Sunday, December 29, 2013

The Design and Deployment of Memetic Artillery Shells

Here is a nice little graphic meme from Tumblr, which a colleague recently shared with me. Click to make it bigger.

All in all, I like this. It says what needs saying, and says it well. However, I would remove the last bit of text from the "teach your daughter" billboard. I understand the feelings which motivate its inclusion, and sympathize. Nevertheless, in terms of political efficiency, I consider those words a net liability rather than an asset.

In the practice of rhetorical discipline, we would call it a grappling point - a thing which the enemy can too easily turn against you in the game of moral one-upsmanship. Yes, I know the feminist mind very well, so I know the spin they would put on such words, and I know that this would sway an appreciable constituency in the present case. Hence, I deem it politcally efficient to discard the phrase in question.

By following the suggestion which I have laid out here, this meme would have much greater power to pierce feminist character armor and disrupt the feminist worldview.

3 Comments:

Blogger Unknown said...

Wait ...
Do you wanna delete that "Teach her to be something else ..." part?
More realistically, do you wanna delete that "She'll listen." part?
If ya wanna teach her to be more than a "pair of tits", show a picture that IS NOT a pair of tits!
If ya want her to listen, show a picture of intelligent life.

3:23 PM  
Blogger Fidelbogen said...

@unknown:

Here, we are not talking about the education of daughters. That is not the subject. We aren't talking about that.

Here, we are talking about scoring moral propaganda points against feminism and disrupting the feminist worldview. Totally different subject.

It helps to keep those things straight.

4:58 PM  
OpenID Eric said...

Unknown:
Actually, after enlarging the pictures, I'm not sure that the one in the top frame is actually a boy. At least there's no doubt about the gender depicted in the second picture.

Fidelbogen:
I agree that the last part of text on the billboard is counter-productive. Male and female sexuality are valued differently, and that's not necessarily a bad thing. In normally functioning cultures, sexually attractive women ARE respected and expected to earn (or more accurately, retain) that respect. It's considered socially out-of-bounds for men to treat them like whores.

IOW, it has a lot less to do with looks than attitude.

5:53 PM  

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