Tuesday, March 20, 2007

The Ides of March and other woes

The tales of woe continue chez tanya. The Future-proofer blames the Ides of March, but that's been and gone, and still no respite. Even the fish are suffering. Arthur the fantail got stuck under the oxygen pump the other day, and by the time we realised and rescued the poor thing (fish being quiet creatures, even whilst their fins are being pulled off by the force of the suction) it was too late and we had to consign him to the Great White Telephone. Nigel the black moor seems to have lost half a dorsal fin and some of his tail to some event, we know not what, and has been consigned to Fish Hospital whilst we try and feed him up. Fish Hospital is a plastic fishbowl, around which he is swimming somewhat disconsolately and making an attempt to heal.

The husband is doing little better, although he is not consigned to a plastic bowl. After threatening to call into work Incompetent after a weekend of curry-spilling (on trousers, at music festival), coffee-spilling (on shirt, just before leaving for work), glasses-breaking (no idea how) and watch-losing, he is treading warily around the world lest it bite him.

And out there in the world'o'blogs, some assholes are trying their damndest to hurt the careers of some awesome women. So here's my tiny bit of help:

This is a crosspost to effect a Googlebomb, correcting an injustice against a fellow feminist blogger.

Jill Filipovic, who blogs at Feministe and Ms. JD, is a NYU law student who has been the subject of cyber-obsession on a discussion board allegedly populated by law students. The discussions regarding Jill Filipovic (and many other female law students) are sexist and sexual in nature, rating the women’s physical attractiveness and fantasising about sexual contact, both consensual and non-consensual. Neither Jill Filipovic or any other of these women contributed, or gave their permission to be discussed, to the discussion board in question.

Jill Filopovic’s name and class routines etc have been regularly posted to this board, and at least one of the pseudonymous board-members claims to be Jill Filipovic’s classmate. Photos that Jill Filipovic posted (with full rights reserved) to an interent photo-storing and sharing site have also been posted to the sleazy discussion board without her permission. This is a horrendous invasion of Jill Filipovic’s privacy, a violation of copyright law, and calls the ethics and character of the alleged law-students participating in these discussions on the discussion board into question.

A major side-effect of an already nasty situation is that the sexist, objectifying cyber-obsession threads come up on the first page of internet search results on
Jill Filipovic’s name. To an inexperienced user of the internet, it may even look as if Jill Filipovic and other female law students chose to compete in these Hot or Not rating competitions, instead of having their pictures posted without permission.

This post is an attempt to balance those internet results to point to the significant writings of
Jill Filipovic instead, using the Googlebomb tactic and also linking this post to social networking sites (eg. del.ici.ous, Stumbleupon). Please feel free to copy any or all of what I’ve written here to your own blog in order to help change the top-ranked search engine results for Jill Filipovic. If you don’t have your own blog then please at least link to one of Jill’s post[s] listed below at your preferred social networking site and give it the tag “Filipovic” (as well as any others you think appropriate).

I have linked to these sites in this post:
Jill Filipovic’s bio page at Feministe
Jill Filipovic’s blog posts at the Ms. JD blog
Jill Filipovic’s article about these scummy lawschool sleazebags at Feministe
Jill Filipovic’s article at Ms. JD: When Law Students Attack

If any of the other female law students stalked by the same sleazy site wish to copy this text with names altered, you hereby have my full permission to do so. All other rights reserved. (C) 2007 tigtog


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