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  • I thought it was funny.

    Every geek knows the stereotypical "no girlfriend" label that we have, and it's just a play on that. I think you're trying too hard to be offended.
    • by zrusilla (7713) on 2007.08.06 15:30 (#56786) Journal
      I don't have to try. I don't conform to the stereotype. I'm female. Female geeks are invisible enough as it is. It is beyond the pale for a tech company to run an ad that implies strongly that every member of my sex is only good for fucking and sucking. Absolutely unacceptable.
      • If I thought that were the case I'd vehemently agree. But I see nothing in the ad that implies such a strong correlation.
        • Hello Matts, You may not see it, but that doesn't mean it's not there. When you set this little gem in its larger cultural setting, and view it through a woman's eyes, it seems a great deal more ominous. Certainly the fact that this ad completely ignored the existence of women geeks is insulting, to say the least.
          • (It's just Matt btw - Matts is just a hangover from my slashdot login)

            The ad is aimed at geeks with a sense of humour, male or female. Most female geeks I've met have a damn good one (you have to have one working with in such an environment). As such it doesn't ignore the presence of female geeks at all.

            That's like saying that David Chappelle's humour insults "white trash" because it ignores their presence in the ghetto.

            The ad is crass, there's no denying that. I just don't find it insultingly so.
            • The ad is aimed at geeks with a sense of humour, male or female. Most female geeks I've met have a damn good one (you have to have one working with in such an environment).

              It is a given that this ad offended a lot of people. They shouldn't not be offended (/me counts the negatives to make sure he got that right) just because it wasn't "aimed" at them. It's the other way around: the companies in question (both LJ and QSOL) should be prepared to accept the vitriol they caused by running the ad.

              That's like saying that David Chappelle's humour insults "white trash" because it ignores their presence in the ghetto.

              What you are saying is like saying the KKK can say whatever it wants to and no one should complain because their message is targetted at white supremacists, and not people who are off

              • Chris, the KKK produce a message of hate. Please lets not lower it to that level.
                • Chris, the KKK produce a message of hate. Please lets not lower it to that level.
                  Let's make a deal: I won't make the message of this ad out to be more serious than you think, if you won't trivialize it to be less harmful than others think.

      • Tell me about it. Let’s see: it assumes that…

        • Straight male geeks never get laid.
        • Female or gay male geeks do not exist.
        • Sexualises women in general.

        Basically the only group it does not directly insult are male non-geeks, which aren’t even the company’s clientele.

        Quite a feat.