Asked by Anonymous
I think people would tweet @ Superheroes with their problems, and get increasingly annoyed when they’re not prioritised. It would be quite the thing to be blocked by Super-man.
If you click through to the cartoon on the xkcd site (click on it above to do that) the mouseover text on the cartoon is worth reading, too.
I saw this earlier, but I hadn’t gone to the site itself. The mouseover text is pretty fantastic.
My wife and I found a craft organizer at the store the other day. Immediately our minds went to “we can organize Catan with this.” We have the seafarers expansion, plus the 5-6 expansions for regular and seafarers. All the small pieces fit perfectly, and found a use for that bumper sticker. Now to find something to hold all the map tiles and borders.
This isn’t their problem, guys. It’s ours. We have to solve it.
Sexual harassment isn’t an occupational hazard. It’s not a glitch in the complex matrix of modern life. It’s not something that just “happens.” It’s something men do. It’s a choice men make. It’s a problem men enable. It’s sometimes a crime men commit. And it is not in the power nor the responsibility of women to wage war on this crime.
It’s on us.
How do we fight this war? We stop enabling. We check ourselves and, when necessary, wreck ourselves. Do you know a guy who’s hate-following women on Twitter just to troll them? You check him. Do you know a guy who’s writing disgusting screeds to women journalists because they don’t like the same things he likes? You check him. Do you know a professional whose discourse with women in his field is loaded with gender-specific language and condescension that could enable further abuse? You check him. Are your Twitter followers identifying you as a sympathetic ear for their sexist views? You check yourself. Is your website’s message board a cesspool of ignorance and hate? You check it like you actually give a damn. Do you know a guy who’s sending rape threats to women for any reason? Oh, you report that guy.
Let me make it plain:
A woman objecting to the content of a comic book — even if you think she’s dead wrong — does not rise to the occasion of vicious name calling and rape threats.