Liz Henry at badgerbag does something that gives me no end of hilarious satisfaction.
Regendering Dave Winer
I love men's epiphanies! Especially when they're sweet and have utopian visions of collective social action - that rocks.
But I have some problems with the tone of the article and want to pick on Dave a little - and on various other men whose names I don't remember. It is not like Dave is an especially awful example of sexism - quite the contrary - it's just that he's visible. Plus, he can take it.
I promised Dave that my jackbooted feminazi foot would be gentle, this time. Even perky! I'll try! I'll show him my underwear and giggle while I explain what yanks my chain.
So here is an opportunity for some more learning... let's look at Dave's take on BlogHer, regendered:
They are beautiful hunks, but not like like booth bimbos, more like Thomas and Louis. So you got a great ratio, and they're smart and driven, but that's not all -- they're also bloggers! Which means I don't have to explain what blogging is.
Heh heh... Read it and think about the places where the language is off-key & think about why that is. It does have a tone that Dave expected to feel unwelcome, or expected to be surrounded by unattractive, frowning bitches? Or feels that his readers might have that expectation and he wants to reassure them that it's not true?
I can't even start in on the stuff about how the 20 to 1 gender ratio was heaven for men. Grrrrrreat! Because women exist to make men feel loved and comfortable!
It goes on wonderfully, so go read the rest! God, it makes me miss the 70's and '80s. I wouldn't even mind a little more righteous ball-busting here, but this is 2006, and I suppose we're supposed to be nicer so they don't make those bad light bulb jokes anymore.