War on Terr’r begins, graphics at 11

19 May

I’m really way more excited about this War on Terr’r than the original one, though I have about as much hope for its success as I do for the original one’s. Maybe if we conduct this one properly it’ll have a better outcome. At least I know I can trust feminists more than the god damned Army to comport themselves with some dignity (at least as I define that term) and not fuck things up worse than they already are.

So, what is terrorism? I’m not letting some crew of old coots at Webster or Random House make this call for me, I’m defining it myself. Terrorism is any action that makes use of fear to manipulate someone’s behavior. That fear needn’t only be of death or dismemberment, or even sexual assault, but can include the fear of censure or of being made an outcast among one’s peers. I know that’s fairly protean, but this is a war on a concept, and all’s fair in wars on concepts.

As it’s defined above, women are victims of terrorism throughout their lives, and it works effectively to limit their behavior, their choices in life, and their development as human beings. I say that’s at odds with the values of Americans and those of our allies, and we shouldn’t allow it to continue. We can’t let evil-doers who hate freedom dictate our lives to us and prevent us from exercising our freedom to go outside and eat fast food, shop, and buy cars and shit (or do none of those things) with their terror tactics. It would be un-American, and I’m American as fuck. As such, anyone who tries to put women “in their place” through the use of harassment, threats, or actual violence is a terrorist, and ought to be treated like one.

How do we wage this War on Terr’r? My adopted hometown of New York City had (has?) a campaign that urges citizens to take action with a catchy slogan: “If you see something, say something.” I’m for adopting that slogan, but not using it merely as an excuse to call the cops every time your brown neighbors do something “weird.” Also, I’d prefer to change it to, “If you see something, do something.” That allows for more than just tattling and officious unsolicited advice-giving; it makes room for vandalism, violence, and sundry subterfuge.

I say if you see a terrorist say something rude to a woman on the street, give him the finger, piss on his shoe, kick him in the shins, etc. If you see some anti-American terrorists in front of an abortion clinic trying to block access, throw ground beef at them. If you see something sexist in an ad, deface it (I have stickers you could use for the purpose, or you can make your own or go big and do it with spray paint). If you see something sexist while sitting in the movie theater, yell something clever about it. When you hear a song in public that asks us women to “back that ass up” or something, shout that you won’t be doing so and that you think the request terroristic. Or you could just write a blog about it. Trust me, everyone wants to know what you think, and if they don’t, fuck ‘em, they’re with the terrorists and they don’t deserve to live.

Note: I don’t actually think I have the kind of influence it would require to start a huge anti-Terr’r campaign, but hopefully these kinds of things spread like I think they do and soon it won’t just be the few and the proud making themselves ticks in the hide of our misogynistic society.

Another note: Graphics are on the way for this 5 (or 7, or 9, or 3) part series.


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26 Responses to “War on Terr’r begins, graphics at 11”

  1. Konservo May 19, 2008 at 9:00 PM #

    At least I know I can trust feminists more than the god damned Army to comport themselves with some dignity (at least as I define that term) and not fuck things up worse than they already are.

    What about feminists who serve in the Army… are those women to be trusted to “comport themselves with dignity,” or no?

    I’m just checking because one of my wife’s friends is in Iraq, I’ve not met her, but I hear she is something of a feminist.

    As it’s defined above, women are victims of terrorism throughout their lives, and it works effectively to limit their behavior, their choices in life, and their development as human beings.

    Hmmm… I disagree. As defined above, “terrorism” is nothing more than being a human. Protean definition, indeed.

    We can’t let evil-doers who hate freedom dictate our lives to us and prevent us from exercising our freedom to go outside and eat fast food, shop, and buy cars and shit (or do none of those things) with their terror tactics. It would be un-American, and I’m American as fuck.

    Oh, hellz yeah!!! GOD bless AMERICA!!!

    As such, anyone who tries to put women “in their place” through the use of harassment, threats, or actual violence is a terrorist, and ought to be treated like one.

    Indeed. Perhaps I misread your definition of terrorism. The concept of intention and purpose did not come through so clearly on my first reading, and since this is a running commentary, and I’m lazy, I’m not going to revise. I will, however, amend.

    Let’s look at the definition of terrorism again:

    Terrorism is any action that makes use of fear to manipulate someone’s behavior. That fear needn’t only be of death or dismemberment, or even sexual assault, but can include the fear of censure or of being made an outcast among one’s peers.

