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wow Jezebel is going HAM since there are no commenters today

A Complete Guide to Shaming and Snarking

It’s short enough that I can post it here. Written by Ms. EIC herself-Jessica Coen. 

It’s surprisingly tough to keep track of all the stuff that can offend people. But we learn as we go — every day is a teachable moment. As such, we’ve been keeping a running list of all of the -snarking and -shaming we’ve been accused of over the past year; it is our hope that in sharing it, we can help make the world a more oversensitive place.

Age-snarking
Bald-shaming
Beard-shaming
Bee-shaming
Biological parent-shaming
Blogger-shaming
Bodysnarking
Boner-shaming
Brat-shaming
Country-snarking
Creep-shaming
Dressage-snarking
Ejaculating on your pregnant wife-shaming
Expat-shaming
Face-snarking
Fashion-snarking
Fat-shaming
Feminist movement-shaming
Fishwife-shaming
France-snarking
Hoarder-shaming
Hick-shaming
Hipster-shaming
Horse-snarking
Kink-shaming
Lactation-shaming
Lentils-snarking
Mommy-shaming
Man-shaming
Math-shaming
Midwest-snarking
Nerd-shaming
Olive-shaming
Penis-shaming
Plastic surgery-snarking
Pomegranate-shaming
Pregnancy-shaming
Pretty-shaming
Prude-shaming
Science-shaming
Shame-shaming
Skinny-shaming
Slut-shaming
Snark-snarking
Stay at home mom-shaming
Sugar-shaming
TanMom-shaming
Tattoo-shaming
Voice-snarking
Vegan-shaming (see: Omnivore Privilege)
Virgin-shaming

[emphasis mine]

So, I see that now that the commenting system is changing over and there will be far more trolls Coen is just basically saying FUCK YOU to the old ways of Jez completely. Her line about making the world a more “oversensitive place” is what leads me to this conclusion. She sounds like the people who come to the Jezebel comments to troll everyone by calling them the PC police/oversensitive/humorless-bitches-who-can’t-take-a-joke-and-take-everything-too-seriously. Soon enough she’ll probably be telling her critics that the reason they don’t like her is simply because they’re jealous crones!

Good job. I mean, I suppose if a potential shit storm is going to happen it’s best to ally yourself with the side you think will win before the war goes down (if you have no general integrity and conviction in the beliefs you once claimed were your own). Clearly, she believes Jezebel will be overtaken by burner accounts and assholes and so she is aligning herself (moreso than before) with them. We see right through you, Ms. Coen. You should probably be a little more subtle. 

SOME THOUGHTS

Using the word “crazy” against your idealogical opponents is actually really lazy and dishonest. For example, I don’t caaaaare how much I disagree with pro-lifers, I just think that calling them “crazy” actually almost excuses their terrifying rhetoric. Crazy implies people who are not in control of their sanity… and I firmly believe that pro-lifers are, its just that their empathy is directed differently than pro-choicers… and they want everyone to STOP LIKING WHAT THEY DON’T LIKE because God and babies or whatever.

I think there are better words to describe these type of people. Reprehensible? Misogynistic? Horrifying? Policing? Oppressive? Out of touch? Unrealistic?

Oh, oh oh oh also how could I forget that it’s a classic example of gas lighting?!!?!?!?! 

Another cool example of shitty misogynistic ableist language: 
DON’T STICK UR DICK IN CRAZY LOOOOL REDDIT DO U LOVE ME YET?!

Or how about:
Rapists are just crazy vile people who can’t control themselves because of biology (and cue the perpetuation of rape culture).

Can you see how this is not a tactic we should be using?  I think most people can agree that being called crazy makes you feel like you’re being invalidated in a pretty cruel way..

GPOYW…

March has been fun. Stayed up for 72 hours to write the Celebritist Manifesto, died for a day, then set in on figuring out how to make projections look interesting in various venues, meanwhile emailing the entire internet because I fell in love with it, getting ready for City Winery then SXSW Austin Texas, and finishing work for my solo show to open on april 3rd… and just about everyone I know is busier / more productive / better at parlor tricks than I am. Damn this city. Yer killin me but I just can’t quit ye.

here’s me with jessica coen and fareed zakaria

i’ll be giving them away soon.

come, won’t you?

(quite possibly an innuendo)

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“There is no social context for this event, no lens of cultural relativity through which we might fairly view such a wedding. It exists beyond all boundaries. It is disturbing. Beyond words. Yeah, I’m out of words for this shit.”- Jessica Coen

So let me get this clear. Amber Vinson was forced to work with an ebola patient without appropriate protective gear and protocols in place to protect her from getting sick. She made sure to clear all of her movements with the Center for Disease Control, who knew what she was doing and told her she was perfectly fine to fly. By all accounts, she did her best to limit how much she was out and about while traveling.

And the person we’re going to demonize here is Amber Vinson? Not the hospital who did nothing to protect her or other nurses working with a patient with an infectious disease with a high fatality rate? Not with the CDC–the professionals whose job it is to take care of this stuff–who failed to ensure protocols were in place at the hospital, the nurses were protected, and to make sure people exposed to ebola were sufficiently quarantined?

We’re going to go after Amber Vinson, and make fun of her for planning her wedding, when multiple institutions failed to protect her and other people, despite her doing her due diligence to make sure she followed the rules set out for her by the people responsible for controlling disease in the US, because lol women are so stupid planning their weddings. We’re not going to say anything about how these institutions have failed and have been trying repeatedly to blame and smear the healthcare professionals left literally cleaning up their mess, because it’s so much easier to go after a black woman planning her wedding. She makes a much better target.

Jezebel needs to get the fuck out of here. They try to claim some sort of feminist, pro-lady credibility, but then they do shit like this.