we become a society constantly on guard against, and at war with, sexism. For you to say that you dislike identifying yourself as a feminist because of the understandable excess of a few women so identified is just further proof of sexism's poisonous influence on us all.

On the other hand, you have a really hot ass, so I don't know what to think."


Signed,
SAD FACE

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rollick
Nov. 12th, 2008 04:52 pm (UTC)
You should totally do the opposite of the arrested meme, and tell everybody exactly why you would have gotten arrested, if they saw you getting put in a police car.
ludickid
Nov. 12th, 2008 05:08 pm (UTC)
Right now, it would be because I murdered my neighbor for playing bass at 3AM.
tritium
Nov. 12th, 2008 05:21 pm (UTC)
No jury in the world would convict you.
goingferal
Nov. 12th, 2008 04:52 pm (UTC)
That statement rocks. I like the way you said it. It's sexxay.
ludickid
Nov. 12th, 2008 05:09 pm (UTC)
It was the "hot ass" part, right? Everyone likes to be complimented on their hot ass.
archaica
Nov. 12th, 2008 05:13 pm (UTC)
"Feminism is the radical idea that women are people too."
feisty_robot
Nov. 13th, 2008 01:42 am (UTC)
"..and have some mighty sweet gams to boot."
thevulgartrade
Nov. 12th, 2008 05:16 pm (UTC)
It's an interesting paradox, and more proof that the well has indeed been poisoned. We are, in fact, all humans, and at the root of our survival as a species is our sexuality. Honest acknowledgment of that fact leads me to believe that finding another human being sexually attractive isn't discrimination, it's biological impulse. However, thanks to thousands of years of sexism in which women legitimately were treated as objects to be used for the pleasure of the men to whom they were bound, I keep my eyes as restrained as I can in the company of women. Far be it from me to continue that tradition.

Thus, when I feel I need to stop myself from scoping out a gorgeous woman, even though I may see her in the context of being a human deserving of no undue disrespect (disrespect that she earns is a different story), I'm not mad at her and I'm not mad at feminists, I want to punch generations of my ancestors in the crotch for screwing things up for the rest of us.
johnnylemonhead
Nov. 12th, 2008 07:15 pm (UTC)
Oh, got it, THIS coworker is the one to whom you gave the copy of the religious book. Damn, you didn't mention she was one of those sexy Christians.
ludickid
Nov. 12th, 2008 07:19 pm (UTC)
You won't believe this, but it was actually a THIRD co-worker, unrelated to the other two.
johnnylemonhead
Nov. 12th, 2008 07:21 pm (UTC)
I refuse to believe that it takes more than three people to do the work you all do.
ludickid
Nov. 12th, 2008 07:23 pm (UTC)
This is a major publishing company, dude! We have like 30 people in this office alone.

Of course, it only takes 1/5 of a person to do what I do.
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