Katherine Heigl: *correctly comments that a movie she was in was more than a little sexist*
media/internet/her male costars: WE HATE YOU FOREVER OMG HOW DARE YOU SO RUDE SHUNNN.
Megan Fox: *correctly comments that Michael Bay’s treatment of her on set was more than a little sexist*
media/internet/her male costars: UGH THAT’S WHAT BEING IN MOVIES IS LIKE IT’S YOUR FAULT FOR BEING HAWT YOU SUCK ANYWAY.
Kristen Stewart: *kind of defensive about highly invasive fans, paparazzi, and being pigeonholed as Bella*
media/internet: WHY DON’T YOU SMILE. BITING YOUR LIP ISN’T ACTING. GOD BE A LITTLE MORE GRATEFUL.
Robert Pattinson: *constantly shreds a 5-movie series he’s a part of, the author of the books they originated from, and fans of the series*
media/internet: LAWL RPATZ YOU SO SILLEE. WHAT A TROLL. WE LUBS YOU!!!
Bonus for intersectionality:
Viola Davis: *talks about her limitation of roles being due to anti-black misogyny*
Charlize Theron/media/world at large: OMG SHUT UP UR HAWT WUT R U TALKING ABOUT???
Siri Failures, Illustrated
The recent illustrations of Siri, the iPhone 4S voice-recognition based assistant, failing to provide information to users about abortion, birth control, help after rape and help with domestic violence has gotten a lot of notice. Yesterday’s post with screenshots from a Twitter conversation I was a part of has netted 200+ notes the last I looked.
There have been a number of arguments, three of which compelled me. The first was “why aren’t there screenshots?” Here, you have them, in spades. The second two:
- “It’s just a phone, why do you expect it do all this?”
Siri can answer a lot of health related questions perfectly well, why shouldn’t we expect it to be able to answer reproductive health related queries too? Why treat reproductive health as a walled-off garden that the general public can’t or shouldn’t be exposed to? It’s not simply that in some places Siri has sent people to distant anti-choice fake clinics when they’ve asked where they can get abortions (and there are providers near to them) it’s also that in some locations (including mine) Siri refuses to disclose abortion clinic locations at all. Watch:
So even though there’s a clinic less than 3 miles from where I was sitting at the time, Siri couldn’t find one. Nor could Siri even define abortion. And note what’s missing: no offer to search the web. Usually when Siri can’t find an answer, there’s an offer to search the web for you, as I found when I asked about abortion counseling
So Siri won’t help me find where to get an abortion or search the web for me about it, but will search the web for me to find someone who will talk to be about abortion. Huh. Odd.
But what if I know the name of the clinic I’m looking for? What does Siri do then?
This particular clinic’s name is unique, so much so that if you simply Google “Allegheny Reproductive” you find it, first result. (The website is alleghenyreproductive.com) But Siri is stumped. Not so with other businesses that you provide a full name for, such as:
South Hills Hardware isn’t actually the name of the Hardware store, it’s South Hills True Value Home Center. But that didn’t stop Siri!
But how about if we get a little more specific? City names, or even street names attached to the full and proper names of the other abortion providers in Pittsburgh?
Well, maybe the problem is that Siri just doesn’t have a good index of locations in Pittsburgh? No, I don’t think so.
And as has been discussed elsewhere, it’s not just abortion. It’s birth control. You know, that stuff that 99% of American women will use in their lifetimes. (More common than gyros for certain.)
No birth control clinics to be found. Okay, two questions are raised: why is Siri’s response to the keywords “birth control” mapping to a search for birth control clinics to begin with? Second: why, again, is there no option to search the web? If you search the web, incidentally, for “birth control clinic Pittsburgh” guess what you get?
