“His response was to fight it with the only weapons at hand—passive resistance and open displays of contempt.” ― Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens of Titan
Fla. man arrested for having sex with pit bull in yard – NY Daily News http://m.nydailynews.com/news/national/fla-man-arrested-sex-pit-bull-yard-report-article-1.1712069
Woman has sex with dog, media reports encourage “bi-polar awareness,” and carefully instruct the reader to the advertisements at the edge if the webpage-for Prozac.
Man has sex with dog, media reports that ‘he’s a degenerate felon,’ likely with multiple dog victims, possibly dangerous.
Are images of men and women treated equally, despite the fact that both of these horndogs are equally sick puppies?
The gender gap affects definitions of crime and issues of mental illness more than it affects wages, because gender itself criminalizes men and convictions literally erase opportunity for males to make a living, attain housing, or make meaningful social contributions after the fact.
In matters of mental illness, it means men go to prison 10 times more often than women, serve longer sentences for identical behavior, and guarantees that men will have no social safety net if and when they get out of prison.
Woman has sex with pitbull in broad daylight,media discusses bipolar disorder instead.
Women, regardless of whether they have sex with dogs, children, broomsticks or buttplugs, enjoy social support networks, womens only shelters, great free PR from progressive media, and, of course, the stamp of approval from psychologists everywhere, as women are MORE likely to accept a diagnoses, and take medication.
And- one extra level of social safety net: the image of the man above is easily downloaded; whereas the image of the woman is embedded in the story! I could not download her image from the first several websites I tried. One extra layer of protection.
This is a common occurence in the way media* handles narratives of women, social deviance and crime.
* The media via the internet is an especially troubling situation, because federal agencies monitor images in particularly gendered ways, and NSA programs cause often extraordinary delays in searches.
As an example: type “woman has/had sex with dog” and then “woman having sex with dog” into your browser. Time your search results, and note the way that Googles algorithm displays the results.
Did you get more lag time, or less lag time depending on the verb tense you used? Did you notice that when searching women and dogs versus searching men and dogs, that the womens results are slathered liberally with advocacy for mental illness, and so on-while, inevitably the exact story if the bug-eyed dog doinker comes up every time?
It is one of millions of ways that “the internet” and its countless, unnaccountable agencies and publicly funded, privately active institutions monitor gender, and language itself, to form a narrative by suggestion.
Another attempt to say it plain, which is, even then not simple.