Gender Grumbles & Giggles
The Battle of the Sexes: Coming now to a computer near you!
- Babes on the Web wasn't a political site,
per se, but I included a link to it here while it still existed (it's
apparently down now) because lots of feminists
got their panties in a wad about it. See, for instance, the critique from
Elizabeth Lane Lawley.
(Kim Rollins and somebody
named Kilroy used to have anti-Babes-On-The-Web pages too, but they seem to have been taken down.)
Get a life. Politically correct or not, heterosexual males are genetically
programmed to take pleasure at the sight of the female anatomy. (The programmed-at-birth
theory of sexual preference, which is gaining much scientific acceptance,
is avidly used in promoting the politically-correct cause of gay rights,
but it applies equally well in defending heterosexual activities which are
- Heterosexual females are also programmed genetically with a
tendency to take pleasure at the anatomy of the opposite sex, but this is
considered more politically correct than the similar male tendency. Thus,
Diet Coke can have commercials with women sizing up a topless male construction
worker, but beer companies get flamed at for showing a little female flesh
in their "Swedish Bikini Team" commercials. By the same token, the beefcake
site Babes on the Web II (no longer in existence),
featuring male sites of interest to female guy-watchers, got very little
controversy compared to the original "Babes" site.
- If you do happen to want your image ogled and
rated by Web users, go to Am I Hot Or
Not, where you can submit your picture and your ratings of everyone
else's (male or female). (Maybe it's down now; last time I tried it I got an
entirely blank page.)
- A user of the Epinions site
has written a controversial article reviewing the 10
hottest women on that site. He followed it up with one allegedly
reviewing the 10
ugliest women, but that article actually lists the 10 hottest men.
- If you want a politically-correct list of female sites on the web, though,
you can check out WebGrrls,
which has links to a whole lot of women's web pages, but since it's presented in a
feminist manner instead of as cheesecake, it's OK (but the anonymity of web
browsing lets horny nerds use it as a girl-watching resource, too!).
- Cybergirls links to various
women's home pages.
- Some people also attack the Miss USA Pageant
and the Miss Teen USA Pageant as
sexist, but it was pretty neat that the place I used to live, Shreveport, LA, hosted Miss USA in 1997
and 1998, and Miss Teen USA in 1998 through 2000.
- Y2K For Women is a "For Women Only" web site claiming
that other sites about the Year 2000 computer software crisis are too "male-oriented," and
there's a need for a site about this issue from a woman's perspective. Apparently the male
sites are too preoccupied with masculine-techno-geek things like, ummm, trying to fix
the Y2K bug, rather than taking the feminine approach of, I guess, feeling the pain and
empathizing emotionally with the prospective Y2K victims. (Actually, this web site has some
useful hints and tips, and despite the "For Women Only" headers, their server has no way
of monitoring the sex of viewers, so men can take a peek too.) Rather than go away once the
"Y2K scare" was over, the site continued to help women cope with "the year 2000 and beyond", and
now has information on coping with bioterrorism.
- Rebuttal from Uranus
is a critique of John Gray's bestselling book, Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus.
- Wikigender is a wiki-type site
devoted to gender issues.
This page was first created 04 Jan 1996, and was last modified 09 Mar 2008.
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