I need feminism, because my friends shared this photo all over Facebook and said that women who got offended “obviously don’t understand satire.”
Okay. I hate the “people who get offended don’t understand satire” argument.
No, fucker, YOU don’t understand satire. Satire is subversive. It proposes something totally outrageous to the current overarching culture that it can only be a joke. It takes something that everyone sees as normal and makes a joke of it - usually a somewhat offensive one - with the purpose of pointing out the stupidity of the original position.
Pictures like this? NOT. SATIRE.
When we live in a world where women are legitimately told that they can’t do certain jobs because of womanly weakness, jokes about how they need to get back in the kitchen are not satire.
When we live in a world where I am told that it’s my womanly, Christian duty to produce a lot of little Christian
lemmings spawn subbucichildren, jokes about trying to escape from this are not satire.
When we live in a world where women are being PUT IN JAIL because they dared drive their husband’s car for forty minutes, jokes about women exercising their agency are not satire.
When we live in a world where 31 white men in the Senate feel buoyed and dignified in casting a vote AGAINST an act that would provide money to protect abused women from murderous partners - in a world where 3 women A DAY are killed by their partner! - then, NO, this is NOT fucking SATIRE.
This type of joking isn’t creative. It isn’t subversive. It is taking what is a generally accepted and enforced cultural norm, sticking it onto a legitimate picture of oppression, and laughing about it. It is reinforcing the norms that real women see wreaking havoc and pain in their lives EVERY. DAY. It is sitting from a point of a person who will never have to experience shit, and pain, and doors slammed in their face simply because of their perceived gender.
It is the culture.
So, no, fucker, read some Jonathan Swift and then try to tell me that shit is satire.
Just reblogged this, but reblogging again for commentary.