Commenter Marja Erwin posted a comment that included this very interesting link. She tells us she got into a flamewar over it. I’ll bet she did.
The comic shows a young woman on a park bench doing something on some kind device. A man who she thinks is “Eeeewwww….gross!” sits down and looks at her. She pulls out a gun and splatters his head in a spray of blood.
Oh the righteous female anger of the oppressed raised in opposition to hegemonic masculinity.
Under the comic and a comment about it, Valerie Keefe makes a comment of her own. She slams the comic and the commenter, calling one one or both “cissies”. (Best new word of the week) That’s gets it exactly right.
Commenter Stoner With a Boner said:
I know it’s just a comic but….
The “reaction” is WAY outta proportion to the “crime.”
Crime? What fucking crime? A man sat next to her on the same bench. The horror!
He was using the term “crime’ metaphorically as part of a set phrase, but the comic does in fact treat a man daring to sit next to a young woman as a crime worthy of summary execution.
You know where this kind of thing is considered a crime or some kind of gross offense? In India, as when an Untouchable or someone too far down the caste scale gets too close to some high-caste person.
And that’s the mentality we are seeing here, a gendered caste mentality, the notion that men are unclean and horrible just by fault of existing and that a girl has a God-given right to kill a man just because she feels like it.
This is a KKK mentality. There was a time when a black man presuming to sit down next to a young white woman, as in the cartoon, was taking his life in own hands, or more likely just throwing it away.
The comments on this were a zoo. More than one idiot called thought to point out that this was “just a joke”, that pathetic weak old tired lying excuse, that she didn’t actually kill anyone. I don’t see how they get that interpretation, and I don’t see how that matters except to expose their own man-hatred and how dishonest they are willing to be to excuse man-hatred.
This is as far down the road of toxic damseling as you can go, as deep the Pure Vessel Victorianism as you can go.
Read Valerie’s comment in response. As usual Valerie Keefe lays the smacketh down on exactly the right spot.
Valerie, you say stuff like this makes you feel ashamed to call yourself a feminist. I say your response to this should make you feel proud to be a feminist.