Monday, December 21, 2015

World's most horrifying Christmas Card

What the HELL is this shit?

The Internet Is Freaking Out About a Sexist Christmas Family Photo

Someone named Hannah Hawkes, who is presumably a ladyperson, took this photo and posted it on-line as if it weren't sickening at all.

I know, it's supposed to be a joke but that doesn't make it any better. It might make it even worse, because presenting this type of misogyny as lighthearted, harmless fun just enforces the idea that it's no big deal to humiliate and degrade your wife and daughters.
Look, whatever this ass and his wife find amusing is their own business, they're both presumably consenting adults, but what do you think you're teaching those liitle girls? And what are you teaching that little boy? What kind of relationships do you think these kids are going to have once they're old enough to start dating? When they've been taught from an early age that females are annoyances who need to shut up or we'll shut them up, what chance do they have at developing healthy relationships? Is there any way this little boy doesn't grow up to be, if not an outright abuser, at least someone who disrespects and devalues women? And is there any way these little girls don't grow up with serious self-esteem issues?
And it's not just because of this one picture. This picture doesn't happen if this isn't the normal family dynamic in this household. But it's alarming that the father (and maybe the mother) are so comfortable with the family misogyny that they would use this as their Christmas card as if this is nothing of which to be ashamed.

So, does Hannah Hawkes have an explanation for this horror show?

She does!

The Internet Is Freaking Out About a Sexist Christmas Family Photo

Oh, surprisingly, she's smug, self-righteous and one of those people who think they're being bold and daring by saying "merry Christmas" (in all caps!)

So you don't support abuse or the degradation of women, you just document it?
It was taken by the request of the family? So what? If someone requests something offensive, you say no. It's easy. They say "Hey, Hannah, would you please take a photo of me drowning these puppies?" and you say "No. I would not like any part of that, for I am a decent human being."

This photo was taken with humor in mind? You think that makes it better? You think that the fact that you find this kind of disturbing tableau amusing makes it less offensive?

They are not abusive to their children in any shape or form? Um, except in that photo. I assume you mean that the little girls don't get beaten or molested by their parents, but in this photo of yours, they're clearly being told that they are worthless. That no one wants to hear what they have to say. And that they are absolutely less valued than the male members of the family.
Look at the picture:

Do the little girls look like they're in on the joke?
Do you think that they see the "humor" in it?
They look miserable. They look like kidnapping victims, sitting with their hands together as if bound at the wrists with tape over their mouths. It looks like exhibit A in an child abduction case.

And you're going to sit there and smugly assure us that "no one was harmed during the process?" Just because they aren't being physically harmed doesn't mean no harm is being done. They will bear the emotional scars for life.


Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

I don't know what's worse... That they would take this photo thinking it's okay. Or the fact that they DON'T understand why it's not okay. As a mother of two daughters, I will say that this type of sexism is not acceptable in any way. This is not what we should be teaching our kids - boys or girls.

anne marie in philly said...

next, hannah will pull the "persecuted xstain" card and the liberty counsel will defend her business, just like the florist and the cake baker.

sick muthafuckas all - the photographer AND the parents!

PS - have you seen the photo "chillin' with my hos"? another in this misogyny holiday file; google it!

Professor Chaos said...

I did see that. Horrible!

jadedj said...

I saw that and the "chillin' with my hos" as well. WTF indeed. I'm also wondering about the friends they're sending this to. You are fucked up, people.

Bob Slatten said...

Misogyny is fun!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Instead of "Peace on Earth," the father's sign should have read "Merry Male Misogyny to You!" Martha is absolutely right. The only thing more appalling than this "humorous" photo is that they don't understand why it's appalling.