[Sexist] Dime… Piece.

NEWSFLASH: Just because something makes some wo/men uncomfortable, does not make it sexist.

When Dime Magazine published its list of 22 20 “Girls on Twitter Who Know Their Basketball (and Look Great)” online, there was predictable backlash and accompanying “sexist” accusations. Just how great these “girls” look and/or just how well they know basketball is not my concern; it’s the [errant] allegation of sexism that intrigues me.

sex·ism: \ˈsek-ˌsi-zəm\ noun (via MW)
1 : prejudice1 or discrimination based on sex; especially: discrimination against women
2 : behavior, conditions, or attitudes that foster stereotypes of social roles based on sex

Today I experienced a “can’t make this stuff up” random intersection of my #OnHere and #IRL worlds colliding. Within hours of celebrating women who transcended barriers of all sorts- including gender- to excel, I find myself writing a mini-treatise on what sexism is[n’t], to me.

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  1. …Prejudice. Wrote a song about it. Like to hear it? Here it goes. []

“Why I laughed when The Onion called Quvenzhané a cunt.”

I also cringed, winced, rolled my eyes and almost certainly audibly groaned, but still- I laughed:@TheOnion Tweet 2/24/13

I had just watched the entire Oscar telecast and its accompanying sideshow of live social media commentary, in which every aspect of female worth, sexuality, and beauty, were dissected mercilessly:

  • Is Anne’s dress darted, or are her nipples erect? Her boyish hair was ghastly but…
  • Halle and Charlize wore their closely-cropped ‘dos beautifully…
  • Dame Shirley Bassey was alternately a hag or a diva…
  • Jane Fonda looks great at 75- thanks to plastic surgery…
  • However old Jamie Foxx’s daughter is, we lust for her, jail-bait or not…

Then- unlike the onslaught of misogynistic mockery- out of nowhere, came this baseless, asinine, universally offensive barb slung circuitously at an adorable little girl who is most definitely not a “CUNT.” And so, I laughed!

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All good things…

…must come to an end. Go figure.

FWIW: There is a very real chance that I may eventually repost the 15+ years of archived essays.

Then again, maybe I won’t. #KanyeShrug