So I tried to think of a catchier title, but I figured I might as well just call it what it is. I have seen instances of (what I believe to be unintentional) heterosexism in several Fanpop picks. As evidenced by link
, however, some believe it to be intentional.
Now I'm not trying to whine about wording or being politically correct. In fact, I'm not politically correct in the slightest, as anyone who knows me well enough will tell you. And this issue isn't really a big deal, I just wanted to make people aware of it and ask their opinions on it. So do you find these things odd?
The type of picks that I'm talking about are typically picks like "Who would you kiss?" or "Who is hotter?" Now these are fine picks. My problem is the constant addendum added to them, which reads "FOR GUYS ONLY!" or "FOR GIRLS ONLY!", usually (for some reason) in capital letters. Here are a few examples of what I'm talking about.
These are just a few things I found when searching "for girls" on Fanpop. I bet I'll find some searching its sister phrase, "for guys."
Mostly, I just find these kind of phrases a little bit superfluous. I mean, straight guys can comment on the attractiveness of another guy, can't they? And what about lesbians, can they still answer the question even though they aren't attracted to guys? If yes, then why not gay men? Honestly, what's the point of adding "FOR GIRLS ONLY!" when clearly anyone can (and will) answer if they feel the urge to. I have answered several "Guys Only" picks because why would my opinion matter any less just because I'm a girl?
Even as I write this, I feel like I'm complaining. Look, in my opinion I don't think people even think about it. But then I have to stop and ask myself... "If they aren't thinking about it, why add the stipulation at all? Why put it in capital letters? Why add exclamation points?"
I mean, what do you guys think? Am I reading too much into this? Is this heterosexism, and if so, is it intentional or unintentional? If not, do you think these stipulations are necessary? What are their purposes?
Talk to me, guys. Convince me I'm not crazy here.
And go see the movie "link
" with Sean Penn.