What Would Henry Louis Gates Think?

Posted in Uncategorized on February 18th, 2010 by bl1y

If you watch too much TV, and don’t skip commercials through your DVR, you’ve probably seen the Brinks/Broadview Security commercials. They have pretty much the same pattern: Young, attractive white female is at home alone or with a small child. Man tries to break in, woman screams, alarm goes off, man runs away, security company calls and says the cops are on their way.

If you’ve seen a few of these, you’ll have noticed that all of the criminals are male. I don’t find this particularly offensive, since the majority of break-ins are committed by men. A realistic commercial is probably more effective. If Betty White tries to break in the commercial might be pretty funny, but it won’t sell security systems.

Going by this report on burglaries in California in 1998 (came up first in my Google search and I’m too lazy to find something more comprehensive or recent), 35% of burglaries are committed by white people, 80% are committed by males.  So, if it’s okay to depict the burglars as male in the commercials because 80% of actual burglars are men, wouldn’t it be okay to have must of the burglars in the commercials be racial minorities, since they committed 65% of burglaries?

You can bet there’d be an uproar if they ran the commercials with minorities.  It’d probably be even worse if they had a woman breaking in.  I’m sure the feminism blogs would be blowing up with complaints about stereotypes of women being neurotic psychopaths.  I’m surprised we haven’t already heard people whining about how all the security technicians are male and how that just reinforces the view that women are weak and need men to protect them.

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Ann Bartow Doesn’t Get Enough Attention

Posted in Uncategorized on February 16th, 2010 by bl1y

The women’s rights page of Change.org posted a parody video in response to the Dodge Charger Man’s Last Stand Super Bowl ad.  I wouldn’t have seen it, except that over on the Feminist Law Professors’ blog Ann Bartow, femtard extraordinaire, posted a link to it.

So that you don’t need to go wandering away from the safe haven that is BL1Y.com and into the wild west of the the feminist internets, I’ll just embed the videos here.  Let’s start with the original dodge commercial

And here’s the parody response:

Now, I admit it’s unfair that for every dollar a man makes, a woman gets 75 cents, because that means that man only has 25 cents left.  (In reality, when controlling for job title, education, seniority, and the like, there is about a 3-4 cent pay disparity, not 25 as this video claims.  But hey, accuracy doesn’t matter do long as you’re a women-firster.)

The whole tone of the Change.org post is that the Dodge commercial is that men can’t be oppressed because women are oppressed.  But anyone with half a brain can tell you that the truth of the matter is that the vast majority of both genders get screwed over.  Men are less likely to graduate from high school or go to college.  They’re more likely to be the victim of a violent crime, and get punished harsher when they’re the perpetrator.  They work the most dangerous jobs and live shorter lives.

But I think what the Dodge Charger commercial was playing in to is that men aren’t allowed to discuss men’s issues.  Any time a man mentions a way in which Western society mistreats men, he is immediately shouted down by women who want to argue that women have it worse, and because they have it worse men aren’t allowed to complain about anything ever.

If an ad discussing female oppression had mass appeal, feminists would claim it as a sign that women are clearly still oppressed.  But an ad that discusses male oppression must just be sexist, right?  Because nothing bad is ever done to men.  No country has ever scooped its poor and middle class male citizens, sent them half way around the world and had them kill the poor and middle class male citizens of another country.  Nahhh…all men are kings.

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