Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Literacy, The Tool Of The Patriarchy

You can't make this stuff up:
Of all the sacred cows allowed to roam unimpeded in our culture, few are as revered as literacy. Its benefits have been so incontestable that in the five millennia since the advent of the written word numerous poets and writers have extolled its virtues. Few paused to consider its costs. . . . One pernicious effect of literacy has gone largely unnoticed: writing subliminally fosters a patriarchal outlook. Writing of any kind, but especially its alphabetic form, diminishes feminine values and with them, women’s power in the culture. […]
Reductress is funny because so much of this is predictable, but every now and then, something even more absurd escapes the cesspit, something that crosses under even the lowest bar you could think of. The field would appear ripe for a Trey Parker/Matt Stone musical on the subject. We are here in territory well beyond Poe's Law.

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