Occasionally it’s instructive to contemplate the global map in terms of the patriarchy blaming population. Behold a couple Sitemeter images. Compare and contrast! The one on the bottom is from January, 2006. The top one shows the locations of the 500 most recent (as of 15 minutes ago) blog visitors. No telling how many of them accidentally clicked on I Blame the Patriarchy looking for kiddie porn (that happens a lot for some reason).
Well, actually there is a way to tell that, but it’s labor intensive, and doing a search on pornulators is just gross.
I’m United Statesian, as are many of the Blametariat, but as we see from our visual aids, blaming is not exclusively an American pursuit. In fact, it kind of looks as though, over the past 3 years, blaming has begun to catch on in corners of the earth far flung from Rattlesnake, Texas. Even as we speak, somebody’s blaming in Sudan, in Santiago, in Shanxi.
Tehran, Wollongong, Utrecht.
Saudi Arabia, Nowy Sacz, Seoul.
Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Montréal.
Kristianstad, Pretoria, Paekakariki (I think that’s in New Zealand).
Tasmania, Togo, Ylivieska.
Kyoto, Ahmadabad, Perth.
Bangkok, Bangalore, Burnaby, Brighton, Bournemouth, Brisbane.
It’s not on this map, but I had a guy write in from McMurdo (I say “guy” because do they even let women into Antarctica?). A member of the blametariat had broken his heart, and did I have any advice? Which I took to mean, are there any radical feminist magic words that could make her love him again? Alas, I did not have such advice. Our culture of domination and submission precludes (with the obvious exception of your Nigel, of course) heterosexual relationships free of the patriarchal impediments that ultimately lead to unhappiness. Dudes who wish their girlfriends could love them with free agency, and not out of fear, self-loathing, or some sense of obligation to heteronormative dudely tradition, should a) not require that they get married; b) instead of looking for an Internet Feminist’s shoulder to cry on, go live on a mountain top in Tibet, contemplating male privilege’s contributions to a) their relationship’s demise and b) the global oppression of all women; and c) overthrow patriarchy.
That lone white dot on the eastern Mediterranean is in Palestinian Territory, Occupied Hebron, home of the Cave of the Patriarchs, where doth lie the celebrated corpse of patriarchal coot Abraham, and site of assorted dudely bloodbaths.
And there’s Hattie, our solitary Hawaiian blamer. Hey, Hattie!
Hawaii, I believe, is technically part of the US, but I understand Oprah owns most of it.
Of course no self-respecting, moose-murdering Alaskan would read a radical feminist blog. No dots there!
Clearly I need to publish Alaskan, Spanish, Russian, Mandarin, and several Afro-Asiatic and Semitic versions of this blog. Rosetta Stone, here I come.
See your dot on the map? Stand up and be counted. Don’t see your dot? Stand up and be counted. There may be a fellow Monstrous Woman right next door.
How’s the state of blame in your neck of the woods?