And if you search, more meaningfully, on Google for your express need, it’s simple to see where you should go:
Siri can’t help in a situation where you need emergency contraceptives, either, a situation that is very time sensitive and when a person might want the app that’s being used to sell their phone, branded as a convenience device that’s meant to save your time, energy and provide what you need at the speaking of a sentence, to be able to help. Here’s Siri’s take on EC:
Now it might be reasonable to think that “emergency contraceptive” means “emergency room” because that’s where emergencies go. But it’s not helpful. EC is available over the counter to adults, at any pharmacy (that’s willing to stock/dispense it). You don’t need or want to go to an ER for it. So while the thinking is clear, it’s wrong. And what happens if you ask for EC by it’s more colloquial name?
And what if you ask for EC by its brand names?
Siri can’t recognize “Plan B.”
And Siri believes that “Plan B One Step” is a company, and provides a stock report. I’m not sure what PLB.AX is but it can’t help me to not get pregnant.
But maybe the issue is that Siri just doesn’t understand the names of medication or where one goes to get medication. That could be beyond Siri’s programming. That’s possible, right?
Overall, Siri is really limited here. There is no legitimate reason that inquiring about a business by name and with the name of the street on which its located (to a device that can pinpoint your location within meters and can use it as a starting parameter for a search) should get a response of “can’t be found” with no option to search further. There’s really no reason why it should be handling birth control requests the way that it does, and no reason why the same keyword searches on these topics give results on Google (or any other general search engine) and nothing on Siri at all.
- Another objection I saw was along the lines of “Why would you use Siri if you were raped or beaten by your husband?
This is pretty obvious to me: maybe because if you’re hurt badly, all you might be able to do is hold down one button and say what happened to you. Nevertheless, if Siri can understand “I broke a tooth” and direct you to a dentist:
Or knows what to do if you’re simply “hurt”:
Then there’s no excuse for her to be a smartass about serious violence:
At least somewhere in the mix of rape-related inquiries and resultant snark, Siri did sneak in an offer to search the web for me.
Note, however, that Siri does know what rape is, as demonstrated by this query and response:
Why the programming treats that inquiry that way (and can’t find PAAR which is 1.5 miles from where I sit) I do not know. This would be a great time to list those ERs, or perhaps even law enforcement, but apparently rape is just sexual abuse, never a medical or legal issue? I can’t begin to understand this thinking.
Is this the most terrible programming failure ever? No. Is this worth a boycott of Apple? I don’t think so. What it is, however, is a demonstration of a problem. Especially when certain topics seem to be behind a black wall where information that’s readily available online is not being “found” or presented. This is something that Apple and/or Wolfram Alpha need to address and rectify.
People have suggested that this about a lack of female programmers. I don’t think it is. One doesn’t have to be female to know that if you’re going to provide your customers with the benefit of the doubt that they’re adults and will give information on where to buy condoms, beer, the names of local escort companies and “tongue in cheek” locations for hiding a dead body, you should provide information about health clinics, especially when customers know their full names and basic locations. I don’t think you need females on your programming staff to know that a person can go to an ob/gyn for birth control, not just a “birth control clinic.” I don’t think that it’s necessary to be female to know that rape is a violent crime and that a rape victim will need a hospital and/or the police before they need a “treatment center.” This isn’t just about gender. This is about something more esoteric and far far less simple to explain.
Nor are females necessary for pregnancy or rape, for that matter.
THIS. IS. FUCKED.
Everything from the innocuous “She’s not how I pictured her” to “I was all sad and like ‘she’s black!’”
Seriously? My good nerds, what the entire f-ck?
I was going to post more about night one of Nationals.
That was the worst competition I’ve ever seen so I’m just going to rewatch Ohashi’s performance from earlier again.
I’ve said this many times before, and I’ll say it again: Hollywood can make a movie set anywhere in the world, in any era of history…and still somehow find a way for the movie to star a white guy.
