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If Feminists Do It, It’s Wrong

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…suddenly, Google Bombing has become a controversial issue with wide-reaching implications for the integrity of the sacred net, because it might ZOMG affect The Sacred Precious Porn, which is of course the epitome of free speech and anyone who dares ever raise a voice in protest of even the most extremly violent and degrading and quasi-legal pornography must be immediately beaten down with a large stick, because if we express any concern about, say, sites which show very young women with no documentation to prove they are, indeed, women and not underage girls, being literally tortured while tied up with tears running down their face, we are on the side of the Taliban…

…Why has it become controversial all of a sudden?  Why, because feminists are doing it, that’s why. Feminists can do no right, didn’t you know that?  Everything a feminist does is wrong, even more so than the truism that everything a woman does is wrong.  Women can do no right – they can’t breed or not breed, marry, divorce or be single, have sex or not have sex, dress modestly or dress skimpily, have a job or be a housewife – and feminists are even worse, because they dare COMPLAIN about this treatment instead of hanging their heads low and meekly agreeing that they shouldn’t have done whatever it is the patriarchy supporters are complaining about today.  So even though liberal bloggers praised Dan Savage’s “Santorum” prank and crowed over GW’s “miserable failure” page, the cries are swiftly mounting now against the horror that is Google bombing because ZOMG the feminists are doing it, therefore it must be for some evil, nefarious plot to ensure no one can ever safely search for anything on the internet again!

Feast your eyes on the brilliance of this entire post courtesy of the amazing and wonderful Amananta, and thanks, Stormcloud!

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26 thoughts on “If Feminists Do It, It’s Wrong

  1. Well, I knew it was wrong when I did it, but I liked it!😉

    Posted by Miko | December 10, 2006, 5:01 pm
  2. Cheers Heart, I actually wasn’t even aware that you read my (teeny weeny) blog!

    The real thanks is to Amananta – that post is sheer brilliance from start to finish.😀

    Posted by stormcloud | December 10, 2006, 5:11 pm
  3. “Wassa matta – can’t you take a joke?”

    Not when it involves the new religion – porn!

    Posted by sparklematrix | December 10, 2006, 6:29 pm
  4. If one looks at porn as religion, then obviously a lot of zealots out there ready to defend it!

    Posted by stormcloud | December 10, 2006, 6:46 pm
  5. Bad feminists!! Bad, bad, bad!!! How dare you question the sacred male right to objectify and degrade the female sex!!

    Sheesh. The audacity.😉

    Cheers.

    Posted by breatheinspirit | December 10, 2006, 6:57 pm
  6. What’s ironic, is that I once argued that women were by and large alienated from junk like google-bombing and men rushed up to say that I was wrong, women were at the helm of it, 60% of bloggers are women, after all, dagnabit. Of course, they only count those women as bloggers and not “online diary keepers” (that of course don’t matter when it comes to the brave new world that these netheads think they own) when their favorite macho medium is being called out for its sexism.

    Of course, like most parts of male privilege, google bombing junk doesn’t do that much for the average man involved, either: the so-called Weapons of Mass Destruction “meme” (and how macho is it that they have to use scientific-sounding words to make their pranks seem more prestigious?) sold t-shirts for one dude alone and the whole “Santorum” google bomb just let rape-apologist Dan Savage get HIS name in lights one more time. But hey, playing along lets the average joe remember that he is an average joe and not the average jane, so men seem to think all of this is highly democratic revolutionary stuff.

    Except when women go out and do it.

    Posted by Rich | December 10, 2006, 9:02 pm
  7. Amananta wrote a rockin’ post. I can’t tell her that directly as she has her comments off. I don’t mind, really. Lots of bloggers and other writers don’t allow comments. However, I just want to say to her “great post,” so, if it’s okay, I’ll do so here.

    BTW, what you all did was hilarious. Good on you!

    Posted by gayle | December 10, 2006, 11:57 pm
  8. “Amananta wrote a rockin’ post. I can’t tell her that directly as she has her comments off. ”

    She does have her email addy listed on the site if you want to drop her an email.

    Posted by breatheinspirit | December 11, 2006, 12:33 am
  9. Amanata’s post was awesome, it’s very true that I kept on rethinking the entire thing – but this puts my doubts into perspective.

    Rich, I thought majority of the bloggers were white and male…. That would seem more accurate to me anyways.

    Posted by AradhanaD | December 11, 2006, 1:38 am
  10. LOL. I just read in some book on blogging today how cutsy googlebombing was. Now, what? It’s going to come with its own color-coded security system, depending on who’s doing it?

    Posted by Radfem | December 11, 2006, 5:50 am
  11. “Rich, I thought majority of the bloggers were white and male…. That would seem more accurate to me anyways.”

    Well, the ones who make money are, by and large. Statistically speaking, however, it depends on whether or not you count Livejournal.com (and/or perhaps Myspace) as authentic bloggers.

    Posted by rich | December 11, 2006, 9:04 am
  12. All I’ve got to say to the whiners is “cry me a river”. I’m still dealing with hate mail because at least one male commenter spammed various automated porn directories with links to my site. I also suspect that he’s behind the surge in spam I get through my domain now as I do not use my domain for email purposes. Why? I banned him and two other males for anti-gay bullshit and deleted/edited their posts when they got around the bans and posted anti-feminists rants about “free speech” and all that.

