...except for me and my monkey! "Everything we see hides another thing. We always want to see what is hidden by what we see." -Rene Magritte

Friday, January 12, 2007

Yeah, the patriarchy is hilarious

Check out GirlTalk (tagline: "Conversations on Biblical Womanhood and Other Fun Stuff)'s most recent Friday Funnies post: Men are Just Happier People, a list of advantages men enjoy. Everything on the list is something that:

a) wouldn't exist without the patriarchy ("Your last name stays put"--check out the excellent recent post on Pandagon about last name politics; "You can be President")

b) is based on out-dated/silly/offensive stereotypes of the men-are-from-Mars-women-are-from-Venus type ("You never have to drive to another gas station because this one is just to icky;" "One mood all the time;" "You know stuff about tanks")

c) is kind of a self-fulfilling prophecy ("Car mechanics tell you the truth;" "Wrinkles add character")

d) is nonsensical ("Everything on your face stays its original color"--wuh? Is that...about lipstick? I don't get this one.)

"You can open all your own jars." Ho ho, GirlTalk! Oh no you didn't!