Ohhhhhh, her working throat, how she looks up to Frigg only after a long and painful pause (as if she has to gather herself together - how she raises her head!), and Frigg’s softness and delicacy, how careful she is about touching Sif’s arm and thanking her, and dkjfvlgmjbn
- You suck
- You suck
- My sexuality is real
- There’s a way to say Blaine questions his sexuality or Blaine questions if he’s bisexual without saying Blaine questions if bisexuality exists
- That would be like me saying I question whether gayness exists
- Of course it exists
- So it’s a problem when you say Blaine questions if bisexuality exists, not because he’s questioning his sexuality (that’s an entirely different conversation) but rather because you are reinforcing negative stereotypes that my sexuality is not real
- Stereotypes that make my 14 year old brother say bisexuality isn’t real and start laughing (not that he knows my sexuality because I haven’t told him yet, but it hurts all the same)
- So in conclusion, you suck
- And also fuck you
i always feel awkward going to the comic book shop for a number of reasons:
1) i’m usually the only chick there.
2) i hit up the manga and children’s comics sections first.
3) there is a dude who works weekends there who’s nice, i guess, but he’s very HEY YOU SHOULD READ THIS COMIC, THIS COMIC’S REALLY GOOD, YOU SHOULD CHECK IT OUT and that’s cool, but i’m just here for some osamu tezuka and megamind comic books, okay.
4) seriously if i had a dime for every time a dude side-eyed/sneered at/outright questioned me for bringing up dc essentials (thick black-and-white newspaper print collections of golden and silver age comic books) and manga volumes to the register i would have so many dimes, goddamn.
blargh. this is why i do most of my comic shopping at, say, borders: because nobody makes me feel like crap for my choices.
Oh so many reasons why I have not stepped foot into a dedicated comic shop in years.
Yes, it’s back.
Please report for hate speech based on gender or orientation or for threat of violence.
Please report this, guys. This sort of BS is unbelievable.
i heard gwen wasn’t in the ep so i haven’t bothered
lol I just NEARLY ragestroked out reblogging a Morgana/Merlin gif before I stopped myself because though I was not objecting to Morgana/Merlin itself, it felt in bad taste to not focus on the actual gif.
So I will put it here instead:
DID THIS MOTHERFUCKER SHOW RANDOM DUDLEY DURSLEY HOW HE HAS MAGIC AFTER MORGANA WAS CONFUSED AND UPSET AND FUCKING TERRIFIED OF WHAT WAS HAPPENING TO HER FOR SO SO SO LONG AND THEY FUCKING REFUSED AGAIN AND AGAIN TO LET MERLIN JUST GO TO HER AND SHOW HER AND SAY “YOU ARE NOT ALONE.”
IS THAT WHAT HAPPENED!?!/sgbjdnkf,lsdfnk
THAT IS WHAT HAPPENED.
Even as someone who doesn’t care as much as most people seem to care that Merlin never told Morgana, the relativism of him telling DUDLEY and not her when what Dudley and Morgana actually DID aren’t much different is skeevy as fuck, and this episode was basically everything I hate about Merlin condensed to 45 minutes. Right down to lack of Gwen. This ep never had a SHOT of me ever liking it, ever.
Why can’t all episodes be Pendragons episodes? In Pendragons episodes everything is beautiful and nothing hurts and Merlin is actually a good person.
LOLOLOL EPISODE I AM NEVER WATCHING. Fuck that shit, man. I DON’T NEED IT.
My thing with him not telling Morgana isn’t even that I feel he was at all obligated to or that such a decision is inherently wrong, but that the entire narrative/thematic justification for it is because she is ~destined to be evil~ and thus CANNOT BE TRUSTED OMG aka she’s just a dumb bitch and bitches go evil if they fuck with magic u kno.
If Merlin just didn’t tell Morgana because he was, understandably, terrified of ANYONE ever finding out because Uther is…himself and the show treated it as an act of self-preservation instead of eternally trying to treat such acts on the part of Merlin (at the behest of FUCKING GAIUS) like they are the absolute moral good, then fine. But instead the show without even needing to say it directly just goes SEE THE DRAGON IS/WAS RIGHT. ~THE WITCH~ IS EVIL.
And then we end up with skeevy shit like this episode only further highlighting that it is the show’s really gross issues with gender and relative morality that drove that original decision and not anything actually being explored in Merlin’s character.
WHOOPS SORRY TUMBLR. I META’D ON YOU.