So people were real mad about my “Siri is a misogynist” post, and other posts around the interwebs pointing out the fact that Siri can locate basically anything penis-related (Viagra, condoms, escorts, blow-jobs) but can’t find birth control, abortion clinics or oral sex for women. The responses were… fascinating, to say the least. Among my favorites were “WHY ARE YOU SAYING THIS IS A CONSPIRACY IT IS PROBABLY JUST A PROGRAMMING ISSUE” when the post said, quite clearly, “I am not under the impression that Apple is anti-choice or that they’re out to screw over women. I think they’re just reliant on too many dude programmers;” “THIS IS JUST BETA TESTING OF COURSE IT WILL HAVE PROBLEMS” when, ok, so isn’t it good that we’re pointing out those problems?; “IF YOU NEED AN ABORTION WHY ARE YOU ASKING A PHONE?” which, I dunno, if I needed an abortion I would probably google the nearest clinic which is in fact using a computer so it doesn’t actually seem that bizarre to use a phone with the same capabilities; and finally “OMG FIRST WORLD PROBLEMS THERE ARE SO MANY MORE IMPORTANT ISSUES THAT FEMINISTS SHOULD BE WORRIED ABOUT OTHER THAN FINDING ABORTIONS ON YOUR PHONE.” Which is an argument that feminists get a lot, if we decide to write about anything other than female genital mutilation and abuse of women in Afghanistan. And even when we do write about female genital mutilation, there’s always some guy who comes onto the thread and is like, “What about male circumcision?!?!” Anyway, Belle Warning over at Crooked Timber gives us a handy guide of all of the things we need to do before we can write about software issues on a blog. My favorites:
4. Sexist Islamic Law Codes (“Wait, why just—” “Shut up.”)
7. Africa. Is Some Shit Just Fucked up There, or What? Get On That.