    According to this definition, and my interpretation of this definition, if one does not intend to manipulate an individual’s behavior, but does so anyway, she would not be a terrorist. If we take terrorism to cover fears of censure or being made an outcast, then isn’t it possible for someone to terrorize herself? The definition is ambiguous as to whether or not the terrorized must be an individual separate and distinct from the terrorist. Maybe I’m just being silly and this distinction is irrelevant for you and your readers, but hey, I found this post on the WP dashboard’s “Latest Posts” and I don’t even know who I’m talking to, so I’m not worried about embarrassing myself.

    Or you could just write a blog about it. Trust me, everyone wants to know what you think, and if they don’t, fuck ‘em, they’re with the terrorists and they don’t deserve to live.

    Quite true. Say! “Fuck ‘em, they’re with the terrorists and they don’t deserve to live” that’s also a great motto!

    Now, is it because they are with the terrorists that they don’t deserve to live, that they are with the terrorists (who, obviously, don’t deserve to live) and they (those who don’t want to know what I think) also don’t deserve to live but are not necessarily terrorists, or is the fact that they don’t want to know what I think proof of manipulation as described above and hence their not reading my shit is terroristic?

    I promise, there is a sweet graphic to go with this 5 (or 7, or 9, or 3) part series. It’ll be here soon.

    Sweet. Nice post, Mr… Mr… I’m sorry, I didn’t catch your name. :P

  2. Konservo May 19, 2008 at 9:12 PM #

    Uh oh…

    I just read the comment policy and it seems I may have broken a few rules… that tends to happen when you don’t intend on following them anyway.

    Both my previous comment and the one I’m writing now violate rules 1) and 3) and maybe even 2)

    :oops:

    In my own defense, I’ll have you know that one of the main reasons I comment on blogs is to point out things in posts that I would have done differently. It doesn’t matter if you’re a man or a woman. I guess that makes me misogynistic and misandric… I’m twice the sexist as a mere male chauvinist.

  3. Skulligan May 19, 2008 at 9:19 PM #

    What sorts of stickers do you have?

  4. Nine Deuce May 19, 2008 at 9:20 PM #

    Konservo – Go look up the definition of the word “satire,” and then come back and we’ll discuss what I’ve had to say here.

    In answer to your questions, yes, one can terrorize herself if she has internalized our society’s terroristic ideals of femininity. One can also be a feminist in the US Army. I’d be willing to bet your friend’s girlfriend in the Army has never raped an Iraqi woman and that she wasn’t involved in the planning of the war itself, and also that she’s been exposed to the kinds of behaviors I’m talking about here. What a stupid comment.

    I’m so glad you blessed me with your blog commenting philosophy. Isn’t it unfortunate that you aren’t in charge of all blogs? Then no one would have to worry about doing things you would do differently. In the future, I’ll make sure to run all my posts by you to make sure you approve of their content.

    You know full well I’m a woman. That shit about Mr. was a really lame joke, but I’ll leave it up. Aren’t you embarrassed?

    Just so everyone knows, because I disabled the link (get your own traffic, asshole), Konservo here runs a right-wing anti-”Islamofascism” type blog, but he or she likes Stephen Colbert. Ha! I think Stephen Colbert might just be the biggest genius alive, and I often wonder how many of his fans don’t realize they’re being made fun of. Now I know there’s at least one.

  5. Nine Deuce May 19, 2008 at 9:22 PM #

    Skulligan – They’re a bit derivative. Twisty Faster has stickers that say, “This degrades women.” I have some that say, “This woman is being degraded” for use on ads, mainly because I was worried I’d get caught if I kept writing it with a Sharpie.

  6. hellonhairylegs May 20, 2008 at 1:19 AM #

    Oh Oh! Can I be the ally who pisses around with a few troops? PLEASE! Though WMD hurt us in Ozland too.

    Great post. :)

  7. Konservo May 20, 2008 at 3:52 AM #

    In answer to your questions, yes, one can terrorize herself if she has internalized our society’s terroristic ideals of femininity.

    So, how do we put a stop to the terrorism?

    It’s obvious that we know what’s best for the people, but the “leaders” have created an environment, nay, a systematized, all-encompassing ideological and dogmatic machine that organizes people’s lives from day one and under which every member of society must comply lest he or she perish.

