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Rules of misogyny: the default is always male

January 13, 2022
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[–]misandryismadeupFDS Newbie 307 points308 points  (9 children) | Copy Link

I just do the opposite now and use female pronouns with all animals and babies unless proven otherwise. People think it’s strange and ask “hOw dO yOu kNow iTs a giRl” but they have no problem assuming everything is male.

[–]dkwantsdkFDS Newbie 150 points151 points  (2 children) | Copy Link

I do it for everything. It's especially delicious because I work in tech 😎

[–]spiderunderwebFDS Newbie[S] 30 points31 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

Same!

[–]BlueSkiesOverLondonFDS Newbie 29 points30 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

I fully endorse this. It’s fun!

I went to a really progressive university, but somehow I was the only person (afaik) to use “she” as the default pronoun in my essays. I never understood why. It’s so much easier than “he or she,” is more elegant (and subversive) than singular “they,” and as a bonus it’s a great way to trigger men but leave them without any way to respond without looking like whiny little turds.

[–]misandryismadeupFDS Newbie 150 points151 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

If anyone uses male pronouns for a criminaI on the run then men cry sexism (but don’t have any problems assuming male any other time) even though statistically there’s far more maIe criminaIs so that’s the only time it makes sense to assume they’re male.

[–]spiderunderwebFDS Newbie[S] 14 points15 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

I love this!

[–]standoffish38FDS Newbie 10 points11 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

I have a book I use often in my industry (male dominated) that every single pronoun is automatically she/her unless they’re directing quoting a man. And the first couple of times you read it, it kinda shocks you since I’m so use to everyone assuming it’s a man, but its really refreshing to see.

[–]NinjaCynicFDS Newbie 105 points106 points  (3 children) | Copy Link

Men assign male pronouns to people, but female pronouns to inanimate objects, such as their cars. Because that's how they see women.

On a side note: The stepping reflex is normal in newborn babies. It's fun to do when holding them. How the fuck is this news?!

[–]spiderunderwebFDS Newbie[S] 22 points23 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

Well said! And with that side note: no idea tbh

[–]scorchedsouIFDS Newbie 272 points273 points  (6 children) | Copy Link

This is my biggest pet peeve. Everything and everyone is male unless proven otherwise, and even when it's explicitly stated that the person/animal is female, people will insist that it's a he.

This might seem insignificant, but it's just a way the fact that women are second class citizens manifests itself in people's minds. Half of the population, the default human phenotype, an afterthought in everything.

We're barely mentioned as an existence when discussing history, literature, medicine. We're the foundation of human society but we're unmentionable everywhere. I can't study history and philosophy without feeling like an alien creature looking into the insights of another species. There's no "she" to be seen. I don't belong in MANkind.

And they expect us not to hate them? Ha.

[–]plumeriaworld 62 points63 points  (2 children) | Copy Link

Yep. I have a ‘foreign’ name and it’s actually gender neutral in my home country. Every single email that I receive at work (I’m a lawyer) from someone who has not met me addresses me as “Mr.”. Presumed to be male, unless proven otherwise.

[–]cat_lioFDS Newbie 40 points41 points  (1 child) | Copy Link

Same, I just let it slide because they get work done faster if they think I'm a man 🤷🏻‍♀️

[–]ManicFriday 49 points50 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

Remember the old riddle where a father and son go fishing, dad dies and then the surgeon says "i can't operate, this is my son!". That joke is a non starter if you switch the genders because all women are good for is being a mother. Everything else is men, surgeons are men, mankind has MAN in it, women if they are even mentioned are footnotes that everyone ignores

[–]aquietswordFDS Newbie 44 points45 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

The default is female in any negative situation though. I purposely do the opposite whenever I can lol

[–]ferociouslycuriousFDS Newbie 15 points16 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

Morons. They have patellas, they’re just not mineralized yet. They’re just idiots all the way around.

[–]ItsFreezenFDS Newbie 48 points49 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

And Scrotes still expect us to support them.

[–]mothboonFDS Newbie 24 points25 points  (2 children) | Copy Link

Every video game I've played has always had a male as the default. I hate it. At least now you can be a woman in some of them, which is nice.

