Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Waving a dildo for social justice

The Atheism+ crowd is outraged! What happened?


Atheism+ comes to the rescue with a "Fuck the police"




... The link was tweeted and PZ Myers was immediately on the case. In a post titled "Ian Murphy is going to jail…", PZ writes:

…for videotaping a policeman and interviewing National Organization for Marriage wackaloons with a dildo. His appeal has been denied so he’s expected to turn himself in to serve the remainder of his sentence…a few weeks.
What has happened to American journalism? A reporter gets arrested for mocking some walking talking dildos with a small plastic version, yet the apologists wanking on the opinion pages of the NY Times and the Wall Street Journal, performing for the pleasures of the bankers and other bloated pigs who’ve been fucking over the country, get off free. As long as we’re arresting journalists, there are a few articles by Friedman and Brooks that are true crimes…and hey, shouldn’t Arianna Huffington be doing hard time for poisoning the left wing press and turning it into a joke?

Things are so ridiculous even a few Pharyngula commenters are catching on, pointing out that Ian is going to jail because he walked out on community service and that it would be more a problem with the legal system than "American journalism".

Unless, of course, there was ever a time that journalism was defined as waving dildos at people.

And as a brief commentary, some comments are even pointing out the ridiculousness of FTB ads:

Thumper (#14)
Uh, PZ? That link goes to an anal porn page. With graphic pictures. I’m at work. That was a shock.
Anri (#17)
Aw, heck, I wanted it to help Reduce My Electrical Bills With The Technique Power Companies Hate like those awesome pop-up ads the site’s hawking!
AJ Milne (#21)
Umm… Re this porn thing: both these links point to the Buffalo Beast‘s site. They’re an alt weekly out of Buffalo, NY… And I see no porn, and the ads I’m getting in their margins with the few browsers I tried are all pretty much general audience, and I use no ad blocker
I’m thinking of a few possibilities for folk getting other stuff. 
The one I guess Ed or PZ might want to look to, tho’, is the occasional popup ad thing that does seem to happen at FTB in some browsers (I see them on mobile, sometimes), and maybe something more than a mite racy has wound up in that pipe? So some folk are getting this stuff in a popup over the Beast as they go there?

Yes, popups happen. Especially on crappy "social justice" sites.

Back to the subject of dildos, many of the FTB fans are speaking of the demise of freedom and free speech in America.

Also they lampoon the "think of the children" rhetoric that circles the legal system:
moarscienceplz (#6)
But, but, but, what if a little girl saw that plastic penis? We can’t let children see sex treated as if it was just a normal part of life, they might start thinking that it IS just a normal part of life! Will someone PULEEZE think of the children!!!!1!!!1!!
/snark
Ah yes, "snark". Recall that Watson is apparently "queen of snark".

Let's take a step back here.

What is harassment? In particular, what is harassment, abuse or at the very least sexist to these social justice warriors?

  1. The c-word. Definitely the c-word.
  2. Asking someone for coffee in an elevator
  3. Sharing a dongle joke with a friend within earshot of a female.
  4. Saying bad things about Islam
  5. Questioning whether or not "feminists" should be allowed to physically assault people on the bus.
  6. Concocting a spaghetti-based parody of religion
  7. Only showing parts of a body (it's objectification). Perhaps in this case, a dildo doesn't qualify as an object.
  8. Suggesting any activity might be a "guy thing".
  9. Storify. Documenting/mirroring the Twitter thoughts of Twitter social justice warriors counts as harassment.
  10. Unmoderated blog comments and pseudonyms
  11. Rape jokes. Rape jokes are definitely harassment, unless they're made by a sufficiently progressive person
This is not a complete list, but you get the idea. 

The debate often degrades until the social justice crowd ridicules people calling for free speech on Twitter and various other websites by replacing the term with "freeze peach".  According to Atheism+, those that truly want unmoderated submissions are perhaps somehow similar to children asking for a ridiculous confections.


Now that Atheism+ is for free expression, what does it include?

Waving a flesh colored dildo at social conservatives!

No word yet if it's a hard requirement that the targets of the dildo-ing must be conservatives. Also need clarification on appropriate locations.

Can one dildo-interview in an elevator?

Regardless, be sure to bring a dildo to the next conference. It'll be a great help in the next penis panel.

If staff comes to give you grief about a harassment policy or some such nonsense, just remember what to do.

Take a deep breath, put the dildo in their face as if it were a microphone, and shout -

"THIS IS AMERICA!"

3 comments:

  1. Somehow I think they would find fault with people mocking them with vagina-microphones.

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  2. The hypocrisy ..... it burns :)

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  3. To be fair, in most of the instances, the A+ers in question never said someone should be arrested go to jail. (E.g., Watson never claimed elevator guy should be arrested or jailed, Richards never claimed that the guys behind her should be arrested or jailed.)

    Being as charitable as possible, one could claim that that A+ers think that waving a dildo at someone is harassment that merits being expelled from a conference or event, but not something worthy of involving the police over.

    That might be ascribing too much subtlety to their thoughts, though. I'd be more inclined to guess that they think waving dildos at NOMers is a hilarious snarky prank.

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