Politisplaining, Alt-Rightsplaining & Mediasplaining

Because mensplaining and womensplaining are old hat — sexism, like racism and other type of bigotry, is apparently mainstream again — I figured I’d introduce the new concepts that I think are (unfortunately!) going to be all the rage in 2017: politisplaining, alt-rightsplaining and mediasplaining.



Re: “The Famous Vagina Painting That Facebook Doesn’t Want You To See”

(Previously posted as a comment to an article on Gawker.com. Be careful when following the link to the original article if you’re accessing this from work as some employers may consider even the censored image featured there NSFW.)

“The Famous Vagina Painting That Facebook Doesn’t Want You to See” — erm, sorry, no, I have to disagree. It’s not that they don’t want you to see it (at all), it’s just that there’s a time and place for everything, and Facebook’s not it when it comes to nudity. They’ve explained that pretty well in their terms and you agree to those when signing up for Facebook.

Nothing to do with any ‘prudishness’, ‘art’, ‘freedom of expression’ or ‘censorship’ debate, just pure commerce. I’ve loved working on projects that feature imagery and other content not allowed on Facebook – so I’ve happily posted links to my social networking profiles (including Facebook) explaining what people were going to see if they followed those links. Not a problem. There is no problem unless you make one.

People seem to forget that (1) Facebook is not a public service, it is a business, out to make money, which they think they can do by being as inclusive as possible in order to attract the 500-million-plus users worldwide; to include most one might mean having to exclude some — that’s not censorship, it’s business (2) Facebook will offer its users (i.e. those with profiles, pages and/or groups) a user experience which they think is good, convenient, user-friendly and whatever else but customer service is only offered to Facebook’s customers — and those are not the aforementioned users, but Facebook’s paying advertisers.

If you’re just there to use Facebook’s free features, remember you’re their means (someone for their paying advertisers to target), not their target. If you can’t handle that, move on somewhere else. As said, there’s a time and place for everything, particularly online.

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