The power structures on the internet are a lot like real life, male dominant and male owned. We all know of lifestyle mags, women’s health and sex advice portals and dating literature targeted at women, that are nothing but disgusting male renditions of truth.
Nobody does anything about these (Creating a small minority of magazines dealing women based issues, is not really the solution). It is because, nobody can. Even if the senior editor of your choice of ‘girly’ magazine is a women, chances of the CEO being female or even concerned with female issues is quite rare.
Magazines claiming to be feminist, sometimes are nothing short of a lie, as they continue to feed us the patriachal crap of trying to please men, manipulate (and not curtail) patriarchy and give in to whatever little we get, while stuffing our heads with the consumerist crap existing to serve corporate giants simultaneously.
It is even worse when these magazines and portals talk of women in a gendered binary, not identifying the different nuances that must exist in the complicated contemporary society. My gender and my sexuality is not your business, but if you are trying to offer me advice for a $12 per month subscription then make it worth my while. Also, dear f̶e̶m̶i̶n̶i̶s̶t̶ magazines, do not cocoon your mind games in sweet texts that still stink of patriarchy in trying to feed women with mediocrity and nothing but a repackaging of things that we are already struggling to disinfect.
But, since your CEO cares only for profits and the numbers that fall in, selling that oh-so-familiar bullshit does sound like a well thought of business strategy.
Here are some examples of common and recurring themes that make my hands and head itch with discomfort:
- Jealousy is used as a measure of how characters love each other.
- Talking to someone attractive is tantamount to cheating.
- Friends have to compete with each other to impress someone they’re both interested in.
- Women can’t be trusted to make their own decisions about relationships.
- Men can’t be trusted to “keep it in their pants.”
- Men are afraid of commitment, while women just want to get married and settle down and have babies.
- Monogamy equals love (SERIOUSLY WHAT THE FUCK, who asked you to define love for me!!)
Who would not capitalize on such ideological battles facing humanity after all. In a fight of two, its the third that benefits the most. While we struggle to show people how every human being on planet earth is facing a debacle of rights and liberties; and every legal system needs thorough repugnation that ought to translate into the collective human consciousness, the liars tell these very active change seekers that no, you are fine, stay where you are, so what if you get 83% of what a male would get paid for (what the fuck is this, i will tell you what it is not – meritocracy!) The magazine or YouTube Guru will tell you ways of making the 83% feel like a 100. But, do you not see it? This is just a way to snub our minds with consumeristic opiates that actually turn us numb and motionless.
Regulation has never been the solution for internet things. The complex internet has always struggled with ideas such as hate speech versus freedom of speech, racism versus literature and freedom of expression versus nudity (among other genuinely insinuating crimes and unacceptable behavior under the spirit of human sanctity and honor).
But, picture this. What if there is a way to curb this very giant network of relations and connectivity. This relationship building machine can be held accountable, people can be asked to follow rules, to fulfill what they genuinely claim, democracy and freedoms we all can only dream of can be actualized here.
If we want the world to see what we are seeing, we cannot offer them muddy binoculars that shows them a version of truth that they are already seeing. We need our own systems, of truth and validation. The ones that encompass true values of who we are and what we want. Blockchain tech is the answer to it. And traditional internet regulation has failed us.