It’s Blog Against Sexism Day! It’s Blog Against Sexism Day! Time for the Airing of Grievances!
It’s also International Women’s Day, a little break from the monotony of International Men’s Year, the day we set aside for pretending to take women seriously. Let’s take the temperature of the World Wide Web on this topic, whaddya say?
Independent Online South Africa is running a blurb about Germaine Greer begging Australian women to get pissed off about a sexist car commercial. The blurb makes Greer seem a little crazy.
A UK news site called 24dash.com announces “a series of programmes celebrating the achievements of the fairer sex.” These programmes, it turns out, are cartoons narrated by Hollywood hotties like Nicole Kidman and Halle Berry. “The fairer sex”? You can’t make this stuff up.
The Director-General of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community says in an inspirational speech that women should be celebrated for their role in human development, because, in case patriarchy hasn’t made this crystal clear, “women are the nurturers of our children. They are the first carers and educators in our families. The human race owes its existence to women.”
From a Russian news service comes this charming summary of the day’s significance: “Russia and other former Soviet republics along with several other countries around the world are currently celebrating March 8, International Women’s Day, on which [are you sitting down?] men show their appreciation for women by giving them flowers and gifts.”
Not in Armenia, though. They cancelled International Women’s Day, and replaced it on March 7 with—I shit you not— “Day of Motherhood and Beauty.”
Sadly, Monsters & Critics tells it like it is, and reports that the UN Commission on the Status of Women shows the status of women is pretty much unchanged “despite decades of work.” In other words, globally speaking, women are still lower than worms in political, cultural, business and social spheres.
Except in Afghanistan! President Bush actually used the phrase “more equal” in a speech declaring his support for women in “new democracies” like Afghanistan, where—unlike every other fucking country in the world including his own– women are apparently “no longer denied basic rights and brutalized by tyrants.” It’s an International Women’s Day Miracle! Let’s get our patriarchy-blaming asses on a plane to Kabul toute de suite, where we will be welcomed with political power and the ability to dance naked down the street without getting the slightest bit napolied!