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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:

Can someone think about the children?

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:

This is a woman.

And you, Asa, are an irrelevant jackass.

#1 Posted by kurkosdr on Mar 15, 2011 10:38 AM

If this girl is indeed an Internet Explorer 9 girl, she must have a gaping hole in her pants (you know on which spot), called “ActiveX”.

Sorry internet explorer fans, just the facts.

#2 Posted by JoeMonco on Mar 15, 2011 12:56 PM

“Sorry internet explorer fans, just the facts.”

You sure are one dirty little devil, kurkosdr.

#3 Posted by reactosguy on Mar 15, 2011 1:20 PM

Asa Dotzler alone hates the shirt itself.

“Meet Asa Dotzler, the open-source, feminist extraordinaire who has thus far lead the Firefox project even ahead of the W3C itself in HTML5 conformance.”

Where you say “ahead”, why do you link to the FUD creator page?

#4 Posted by JoeMonco on Mar 15, 2011 1:54 PM

“Where you say “ahead”, why do you link to the FUD creator page?”


#6 Posted by JoeMonco on Mar 15, 2011 2:33 PM

“ROFLMAO! That’s beauty.”

No, Ken. The word “beauty” is sexist. You scummy, dirty sexist.

#7 Posted by JoeMonco on Mar 15, 2011 3:31 PM


This kind of Ts are usually worn by those who are spending their better years hitting the clubs and socializing with people that don’t consider themselves “geeks”. Seriously, Dotzler’s view of human sexuality is not just niche – it’s outlandish and downright weird. He simply walks out, points his finger at what’s supposedly an everyday occurance in life, and then mindlessly bashing it basing on the wretched assumption that people are supposed to be flaccid, unexpressive, pseudo-asexual beings that will actively seek and destroy gender identities in every way possible. In reality, people simply enjoy life, embrace sexual attractions in the ways they please and gleefully ignore what repressive dorks like him have to say about anything. Ever seen that Old Spice ad?

Yes, women like men to be sexualized just as much as men like women to be so. Cry me a river, Asa.

#8 Posted by ChrisTX on Mar 15, 2011 4:31 PM
#9 Posted by DrLoser on Mar 18, 2011 8:29 PM

One other gem from GG, btw: she also regards men shaving as “barbaric.” I’m not talking about Brazilian (which would be fair comment, but one man’s nuts is another’s fruit). I’m talking facial shaving.

The woman should get together with RMS. What a beautiful sight that would be.

#10 Posted by reactosguy on Mar 22, 2011 4:37 PM

Asa misuses the word “sexist”.

That picture is also from his “friend”:

“Photo courtesy of my friend Toby on Flickr”

What an ass hole.

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