Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Some Feminist Snapshots

I should write a whole script on them, to make them move and tell the stories, but, alas, time refuses to sit still long enough in this weird Internet world where the only things worth discussing is the one that others are discussing at this very moment. Except that moment just passed, so now we discuss something else. Except that moment passed, too.

Gah. Anyway, did you know that the way to test a Linux program is by using your girlfriend? If she can be trained then everybody can, right?

Actually, what people are talking about is the sexied-up pictures of Miley Cyrus. For an example of a headline:

'Hannah Montana', What Were You Thinking?

She is fifteen years old, you know. She cannot legally enter into contracts. I find the treatment of this an interesting comparison to the way the media writes about the pregnancies of the teenaged girls in the Texas polygamy case.

Speaking about the latter, notice how the men have been disappeared from the discussion? The sect gives men almost all the power. Yet the stories I read are almost as if there were no men at all.

Of course, there is a more concrete sense in which the boys have been disappeared:

Of the 463 children, 250 are girls and 213 are boys. Children 13 and younger are about evenly split — 197 girls and 196 boys — but there are only 17 boys aged 14 to 17 compared with the 53 girls in that age range.