I feel some righteous indignation coming along.
Earworm: Precious Jerusalem by Blind Guardian. Hardcore song about Jesus’ love for Jerusalem despite their unbelief.The Soulforged, from the same album (A Night at the Opera) is about Raistlin Majere, the archmage of the Dragonlance setting.
This blog was brought to my attention by a female student. This blog hosts a “survey” that took a random sample of male students and asked them to rate the girls in their batch according to attractiveness.
Of course, not everyone rates “high” (we don’t even know how the results were tabulated and computed), and only the 20 “highest-rated” girls were put in that ranking. Even worse, another blog said this:
Also known as Class Funds Awards.
We reconized the top 20 females in the batch according to beauty.
Other random boys in the batch rated the girls from 1 – 5
1 – lowest
5 – highest
The average = total score/x (no. of raters)
The top 20 is shown
The other 54…. scrap
S. C. R. A. P.
Should I enumerate the synonyms of scrap? Garbage? Waste? Refuse? Offal? Do these people have any idea how offensive this is?
They have the gall to say “Oh, don’t take it seriously.” You just called 54/74 girls in the batch worm food. You apparently took this appalling display of insensitive, misogynistic barbarism seriously enough to put up a “scientific study” for it. And now, for some reason, the blog redirects the viewer to the “Community Forestry Awards” site of the Nebraska Forest Service. (You can stop this, just press Esc really quickly)
I wish I could stop stupidity and insensitivity as easily as pressing Esc, though. But here’s something that will hopefully work:
The Internet is a public place. The blog was bad enough to mention the whole names of minors on the Internet without their knowledge or consent. This IS a serious security risk. You have no idea what kind of sick bastards prowl the Internet, and I’m uncensoring my language to prove that point. This is a gross display of negligence that could compromise the security of the girls that “won.”
To add insult to injury, there are “beauty ratings” on it. I don’t think I need to say how bad it is. Oh, I think I’ll say it anyway. It is INSENSITIVE. It is MISOGYNISTIC. It’s insulting not only to the girls who “lost,” it’s also insulting for those who won. So WHAT if they placed in your top 20? Does this mean the girls up there have more guys who fantasize about them? Does that mean they should carry pepper spray and tasers to defend themselves from unwanted attention? Why did you do this anyway? What are you trying to prove?
You’re treating these girls like commodities. Society commodifies people enough by assigning them ID numbers and titles. Assigning them “ratings” is even worse and shows that you don’t really treat them like people. And let it be known that treating people as things, NON-HUMANS, to be rated is the first step in that everyone who has committed a hate crime has taken. It was the first step monsters like Hitler took.
When you consider someone else as less than a human being, you treat yourself as superior. And everything goes downhill from there. Emmanuel Levinas would like to have a word with you.
Whatever your reasons, I sure hope you don’t do something so phenomenally, mind-bendingly obscene like this. And if you plan on continuing this reprehensible behavior, you better not do it in my country. Heck, don’t do it on this planet.
PS: Oh, and in case you’re saying “oh the girl who brought this up was just bitter because she didn’t place in the top ten.” BZZZZZT. WRONG. She IS in the top 20. So yes, girls who did place in the top 20 got offended too.