Did you just say, “beautiful”? Damn you, sexist!
Meet Asa Dotzler, the open-source, feminist extraordinaire who has thus far led the Firefox project even ahead of the W3C itself in HTML5 conformance. Apparently, the beef between the man himself and Microsoft has move from the IE9 browser to its ad campaign – or, particularly, this picture:
I am not sure about the Freudian connotation in that rocket thing, but I am quite confident that it is not what Dotster really means when he complains that the ad campaign T-shirt is too “sexist”. Let’s just say his focus of attention is on the short-dress wearing silhouette and the word “beautiful”. Notice that I have also taken the liberty to highlight a specific part of the silhouette (as indicated with an arrow and a circle), namely, the platform high-heel shoes, or – as they are also known as – “fuck-me shoes”.
As Dr. Loser points out in his blog, the term “fuck-me shoes” was popularized by Germaine Greer during a brush-off with UK Guardian columnist Suzanne Moore. For those who are interested in bitch-fights, here’s the full story. If you aren’t terribly interesting in reading about two women (or any two men or breathing creatures) arguing about stuff, the short version is as follows:
As a columnist, Moore falsely reported that Greer, as the woman that had impored others to “consider the idea of tasting [their] own menstrual blood”, had had a hysterectomy at the age 25. Furious, Greer launched a series of vitriol insults to Moore that could be summerized with the now immortalized words, “hair bird’s- nested all over the place, fuck-me shoes and three fat inches of cleavage”.
Needless to say, that gem was completely uncalled for and ranked pretty high in hypocrisy even as far as Greer’s standards were concerned. After all, she was also the one who penned the following words:
“Bras are a ludicrous invention, but if you make bralessness a rule, you’re just subjecting yourself to yet another repression.”
I think, though, for our dear Dotster, there is really nothing out there that can beat this little excerpt from the 10-2010 WoMoz survey report:
“According to our feed-back, Mozilla is among the most female-friendly communities in FLOSS. But it is important to note as well that the average women in FLOSS have already developed some thick skin, so there might be a bias.”
“Thick skin”? That sure sounds like a tough match for “fuck-me shoes”. But, hey, if you throw a bit more digital equivalents of “three fat inches of cleavage” in Firefox, chances are Microsoft will eventually start paying more attention to your inane diatribes instead of, say, Google Chrome.
Edit – for those with ADD, here’s a “tl;dr” version of this FUD Tracker entry:
And you, Asa, are an irrelevant jackass.