[–]BlueSkiesOverLondonFDS Newbie 7 points8 points  (1 child) | Copy Link

I hate this so much too! Actually wrote another comment here mentioning it, so this must be fate.

For instance, I’m a big Mass Effect fan, and I’m just going to come out and say it: Shepard is 1000x more interesting female, and should have been written that way from the start.

[–]mothboonFDS Newbie 6 points7 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

Yup! I find most games are better with women heroins/ protagonists. Like you said, way more interesting 👌

[–]the-worst-FDS Newbie 7 points8 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

My daughter and son have somewhat unusual names. And everyone assumes both of them are male based on their names, but female based on appearance.

Her name is Jerusalem. Why do people assume Jerusalem is a boys name? Jerusalem, as in the city in the Bible, is almost EXCLUSIVELY referred to with female language. Yet my daughter was called "he" even by nurses who JUST WEIGHED HER (they weigh babies naked).

But then when they see my son, who is built like a mini Arnold Schwarzenegger but has long hair, they fawn over him during call him "her".

It's somewhat annoying to say the least. Especially now my son is confused on weather he is a boy or girl from this, which is considered a milestone he has to reach.

But it's far more insulting to me when my daughter is called "he" because she looks like a freaking elf princess. She's almost fragile looking, with delicate features and whispy hair. Nothing about her is masculine. Her voice is a way higher pitch than her brother's. And she still got called a he even in girly clothes. Plus she looks exactly like me when I was a kid.

It's a minor annoyance all things considered, I just don't understand why people use "he" even when it's been shown and is obvious that it's a girl.

[–]ButterfliesHurricaneFDS Newbie 69 points70 points  (5 children) | Copy Link

And we are lucky as English speakers we can use ‘they’ as neutral singular pronoun. It’s also more and more common in newspapers, schoolbooks etc to use ‘she’ in hypothetical scenarios rather to always default to ‘he’ but it’s far from being the case everywhere. In most European languages, there is no real neutral form and never ‘she’ by default. Millenia of patriarchal culture will take a long time to change.

[–]Ok-Performance5997FDS Newbie 31 points32 points  (3 children) | Copy Link

Does gender neutrality really help this issue? Im skeptical. Will using gender neutral terms really stop men from defaulting to men in their imagination?

[–]ErocitnamFDS Newbie 5 points6 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

This is reminding me, there was a clip here on reddit a while back of a child playing basketball with her dad and he keeps thwarting her-- so she punches him in the junk, and then scores while he's doubled over.

Except the child maybe wasn't a she, but a little boy with long hair. The comment section was full of people correcting this error. God forbid anyone mistake a little boy for a girl. Same principle, different application

[–]East-Willingness513FDS Newbie 36 points37 points  (1 child) | Copy Link

Just to be the exception but I have a really good looking toddler and everyone assumes he is a she, he doesn’t have long hair. He is Just super beautiful and I never correct them 🤣

[–]DeterminedblondeFDS Newbie 20 points21 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

I like that ☺️ why can’t boys have long hit or be beautiful? We have so many silly societal norms.

[–]herbivorouscarnivoreFDS Newbie 5 points6 points  (3 children) | Copy Link

Are you interpreting this as the OOP wants to start over and hopefully get a boy?

[–]spiderunderwebFDS Newbie[S] 28 points29 points  (1 child) | Copy Link

No, it’s a common trope that men always assume something is male even when it’s not. If you listen closely you can pick it up everyday. For example: you might see a cat running after a mouse and a man will say “he is going so fast “ (terrible example ik). Here the article is talking about the baby and it literally says “she”, the men in the comments continue to say “he”.

It follows the fact: that the default is always assumed male. I believe it was in the 12 rules of misogyny podcast episode. Hope that helps explain!

[–]ccro7FDS Newbie 3 points4 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

If they had noticed that the baby was a girl they wouldn't have commented at all. ThE bAby did soMething cOol, thEreforRe, male.

[–]Platipus6FDS Disciple 13 points14 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

There are 2 slides, all the men in the comments refer to the baby as 'he'.

The OOP made a video game joke where you play the game once, reload and know what to do so you 'run'. They always have to make lame analogies back to their vapid interests.

You can kill a man, but you can't kill an idea.

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