Sexist Women and Making Up Words

This article from Yahoo is quite interesting. It’s about a new Samsung commercial that, to summarize, portrays men as lazy, disinterested, sloths who just laze around. I didn’t watch the video, I read the description. So before you jump on me for that, this article isn’t about the video (although the description does make it sound REALLY sexist). It’s about this little tidbit at the end of the article:

Gail Dines, an expert on sexist images in the media and a professor of sociology and women’s studies at Wheelock College in Boston, agrees. “It’s not funny because it normalizes masculine behavior and makes a joke of it,” she told Yahoo! Shine in a phone interview. “It’s the reality of many women’s lives, who get dinner ready, take care of the children, help with homework and do the housework, while the husbands are, in fact, sloth-like.”

Further, she argues, men, who are in power in our society, cannot legitimately cry sexism. “You can say [this ad is] prejudiced, in bad taste, insulting, not funny,” she said. “But it can’t be sexist. Just like a black person can’t be racist. Sexism is a word with a very specific meaning, which is a certain group having more access than another group to the things that make life worth living, such as high wages and good housing.”

Before I even criticize the statement, let’s check out Oxford’s definition of sexism

Definition of sexism

noun

[mass noun]

prejudice, stereotyping, or discrimination, typically against women, on the basis of sex: sexism in language is an offensive reminder of the way the culture sees women

 

To clarify things, that last sentence is supposed to show the word used in context not a definition. But notice what it says – TYPICALLY against women. Not always. It DOES mention prejudice and stereotyping though. So looks like Professor Dines just decided to make her definition up.

 

Now racism:

Definition of racism

noun

[mass noun]

the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics, abilities, or qualities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races: theories of racism;  prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior: a programme to combat racism

 

How interesting. I didn’t see anything in that definition that said black people can’t be racist. I really don’t see why it’s impossible for a black person to believe their race is superior to a white person’s.

 

 

So let’s not mince words here: Professor Dines, your nonsensical notion that an advertisement that portrays men as lazy, disgusting sloths is offensive towards women damages your credibility considerably as a serious thinker.

 

The fact that you just effectively called men sloths makes you sexist.

 

The fact that you just said black men can’t be racist and women can’t be sexist tells me that you’re either making up your own, arbitrary definition of racism and sexism to push your radical feminist agenda or you don’t know how to use Google to look up the definitions of words. Either way, you don’t come off looking good.

 

You are a sexist, racist, arrogant woman, and I have no respect for you as a serious researcher or as a human being, except insofar as you are a fellow child of God, and I hope that nobody ever takes your work seriously again if this is the quality of “research” you’ve been peddling to people.

 

I think I can safely say that my point has been made.

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