    I have no doubt that the idea behind the spamming was intimidation. And I think it’s something that occurs rather frequently when men don’t get their way or are subjected to anything a woman says/does that they don’t approve of.

    Where’s the concern about that? Where’s the outrage? Why the hell is it permissible for males to *intentionally use porn to harass and intimidate* women on the web, but an act of war for women to *use porn related search words in an attempt to educate* people about a subject they care about???

    Really, it’s enough to make you want to start slamming heads together sometimes.

    Posted by KC | December 11, 2006, 5:35 pm
  13. I’ve seen (but don’t have the time now) Canadian stats which put the numbers of women online in Canada as *much lower* than those cited above. This for the US isn’t broken down, so I think women using internet is a misnomer of sorts, because many of those women using internet won’t be blogging, they will be call centre and customer service operators, data-entry, students, librarians, and of course, women doing research or other work for the men who employ them, as do I, from home. I’ve been doing this for over six years, and just found blogs last March. I wouldn’t have internet if my employer hadn’t put me on his net.

    http://marketingwomen.blogexcite.com/nov-2005-archives/womens-place-in-cyberspace.shtml

    “{…} along with U.S. Census figures, the Nielsen//NetRatings’ 2004 Enumeration Study showed that there were 2 million more women online than men. It also showed that the highest “Internet access penetration” was by the 34.6 million women in the 35-54 age group.

    The study defined Internet access penetration as the percent of people who have access to the Internet at home. Women in the 35-54 age group had an 81.7% penetration level, compared to 80.2% for males in the 35-54 age group, and an average penetration level of 74.9% for all user groups combined.

    Posted by Pony | December 11, 2006, 8:20 pm
  14. KC
    Some interesting spam stats that I came across today (Akismet’s spam vs ham), which puts 93% of all comments as spam – and sadly, it’s rising.

    http://akismet.com/stats/

    Posted by stormcloud | December 11, 2006, 8:28 pm
  15. “Internet access penetration”

    Sounds extremely macho, crikey they talk of penetrating everything!

    Posted by sparklematrix | December 11, 2006, 8:32 pm
  16. I banned one individual or stopped approving his comments, because they were nasty. He’s on multiple ISPs though from all over.

    The men just think they are entitled to do with women’s space what they want to and they get very petulant and upset, even akin to tantrums if you challenge that assertion. It’s like that off the net, so I guess it’s no surprise that it’s like that on it as well.😦

    But you just got to keep going at it. But this latest fuss over googlebombing is just ridiculous.

    Posted by Radfem | December 11, 2006, 9:50 pm
  17. I’m enjoying it. It’s there, on google, forever more. Testement to male stupidity, murderous intention, and hatred toward us. You can google usenet posts made in 1984. Twenty-five years from now, anthropologists and social scientists will have a perfect record, the likes of which we have primarily had to say “well we experienced it but we can’t prove it” until now.

    Posted by Pony | December 12, 2006, 3:36 am
  18. Don’t have time/energy – anyone up for posting a comment at “progress u” who seem to think there is a double standard that britney isn’t being charged for indecent exposure…

    Holy crap, people are sure moronic.

    progressiveu.org/032922-britneys-crotch-exposing-scandal-should-she-be-charged-with-indecent-exposure

    Posted by AradhanaD | December 12, 2006, 5:54 am
  19. Awww, I just saw this! *blush*

    Posted by Amananta | December 12, 2006, 7:12 pm
  20. On “real blogging” vs. “not real blogging”: as a long time lj user, I find this distinction ridiculous. And it *is* sexist – consider that 2/3 of LJ users are female, and young females at that (information available on the lj stats page – http://www.livejournal.com/stats.bml). I’ve seen both “real bloggers” and LJers talk about politics and their day to day lives. Feminists have been saying for a long time that the personal is political – those oh-so-superior guys who whine about how our combined voices telling our shared experiences are “anecdotal” and thus irrelevant just don’t want to hear the truth about women’s lives.

    Posted by Amananta | December 12, 2006, 7:19 pm
  21. Amananta, I would take a wild guess as to why young female bloggers outnumber the male ones – the males are perhaps too busy surfing the net for porn!

    (Now perhaps we can work on a very sinister strategy, get all the men looking at porn, then take over the world…) [you KNOW I’m joking!]

    Posted by stormcloud | December 12, 2006, 11:44 pm
  22. Rich, can you give me a source that shows Dan Savage is a rape apologist?

    Posted by Ian | December 14, 2006, 4:00 pm
  23. I’ve googled, “google bombing” and it seems to be mostly praise for what you are doing. Where’s the backlash?

    Posted by Ian | December 14, 2006, 11:12 pm
  24. This sounds just a tad bit extreme, but from what I understand the government always airs on the side of caution with the pornography issue and most of the time the porn industry gets in trouble because there are people whose job it is to call them on that stuff. I personally see it in the news every day about how someone was arrested because of child pornography or something or other.

    Posted by girlwrestler | December 21, 2006, 11:38 am

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