Apr. 23rd, 2008

davegodfrey: South Park Me. (Dave Godfrey)
Some pillock has created the "Open Source Boob Project". And then thought it would be a good idea to tell the internet. I heard about this from [profile] snapesbabe, and under highly specific circumstances could be a healthy thing to do (along with getting to know your genitals on a farm in California). That's about the only context where I think you could involve strangers, and even then there's rather more social interaction than "Here's your badge, now can I touch you?"

There isn't really a male equivalent set of organs that you could use, so the one-sidedness of this interaction bothers me. As does the idea that women might feel pressured into taking part, guilty for not taking part, put off doing something they'd otherwise like, or that someone will take it too far. But I was willing to give him the benefit of the doubt and conclude that the idea that it was degrading to women didn't cross his mind. Probably because he's an idiot, but possibly because he's a man and men don't necessarily think like that which they fucking should.

I still don't think it did. And then I saw this link to [personal profile] kate_nepveu's journal. And some of the comments quoting what he'd written in his comments. Now I think he's a creepy idiot, and I'm not in the least surprised he came up with this idea. If the guy was 18 I might be able to overlook this as the folly of youth, but he's clearly old enough to know better.

The more I read about this the angrier I get.

It would be nice to live in a world where people didn't have hang-ups about sex and nudity and the body being "dirty". Being comfortable with yourself means many things. I'm not sure where allowing some bloke you've exchanged three sentences with to cop a feel comes into this. If you want to do it then hooray for you. But why are you doing it? There are better ways to improve you self-esteem, and wouldn't it be more fun to be fondled by someone who at least pretended to be interested in you as a person, even if all they really wanted was a shag?
davegodfrey: Cyberman: The Future is Shiny (Shiny)
Quite a lot of what I've read on Feministing has made me very annoyed, and generally ashamed to be a white heterosexual male.

And then I read about this. A year ago Erin Davies car was vandalised. Someone wrote "Fag" and "U R Gay" on Erin's VW Beetle. (She believes displaying a rainbow sticker in the back was why she was targeted) Not having time to call the police she drove her vandalised car to work and got lots of attention from horrified onlookers. She decided to drive around America in her vandalised car (the "FagBug") to raise awareness of homophobia.

VW found out and gave her car a free makeover. Its in rainbow stripes and has "Fagbug" in big letters on the side.

Sometimes I feel proud to be European.

The Fagbug's Myspace blog is here.


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