A diptych frequently circulated online:
This has nothing to so with sex or gender. It is about how things have changed over time. The image is not sexist, or misogynist, because it does not represent all women. It is just one example. It is comparing then and now, not men and women. And especially not grown-up, lionized, male historical figures with well known identities to young, anonymous, fictitious women. It is just one example. This image is not representative of women as a whole [sic], and you are sexist to say that it is. The image does not target any behavior that is specifically feminine [sic]. It is just an accurate example of what women do. It is just true that girls and women spend a lot of time in the bathroom and take a lot of selfies; ergo, they take a lot of selfies in the bathroom. That is just logic. Plus, it would be just the same if it was [sic] a picture of a guy taking a selfie. But guys just don’t do that. I know, because I use the men’s bathroom, and I never see them taking selfies in there.
Women are a conglomerate as members of the female sex. Your comments do not represent women as a whole [sic]. You can’t just give one example, like, what if we compared Betty Friedan with Justin Bieber? That’s not a counterexample, because it is not based in statistics. Using a handful of feminist women [sic] that fit your criterias [sic] is not indicatory [sic] of our society. You need to use statistics and prove your point. (And remember, the image of Armstrong and Selfie Girl is just one example; it does not make any point about gender. It’s just like if you said all black men are rapists.)
And don’t over-analyze. The image is not academic and has nothing to do with semiotics, “the gaze,” identity, anonymity, or “representation.” It has nothing to do with women in general, because it does not represent all women. Your [sic] just hiding behind big words, in some intellectual fantasy that has no connection with reality. By the way, your analysis is misguided, and you are miseducated too.
You are looking to be offended by everything you see. You’ve created enough straw men to distract all of the wicked witches [sic] monkeys. It isn’t my goal in life to memorize as many fairy tales as possible.
[I am not making this up.]
Diptychs circulated infrequently online:
This has nothing to so with sex or gender. It is about how things have changed over time. (Etc.)
Neil Armstrong et al. (1969)
Paul Ryan et al (n.d.)
Hugh Hefner et al (n.d.)
Robin Thicke et al. (2014)
Puerto Rican Day in Central Park (2000)
Shoshana Roberts Street Harassment (2014)
Sue Lyon in Kubrick, Lolita (1962, based on 1955 novel)
Pharrell Williams, “It Girl” (2014)
Montréal Massacre (1989)
Still from Elliot Rodger’s video “selfie” made before his Isla Vista Killings (2014)