In a response to parafractal’s reblog regarding the everyday sexism tweets, I went searching for more. There is something so up in the air about targeting a penis in the comebacks, that we somehow shouldn’t be brought down to a man’s level of picking out our body parts.
Even that very argument is everyday sexism. As far as I’m concerned, the whole problem with (some) men are their dicks. They think with them, intimidate us with them, use them as some kind of symbol of power. A comeback centered around this is like cutting off the head of the snake, no pun intended. If they point out the very things that make us women: our boobs, our asses, our face, our bodies… then why can we not make fun of their dicks? They are the apparent sceptre of their “rule” over us. I mean, hell, even a lot of sceptre’s are shaped like dicks!
Then there are some that say we’re angry, and we as women, are wrong to be angry. Well, I think that if history has taught us anything, we are the “race” that has been segregated and subjected to attacks of many different kinds, since “Eve”. If anything, the only power we have is our anger which is fueled by desire to right the wrongs that are occurring each day. If that is by our sense of humour, then so be it.
John Lennon once said : “When it gets down to having to use violence, then you’re playing the system’s game. The establishment will irritate you, pull your beard, flick your face to make you fight. Because once they’ve got you violent, then they know how to handle you. The only thing they don’t know how to handle in non-violence and humor.”
(but then again, he beat the shit out of his first wife on numerous occasions).