    Like sheep, they huddle together as barking dogs circle and keep them just so, trembling and cramped, bah-ing meaningless drivel to one another as they continue their pathetic existences, which serve but one purpose, namely, to please the shepherd. Every now and then a few get separated from the flock and, or while the dogs are asleep, they get picked off by a hungry wolf. But it’s an overly comfortable life, after all, who wants to think? Besides, they have grown accustom to the shepherds who groom and shear them from time to time, and lead them to green pastures (hopefully). But whether it’s kabobification or a petting zoo, or it really is the promised pasture, they either follow blindly or at the dogs bark, for this is all they know. So too have you and I internalized elements of a society that we might find disgusting, disgraceful, dishonorable and diseased. Luckily, we can recognize remnants and traces of the trained behavior which mechanisms of society have tried covertly, but thoroughly, to impress upon our souls since we found ourselves becoming that which we are becoming. But what about the others, the standing reserve, the flock? They are the terrorized and yet at the same time they facilitate and perpetuate the terror due to the internalization of the terroristic elements of the society in which they find themselves. Yet, they are society. Society creates itself, for itself. It feeds on the individuals of whom it is comprised. There is no room for you or me or any other distinct and separate human-being in such a machine, or, “man-chine” if you will :P , for the event of becoming-human is concomitant with emergence from out of the void and into the realm of existence which, as we know, society dictates.

    But we can’t rightly destroy all of society, can we?

    I know, you don’t give a shit what I think, but, right on, Colbert’s the shit.

  8. Patricia May 20, 2008 at 4:38 AM #

    Hmm… I like the idea of stickers.

    Can I paste them on 14 year olds that dress like whores?

  9. zombie z May 20, 2008 at 1:15 PM #

    Trust me, everyone wants to know what you think, and if they don’t, fuck ‘em, they’re with the terrorists and they don’t deserve to live.

    Ahahahahahah
    ahahahahahha

    When you get like this, you make me laugh like Stephen Colbert, which is a compliment because I also adore him. ;)

    I’m curious which series will get more trolls — the porn one or the OMG TERRORISTS one. I’ve discovered that there are people in the world/country who still support Bush. I really thought it couldn’t be so any longer, but I was proven wrong, as usual. And here you are, taking something really really important like the War on Terror and anti-Americanism, and making it about something really unimportant like women. Mr. Deuce, you got some ‘splainin to do.

  10. Amananta May 20, 2008 at 1:15 PM #

    Did you ever read Robin Morgan’s book called “The Demon Lover: On the Sexuality of Terrorism”? Given this post series I think you might like it very much.

  11. Nine Deuce May 20, 2008 at 4:49 PM #

    Konservo – awareness, my man. That’s what this blog’s all about. Awareness is the answer to everything; when people know what the fuck’s going on, they tend to stop doing things that are detrimental to them.

  12. zombie z May 20, 2008 at 11:12 PM #

    Is Patricia calling herself a feminist and then hating on women again?

  13. Nine Deuce May 20, 2008 at 11:16 PM #

    Here’s how I read that: if a young girl is dressing in abnormally revealing clothing and is thus being sexualized, she has internalized the patriarchy’s values and is being degraded. I hope that’s what she meant, but in any case, I’m not down with the “W” word. I’ll let Patricia speak for herself, though.

  14. Patricia May 21, 2008 at 10:44 AM #

    My comment was written in a little too much haste. I shouldn’t have used the word.

    What I was implying that by dressing the way they do, some girls and women degrade themselves. And that I wish they could be more aware of what they are doing.

  15. Drakkar Noir May 22, 2008 at 2:32 PM #

    How exciting it must be that everyone basically agrees with everything said. All you need now is some yarn and knitting tools.

  16. Nine Deuce May 22, 2008 at 4:07 PM #

    Konservo doesn’t agree with me.

  17. chlorophyll May 22, 2008 at 10:54 PM #

    Do I detect a hint of bitterness, Drakkar?

  18. Drakkar Noir May 23, 2008 at 2:33 PM #

    No bitterness. I’m actually amazed at how well this site has taken off. I still think there needs to be a dissenting post every now and then just to keep everyone on their toes. Nice work Nine Deuce.

  19. Nine Deuce May 23, 2008 at 7:06 PM #

    Drakkar – That’s what you and BUTTKICKER 69 (and, now, Konservo) are for. Thanks!

  20. SAAM May 24, 2008 at 4:30 PM #

    I carry my “This promotes hatred of Women” stickers everywhere I go!!!

  21. Nine Deuce May 24, 2008 at 4:33 PM #

    I sure hope the cops across the nation aren’t reading my blog, because then they’d know who’s doing all the anti-misogyny vandalism.

  22. Imaginary September 27, 2009 at 9:33 PM #

    Ooo! How fun! I enjoy vandalism as well. I don’t leave the house much (being a misanthrope can kind of hinder “fun” in social situations), but when I do leave the cave, I’ll be sure to paint with my pretty pen of JUSTICE!

  23. Immir April 12, 2010 at 8:54 AM #

    Lol @ “Trust me, everyone wants to know what you think, and if they don’t, fuck ‘em, they’re with the terrorists and they don’t deserve to live.”

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