I know that I’m playing into the Kveller site’s hands by including a link in this post, but it would be unfair to Mayim Bialik, star of Blossom and the insanely popular Big Bang Theory (which has humor that somehow fails to click with me), to not let her present herself. Did you read it? Go ahead and do so. I’m not against that site getting hits. There’s good information there, even if you’re not Jewish. I was surprised to find that despite Bialik’s personal stance on vaccinations, there was a piece on the site published this year about a mother’s belief that it’s irresponsible and basically un-Jewish to not get your children vaccination. Anyway, I’ll be waiting.
I’ve been having trouble putting into words the amount of disappointment I’ve been feeling for people regarding various incidents about women and the internet over the past couple of weeks. No one’s life should be put on display for all to see just because she made a video game. No one’s life should be threatened just because she made some videos about how women are treated in video games. No one’s private pictures should be circulated because she happens to be a celebrity. It’s disturbing and sickening.
These incidents are happening in 21st century America. It doesn’t make any sense to me that women are still treated this way. They’re only good for sex, and they don’t have much of a say in how their sex and sexuality can and should be used. Pictures go out on the internet without permission, and media portrayals of women are as objects. If women speak out against it, rape and death threats happen. It’s sick.
There shouldn’t be a national conversation about this. The fact that this depravity exists like it does is proof that we’ve long been doing something wrong. It gives a certain level of validity to the claims that media portrayals of women are toxic to the publish conscience, but it also says that there’s something lacking in people’s day-to-day lives. And this isn’t a vocal minority. The voice is too loud and carrying too far at this point.
All I can do at this point is speak out against it. I promise to never be silent about it, since silence is basically agreement these days. But I can’t do it alone. We all have to take part in this to make sure it doesn’t happen again.