Thursday, May 8, 2008

What I Get For Dating A Therapist

Upon seeing on The Today Show that there are like 5MM women in the U.S. who abuse alcohol, Josie, who works primarily with victims of sexual assault said, "That's probably cause every time a woman leaves her home, she's in a combat zone."

Rock On,

Aitch

18 comments:

Josh Homer said...

Do you and Josie live in a 3rd world country? I thought you lived on the upper west side.

Josh

Harris said...

hey josh homer,

that's just her feminist take on our misogynistic society.

she's obviously a bit of a lunatic.

rock on,

aitch

Anonymous said...

This morning I saw a guy peeing in the middle of the sidewalk at 8am...if thats not a combat zone I dont know what is! Go Josie!

Josh Homer said...

Harris,
I have to pull the race card on this one! Try walking into the world being a black dude, not only is it a war zone but you're the percieved warriors.

Sincerely,
Josh "I don't want to be shot 50 times and the police get off, when if you shot a horse 50 times PETA would call for your head" Homer

josie said...

what does it feel like to be a woman on the street in a cultural environment that does nothing to discourage men from heckling, following, touching or disparaging women in public spaces?

oh, never mind...this is not that kind of blog. i'll save it for home!

Harris said...

hey all,

this is a fascinating discussion, really it is, but I have a more important question...

why have i gotten a hundred hits the past three days (already 30 today) by people all over the world doing a search for "w w w . h a r r i s - l i f e . b l o g s p o t . c o m"?

rock on,

aitch

Josh Homer said...

Josie,
I agree with you, but unless you're a white male like Harris, you have it hard in the US of A, not as hard as if we where in some other country with our foots cut off and women are circumsized, but it's still rough. Check out the article.

http://seamonkey.ed.asu.edu/~mcisaac/em c598ge/Unpacking.html

Josh

Anonymous said...

I love the old " I agree with you BUT" haha

Josie, tell em to all shut up...men.

josie said...

hi josh - link is not working. gotta admit i'm intrigued by anything that is at a website called 'seamonkey'.

Josh Homer said...

Josie,
Because blogger doesn't let you input html in the comments I had to copy and paste. When you copy the link a space is added between the m and the c of emc598ge just delete it and it should work.

Anonymous,
have you ever had the cops pull guns on you when you were doing nothing but driving a nice car? I have. Have you ever been lined up on the street when you were 13 because you were riding in a car full of black males and one white guy and then the cop pulls the white guy aside and asks, "are you ok?" Have you ever had your significant other asked if she was ok and if she wanted the police to 'take him with us' just because you were black and she was not? I didn't think so. Everyone one of those things happened to me, and I'm a nerdy black dude.

Josh

Harris said...

I agree with Josh...

he is nerdy.

rock on,

aitch

Anonymous said...

Josie said "...in a cultural environment that does nothing to discourage men from heckling, following, touching or disparaging women in public spaces?"

I beg to differ with you. Society may not be doing ENOUGH to discourage this behavior but it certainly does a lot, because if you count you'll realize that the people behaving like that are a small minority of males.

The rest of us are fine, and don't appreciate being lumped in with the transgressors.

Sincerely,

Shaun Eli
Feminist Male Comedian (sm)

(oh, the sm stands for servicemark, I'm not advocating what comes to Harris's mind when he reads this)

Anonymous said...

Seems like all the warrior feminist males on this blog are doing a lot of complaining...at least Josie was saving hers for home. You guys dont know what its like to be a woman on the street...

Josh Homer said...

or a Sean Bell on the streets either. I'd take a whislte over a hail of gun fire any day.

josie said...

it's starting to feel a little like the soapbox here...

shaun: my belief is that we're all accountable - transgressors and non-transgressors - for confronting our own behavior and the structure of sexism.

this is a similar construct as the article that josh linked about examining and unpacking one's privilege.

Harris said...

hey all,

yup... this is my life.

rock on,

aitch

Josh Homer said...

Josie,
What did you think of the article that's hosted on the seamonkey site? I think women and minorities have it pretty bad here, but not as bad as other places.

Josh

josie said...

hey josh: i've seen it before and it's always thought provoking. i particularly like the way that society and structures are a focus, rather than the onus resting only on individuals.

harris: we've hijacked your blog!