A friend of mine sent me a text the other day. Out of the blue she asked, “Is Gator sexist?” Then she wished me a happy Valentine’s day. I responded immediately, “Yes.”
But I let it stew a minute and then I texted again, “Well maybe only sometimes.” She said that she mentions it only because we never have female contributors. Which is true.
But I also suspect that she notices a heavy-handed male influence and perspective in our subjects, metaphors and within the allusions we draw. I’m thinking specifically about Zach’s recent thrashing of female comics. There was also a post from our oft contributor Ruairi about spanking women in public when they get out of line. I censored this post, though. I felt that Gator, as a burgeoning new site on the cusp of world domination, shouldn’t alienate the 51% so quickly. I admit that I am even guilty myself. I alluded to terrible writing in a popular, professional feminist blog. To be honest, the blog probably has more daily views then we may ever see in a lifetime.
Our writing is mostly comical, hopefully entertaining and sometimes interesting. It is 100% male generated at this time, with exception to the comments, but I’m loathe to call it 100% male orientated.
Radical feminists, though I would not want to speak for them, would certainly agree that we are a collective of women-haters, I think.
Liberal college students with not enough homework and too much drive to stir controversy might also be offended.
But I hope the progressive individuals out there can see that we’re just some post grad dudes with hard hitting commentary. We just happen to take a crack at Eve and her descendents sometimes.
Is sexism funny or tolerable? Or only tolerable when funny? Is it different than race jokes? Or jokes about rape? Should I have left Ruairi’s post on spanking up?
Women of the Internet, heed our call. Send us feedback! We’d love to hear from you. So long as you make us a sandwich first.